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.
Absolutely astonishing. One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Sometimes you get so caught up in your own life and the walls around you, you forget that the world is so god damn big, and in the grand scheme of things you are so god damn small.
I read a lot of people say that you needed to be stoned to enjoy this film. I disagree completely. All you need is the ability to open up and appreciate a work of art, and the ability to put things in perspective.
Don't get me wrong though, this would probably be friggin rad to watch while stoned. It just isn't a requirement.
Watched with subtitles, 1/4 volume with a drink and the very best of the doors full 2cd album. Absolutely Amazing
If you want to get visually lost in a documentary. This is what's gonna do it.
You don't watch this for the story, but yet all these images unfold in front of your eyes.
Cannot wait to watch the sequel to this.
PS if you really want to be mindfucked by this, watch it when stoned.
Baraka showcases mesmerizing photography once again by Ron Fricke, who also shot Koyaanisqatsi (1982). Unlike the latter, this gives us a glimpse through various cultures around the world, but also synchronizing an enchanting score (by Michael Stearns) with each shot.
With its direct images, enveloping spiritualism, and earnest curiosity about globe-spanning rituals, a trek is made from hope in variety to despair in decimation, settling somewhere in the middle, like a peaceful reconciliation.
Tied with 2001: A Space Odyssey as the greatest experience you could ever get from watching a film/documentary. No words can describe how breath-taking and mind-blowing this really is!
Ron Fricke, who photographed Koyaanisqatsi, does doubly duty as director and cinematographer, and creates another masterpiece very much in the same vein as his previous collaborative effort. While Koyaanisqatsi has the edge, simply because it was a novel exploration of what film is capable of (and also has Philip Glass's score), Baraka is a much more assured and accomplished work, with crystal clear images and stunning composition and editing. Comparing the reality of Fricke's images with the invented, CGI-heavy worlds of modern blockbusters, it is still astounding that reality can be so much more spectacular than what film makers can imagine. This truly is the grandest of spectacles, and the only subject is the world in which we live.
Incredible cinematography. Crazy, intense, powerful shots.
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