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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an
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DVD Review: 'Visitors'

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★★★☆☆A trance-like meditation on humanity's relationship with technology, Godfrey Reggio's non-narrative documentary Visitors (2013) is an anthropological examination of postmodernity and capitalism's affects on human evolution. A poetic montage of intensely moving imagery, the profundity of Reggio's latest allows the audience to study themselves through the eyes of another, and in doing so attempt to understand the essence of our nature. Visitors is Reggio's first film in over a decade after his Qatsi Trilogy, concluding in 2002 with Naqoyqatsi. The trio wowed audiences, with their hypnotic sequences of time-lapse photography and slow motion coalescing beautifully with Phillip Glass' intense scores.
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10 Criterion Documentaries You Should Buy This Month

Few things are more exciting for hardcore cinephiles than the semi-annual Barnes and Noble Criterion sale. For a few precious weeks a year, super high-quality Blu-Rays of obscure and influential classic films are on the relative cheap. Most noteworthy: they look really, Really pretty.

Most Criterion-heads are lining up to pick up A Hard Day’s Night, Red River, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and other newer (fiction) releases—as they should because they’re all awesome releases. But how about a little love for the documentary?

Maybe you don’t think docs have a ton of rewatch value, and maybe you’re right in some cases. Criterion’s A+ supplements and video quality—not to mention the timelessness of the films they choose—ought to be enough to sway you in the right direction. But if they aren’t, we’re diving a little deeper into ten of the best Criterion documentaries ever.
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Philip Glass Talks 'Visitors' Score for Director Godfrey Reggio (Q&A)

Philip Glass Talks 'Visitors' Score for Director Godfrey Reggio (Q&A)
One of the most influential composers in 20th-century music, Philip Glass reteams with director Godfrey Reggio for the fourth time for the new movie Visitors, now playing in L.A. Story: How 'Nebraska's' Composer Wrote Americana Music Without 'Banjo Plucking' Their first collaboration, the landmark Koyaanisqatsi, became a favorite of the midnight stoner set when it came out in 1983, but has lived on to become a landmark in abstract filmmaking with its high-speed visions of city life and the chaos of a mechanized world. Sequels Powaqqatis and Naqoyqatsi employed similar visual techniques, but the pair’s latest collaboration,

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Exclusive: Go Behind The Scenes Of 'Visitors' With Godfrey Reggio, Steven Soderbergh, Philip Glass & Jon Kane In 8-Minute Look

"The stunningly photographed, often difficult, always transfixing film was not the most satisfying creation on display at Tiff, or for many cinemagoers, its most alluring. But it was without question its most important," correspondent Christopher Schobert wrote in his review of Godfrey Reggio's "Visitors" from Toronto last fall. "Here is a movie that defies simple interpretation and renders reviews—this one included—almost meaningless." And it's hardly a surprise the man behind the still influential trilogy "Koyaanisqatsi," "Powaqqatsi" and "Naqoyqatsi" has once again created a cinematic experience that is beyond words. But to help provide you with context, we've got a pretty terrific 8-minute, behind-the-scenes look at the movie, featuring along with the filmmaker, the participation of Steven Soderbergh (who is "presenting" the film), composer Philip Glass, editor Jon Kane and is narrated by musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson. And it's fascinating stuff....
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Review: Godfrey Reggio's Visitors, A Gorgeous Visual Tone Poem

Koyaanisqatsi (1982), a genre-defining, landmark film that features stunning time-lapse photography and a hypnotic score by Philip Glass, expanded the boundaries of film. It garnered a cult following and spawned countless imitators in the commercial, documentary and narrative film worlds (most recently, Samsara). Its director, Godfrey Reggio, followed it with Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002) to complete the long intended trilogy.Reggio insists his films are not experimental, but rather, experiential. He asserts this notion again with Visitors, his first new film in more than ten years. It's a visual tone poem presented in stunning monochrome 4K. Like his previous -qatsi trilogy, the 'life unbalanced' theme is still present. But consisting of only 74 shots, the film is a much more graceful, subtle, abstract experience. As...

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Interview with Godfrey Reggio and Jon Kane about Visitors.

Godfrey Reggio with Philip Glass, Jon Kane, Steven Soderbergh: "The template of the film is the moving still." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Steven Soderbergh is presenting Visitors, Godfrey Reggio's latest illuminating film collaboration with composer Philip Glass and assistant director/editor Jon Kane.

