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A documentary about a group of pilgrims who travel to Nepal to worship at the legendary Manakamana temple.
Walked out of this 18 months ago, and I'm afraid seeing the rest didn't much help, though at least there's some comedy and music in the home stretch to liven things up. For whatever reason, my interest in the Sensory Ethnography Lab films is inversely proportional to the amount of screen time devoted to human beings—I loved Sweetgrass until it started paying attention to that one lonely cowboy, and my least favorite part of Leviathan was the shot of the fisherman falling asleep watching Greatest Catch or whatever it was on TV. Not that 11 empty cable cars would be an improvement here, but I might've been more enthused about, say, 11 different cable-car rides, in different locations, à…
Got a pretty cool time-distortion effect with this one, where I thought, like, an hour had passed but it had really been two. Only other piece of art to do this so acutely to me was the album Dopesmoker by Sleep - I'm not saying that record and this movie are going to sync up Dark Side of the Rainbow style, but just having the thought probably means I'm eligible for prison time in Texas.
Harvard University's Sensory Ethnography Lab presents...the most gummy title to try and pronounce since "Koyaanisqatsi".
I was just thinking to myself the other day: do I like listening to music because it involves doing nothing but staring off into space? "Manakamana" (presumably Nepalese for EATER OF SOULS AND DESTROYER OF WORLDS) doesn't so much answer that question as it *is* an answer to that question. You feel me? You shouldn't. This is a movie so objective it's subjective, and helps to come to with a certain level of skepticism.
I mean, a two-hour documentary consisting of no more than a handful of shots of various life forms traveling via cable car scaling either up or down a Hindu mountain…
While it's streaming on Netflix, I'd recommend watching the first three car rides. It's about 20 minutes. You'll know by then if it's for you or not. And if you watch to the end, well, I'm tempted to say: that's life.
Lots of Fish Head "Scene of the Year" nominees.
absolutely enthralling, packed with indelible moments, funny as shit. constantly pokes at ethnographic documentary construction, preconceived notions of it, and even the privileged distance that's a part of watching it. metalheads, goats, ice cream, rooster.
If last years Leviathan proved to be a difficult watch for some, then the directing duo of Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, also from the Sensory Ethnography Lab, will prove to be even more divisive. Taking in long stable takes, it forces a mould between character and spatial studies, inviting us to observe the miniature of movement both in the fore and background of the images slowly passing by on screen.
We spend the entire time in a cable car travelling to and from the Manakamana Temple in Nepal. At first it seems like a seamless round trip until you realise the edit takes place in the docking station as the car circles round in dark, ahead of its return…
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Capturing time like fireflies in a bottle.
Hypnotism here much more fickle than from Leviathan.
There's a ride where you stare at several goats' ass for 10 minutes.
You can't rate a film like this so I won't.
Great ice cream scene
I was never bored. If you're like me an actually really enjoy the highway scene in Solaris, you should like this.
Hay una parte en Manakamana [Spray/Velez '13] que me recordó aquella larga toma de la que Alejandro Jodorowsky hablaba con tanta emoción en Jodorowsky's Dune. Y es que el chileno-mexicano contaba que una de las partes mas importantes dentro de esa ambiciosa obra que nunca llegó a realizar (del todo), era una larguísima toma al inicio del film, donde la cámara iba a recorrer planetas, galaxias enteras hasta llegar a las periferias de Arrakis (el planeta donde se lleva a cabo todo el merequetengue en Dune). La idea de éste, inspirada en la gran entrada que Orson Welles hace en Touch of Evil , a quien le guarda una gran admiración.
La cosa es que los primeros 10-11 minutos del…
I wish I could make the kinds of interpretive leaps some have made about this movie (and which it probably, to some extent, invites), but it's hard for me to tear myself away from what's actually onscreen. It's an utterly hypnotic film. Here's my review of it from earlier last year:
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