Good to know I still go for the pretentious shit.
One could call Herzog’s Fata Morgana, Lessons of Darkness and The Wild Blue Yonder his perfect trilogy of mesmerizing documentary sci-fi non-movies. One could call them that, but who would want to? Lessons of Darkness in its very surface elements, is enough to sell you: helicopter footage of Kuwaiti oil fires set to music.
Experimental enough to dabble in Koyaanisqatsi-isms, yet somehow simultaneously about something (Gulf War I) and about nothing (ie fiction) in its toying with sci-fi elements. Ya got that? Awesome.
Here’s what I wrote about 18 months ago.