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…
This spiritual successor to Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisquati (1982) was directed by Ron Fricke, the cinematographer of the earlier film.
Containing no narrative, it's a series of long tracking shots of people and places from around the world, often using time-lapse photography: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, oil fields in Kuwait, Auschwitz, African tribal ceremonies, a crowded subway terminal. It's National Geographic without interpretive voice overs.
A statement about the interconnectedness of humanity, it's a breathtaking, beautiful film highlighting the diversity of the world and the wonder of creation
Ron Fricke's 2012 journey across the world with 'Samsara' is probably my all-time favourite documentary with some of the best cinematography ever put to screen, so I was so excited to see his earlier trip around the globe with 'Baraka', which I really enjoyed!
The cinematography is amazing, with some visuals being unbelievably beautiful when paired with the well orchestrated score. I think it needed some more hard hitting imagery, or shots that just blow the audience away (as he did with 'Samsara'). Also I also think the comparative shots in 'Samsara' worked very well in his favour to compare and contrast societies, which was lacking here!
But if you're looking for a visual experience of different people and cultures, this is a must see!
It's interesting how much a movie can say and imply without a script or words.
Baraka shows footage of life itself. The human experience. Not social interactions, but how we interact with nature and the laws we build ourselves. It was shot on over 24 countries, mostly on Asia and Africa. The second act has some of the most interesting juxtapositions I've seen. Think Chaplin's Modern Times.
There's an eastern dance or religious ritual and, as westerns, it seems so strange. Isn't lining up to buy stuff odd too? Going through revolving doors to get to the subway?
Despite some disturbing imagery (could've been way worse), most of Baraka's images are pleasant and calm. It creates the urge for isolation;…
Although not as magical, due to not having Philip Glass as the composer, and not as coherent as Koyaanisqatsi, Baraka has astounding beautiful and mesmerizing imagery.
'"Baraka" is an ancient Sufi word, which can be translated as "a blessing, or the breath, or the essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds."'
This is what cinema was made for.
This is what epic film-making should aspire to be.
This is a perfect example of a perfect marriage between moving image and musical score.
This is a film that you sink into...a film that washes over you, like clouds roving over mountains...a film that lulls you inexorably under its spell, into a meditative, zen-like state.
This is a positively spiritual experience, but with no fixed spiritual perspective - it is ALL spiritualities at once, with humanity being the common bassline.
This is a…
Saying goodbye to my film collection, part 4.
Interesting and immersive experience to discover the world. Very well done. Both entertaining and inspiring. Recommended.
Baraka shares a lot of the same issues which the later Samsara has, much of which I discussed at length here. The difference is that Baraka is stunning enough to get away with it and wash all those concerns away. The trance is more iron clad, more propulsive and more coherent, therefore not surrendering as easily to any wandering eye and pick incision (excepting some overbearing musical moments) . My favourite first viewing from 2015 to date.
It certainly is beautiful watching in HD. Music was a bit over the top in parts. I think it would have been better cut down to about an hour. It got a bit much after a while.
I was hard to believe they made this in 92! Until you got to the modern city scenes. This would feel more like a timeless classic if they left that part out of it. Especially the chickens!
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…