In no particular order (1940-2016).
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…
What the fuck is this bullshit? Biggest example of style over substance. Was my dialogue audio channel broken? Cuz this shit had no story, yo. I thought it was the retrospective of the world from some monkey.
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.
A beautiful, overlong, unfocused treatise on the beauty of nature, the unity spiritual rituals, and the evils of modern life.
the closest we will ever get to a Terrence Malick documentary.
(let's be real, Voyage of Time is never gonna come out.)
Wordless, vast and repetitive.
Sometimes amazingly beautiful and sometimes utterly depressing. There's some genuine beauty here, but it also made me incredibly sad and began to wear me down.
I wish I had a bigger screen to watch this on.
Another beautiful and haunting look at life, culture, and humanity from Ron Fricke. Great editing through juxtaposition. Awesome use of sound and manipulation of loudness and quiet. Stunning cinematography and portraits of the soul.
Baraka is the "beneficent force, of divine origin, which causes superabundance in the physical sphere and prosperity and happiness in the psychic order" (Colin 2012). This documentary is about the evolution of humankind through images. Using a contemporary ellipsis, cinematographer Ron Fricke evocated with the first sequence the tribe of man-apes in Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey" linking human evolution with technological development but also understanding the necessity of beliefs and faith.
Film captures spectator using concept construction; while images seem to be separated visual association provides through montage complex ideas about reality. The artistic expression of Baraka came with the origin of rationality: observation, neither clear narrative nor voice-over, only connotation. Title sequence, for example, is an analogy…
A breathtaking and admirably ambitious companion piece to Koyaanisqatsi; even if the motivation is not as focused and, I suspect, rooted mostly in the visuals. It may not be as hypnotically cathartic, but! Sometimes, and I don't say this lightly, as the term can be so radically subjective, but sometimes, sheer beauty is truly enough.
Fantastic cinematography and framing, didn’t pickup any overall "vibe", editing and music could manipulate the meaning of the images anyway you like.
Film #2 of the Scavenger Hunt Challenge
Task #36: Movie shot entirely without Panavision (non-traditional film mediums): Was shot in 70mm with Mitchell AP-65, Hasselblad, Mamiya, Pentax and Schneider Lenses
Film #3 of the Mrkvansturm Movie Mayhem Challenge – 2016
A sort of photographic journey. A feast for the eyeballs without narration; though you can see certain ideas the director is pushing. Even so, the viewer comes up with their own take from watching it. It's thought provoking and you want to know more about what you are seeing. I'm hoping there is some sort of guide to look up some of the individual scenes to learn more. I also highly recommend you watch it on Blu-Ray or whatever the highest quality video you can get.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…