• milo

    Watched by milo 28 Feb, 2015

    i fell asleep... also technology is bad btw :/

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  • ScreeningNotes

    ★★★★ Watched by ScreeningNotes 13 Feb, 2015 4

    As a technical exercise, I can't praise Koyaanisqatsi highly enough. The question of what to even call it is enough to give reviewers pause—is it a documentary? a motion-picture essay? a visual poem? At its most basic level, it's essentially a 90-minute montage, and the way it plays with the Kuleshov effect (how an image changes in relation to what precedes & follows it) is equally brilliant and fascinating. It opens with a 2001-level cut across time from cave paintings to…

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  • Kevin Pourmostofi

    ★★★★★ Watched by Kevin Pourmostofi 14 Feb, 2015 3

    It's been about 12 hours since I've watched Koyaanisqatsi. For most of these twelve hours I have been out with friends. For all of these twelve hours I have been thinking of Koyaanisqatsi .

    From the Hopi Language, Koyaanisqatsi means "Life out of Balance" and this surely what the films conveys. Our consumption of resources far outweighs our conservation efforts. Our advancements in technology has not come at a cost. Our choices as a race have severely impacted upon both…

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  • Jason Hernandez

    ★★★★ Watched by Jason Hernandez 19 Nov, 2013

    See this cult documentary and regret that you were born a human rather than a cloud or a rock formation or an ocean wave. Here, nature rules and people only bring ruin. It's all imagery, no narrator, no interviews, no sound at all other than a pounding Phillip Glass score. Director Godfrey Reggio makes pure cinema here, where words ain't worth a dime and a simple picture counts for everything.

    It begins with Earth's natural elements. We see deserts, roaring…

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  • Alan Jarvis

    ★★★½ Watched by Alan Jarvis 08 Feb, 2015

    Koyaanisqatsi is a hopi Indian word. The end of the film offers a variety of definitions, from something like 'crazy life' to 'state of life that calls for another way of being'. The film which is a sort of wordless essay (although there are brief snatches of Hopi chant on the soundtrack) illustrates this concept by contrasting images of modern life with the natural world. Innovative use of stop motion photography makes the world we've created seem little more than…

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  • Myriad

    ★★★½ Watched by Myriad 07 Feb, 2015

    Baraka before there was Baraka

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  • Ben Oliver

    ★★★★★ Watched by Ben Oliver 06 Feb, 2015

    Koyaanisqatsi is a 90 minute montage, and therefore a tough sell. Turn back if you like dialogue and stories.

    Reggio puts this together extraordinarily well. It really does not feel like this film is driven by any sort of idea, leaving the audience to build a narrative around what is on screen.

    It’s a gorgeous film. Planes move on the runway like a ballet. The moon floats towards a tower block. Cars move at the speed of light. People flood…

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  • Luca Di-Maio

    ★★★★½ Watched by Luca Di-Maio 02 Feb, 2015

    This film is a very bold statement of humanity. Beginning with bare landscapes and artistically moving onto cityscapes.

    It's philosophical in a way, mountains and busy roads can have the same peace about themselves when driven by Phillip Glass' fantastic soundtrack. Be it fast paced or slow, the soundtrack is there. And due to the lack of dialogue, it drives the film forward.

    It's difficult to talk about the actual content of the film because each scene is unique in…

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  • MrMonstrosity

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by MrMonstrosity 07 Jul, 2009

    What may sound something like an 80 minute screensaver is actually a pretty compelling document of how technology has consumed not only nature, but us, to the point that we ourselves have become oblivious to how it plays into our lives.

    At least that's my take. Yours may be different.

    The whole movie is spectacular, but I just fucking love that exhilarating time-lapse sequence showcasing all those colorful cityscapes, and the cars, people, and assorted mayhem rummaging around inside, all…

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  • Nigel Smith

    ★★★★ Watched by Nigel Smith 21 Jan, 2015

    Feels both contemporary and wonderfully dated. Glad I have a decent-size TV and 5.1 sound at home but would love to see it again on a big screen (with a live score?).

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  • Eric

    Added by Eric

    A documentary which acts as a commentary, though there is no narration or dialogue. Philip Glass scored the film, and it can oddly enough turn the audience in a sleepy state. Maybe that's what's intended, as we as humans as a whole don't have a great perspective on how the world changes on its own much less what impact we are having on it. Wonderfully shot and edited, this one will stand the test of time.

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  • brryanda

    ★★★★★ Watched by brryanda 06 Jan, 2015

    Mundo armónico. Mundo humano armónico en su movimiento terrible. Sublime documental que nos permite dar un profundo vistazo a nuestra minúscula existencia y lo hace, claro, con una forma impecable y la música de un Philip Glass que a modo del buen Alex DeLarge sometido a la ultraviolencia no nos dejará pegar el ojo.

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