Movies that are slightly off.
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…
A classic anthropologist’s wet dream caught on tape, in very high definition. Baraka is just over ninety minutes of stunning photography, capturing Earth’s extremes in terms of nature, but more prominently in terms of cultural diversity. For a movie disembarking from that premise, it is a bit awkward to see North America relatively underrepresented and Europe basically absent (I think I counted one short shot in a French cathedral, but that is about it). Director-writer-editor-cinematographer Ron Fricke is clearly more concerned with trying to achieve a profound exhibition of cultural exceptionalism, in which the extraordinary and the peculiar are (wrongly) displayed so as to speak for a truer, but less spectacular, national image. This National Geographic account of countries is…
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.
The bagpipes over the burning oil fields were a nice touch.
The toppling tree sounded like it was crashing and splintering inside the auditorium!
I get it. It's pretty, has some thoughtful shots, and some cute transitions. But there's too much on its plate. It feels like it wants to say EVERYTHING about humanity and nature, but without really saying anything. It's very watchable, but that's about it.
Nothing could have prepared me for Baraka, one of the most breathtaking films ever made. Shot in over 24 countries during a period of two years, the film contains no traditional narrative, dialogue or voice-over. The story is told through beautiful images, similar to Koyaanisqatsi (Ron Fricke, the director of this film was the cinematographer for Koyaanisqatsi).
Unlike Qatsi, Baraka focuses on the people of this world. The powerful images explain how powerful religion is to some and the meaning of life itself. It is a film that surely makes me question what a happy life really is. Those are my thoughts about the film, but the images can evoke a million different thoughts I'm sure.
This 1992 documentary should…
An unbelievable movie watching experience
Beautifully shot overview of life and the lifestyles of the world. Occasionally it can drag on for what can seem an eternity and it sometimes looks more like an art installation than a film but visually it's worth looking at for how exquisitely it's shot.
Nat Geo the motion picture
Beautiful ethnographic experiment, like a National Geographic issue bursting with life
Got to see an original 1992 70mm print of Baraka at the Seattle Cinerama. What an amazing piece of cinema. Ron Fricke really knows how to capture images that evoke so many different feelings and immerse you into each scene. The print itself was in very good condition for a 1992 print and the 6 track sound was superb! If you ever find yourself able to view it on 70mm, it's an experience you won't soon forget.
Some of the greatest camerawork of all-time, in my opinion;
Only contains films released between 1955 and 2016 (for now).
Films that are everything to me
Life changing cinematic experiences