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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.
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.
What the hell did I just watch???
That was closest thing I've seen to a modern-day Eraserhead (with touches of Enter The Void, 2001: A Space Odyssey and a soundtrack reminiscent of Pompeii-era Pink Floyd)
If you're looking for a deep story, don't bother...you'll hate this...but if you're looking for something absolutely gorgeous to look at and trip out on, this is for you!
If this were released in the golden age or Midnight Cult films, this woulda been an instant classic.
First time Director Panos Cosmatos has the eye (and pace) of both Kubrick and Lynch and I hope he had another film in him as I can't wait to see what he does next!
Must be watched several times before you can fully appreciate its genius. A modern classic.
On one hand, it's pretty as fuck
On the other hand, it's boring as fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck
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Beyond the Black Rainbow
2012. Directed by Panos Cosmatos.
Beyond the Black Rainbow is a film out of time, a bad acid nightmare that would have been right at home on the VHS shelves of the 1980's. An exercise in personal catharsis for the director after losing his parents, Beyond the Black Rainbow is an amalgam of surreal cinematic influences, that uses confounding and genuinely gorgeous alien aesthetics to present an unsettling exploration of what lies beyond the limits of the human mind.
Elena is a teenager who is a captive in a scientific prison underneath the Arboria Institute, a new age research company whose aim is to achieve transcendence through extensive indulgence in psychotropic narcotics. Her captor is Dr.…
Out fucking standing
Thins a bit on 2nd viewing. Music and visuals still off-the-chart strong.
22nd horror movie in October 2016
Man, I haven't been this conflicted about a movie in very long time.
The audio-visuals of most of the movie are *extremely* my shit. Like fucking-inject-it-into-my-veins-please. Style over substence taken to the extreme.
But the... story? Narrative? Whatever? Suppose they were going for some deep shit but it did not work for me.
But that atmosphere though, gooooood damn.
Well, it's stylish as fuck.
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