A girl wears her necklace off-center, a mouth quivers, freckles form constellations on a curious nose. When is there life in a face? Where it goes when it disappears and how fingers become ducks without eyes talking is what can move us in Visitors.

Glass, who collaborated with Reggio on five previous films - Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Anima Mundi, Evidence, and Naqoyqatsi - described the unique way they work together. "Godfrey is very skillful in taking the technology and figuring out what to do with it…We've done six movies together and every time he says 'I want something completely different.' The music making and the
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Review: A Decade After Qatsi Trilogy, Avant-Garde Cine-Poem 'Visitors' Marks Godfrey Reggio's Triumphant Return (New Trailer)

Review: A Decade After Qatsi Trilogy, Avant-Garde Cine-Poem 'Visitors' Marks Godfrey Reggio's Triumphant Return (New Trailer)
Update: Godfrey Reggio's "Visitors" will be released via Cinedigm beginning January 24, 2014. It is presented by Steven Soderbergh, with a score by Philip Glass. Read our Toh! review out of the New Orleans Film Festival, plus check out the film's new trailer, below.  Godfrey Reggio would hate this review. The director behind the cult classic "Koyaanisqatsi" (1983) resists description. As he noted while introducing his latest, "Visitors," at the New Orleans Film Festival, he considers his films "texture, not text." Well, here's some text anyway: "Visitors" is cinema as soul-craft, a profoundly beautiful portrait of the finitude of this mortal coil. Following his five previous features, the most recent of which, "Naqoyqatsi," premiered in 2002, "Visitors" dispenses with the traditional lineaments of narrative and characterization in favor of a style faintly reminiscent of the avant-gardists of the silent era. "Visitors" is, to be momentarily reductive, "The Man with a Movie...
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Watch: New Trailer For 'Koyaanisqatsi' Director Godfrey Reggio's 'Visitors'

You really can't keep a good Steven Soderbergh down. Supposedly retired from directing after “Behind The Candelabra”, the hyperactive movie-maker is using his time off to lend his name to worthy cinematic projects, and none worthier than “Visitors,” which is to be “presented by” Soderbergh, and for which a new trailer has arrived below.And what is “Visitors”, you ask? Only the first film in 10 years from Godfrey Reggio, perhaps the most celebrated experimental film-maker around today: his “Qatsi” trilogy (“Koyaanisqatsi,” “Powaqqatsi,” “Naqoyqatsi”) released from 1982 to 2002, is a genre defining, strange and powerful set of wordless, plotless mood pieces about man's relationship to the planet and to technology. They're not the easiest films to love, but no one forgets them, and our correspondent felt the very same about “Visitors” when it played at Tiff in September (read our review).“Visitors” will get a wider release on Valentine's Day 2014, but until then there's the trailer to.
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Metrodome takes UK on Visitors

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Submarine Entertainment has licensed UK rights for Godfrey Reggio’s Toronto special presentation Visitors to Metrodome and struck an Italian deal with Feltrinelli Films.

Cinedigm previously acquired all North American rights and plans a fourth quarter 2014 release while Films We Like will distribute in Canada.

The Ire Production in association with Optic Nerve, Noyes Films and Phi Films isReggio’s first film in more than a decade and explores humanity’s relationship with technology.

Reggio’s previous outings include the feted Qatsi documentary trilogy of Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi.

Lawrence Taub, Reggio, Phoebe Greenberg, Penny Mancuso, Jon Kane and Mara Campione produced and Steven Soderbergh, Dan Noyes and Dean Chenoy served as executive producers.

David Koh and Dan Braun of Submarine and Taub negotiated the deals with Metrodome head of acquisitions Giles Edwards and Feltrinelli managing director Anastasia Plazzotta.
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Tiff Review: 'Visitors' From Godfrey Reggio, The Director Of 'Koyaanisqatsi'

The world premiere of Qatsi trilogy director Godfrey Reggio’s long-awaited and eagerly anticipated “Visitors” provided the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival with something extraordinarily unique: its greatest cinematic experience. The stunningly photographed, often difficult, always transfixing film was not the most satisfying creation on display at Tiff, or for many cinemagoers, its most alluring. But it was without question its most important. Here is a movie that defies simple interpretation and renders reviews — this one included—almost meaningless. Booking Reggio’s first film in more than a decade was always going to make waves; his immaculately filmed, non-narrative Qatsi trilogy—“Koyaanisqatsi” (1982), “Powaqqatsi” (1988), and “Naqoyqatsi” (2002)—is rightfully ranked among the most important artistic achievements of the last thirty years. But that was just part of the excitement. For the premiere of “Visitors” at Toronto’s ornate Elgin Theatre, Reggio and his...
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Watch: Steven Soderbergh Presents Godfrey Reggio's 'Visitors' Trailer

