This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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.
Koyaanisqatsi is one of my favorite films so I did have difficulty not comparing and contrasting the two a lot.
I find the cinematography and music create a much stronger narrative and thesis in Koyaanisqatsi, but with far more ordinary (for the average American at least) content. On the other hand, the scenes presented in Baraka are often fantastical and almost otherworldly, but they are not necessarily edited together in any particularly meaningful way.
I had spent the night watching the stars on the roof of my friend's house, wondering about our individual experiences and how much, if anything, each of us contributes to the grand scheme of things, as well as the fact that we as a species somehow developed a way of communicating with our fellow man, from the beginning as caveman for survival, and developed it to the point that we could convince each other that traveling to the moon is not only possible but somehow necessary.
Anyways, I may have been under the influence that night, but regardless, it got me to watch Baraka when I got home and it was magical.
I would talk more about the movie, but it's something you just have to watch and perhaps you might fall in love.
Nature looks nice.
And there's animals.
They, too, look nice.
Then there's people.
They have clothes and buildings.
Some of which look nice.
They also have gods and spiritual stuff.
Sometimes they torture animals and kill each other.
Sometimes they destroy nature.
But it sure does look nice.
Silliness aside, watching this was one of the most deeply moving experiences I've had in a while. It's pretty remarkable how much truth about life Ron Fricke is able to convey in 97 minutes simply by showing you things. Plus, it looks very nice.
I had to rewatch this. I do every now and then, I need it to renew faith everytime I start to think about all the thing that are wrong in the world. It's still a wonderfull place, Barake makes you witness it.
The definitive this-type-of-movie.
Completely different reaction, probably for the worse. Messages seem more blatant, almost laughable, but I can still tell myself the film does not preach, and it is only my own thoughts providing moral judgments.
This visual essay--about religion, nature, war, and death--is a unique and beautiful experience. At the perfect length (about an hour and a half) it tells you about the world. Roger Ebert said essentially that this film was a perfect way to show someone about earth if they didn't already know, maybe to send to space to teach about earth. He isn't wrong.
July Scavenger Hunt | Film #8, Task #11
A movie set in more than one country.
Beautiful images from beautiful places all over the world. I loved to see Arches Nation Park, which I visited recently. Also there was a little caption to tell you what you were seeing, which was very useful. What I didn't like was that the location kept changing back and forth. One moment you're in Nepal, then in Australia, and then through India back in Nepal. Maybe this was done with a purpose but it started to annoy me after a while. So did the music.
Movies that are slightly off.
Complete list. :-(