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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
Sinister, dreamy, mystical horror films don't crop up that often, but this is a fine example of one. Obviously there are influences all over the place, but the story and execution were very compelling, and it felt like new territory even if it's not. There's a breathtaking centrepiece that shows 'the process' of achieving psychic ability that is about as perfect in its symbolism as any film I've ever seen.
There are things that let it down, specifically scenes in the final act. But this is still an awesome movie.
This is imagery done right. It's evocative and it builds an atmosphere that serves the story unlike the empty aestheticism of someone like Tarsem Singh.
I'm not sure if I love this movie for the movie, or if I love it for the stunning visuals and soundtrack. I almost feel like I'm in a trance when I watch it. It makes me very relaxed and calm. It only gets better with each viewing. Definitely NOT for everyone. I love it.
If you like movies where not much happens, then this may be for you. Gorgeously sparse.
You are going to either love this movie or absolutely hate it. In our ADD internet world, movies like this don’t exist anymore and it’s a shame. Rainbow requires that you enjoy long pacing; it needs you to have an attention span. Little information is given with each scene and you have to figure out what goes on as the story progresses and even as the movie ends, you’re not entirely sure what’s happened. Because yes, the movie demands you fill in the gaps and imagine what’s going on. It’s not a friendly movie. It wants you to work for it.
It might not be friendly but it’s pleasing to the senses and especially more so if you are a…
The first time I tried watching this I made it a full 20 minutes before falling asleep, the next time 30 and the next 40. At this rate I calculate that I'll have to watch Beyond the Black Rainbow 7 more times before making it all the way through. I don't blame the film, which adopts a deliberately molasses-like pacing in the hopes that its ideally stoned audience will find meaning in all it's pauses and stares. But I think I'd rather watch the films that inspired it instead, because early John Carpenter, David Lynch and Alejandro Jodoworsky actually delivered content and meaning no matter the pacing.
Watching this film is like reading a very long novel in one sitting. It's exhausting, slow-paced, filled with vivid imagery, and oftentimes the memory it leaves with you is better than the moment to moment action.
Surreal and hypnotic, Beyond the Black Rainbow is a love letter, visually, to many of the sci-fi films of the 70's and 80's. It's a tale driven more by it's unsettling atmosphere than by it's narrative, and while it will frustrate most viewers, I had a real good time on the ride.
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).