'Samsara' Review

by Jordan Hoffman August 23, 2012 @ 1:55 PM
Oscilloscope Films
A little over 20 years ago Godfrey Reggio, Ron Fricke and Philip Glass collaborated on what I recently decided was my 5th favorite movie of all time, 'Koyaanisqatsi.' While they didn't invent the dizzying non-narrative art film they upped the game with its dazzling use of high-tech lenses, filming technique and access to photogenic locations both natural and man-made. They revolutionized cinema, with immediate copycats in the world of advertising, and the film excites audiences looking for an exercise in "pure cinema" to this day.
Well, for those of you that were fans, you can relax. This newest production, 'Samsara,' five years in the making, is really quite terrific. There's a primacy to 'Koyaanisqatsi' that lends it a profound aura, but 'Samsara' is such a spectacle that one can't help but cheer it along for showing such determination.