The filmmaker behind Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi returns this year with his latest feature. This one is called Visitors, and it's being presented by Steven Soderbergh at the Toronto Film Festival this fall featuring a live performance of Philip Glass' score by Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The first trailer is out and it's rather odd, with the camera panning across the faces of numerous people. The concept: "Visitors offers an experience of technology and transcendental emotionality, taking viewers to the moon and back to confront them with themselves." If you like the Qatsi trilogy, you'll want to see this. Here's the latest promo trailer for Godfrey Reggio's new film Visitors, found on YouTube: Thirty years after Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio—with the support of Philip Glass and Jon Kane—once again leapfrogs over earthbound filmmakers and creates another stunning, wordless portrait of modern life. Presented by Steven Soderbergh
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Tiff Trailer: 'Koyaanisqatsi' Director Godfrey Reggio's 'Visitors,' Presented By Steven Soderbergh

Yesterday, the first batch of 2013 Tiff titles dropped sending cinephiles into a frenzied excitement with a pretty killer lineup, with many now wondering how many extra days they can stay in Toronto this year. And the advance looks continue to roll out, as today a new trailer has arrived for one of the more intriguing question marks of the forthcoming fest. Godfrey Reggio, the man behind the acclaimed "Koyaanisqatsi, "Powaqqatsi" and "Naqoyqatsi" has a new movie to show off entitled "Visitors," and it looks like it could be his most challenging yet. Bold visuals and a score by Philip Glass are once again key components, but it now features actual performers, staged scenes and more. Plus, Steven Soderbergh — whose had some effusive things to say about the movie — has put his name to the effort with a "presented by" title. Here's the official synopsis: Thirty years after Koyaanisqatsi, with support
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Godfrey Reggio’s ‘Visitors’ Acquired By Cinedigm For North America

Godfrey Reggio’s ‘Visitors’ Acquired By Cinedigm For North America
Cinedigm has acquired all North American distribution rights to “Visitors,” the non-spoken narrative film from director Godfrey Reggio, composer Philip Glass and filmmaker Jon Kane.

Steven Soderbergh is presenting the black-and-white film, which will be shown in 4K projection. “Visitors” explores humanity’s trance-like relationship with technology and its effects beyond the human species.

It’s the fourth collaboration between Reggio and Glass, following the Qatsi Trilogy formed by “Koyaanisqatsi,” “Powaqqatsi” and “Naqoyqatsi.”

Cinedigm plans to release “Visitors” theatrically in the fall following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The Tiff screening will include a live performance of Glass’s score by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

“I’m thrilled and honored to act as presenter of ‘Visitors,’ which is the definition of a must-see event for anyone who loves cinema,” Soderbergh said. “Thirty years after ‘Koyaanisqatsi,’ Godfrey Reggio–with the support of Philip Glass
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Toronto Film Festival Announces Godfrey Reggio's 'Visitors' As First Official Film From 2013 Program

Toronto Film Festival Announces Godfrey Reggio's 'Visitors' As First Official Film From 2013 Program
Cannes isn't even over yet, but the Toronto International Film Festival has already announced the first official selection for its 2013 edition. The festival has nabbed the world premiere of Godfrey Reggio's "Visitors," which will screen in 4K digital projection with a live orchestral performance by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra of the Philip Glass score. What's more is that Steven Soderbergh is "officially presenting" the film. Update: Cinedigm has just announced that it will handle North American distribution for the film. “Reggio’s 'Visitors' is a poignant, powerful film. Coupled with live performance by 65 Members of the Tso, this event is an opportunity for Toronto audiences to be moved and to experience film in a whole new way,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, Tiff. "Visitors" is the fourth feature length collaboration between Godfrey Reggio ("Koyaanisqatsi," "Powaqqatsi" and "Naqoyqatsi") and famed composer Philip Glass, together with...
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'Koyaanisqatsi' Helmer Godfrey Reggio To Premiere New Film 'Visitors' At Tiff, Presented By Steven Soderbergh

