not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…
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 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.
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.
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…
Leuke cursus mindfulness.
Film #30 of my May 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #8 - A low budget, high concept sci-fi film
IF YOU HAVENT SEEN THE TRAILER FOR THIS MOVIE, DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY DOING AND WATCH THE SHIT OUT OF IT, AND IF YOU DONT CRAVE WATCHING THIS MOVIE AFTER SEEING THIS I DONT KNOW HOW YOU CAN BE HELPED
For real though, this is one of the most beautiful things i have ever witnessed in my entire life. Its completely unreal to me that this even exits. And how could all these sets be built with a budget of 1,1 million dollars? Did they hire Jesus the carpenter?
Its so thoroughly well done, one of the most unique artistic visions…
Artistically this is beautiful, there's no big intricate story, but for those that are into narratives based on on screen progression, who enjoy color, intricate designs, and some 80s vibe, this is a go to movie.
Film #11 of the May Scavenger Hunt
Task #8 A low budget, high concept sci-fi film (ex. Circle, Cube, Time Lapse, Primer, Coherence, Triangle etc)
I wanted to love this film. I really, truly did. Unfortunately while there's a lot to like in 'Beyond the Black Rainbow' the sluggish, dream-like narrative drags it down, at least in my view. I have no trouble understanding why someone would love this film, especially if you are the kind of person who appreciates style and experimentation in film. However if you gravitate more towards films with good, solid plotting and a heavy focus on themes and characters (as I do), this film might leave you wanting.
That's not to say there aren't clear…
Visually arresting, interesting production design, glorious close-ups of an overacting lead actor, it all amounts to pretty much nothing. A very pretty nothing, though. It would have been an amazing short film as it relies entirely on atmosphere and the sketchiest of disjointed plot scenes, but at almost 2 hours it overplays this hand. At around the halfway mark I thought that almost any of the previous scenes could have been cut without the movie losing anything. There was also a "maybe the kitchen sink too" approach to the visual (over)style too; at some point I uncharitably asked myself if there was a direct correlation between the number of scenes that made the final cut and a list of images…
Pure 80's at its finest. "Beyond the Black Rainbow" is a bizarre art house film with science fiction elements paying homage from Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and George Lucas.
It's visually a captivating movie but lacks any real emotional core. However the theme of "Finding happiness" is present even if it is looked at in a very frail light.
80's synth-pop + thx 1138 + enter the void + 2001 a space odyssey + telephone sex with a pervert + tom cruise = beyond the black rainbow
Beyond the Black Rainbow is the only 80s throwback movie that matters. Here are two reasons why.
(1) Panos Cosmatos, god bless him, is not joking around here. It's exceptionally difficult to nail that very particular feeling of late 70s/early 80s retrofuturism, a style that feels both ancient and eerily prescient. The moment you nudge the viewer in the ribs to let them know you're kidding, you've fucked it all up. Although I was a kid in the early 80s I still remember it, and this is the only retro movie I've ever seen that made me feel true nostalgia.
(2) Cosmatos draws from a much wider range of influences than other throwback 80s films. Where most films of that ilk are happy to begin and end at [insert shitty 1982 sci-fi/slasher film here], Beyond the Black Rainbow is equal parts Jodorowsky and Firestarter, a lysergic trip down a beautifully fucked-up memory k-hole.
Kubrick is alive
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