Review Fix 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Coverage: Harmonium Mountain Review

How far can one photo of Colorado’s Mount Sopris take you?

In Clifford Ross’ new short “Harmonium Mountain,” with an original score by Philip Glass, it takes you on a five-minute smorgasbord of color and adventure that is incredibly pleasing to the eye.

Aside from that however, this film doesn’t have much going for it.

Glass’ score is sound and is synced with the floating photos beautifully, but what is the point of it all? With all the use of color and the music, this film feels like you’re watching an elongated commercial for a new flat-screen television. Again, if you’re not expecting a film, the whole experience works, but for those expecting some type of work of cinema, even in short-form, “Harmonium Mountain” ends up missing the mark.

At the same time, while it can be aggravating, wondering what the point of it all is, it’s short length and use of sound and color make it an experiment that isn’t exactly a waste of time. Rather, it’s something you’ll enjoy in a small way, but won’t understand why.

Fans of Glass’ work will ultimately enjoy the tunes and lovers of experimental cinema will find a meaning of their own for this flick.

Everyone else however, may not be so entertained.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of ReviewFix.com and is the author of the upcoming book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late Examiner.com. He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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