"Tivo-ifies the web" Paul Kedrosky


When I was working for the architect, Norman Foster he came into the office after having seen Koyaanisqatsi and raved about it. Every sycophant, like myself, promptly went out and saw it.

In many ways its an architects film, with architect music by Philip Glass, repetitive and jerky like a Rotring penned plan. But there’s something that doesn’t quite fit, like the new age Hopi name and some of the more cliched imagery that looks like its from a stock library. These make it a flawed masterpiece but one which is a must see, nevertheless.

(Hulu, US only)

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3 comments on “Koyaanisqatsi

  1. Roco says:

    I like that – “flawed masterpiece”. Indeed, the match cuts and associative editing becomes obvious after, like, the third time. I GET IT ALREADY!!

    I find it’s cousins “Man with a Movie Camera”, “Manufactured Landscapes” and “Baraka” far more enlightening if you’re in the mood for a stoner-pseudo-intellectual-long-form-montage (I think that’s the official genre name)

    Thanks for posting.

  2. Dan Westlake says:

    Koyaanisqatsi is visually and aurally stunning and only now look a bit cliched in parts due to it being ripped off by so manyy adverts and pop videos etc. but was very innovate at the time. Btw have you seen Naqoyqatsi the third film in the trilogy? That really is embarrassingly cliched. So awful is it that I found it hard to believe the same people where behind it. I have a feeling that Ron Fricke, the cinematographer of the first two, may not have been but I’m not too sure.

    ps. we can’t view Hulu in th UK.


  3. weliveunderrocks says:

    For all those outside Hulu’s range, you can find a full version under “Koyaanisqatsi – Life out of Balance” on video.google.com (Don’t know if it’s ok to post the link, delete if not):


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