21 January 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Watching a Godfrey Reggio movie is like hearing somebody brag about not owning a TV — it's insufferable as much for being sanctimonious as for being utterly clichéd.

Reggio remains best known for Koyaanisqatsi, a nonfiction film whose time-lapse cityscape photography and grandly arpeggiated score drew attention away from its shallow, self-righteous thesis.

You may recall the film's original subheading: "Life Out of Balance," the title's English translation and a point underlined, in one montage of contemporary disorder after another, in the thickest felt tip pen.

Alas, life hasn't straightened itself out much in the 32 years since Koyaanisqatsi — and Reggio hasn't grown any less tiresomely indignant. The complaints lev »


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