Life Cycles is the film you show to people who do not ride bicycles and have no idea about what we do every chance we get…
Life Cycles makes a clear distinction between digital craftsman and people who simply own a digital camera doing web edits. You can show this to a skater, a surfer, a guy in a suit or the postman and I believe they will all appreciate this film.
What makes this more of a motion picture in the classic sense is the score. All original and beautifully executed. In fact the overall sound design is flawless and I liked small touches like birds wings flapping as they flee to get out of the way of a rider. The riding-with-music-over-it, almost music video format is not present making Cycles more of a sweeping body of work than a consumable one. Stance films, the guys behind this masterpiece come from a strong snowboarding background. Their other work is online and is as breathtaking as their MTB video. Worth a Google for sure.
While some might be critical that there is not enough riding and too many establishing shots, this is all done for effect. 30 minutes of solid riding looses the impact after a while. The pace and style it to build up making the viewer yearn for the next riding section.
Available on Blu-Ray, DVD and as a digital download you can also purchase the soundtrack here.