Sep 21, 2007

Wiwille's movie reviews part 19.


Seriously wow.

I've never seen such a film nor probably will I again. What I've just witnessed was a technical marvel, a masterpiece of filmmaking, and the most captivating thing I've seen on screen in maybe my entire life.

No it's not a Chasey Lain film, but I like the way you think.

Baraka is a fascinating experience. With no dialogue the director takes you on a journey through various parts of the world to tell you about life. Spanning the scope of over a couple of dozen countries the film shows sequences of people in various acts, such as worship, work, travel, and even in leisure. There are no actors, just real people in their normal everyday situations. Juxtaposed is images of nature that were shot brilliantly. Every shot is beautiful to breathtaking and a glowing tribute the the diversity of our Earth.

Not to be outdone by the visuals the music is equally as good. From tribal beats to trance the sounds are cut with the action seamlessly. One sequence in particular is out standing where a long shot of people commuting in Tokyo is cut with an African rhythm section.

Writing this is difficult for me as I feel that my limited vocabulary cannot properly illustrate how much I love this film. My only regret is that I haven't seen this on the big screen, where I would probably love it more.

My thanks to Mattbear for submitting this. I would highly recommend this, but I'm hesitant to do so as I doubt this has a broad audience. Aw fuck it. Go watch something good for a change instead of some Dane Cook horse shit.

Well I'm down to one more review left. I'll be doing something different with my next review and I think you'll enjoy it.

Wanna see a film reviewed by Wiwille? Drop me an email or comment and you'll see it soon on Erik's Ramblings. Rules are posted here.

"Nothing in this epic visual poem is less than extraordinary." - Hal Hinson


rawbean said...

I totally want to see this movie now!

Hey have you reviewed the German film "The Lives of Others"? It's just out on video and it's really good. Do it if you can.

TracieLacy said...

Wiwille, you must have netflix.

Mattbear said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I own Baraka on DVD, and no matter how many times I watch it, I'm still blown away by it.

It gets shown once in a great awhile at some of the artsy theaters around Seattle. I missed a chance to see it at the Egyptian once, and have been bummed ever since that I missed it.

It's possible to rent the Cinerama for private showings late at night...maybe we should drum up enough people to share the expense if we can get Baraka for a showing there....