Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Beyond the Black Rainbow
Beyond Science. Beyond Sanity. Beyond Control.
Deep within the mysterious Arboria Institute, a disturbed and beautiful girl is held captive by a doctor in search of inner peace. Her mind controlled by a sinister technology. Silently, she waits for her next session with deranged therapist Dr. Barry Nyle. If she hopes to escape, she must journey through the darkest reaches of The Institute, but Nyle wonʼt easily part with his most gifted and dangerous creation.
"No matter where you go - There you are." B. Banzai
Beyond the Black Rainbow starts out with 1 9 8 3, the year of my birth, my first breath. We then read the words: "A state of mind, a way of being, A practical application of an abstract ideal, Born of a dream to create a reality, A different way to think, A new wave to live, A perfect way to believe."
The film starts out with heavy use of red and ends with a heavy saturation of violet, from elementary science you learn the name Roy G. Biv, to remember the colors of the rainbow.
Panos Cosmatos has created a hypnotic masterpiece. I was literally transfixed to the…
Beyond the Black Rainbow is a film swimming in its own vomit of filmic references. It’s an aesthetically stylish pastiche of ‘70s and ‘80s science fiction cinema without the big ideas to back up its bold and arresting images. No doubt it is a film that will find a small and vocal band of followers who find its trippy atmosphere an unforgettable sensory experience or discover greater depth to its underwritten plot and ambiguous images. For those, like me, annoyed by its cribbed style and arty abstraction it is a far more frustrating experience.
Set in an alternate 1983 a mute, telepathic prisoner (Elena) is kept in an isolated research facility and forced to endure ponderous meetings with an evil…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Rather than a proper review, I'd like to address something I've been seeing a lot vis-a-vis this here movie. In other words, I'm about to break this shit down real small.
Great visual experience, but oh that ending! That seems to be a standard knock on Panos Cosmatos's sumptuous, thrilling sensory blast Beyond the Black Rainbow, to where even its champions feel like apologizing the last fifteen away. Nuts to that. Its ending is terrific, a sudden disorienting gearshift that only seems outside a piece if you don't look at it all that hard.
There's a number of reviews of that cite the director's statement wherein he dubs the film as a childhood imagining, a reconstructed idea of the material…
If Argento, Lynch, and Kubrick had a baby it would be called "Beyond the Black Rainbow". Imagine the last 15 minutes of 2001 stretched out to a 2 hour film and you pretty much get the vibe of this. It's also got a very John Carpenterish score that rocks. I don't know what kind of Kool-Aid Panos Cosmatos is drinking but if he's gonna make films like this let's hope he keeps it up.
Dull but strangely mesmerizing, experimental but evoking some narrative, and layered in artificial but obvious genre conventions, Panos Cosmatos' "Beyond the Black Rainbow" is a science fiction nightmare that defies categorization. It also defies enjoyment, but it is such an interesting, evocative, and strange beast of a film that it engages at the same time it repels.
The story involves a young woman apparently imprisoned in a facility run by a doctor who speaks of inner peace. She works to escape. He harbors a horrific secret. People die.
The narrative, which is told obliquely, appears to be less consequential than the film's style and visuals. The film looks like a 1970s science fiction piece with its retro-future tech. and use…
Do you hear that? It's the sound of your mind melting from watching Beyond the Black Rainbow.
Put David Cronenberg, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, and Thx1138 in a blender. Hit puree. Garnish with a twist of slasher movie and enjoy.
Taste the rainbow.
This is undoubtedly an aesthetic achievement. It's more true to the 70's-, synthesizer-, analog video-, wood paneling-ideal than something actually from the 70's (or thereabouts...) could be. And it's beautiful in HD. So much of the film is huge swathes of washed-out, over-exposed color but the textures and details that are present are rich. I'm tempted to rewatch it with headphones but i might wait for some next generation, insane resolution head-mounted display for that.
As a film it kindof suffers for its aesthetic dedication. It's slow and needlessly obfuscated. Overall worth a watch, especially if you want to summon a sensation of chemical cognitive impairment.
Beautiful, bizarre and completely creepy mindbender with a fantastic film score. YES PLEASE
Visually stunning and intriguing but doesn't make up for its terrible script, pacing and narrative. Would watch it again at a theater, though.
An interesting aesthetic and great ice-cold electronic score but little plot to speak of. Very indulgent.
Bizarre and unyielding, but I found every frame of it to be hypnotic.
It's very strange to find out that this was directed by the son of the guy who made Rambo: First Blood: Part II. I mean, shit, not even Jason Reitman differs that much from his father on a stylistic level.
An impenetrable nightmare.
Probably one of the best-looking bad films I've ever seen, and I'm pretty sure I would've enjoyed it a lot more if I had some weed handy.
Still, there's just nothing here from a narrative perspective that's unique or interesting, and the lethargic pace certainly doesn't help. Yes, the cinematography is lovely and the synth score crackles, but it's pure style over substance, and ambles along agonisingly slowly.
It would much better suit a 30-40 minute short film format.
I'm not totally sure how I feel about this movie. I think it might require a second viewing in order to form a full fledged opinion. On one hand, this was quite the visual experience. Paired with the score it takes you on a wild trip. One the other hand, I can't help but feel like something is lacking, in terms of the plot and depth of character.
Beyond the Black Rainbow is a neo-cult movie from Canada and I checked it out last night. I have ZERO idea what it was about but it looked good. Done up in early 80's aesthetic with synth soundtrack, practical effects and even digital "noise" in the form of scratchy lines and specks on the picture like an old movie would have. This is definitely a WTF caliber film. It is not fast paced for sure but it keeps you involved.I liked this throwback to the early 80's weirdo cinema. Definitely need a few adult beverages to go with it. Also do not read too much about it before , it is better to let it unfold.
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).