Baraka — Planet Earth, for the More Bizarre


I recently checked out Ron Fricke’s Baraka, a Planet Earthesque film shot across 24 countries. This is one of those movies that you need to watch on Blu-Ray, and generally appeals to people that like movies that are “good to look at.” The movie focuses on landscapes, animals, humans, and industry — basically anything amazing to look at across the globe — using slowed down and sped up photography for effect. The movie alternates between scenes of chaos and tranquility, all the while coupling music from around the globe to the images on the screen. You see some pretty weird tribal types doing some really bizarre rituals, let me tell you. This film should be required viewing for the leaders of every country, as it does have a slight cross-cultural agenda, albeit an effective one — it certainly opened my eyes to a lot of the nonsense going on across this planet of ours. Much of this film focuses on northern Asian cultures, which is unfortunate in my eyes as I have about as much interest in northern Asian cultures as I do in eating low-fat, plain rice cakes. Otherwise, this movie is pretty astounding and certainly worth a watch — especially if you are a Discovery Channel type.

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14 responses to “Baraka — Planet Earth, for the More Bizarre

  1. Williams

    “Much of this film focuses on northern Asian cultures, which is unfortunate in my eyes as I have about as much interest in northern Asian cultures as I do in eating low-fat, plain rice cakes”

    easily the best, most honest quote ever in this blog… and so true

  2. Kevin Youkillis

    for a second i thought this article was about one of the best Mortal Kombat characters of all time. I was initially disapointed when it wasn’t but this is a movie I will certainly check out.

  3. j-bone

    I think this says it all.

    Jackson “Jax” Briggs is a U.S. Special Forces major who first appears in MKII to find and rescue Sonya from Outworld and bring Kano into custody, a mission he successfully completes, although Kano soon escapes. When Kahn invades Earthrealm in Mortal Kombat 3, Jax prepares for battle by fitting his arms with bionic implants, and after helping foil Kahn’s attempt to permanently claim Earth as his own, he and Sonya found the Outer World Investigation Agency (OIA), which specializes in explorating and mapping other realms, as well as the destruction of interdimensional portals that could lead to Earth. In Mortal Kombat 4, he joins the Earthrealm heroes and successfully stops Shinnok and his forces from entering Earth. After Shinnok’s defeat, Jax witnesses Jarek trying to kill Sonya while the two are on the edge of the cliff. Jax catches up with Jarek, grabs him and drops him off the cliff. While returning to Earthrealm, Jax and Sonya find Cyrax malfunctioning in a desert. The two bring the cyborg back to the OIA headquarters, where they restore Cyrax’s humanity. In Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, the OIA’s underground facility is destroyed by Hsu Hao, who reveals himself to be part of the Red Dragon clan. Jax has a score to settle with him while Hsu Hao was sent by Mavado to kill Shang Tsung. On his way to Tsung’s palace, Jax finally catches up with Hsu Hao and kills him by ripping out his artificial heart implant. During the final attack against the Deadly Alliance, Jax and his allies are killed by the Alliance’s Tarkatan warriors. After the Dragon King Onaga defeats Raiden and the Alliance, he resurrected Raiden and the dead Earthrealm heroes as his slaves, but Ermac and the spirit of Liu Kang later break his mind control. In MK: Armageddon, Sonya’s sends Jax to lead a team of Special Forces to search for survivors after destroying Sektor’s Tekunin Warship, but they later vanish and are captured by the Tekunin. His own cybernetic bio scanners send out mysterious readings before contact is lost, and Sonya fears the possibility of Jax’s death.

    • I made it through about the first three sentences before my mind wandered to planning the demise of the GameInformer and Magic Cards corporate offices.

      • Kevin Youkillis

        well j-bone at the end of the last true Mortal Kombat game, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.. Baraka defeats blaze and gains godlike power. He decides that he will never serve anyone again. He threatens Shao Kahn and Onaga to bow before Lord Baraka or die, but they respond by attacking. Baraka’s blades grow twice their normal size and he impales them through their hearts, then proceeds to throw their lifeless bodies over the pyramid side. Now the ruler of Outworld, he wants a queen and gives Mileena a choice, presumably “Become my queen or die”. She chooses wisely and becomes his queen.

        Jax isnt a human anymore, he transformed into a full cyborg and leads the cyborg ninja clan which is horrible.


      • j-bone

        lets just shut this blog down after this conversation and yesterdays Katy Perry love.

      • That’s probably best for all parties involved. Katy’s coming with me.

      • j-bone

        it is alot to take in for then mind of a 13 year old girl.

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