Posted on 1/23/11 08:34 PM
Religion is a large part of society. Different cultures have different styles of praising their gods. I am an atheist, I do not believe in any god, it is my choice in life and I am happy that way. There are some religions that practice worshiping their gods in some really crazy ways. Some people pray, some people circumcise their babies, and some explode buildings(sorry if I offended some of you.). Alejandro Jodorowsky's film "The Holy Mountain" is a mind blowing example at the insanity and creativity of a very particular religion.
Plot- A strange man, lies on the ground floor, flies are covering his face. He awakens to find a paraplegic man taking him to a city, so he can make money. The strange man has a very close resemblance to Jesus Christ, which inspires people to create crucifix's of him. After the man is awaken to find the statues of him, he quickly destroys them all. He sets off on a quest to discover himself. Once he enters a strange building. But what will become of the man during his strange quest?
What I liked- Like I said, I am an atheist, and I love how the film presents religion as a taboo. I find it brave when filmmakers attempt to show a film like this. I love how brave and innovative this film is. This is an experimental film, so it clearly isn't for everyone.
What I didn't like- There is a scene where they burn poop. I find that disturbing.
Cinematography- Rafael Corkidi is a very talented cinematographer. I wish he could do more work, but I can't find much info on him.
Editing- Its very well edited. Alejandro Jodorowksy and Federico Landeros are talented at their work since they aren't afraid to hide whatever anyone shot. And that's what I love about this film.
Music- Kind of irritating, maybe its me, but I didn't get into the tune of this film.
Acting- This isn't much of a performance film. The main lead is Alejandro Jodorowsky, and he is the highlight performance of this film.
Direction- Amazing! The direction is the best thing about this film! Alejandro Jodorowksy directs himself, does the writing, music, and editing. Very few directors have the ability to do this and I'm pleased that he is that kind of a director.
Overall, The Holy Mountain is an innovative film that Cinephiles have to watch it. It should be mandatory for us to watch it.
I give it 4.5/5 Stars.
Question of the Week.
I realized I haven't done one since October, so here it is.
Do you think people who are depressed or suicidal should turn their lives to religions or strange taboos?
If your wondering, I have been depressed and suicidal lately and I have been seeing a therapist as well, and one of my cousins was shocked and told me it was because God was punishing me for not believing in him. That's why I am asking that question.