Our heads (and in some cases, our actual bodies) are still in Cannes, but it's not long at all until the fall festival season starts off. Indeed, the Toronto International Film Festival reps aren't waiting for Cannes to wrap up to make their first announcement, as news has come in of a high-profile screening that, while it won't exactly be grabbing tabloid headlines, will certainly interest a certain kind of film fan very much indeed. Deadline are reporting that Godfrey Reggio, the experimental filmmaker behind the acclaimed "Koyaanisqatsi," and its two sequels "Powaqqatsi" and "Naqoyqatsi," has completed a new film, his first in eleven years, entitled (in a break with tradition) "Visitors", and the film will premiere at Tiff on September 8th. If you've never seen the films, they're art/documentary hybrids, stunningly shot, and accompanied by scores by Philip Glass, dealing with industrialization in the first world, and the increasing influence of technology.
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Godfrey Reggio’s ‘Qatsi’ Trilogy and the Diminishing Returns of Pure Cinema

The Qatsi series is made up of several compelling contradictions. On the one hand, the first film, Koyaanisqatsi (1983), was a unique-for-its-time, one-of-a-kind event; but on the other hand, that film used many of the same cinematic tactics and strategies common to “pure cinema” (or “absolute film”) projects that characterized experimental filmmaking in the 1920s, like Dziga Vertov’s Man with the Movie Camera, Fernand Leger’s Ballet Mechanique, and the geometric filmmaking of Viking Eggeling. On the one hand, the Qatsi series is often celebrated as a series, or as an accomplishment characterized by a long-term vision realized across several films; but on the other hand, celebrations of the weight and accomplishment of this series are often relegated to the first film. Koyaanisqatsi’s sequels, Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002), are only mentioned a fraction as often as the landmark first film. On the one hand, this trilogy is one of the most radical critical critiques of capitalism and
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"Qatsi Trilogy" Defies Genre and Embraces the Senses

In so many ways, Godfrey Reggio’s Qatsi Trilogy (consisting of Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi) defy expectation and definition. For one, with each loosely dubbed a “documentary”, uninformed viewers quickly discover that none of the films are like any documentary they've ever seen. The lack of any kind of narrative or traditional structure makes all three films a unique experience outside of arthouse cinema, and yet they each still managed to find widespread acclaim in mainstream culture. Reggio’s films are pure, unfettered spectacles of aural and visual hypnosis; each follows a different theme of natural progression, but all three share a common bond in their focus on the patterns that occur in nature and civilizations around the world, and all are set to the mesmerizing music of Philip Glass. Few films ask as little of you of the Qatsi Trilogy—to simply sit back and let the sights and
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The Qatsi Trilogy Blu Ray Review

Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi trilogy is a brilliantly realized, influential piece of cinema that bridges the gap between experimental film and documentary. Completely free of dialogue or any sort of obvious narrative, these three films combine visuals and music to provoke a visceral and intellectual response from the audience, allowing themes to emerge from seemingly disparate images in a freedom of interpretation. The Criterion Collection has finally given the series an HD upgrade and outside of one exception, I'm pretty thrilled with the results. The first film in the series, Koyaanisqatsi (life out of balance), is definitely my favourite. The film casts wider conceptual and thematic net, allowing the audience to decide for themselves what they take away from its imagery, if anything at all. It claims ownership over the originality of its visuals, indulging in long sequences of time lapse photography set mostly in cities and factories. This brand
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DVD Review: ‘The Qatsi Trilogy’ Still Has Power to Mesmerize

Chicago – Godfrey Reggio’s “Koyaanisqatsi,” “Powaqqatsi,” and “Naqoyqatsi” comprise one of the most fascinating trio of documentaries in the history of the form and whoever works at Criterion that decided to collect these landmark works into one Blu-ray and DVD box set deserves a raise. Not only is eash film lovingly restored for the release and accompanied by hours of special features but being able to fully appreciate “The Qatsi Trilogy” as one body of work is something all film fans should experience.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

“The Qatsi Trilogy” is more than a mere trio of documentaries. Each of the films feels more like a visual poem than a traditional piece of film work. Working with compositions by Philip Glass, Reggio uses time-lapse footage that often contrasts the natural world versus the man-made one. These are works of music and visual compositions that try to move the viewer to think or even act without words.
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