If you’re one of many cinephiles who decided to buy the LG OLED TV from Harvey Norman, then you’ve already benefited from the glorious quality it has over your average display. It’s four times the detail on every action scene, every intricate design on a period costume, and each pore from Chris Evans’ face.
The 4K Ultra HD resolution is so much in demand these days that a lot of films are being remastered for it, laptops have it as a feature, and streaming sites like Netflix are already offering the Ultra HD setting. So if you used to sit on your living room deciding on which film to watch, your new LG TV can help you narrow down your options.
Fortunately, we’re here to help you with our list of some of the best films to watch on that 4K TV.
Mad Max: Fury Road
One of the most lauded films in 2015 is George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, boasting a cast which includes Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Bearne, and more.
But more than just the stellar cast, Mad Max: Fury Road may be one of the few modern films who have opted to use practical effects in place of the much used computer generated imagery. They made full use of the desert landscape of Namibia, the athleticism of both cast and stunt doubles, and the propane-filled props that make every explosion and car chase seem operatic to look at.
We all know that Marvel isn’t afraid of using colours in their films, regardless if they’re showing a harrowing moment or a well-choreographed scene. But the most breathtakingly fearless of them all is Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Not only was Thor: Ragnarok one of the highest grossing superhero films, it is also considered to be one of Marvel’s best offering (apart, of course, from Captain America: Winter Soldier, Iron Man, and the recent Avengers: Infinity War). This is the first time we, as an audience, saw the glory of Asgard, albeit its dire circumstances. The striking power of Thor’s lightning, the fight scenes at the Rainbow Bridge, and almost loose feel of the script makes this film truly stand out from the slate of Marvel films.
Mad Max: Fury Road may have received majority of the award for film production alone, the only category it couldn’t dominate was obviously on Visual Effects, won by the deserving Ex Machina, directed by Alex Garland.
The best thing about this science fiction drama is its near quietness, proving that the genre need not have big spaceships and interstellar battle scenes to be acceptable. Here, we meet a man who is seeing the lines between human and programming blurring right before his eyes. In place of the usual trappings of a commercialised sci-fi film, Ex Machina makes full use of dialogue, music, and sequence to deepen our involvement in the story.
This isn’t a film list if we don’t include one of the most iconic one in the early noughties, Gladiator.
More than just the “Are you not entertained?” line, Gladiator was responsible for making the period genre of swords and sandals cool again, years after films like Ben-Hur was released. Sweeping scenes of Ancient Rome, although computer generated, makes this film a well-deserved recipient of the Best Visual Effects award given by the Academy.
There you have it! After you get over the fact that you have a TV with an AI feature and has a built-in Google Assistant, make sure to load up these films and start enjoying them in mesmerising 4K Ultra HD.