Time of the Earth
by Chas Turner, Barnes & Noble.com
History is packed with film directors with acute eyes for landscape John Ford and mythical obsession with Monument Valley, Ron Fricke and his epic, earthroving work (on Baraka and Chronos), and of course Robert Flaherty in the North and South (Louisiana Story). Steve Lazur's TIME OF THE EARTH falls into distinguished line with all three. Trained on the American West's intoxicating gorges, hypnotic declivities, and nigh-unearthly kaleidoscopic rock clumps, Lazur's camera continually ferrets out the reasons why so many science fiction movies find convincingly uncanny terrain there. Set to an otherworldly score by Steve Roach, TIME OF THE EARTH pulses with the snarling beat of life itself, seemingly transfiguring all that it touches. The rocks, brush, clouds and sky eventually give some hint of eternity, via the push-pull advance and return of consciousness. The DVD offers the option of switching between a suite of Roach songs or one, exclusive epic one called THE DREAM CIRCLE.