on 14 March 2004
So then, Bodysong. Probably more famous for Jonny Greenwood's soundtrack than anything else, but that doesn't make it any less of a good film. Well, you can't really call it a film. It's a series of different camera footage making the journey from birth to death with a clever soundtrack over the top.
Personally, I think this is going to be love or hate film for most people. Some will just find it tedious, pointless and boring. Akin to Koyaanisqatsi, the imagery is striking and at times; unsettling, and the soundtrack is ever-absorbing. The big question is: will you have time for it? If you are impatient and prefer a more traditional set of rules for you films then this isn't for you. You will be bored out of your skull.
However, if you liked the Qatsi trilogy and you like the sound of something a little different and unique then give this a go. If you have the patience for it, you'll love it. The way the director has pieced together so much footage and made a comprehend-able "story" is fantastic. And you can see the work that's gone into it. The soundtrack is completely suitable and essential to watch with.
Definitely worth buying if you like the experimental sides to film.
on 26 January 2004
Simon Pummell's unique film, assembled from hundreds of bits of existing footage (ranging from anthropoligical to pornographic) presents the pagaent and experience of our singular and collective human drama in a montage of near visceral images that will jolt, shock and reaffirm. From conception to death (and rituals of rebirth, I've never seen anything like this. Perhaps in some ways it's a fitting companion piece to Koyaanisqatsi, but from a much more human perspective. This dream of a movie will haunt your dreams. Recommended.
on 31 July 2006
This is definitely not a normal film watching experience - it is one of the breed of experimental films in style and content; unrelenting short flashes of images for it's duration, changing background atmospheric music, no dialogue with the timespan and collected images ranging from old black and white footage to modern birth scenes to journalistic & political atrocities, in a rather haphazard composition to the general viewer. I wasn't prepared for this style and couldn't feel moved or involved in the beauty or pain it was meant to evoke/represent.
It is an idea based upon in theory the themes of development: birth, teen, sex, violence, execution, resurrection etc but really it's all a bit too abstract, experimental and unrelatable for me. I actually found it rather boring to watch in the most part, and thought the music rather mediocre - a bit like watching an in flight information video. I imagine if you find certain shock cinema or advertising forefront in innovation or emotive then this might strike some chords, otherwise I can't see it examines or develops any points and is what any film student could do locked away in an editing room.