This film really demands projection, in my opinion. Not only doesn't it look right on a computer screen, it is annoying. The flickering images need to be flickering "out there", up on a large screen, in a darkened room, not flickering into your eyes on a computer screen. I watched it projected, and it was lovely. 3.9 stars.
The wonderful and evolving match on action shots speak for themselves without the use of the abrasive flashing light. Viewers are urged to submit themselves to the dream-like fluidity of the images while they also constantly resist the uncomfortable strobe. As a work of art, perhaps this effect is successful. As a cinematic experience, Sea of Vapors is off-putting.
A cross between the "strobing" montage of Godard's Histoire(s) du cinema and the ghostly-images-seared-into-your-retina "hypnogogism" of Brakhage. The imagery seems to suggest a dark dream-state, but was too on the nose (water, sun, eyes) to be menacing and effective.
Powerful, dramatic experience, full of personal meaning and wow moments. I almost had to brace myself for fear of being sucked in, but it was exhilarating while I was down that rabbit hole. It sorta reminded me of the first time I saw the 2001: ASO star gate sequence - only more intense.
The technique is certainly hard to watch (and I am an epileptic), but partially because of that that it's possible to slip into a meditative state as the images nearly reveal themselves. It's really a pretty amazing experience when you get there. I think El Biffo is right about watching it on a projector as intended and not on a screen.
An exhausting and demanding experience. I wish that I had a projector to fill a room with the pulsing, flashing images to get the proper viewing experience. Still though, even on just a television in a dark room SoV is a highly expressive work that invades personal space in a way that seems both expansive in tone and content but confined in form and creation.
I believe I have very little say when it comes to films like this. They are art, and in my opinion art is subjective and criticizing art would only make me seem snobbish. I enjoyed the usage of black and white images strobe lighting upon each other. It created be beautiful movement, and didn't allow my eyes to settle for a second. However it's not for everybody (especially those with epilepsy!).