A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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.
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.
I found this unnecessarily slow and tedious, and full of sci-fi/horror tropes (here's some: tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/BeyondTheBlackRainbow). The plot was pretty much non-existent and the last 1/2 hour felt ad hoc. I get that it was supposed to be a bit of a homage, but it was not interesting or clever. To me it came across like a film by a high schooler with a lot of money, who even gets his besties to act as the 'heshers' towards the end. I could not stand the acting by the villain. A couple of visuals were OK, and parts of the soundtrack, but otherwise this was a snoozefest. Go watch 'Ex Machina' or 'Stranger Things' instead.
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An absolute treat for the senses, albeit a rather bonkers and at times disturbing one. A modern masterpiece in film making.
Maybe it was a mistake to watch this when I was sleepy... but I have no idea what in the hell just happened. I know I wasn't dreaming, my dreams are more straightforward and logical.
I'll give it another try soon. In the meantime, I only recommend it if you are prepared to pay close attention.
Future, present and the past merged with technology merged with existentialism creates the institute. Either a mind-powered relaxation-plant or an organized concentration of a channeling of higher powers, or both. Self pronounced leaders, scholars and visionaries, put in control over the unique powers of the masses. Using their position both to ascend to higher planes and seize control over lower ones, and what better way to get it than having it handed over willfully. The triangular government suppressing the threatening capacities of numbers at the hands of the oligarchy. There is only darkness in this light.
Funnily enough this is a rather appropriate abstraction of the condition of power distribution in the world today, because people are equally removed from…
Aestheticly mysterious and surreal
I have no idea what that was, but fuck did it look and sound beautiful.
In this wonderfully baffling debut film from director Panos Cosmatos, a young woman with telekinetic powers is held captive by a mad doctor in a Kubrickian new age institute. The time is 1983. Through a series of psychedelic flashbacks, we witness the circumstances which led to the doctor's mental and emotional breakdown, as well as the young lady's captivity. To reveal anything more than that would be impossible, but one thing is for certain: fans of films such as Altered States and 2001: A Space Odyssey are encouraged to seek it out!
Panos Cosmatos is a filmmaker who is willing to risk alienating most audiences in favor of placing his vision on the screen, precisely in the way that he…
I loved everything about this movie except the movie. Top notch visuals, great score, detailed costumes and sets but next to no story.