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YMMV: Koyaanisqatsi
  • Crowning Music Of Awesome: The whole thing. One of Philip Glass's best-known works, and with good reason.
  • Ear Worm: Philip Glass's music will get will get stuck will get will get stuck will get stuck get stuck stuck will get stuck stuck get stuck in your head.
    • The Anthem from Powaqqatsi is another Ear Worm.
  • First Installment Wins
  • Memetic Mutation: Due to the haunting and ominous title track, it's sometimes used to convey Tranquil Fury.
  • Misaimed Fandom: The film and imagery similar to it is sometimes used to celebrate technology.
    • It is easy to find "beauty in the beast" due to the wonderful cinematography. Part of Godfrey Reggio's concept for the film is that every viewer could take something completely different from it.
    • Nobody says you shouldn't use it for that purpose. Your interpretation is yours and yours alone.
    • A relevant quote from writer Tim Page, in the liner notes of Philip Glass's soundtrack album:
    Although Koyaanisqatsi was intended, at least in part, as an indictment of late-20th century Western society (the title is Hopi for "life out of balance"), it is one of many paradoxes that the images of a supposedly crazy, hard-driven, over-the-top America are so vibrant and captivating — probably the most exhilarating (and curiously affirmative) passages in the film. But it is not necessary to buy into the philosophy that propels the action in order to exult in its spectacle. And, after all, as one critic observed when Koyaanisqatsi was new, Hopi activities would probably seem pretty frantic themselves if they were to be presented at such high speed.
  • Newer Than They Think: Superspeed time lapse photography was new. Only TRON and Pink Floyd: The Wall had employed it - and only briefly.
  • Older Than They Think: Many viewers think the exploding rocket was the space shuttle Challenger, which was destroyed three years after this movie came out. The explosion filmed was with an unmanned Navy Atlas rocket, about 20 years earlier.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: The time-lapsed sequences of cloudscapes, scenery, traffic, and walking crowds have been very widely imitated, but you saw it here first.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Powaqqatsi is a better film, but fewer people know it, save for the music piece "Anthem" which appeared in The Truman Show.

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