Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
A world beyond words.
This is a paralyzingly beautiful documentary with a global vision: an odyssey through landscape and time, that is an attempt to capture the essence of life.
Occasionally, I just want to sit down and watch a film, any film, as long as it fits into a specific genre. I might say "I'm in the mood for a comedy" or "I could go for a kick ass Sci Fi right now", and then I walk over to the wall o' film and find exactly what I am looking for to whet my appetite. As the clock struck midnight and a new day began, I realized what I was looking for at the moment. I didn't want to laugh, I didn't want to solve a puzzle, hell, I didn't even want to try to follow a plot.
I just wanted to see something beautiful.
My second viewing of…
Like a love child of Terrence Malick and The Discovery Channel, BARAKA is a meditative look at some of the people, places, and cultures from around our unique world.
It also happens to boast some of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring picture quality to ever grace the blu-ray format.
The other day I read a particularly glowing review of Linklater's Boyhood in which the reviewer said it was 'one of the fullest encapsulations of life ever committed to film'. Obviously, this was the opinion of a Caucasian male American.
Ron Fricke's Baraka sweeps across millions of miles to ever nook and cranny of our planet earth to sniffle out the life we arent always aware of. It is positively bursting with life in all its forms. So in a way I feel Baraka is even more perfectly fitted to this title of fully encapsulating life on earth. Granted Linklater's latest effort has not yet been released in my neck of the woods so I cant really be a judge…
Not necessarily so different from his more recent Samsara but equally as effective, Ron Fricke holds up a mirror to reflect back a meditative view on the world around us. Its non-judgemental approach allows you to pick and choose the elements that mean something to you, morphing everyday practices into a eye-opening moment.
There is a sense of narrative to the construction of the images, rather than complete randomness. The underlying theme appears to be our connection with nature and vice-versa, a spiritual essence that Fricke is attempting to capture. Like some sort of visual poem we are guided through cathedrals and temples, hidden tribes and busy metro systems.
It allows us to take a step back from the day-to-day…
This is not a film that you can review traditionally. It is simply an experience. It's effectiveness as an experience hinges on it's ability to envelop you in it's sound and imagery much like a leaf carried away by the river. Baraka sweeps you through twists, turns, and peaceful calms, like it is the Amazon itself. It shows you sights you never thought you would see, sounds you never thought you would hear, and worlds within worlds you didn't know existed. It's greatest feat however, it shows you a new way to look at yourself the next time you gaze in the mirror.
Lesser things than Baraka have turned people religious, created wars and doomed entire groups of people.
Baraka is quite the powerful film, as the photographed sequences of various people in their natural habitat and scenes from sacred sites and religious temples, portray the world we human live in. And the world we have created.
There's a marriage between music and imagery here that elevates every single minute from the state of pretty pictures to a profoundly moving experience. It's hard to open our eyes too the wonders of the vast world around us in our day to day life, so it's nice of Baraka to help us.
I would question everyone who didn't have the simplest feeling or hint of…
Like the impossible miracle of life, nature, belief, and thought, Baraka transcends and exceeds the grasp of words for explanation or analysis. That is why I have no words, only stirred spirituality and emotion.
There's no way in hell this can compare to Koyaanisqatsi.
What Baraka attempted to do was film whatever looked the most foreign to Westerners and threw them into a stirring pot without any central purpose. What you get is the sloppy mess they feed to pigs. Individually, you can get a few "Oooh"s and "Aaah"s out of the shots but there's nothing to hold them together as a film.
Koyaanisqatsi took the things we were familiar with and, in a masterful manipulation of editing and camera placement, made them feel alien to us, not to mention the appropriate utilization of the absolutely hypnotic soundtrack by Philip Glass. The scenes also have a connecting theme of pessimism towards humanity.
Want a mysterious, meditative experience? Go for Koyaanisqatsi instead.
More of an experience than a film, this wordless trip around the world is breathtaking at many times. I had to watch it in three sittings though. It kept sending me into a hypnotic trance.
The blu-ray transfer is gorgeous, one of the best I've seen, a show case for the technology.
This is a hard one to rate. Some of the sights are five star sights, but it's the difficulty of watching that brings it down somewhat.
If ever a movie should be called poetic, this is that movie. This is most a work of art, a creation of tone, image, and theme. It is also stunningly, magnificently beautiful.
Humanity reaches for, longs for, a spiritual connection. Perhaps it is found in religion, perhaps in community, perhaps in nature. But our commodified civilization, and humanity's cruelty (to each other, to other creatures, to nature) drive us away from each other and further from true spiritual connection.
A film everyone ought to see, yet a film that is not for everyone. A moving, powerful composition, meditative, forceful, simple and profound.
wow... after a long week of watching a tonne of movies I just threw this on while I was folding clothes. as the movie went on members of my family started wandering in wondering what I was watching. each one stayed, glued to the screens, my kids asked a million questions about what we were watching.
As beautiful footage as you will ever see. the combination of music and footage was perfect. no words necessary the movie moves like a symphony. amazing
If aliens were to ask you "where are you from?", you would just give them this film to watch. This is Earth, this is life, this is what we are.
Made for IMAX. Dated, still full of awe, wonder and amazement though. Fantastic.
"A cinematic gap year of forest temples, baking deserts and teeming cities."
- Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"Nothing in this epic visual poem is less than extraordinary."
- Hal Hinson, Washington Post
BARAKA is a beautiful documentary with no narration or plot: it consists of beautiful 70mm footage from all over the world, compiled and ordered with minimal structure and narrative.
There are fantastic moments throughout. I don't think the Tomb of Pope Alexander has ever looked as amazing as it does here, except for maybe in person. The dazzling interior of Shah Cheragh, an Iranian mosque, made my jaw drop. There are countless gorgeous nature shots as well, including a contemplative close-up of a monkey relaxing in a hot spring. The only weakness in BARAKA is when it makes easy, obvious points. For example juxtaposing the scene of bunches of baby chicks being processed in a factory with time-lapse film of…
I cried like a baby after seeing this in the theatre. i can't explain why.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…