Drawing Restraint 9 Reviews

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September 25, 2007
A work as vast, monstrous, and mysteriously graceful as a whale.
March 9, 2007
Conventional storytelling may not be Barney's thing, but he has a superb cinematic eye, an incredible imagination and the wherewithal to make his visions happen.
March 1, 2007
However enigmatic this all might be, there is no denying that Barney has assembled some rivetingly beautiful images.
September 8, 2006
Drawing Restraint 9 belongs to an endangered species of experimental film that walks the line between challenging and alienating its audience.
August 12, 2006
A refreshing break from mind-numbing Hollywood movies, but it may fail to win you over
August 7, 2006
What is undeniable is that this, even more than Barney's previous work, is a film of outrageous, startling ingenuity and beauty.
August 4, 2006
It is a series of lyrical ambiguities filtered through the prism of Japanese religious and whaling cultures that defy literal interpretation even as they are sculpted into physical significance.
July 8, 2006
Throughout, Barney drowns the screen in arresting images ... that nail your eyes to the screen.
June 6, 2006
Drawing Restraint 9 is Barney again creating something tenaciously abstract, but this time the result is more serene and approachable.
June 2, 2006
You're either on the boat or off the boat with something like this. But for those willing to brave the open water, it's an awe-inspiring ride.
June 1, 2006
Sitting through the film's tedious unfolding can be an interesting mental exercise.
May 27, 2006
...suffers from the loss of experiencing Barney's visual imagination for the first time.
May 26, 2006
Like John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy, a surreal, vaguely plausible explanation of why two people are crazy about each other.
May 19, 2006
Bjork appears to have been a good influence on Barney: The soundtrack, which she supervised and participates in, is well worth the time for fans of experimental music.
May 18, 2006
Not since the collaborations of Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass (Koyaanisqatsi), have music and visuals been so satisfyingly combined.
May 12, 2006
Drawing Restraint 9 is a lovely thought, but it's not a surprising one; going out on that proverbial limb, it all might be much ado about nothing.
May 6, 2006
A push/pull experience: The storytelling, what there is of it, pushes us away, but the hypnotic visuals pull us back.
April 21, 2006
It's full of arcane symbolism and alarming imagery and lots of smart, goofy-sounding Bjork music.
April 20, 2006
The experience is at times taxing, but the imagery ... is undeniably arresting and sticky.
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