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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.
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.
I found a cure for insomnia!!!
After some effort I finally was able to track down this Canadian cultish sci-fi tale. Wish it had been worth the wait.
Writer/director Panos Cosmatos attempts to wedge in as much cool minimalist science fiction inspiration as possible with little bites of everything from THX 1138 to 2001 to The Man Who Fell to Earth to all manner of Cronenberg, Jodorowsky, Tarkovsky. The problem arises that, despite all these influences there isn't much of a story to hang things on.
Eva Bourne's sedated and imprisoned Elena is lorded over by creepy lizard man Barry Nyle (Michael Rogers), and most of the film's nearly 2 hour running time is spent slowly shifting the neon and high contrast colours of the various rooms and video monitors to cover up for the fact that nothing is actually happening.
Rogers is fairly watchable in his evilness and the score from Sinoia Caves is really great, but otherwise snoozy-time.
Viewed in 35mm at Seattle's Grand Illusion Cinema.
I'm in 49 minutes and it's way too long, the shots drag too much, lots of color not enough action. Pre-Stranger Things, Eleven esque beginnings, but way too artsy for its own good.
A prelude to Stranger Things, but directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. It even has its own Barb—she dies miserably. Sci-fi as a pollution of nostalgia.
The score, production design, sound design, visual effects were all stunning and mesmerizing. If it only had one more notch of plot or story, it would be a much better film. It doesn't really matter though. Put this on in a dark room, late at night, turn up the sound and you are taken away. Sinoia Caves' score is beautiful and hypnotic. So many frames and scenes are so attractive. The colors!
Sure it is slow and many scenes could be sped up quite a bit. But that would make it an entirely different movie. You don't need chemical alterations to enjoy a lot of what is going on here but I'm sure they must make it even better.
I will definitely watch this again to take it in even more. I am disappointed this director hasn't taken another shot.
The neons, the synth, the a e s t h e t i c !!!!!
I'm not gonna pretend that I understood this or that it meant anything deep to me or made me feel any sort of way bc it didn't
The visuals and score almost make up for the incoherent plot and snail like pacing.
Movies that embrace an 80's-ish tone with synth or Vaporwave soundtracks or a neon aesthetic.
Suggestions are welcome of course.
innovative means of cinematic meditation and,
thus, freshly developed processes of perception.
inspired by Michelle Arf's 'New Ideas for Film'…