Movies that are slightly off.
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 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.
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…
Kubrick is alive
As an exercise in style and atmosphere it's well done. Everything else about it was lacking so it's definitely one where there's a lot of style, but not a lot of substance.
lol i love vsco cam! toaster filter mm
ALL JOKES ASIDE !
I had high hopes. I'm just upset that this movie put so much thought into its look and its aesthetic and its design that it completely ignored any trace of a plot. Yeah there's a premise (albeit not really an interesting or original one), but we float through complete nothingness for a very, very long time before anything really happens. And even when that happens, does it really? Like, look. I know you wanna be some crossbreed between Eraserhead and 2001: A Space Odyssey but let's all remember that both of those films had complex plots stuffed to the goddamn ears with symbolism and "teachable moments". There are…
Atmospheric and unsettling. Paced incredibly slowly which builds a lot of tension that results in some eerie and at times horrifying imagery. I loved how it was shot and it reminded me of a Kubrick world.
One star for the John Carpenter-esque soundtrack.
I could not make it through this.
There is a magical moment that comes when you are watching or reading something weird and abstract, that moment where you suddenly connect with the creator of that weirdness and you "get it". I love that second, when you feel a little superior to all those other fools out there who don't "get it", the "squares" Daddy-O!. I kept waiting for that brief flash when I would be drawn into this strange, dark and indecipherable movie. It never came. I can see what others have responded to but it did not work on me. I found this film long, boring and confusing and slow and it left me with feelings of anger and dismissal. I can't remember saying "WTF" so much in a long time. I'm a cool movie guy, I want to like cool, weird movies. Maybe I'm not as "with it" as I like to think. Drat.
"Beyond the Black Rainbow" is not a movie that I can usually recommend to most people due to its deliberately slow pacing and focus on psychedelic freak show visuals over any kind of coherent story. But I can’t help but love it; it’s a clear tribute to some of the masters of the genre (Tarkovsky and Kubrick chief among them) and has the look and feel of some long-lost early-80s midnight art film. Provided you’re in the right mindset (which may or may not necessitate the use of a controlled substance), there’s plenty to appreciate here.
I have to watch this again. Didn't do a heck-of-a lot for me the first time but that's probably because I was tired as shit.
Consider this, with The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears things that I have to rewatch again.
In all honesty, I couldn't bring myself to finish it. I don't even know what the 2 stars are for. Well, I do like the cover art and the opening sequence. There.
not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…