• HorsHedBookends

    ★★★½ Watched by HorsHedBookends 26 Mar, 2015

    An interesting experiment in cinema, Koyaanisqatsi pairs its gorgeous imagery with entrancing music for a beautiful experience

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  • Shervin Ghiami

    ★★★★★ Watched by Shervin Ghiami 17 Mar, 2015 4

    I'm quite surprised this isn't even more acclaimed than it already is, for Koyaanisqatsi is absolutely divine.

    That is, the audience sees the landscapes and urban life of Koyaanisqatsi from a completely inhuman perspective, as if we are omniscient cosmic entities softly observing the basic tenets of human nature. But this is not an empowering piece, it is a humbling one. The vastness of the universe makes every single minute detail irrelevant in the grand plan of the cosmos.

    Yet…

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  • Alex Keipper

    ★★★★½ Added by Alex Keipper

    The film is the first in a trilogy of films, all scored by Philip Glass, which are comprised of solely images and music, with really nothing else guiding it. In face, Reggio talks scarcely about the themes present in Koyaanisqatsi, perhaps out of some fear of tainting the film with meaning, but it has meaning, and it's easy to see. It doesn't hurt Koyaanisqatsi's credit that it's absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. It was shot by cinematographer Ron Fricke, who would go…

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  • sundancekid

    Watched by sundancekid 04 Mar, 2015

    οπτικοποιημένη ποίηση

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  • Roric Brown

    ★★½ Watched by Roric Brown 01 Mar, 2015

    My perspective on Koyaanisqatsi has not yet been formed until 30 years since its initial release, and I do believe these years have not been kind to the film. While the beauty and themes of Koyaanisqatsi are still relevant today, the film no longer poses the same originality and urgency that I assume it once held in 1982. In 2015 we can find thousands of film clips and super-cuts floating around the internet on sites like vimeo and youtube; while…

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  • 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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