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…
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.
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…
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.
Kinda feels weird for it's own sake at times. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
What the fuck did I just watch??
Despite a somewhat under baked narrative, I can't help but adore the hyonotic Beyond the Black Rainbow. The visual aesthetic of this movie is as close to eye candy as you'll get in terms of cinematic experiences, and that score?? Goddamn.
Btw, is it just me or does Nyle look like Lord Voldemort?
Food for thought.
It's a confused movie with some interesting moments and great concepts. I like when the bad guy becomes Voldemort the Engineer.
I won't pretend I understood this even a bit. Like Lynch at his most inscrutable, it gives us an abundance of astounding visuals but very little to hang your hat on narratively--though it seems more interested in capturing drugged-states than dream-states. Oddly, this is the second film I've watched this week with a score highly reminiscent of Phantasm.
Cf. The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears
Still not sure that I understand this but holy shit the visuals and score are fantastic.
This film is pretty enjoyable while I was walking in the woods. But when I watched it outside of the woods, it drrrrrrraaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggg ggggggggggggggggggssssss sssssssssssss. I get it, you're trying to be stylish, and succeeding a good portion of the time. But Jesus Christ, you're not stylish enough to make me forget about the plot. In other words, this is a pure style over substance movie, and that ends up being its downfall. Sometimes style over substance works, but there's usually just enough substance to keep it afloat. This film, it doesn't have enough style to make up for its lack of substance, so it just gets boring. Even when I was walking through the woods, I had a…
This is a movie that characters in a movie would be half-watching at 2 AM on cable right before getting a phone call from a stalker. This is a 20 minute short film from the seventies/eighties that was recorded off a warn out vhs and then slowed down to nearly two hours length and uploaded to youtube. This is the left over footage from a music video. This is a bad dream someone had while nodding off with the TV on on a low volume and Andrei Tchaikovsky's Stalker followed by George Lucas's THX-1138 came on. This movie is a movie adaptation of the lyrics to the Alan Parkson's Project song Eye In The Sky.
This slow-as-hell headache of a…
I am so confused right now.
I'm not usually one for movies that are primarily sensory experiences, but man, this was something else. I don't quite know what happened; I couldn't summarize the plot outside vaguarities like "And then the psychedelic, pale dude did something with that pyramid"; and somehow, that doesn't matter one bit. What a 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).