Less of a movie than a piece of art really. The kind of film that could be hung in the tate. Beautifully shot scenes from mans world and the natural world with an underlying message of the imbalance between the two. Its great while tripping and its great while sober.
I never quite thought that the music was as good as it was hyped up to be, although it is good, I thought it was a little more repetetive than it needed to be. I quite often have the dvd on while I listen to my own music though.
It's very good. The only thing is I don't like Philip Glass at all, so the music irritates me. But I have an alternate electronic soundtrack for it that works well (Music to Films 1 - Oliver Lieb / Dr. Atmo [FAX]). It's a good movie, with good sequels as well.
I prefer Baraka personally, if you get a chance to view that.
It's awesome if you're in the mood for that sort of thing. Sometimes it's good to just chill and watch pictures of the landscape. I have to admit that I watched the last 15 minutes in fast forward, though.
The guy I lived with last year owned the first two. We watched the first one in its entirety while completely stoned out of our gourds and decided to only watch clips of it from there on in. The Clouds and the City ones were the best two vignettes in the movie. I've wanted to see Baraka for a while, but am on drug testing and they are an essential companion for these movies
I saw Baraka for the first time with my first 2c-e experience (15 mg). Oh...my...god...that movie did a number on my head. My favorite part is in the beginning with the rain forest people chanting in front of the idol...just the way they chanted and created waves with their collective bodies totally reminded me of clouds and rain for some reason.
Phillip Glass' soundtrack for Koyaanisqatsi is incredible. He succesfully adds some music to visuals that might otherwise appear disjointed. Koyaanisqatsi would be good for zoning out if not for a few intense sequences...but definitely a great film/meditation.
ok, brief snippy comments, none of them particularly constructive:
The transfer to dvd was poor. I went into it foolishly expecting the baraka picture quality. I realize its unreasonable, considering that its older, and not shot in 60mm for IMAX, but it took away from the viewing experience. I found myself picking away, noticing stuff that is harldy poor film.
The narrative was lacking. Despite what the film maker says, I would consider this film as a kind ofstatement with an adjenda. Thats fine by me, and Whether I agree with it is moot. I didn't find the storytelling too compelling compared to baraka/chronos.
The Glass score, however, was excellent, and fit the film perfectly. I don't think I'd trade it for the "ethnic" music in Baraka, but still, it was top-notch.
Koyaanisqatsi gets major props in my book for being the first film, to my knowledge, to attempt this sort of thing, outside of that, however, I'll take my sharp, more compelling Baraka. I don't regret seeing it, but I'm not running out the door to see the other two in the trillogy.
ok, at the risk of being labelled a stoner, try this.
you have, i am sure, heard of people watching 'the wizard of oz' while listening to 'the dark side of the moon' with interesting results.
well, my friends and i occasionally do the same with koyaanisqatsi and the moby album 'i like to score'. if you start the cd just as the red letters appear on screen, it makes a really nice alternative soundtrack to the movie.