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.
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.
I totally get the hate for this film, but fuck you and you're wrong.
BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is like nothing I have seen before. It wears its influences on its sleeve but instead of just being a winking a homage or mishmash of prior sci-fi, Panos Cosmatos takes these influences and creates something new and completely original. The use of color in this film is simply criminal. It is just too fucking good. No film should be this visually arresting. In fact, every aesthetic facet of this film is outstanding, from the colors to the set design to the music. BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is a bizarre, hypnotic, haunting experience like no other.
And yet the film is not…
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.
Think THX 1138 + The Signal + Existenz + Under The Skin and you've got Beyond The Black Rainbow. Though don't take that to mean that this film is just a rehash of any old sci-fi because no way, this is as original as it gets. First, the whole thing looks spectacular. I've never seen so much use of the colour red in one film. The lighting is exquisite, the camera moves deftly around the beautiful set as if it itself is some sort of extraterrestrial being watching and gathering information about the human race. Every shot is absolutely menacing - from extreme close ups that dare us to stare into the souls of the characters, to wide shots of…
It's weird and atmospheric, channeling some Kubrick, Lynch, Paradisi and early Cronenberg.
It's the kind of film I would put on in the background of a weird halloween party or cult movie night.
I don't dislike it, but I certainly don't love it either. It's best suited for a midnight movie marathon, cult VHS videos from the 80's or someone really high who wants to trip balls.
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""You are about to embark on a great journey. Are you ready my friend?"
Beyond the Black Rainbow is a film with so much potential. Sadly, it never even comes close to being the amazing film that it could have been. In fact, as I sat there watching this psychedelic train wreck, I kept thinking to myself... man, this could be so good. The concept is there. The visuals were definitely intriguing. So, why is this film so damn boring and pointless. I'm astounded that a film with so many interesting visuals can let me down so much. As a photographer, I consistently give films the benefit of the doubt because I love…
Beats the pants off of Scanners and loves itself more than Lost Highway, in a way I can totally respect. Apparently, the reason I hate Lynch so much is that he isn't Kubrick. That's good to know.
Yes, the headbangers section of the movie was a mistake. I can confirm that here and now for anyone inquiring. Even worse though was the mombie sequence. And, literally every role in this film could have been recast except Michael Rogers and nothing of value would be lost. And... now, I won't Tell You this isn't a horror film. But, if it is, it needs to be docked serious points for its predictable, mechanical nonchalance with death.
Some of the movie is so…
If you look through the LB reviews for this movie you will either want to kill yourself or laugh until you vomit. Some of my favorites:
RSH writes: "Since April is Autism Awareness Month, I've decided to share something with you first. I haven't been formally diagnosed, but there's a very strong likelihood that I have an autism spectrum disorder. "
EM writes: "absolutely remarkable as a manifestation of baroque and gothic aesthetic in film, rescuing from centuries ago an almost forgotten marrow of problematizing human conditions"
RD writes: "Rewatching Beyond the Black Rainbow on Netflix in the company of a group of people live-tweeting it together, I came to appreciate it all the more."
i honestly can't tell if…
Beyond the Black Rainbow is congeneric to a drug-induced journey of the mind. Panos Cosmatos' masterstroke is sui generis with its heavy use of red and its gloomy atmosphere. I was fascinated by the abstract and artistic style of this movie, it's far from the norm to its neighbors in the sci-fi genre. It borrows ideas and abstruse concepts from the bizarre of 80's, it's all very appealing and comes together nicely. The soundtrack is amazing and precisely fitting, it goes hand in hand with this unique film. In addition, it had a low budget of around 1.1 million Canadian dollars. My fondness for Beyond the Black Rainbow goes deep , anyone up for something different should give this movie a try.
slow and entrancing, perfectly set in the early 80's space age other-world.
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- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).