Movies that are slightly off.
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.
The Anti-Enlightenment. The Inverted Inverted Pyramid. The Cosmic Serpent Turned Inside-Out, Its Skin Shed Within, Lost To An Interior Void. Liberation Usurped By The Command/Control Systems Which It Enabled And Allowed For. Kosmische Dusts, Inhalants, Moldened. The Pupil Dilated To Absorb The Whole Of The Iris. The Dream Of Self-Containment, An Inward Spiral Seeping Finally Into An Abyss Without End, Which Leads To What? Which Leads To Here.
The Psychedelic Dystopias Of the 1970's, Flattened And Suborned Into Reaganite Slasherisms. A Narrowing And A Confinement, Let Loose Into A Where.
"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 may contain 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…
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.
That B+W tarpit-baptism-murder sequence, or whatever the fuck I was looking at about fifty minutes into this film, is without a doubt one of the best scenes of 2010.
This always blows me whenever I see it. its such a perfect throwback and its done so well. The visuals and the incredible score work so well together. There are so many great scenes in this that I loved and the final frame is such a perfect way to end it.
Visually outstanding, but with a script that tries to be entirely subjective and ends up being full of holes. Still, watching this movie was a great experience. Clear influence of Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey) on the cinematography and sometimes on the narrative.
"Beyond the Black Rainbow is not a straightforward cinematic experience, but instead works more like ambient music or a poem. In an age where the lines dividing cinema & television are becoming increasingly blurred, there’s an exponential value in movies that work this way. Recent mind-benders like Beyond the Black Rainbow, It Follows, Upstream Color, Under the Skin, and The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears are much-needed reminders that there are still things cinema can do that television can’t, no matter how much HBO wants you to believe otherwise."
Calling it, this is a Snow White re-telling.
Barry is The Queen.
Elena is Snow White.
Being "Fairest of them all" is having whatever the crap their powers were.
There are seven dwarfs. Know what else there's seven of? Colours of the rainbow.
That's so wonderful, Barry. Just wonderful. Isn't it beautiful? - Dr. Arboria
What an amazing trance.
I'm not a fan of its pace, but love the colors - even the 'black-and-whiteish' sequence - and lighting in this movie. Rich textures such as the red wall melting behind dr. Nyles, wavelike forms, the mirroring surfaces (is this the right expression?), blurred, trembling images at the laboratory, and vibrating, wavelike tones and hums reminded me how strongly I can be moved and inspired by those elements. As for the plot - oh wait, I was staring at the beautiful things.
Now that I think about it, everything I enjoyed about this film wouldn't have the same effect if not for its very own pace.
Resumo em português: bastante boniteza.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It seems Cosmatos was more interested (or only interested) in the visuals, because the narrative is hardly there, leaving it an empty exercise in style. And frankly, the style would've been impressive if it wasn't the basic lovechild of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Lucas' THX 1138. Throw in some obvious but meaningless symbolism and a nice synthesizer soundtrack, and you basically have the film. Except you also don't, because the film is way too long (which wouldn't be so bad if the actors were captivating or the visuals could keep the interest going) and the visuals weren't so devoid of meaning. Oh, and the ending... suddenly we're in a slasher film and Barry, the protagonist if he can…
felt like i was getting my eyes dilated for two hours
Oh, so that's what a Cronenberg movie would look like if co-directed by Kubrick and Tarkovsky.
For the last few years I've heard this movie occasionally come up as one of those cult films that's totally groundbreaking. Now that I've seen it, I found it to be a textbook example of a movie more appreciated by filmmakers than by general audiences. The technique is great, but I don't know if the substance really resonates.
I was definitely entertained throughout its runtime. I dug the lighting, aesthetic and retro-feel, synthesizer score, '80's weirdness, and some sets that must have been a designer's dream come true to work on. The first third was a little sluggish and took a while to engage…
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the CHOZENCHYLD opens the tongue and the HANDMAYDEN delivers the curse in liquid form, blessed by…
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