170 mandatory viewing experiences.
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…
«Beyond the black rainbow», navega dentro del cine experimental, donde los espacios, la iluminación y propuesta visual, hacen más que crear una atmósfera. El color se vuelve participe, y como un personaje más en su cambio cromático se manifiesta, una comunicación sensorial con el espectador tratando de seducirlo a participar del ideal abstracto del Instituto Arboria.
En extremos opuestos, el doctor Barry Nyle y su paciente, Elena, llegarán hasta sus límites en una lucha de poder. Manipular la fuerza vital y mental de la chica en lo que tiene de vida, parece por fin haber ayudado a crear la realidad perfecta que ambiciona Arboria partiendo de estados de conciencia alterados.
El sentido de telequinesia que ha desarrollado la joven paciente,…
It's really difficult to say exactly what this is. It's more of an audio-visual experience than a narrative film. Except that there seems to be a story, only I can't say that I know exactly what it is. Viewed as an experience, it was fairly incredible. It has more utterly unique and memorable moments in it than anything I have seen in quite some time. Folks say that this is like a science fiction film from the 1970's, but that's not really true. While the production design definitely has that feel, this is shot in it's own unique style.
"Bring home the motherload, Barry."
'Beyond the Black Rainbow' tries to visually impress and absorb the viewer into two characters' transcendental experience: a psychic girl and her delusional tormentor. While there are one or two horrific sequences and some solid shots, a majority of the film is poorly displayed, and either does not entertain the viewer or enhance the story's slow rhythm. Bathed in 80s neon and possessing a nuanced and nostalgic soundtrack, fans of Refn's 'Drive' or 'Only God Forgives' will be entranced by the visuals most of all. I liked the film's set design personally, but as a whole it really wasn't that enjoyable.
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Overall Enjoyment 7/10
I can't remember watching this movie.
Slow and retro and trippy and probably a feast for the art crowd, but utterly wasted on me.
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 wanted to like this so much, but the movie tried so hard to be bad. What the hell was the last 20 minutes?!
The OST was amazing, and the cinematography aswell! But the story was mediocre. I hope the director of this can redeem himself on the next movie.
Beyond the Black Rainbow is a visual masterpiece, it definitely gave me many film and visual ideas while watching it. If Panos Cosmatos never makes another film, this would be one of those films I'm glad he left. This one to me is what happens if Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive met 2001: A Space Odyssey.
This film's story is pretty simplistic for this film and if you came here to watch it for the plot you really aren't going to get anything out of it, this is a purely visual film with very little dialogue and a mute protagonist. So for me I'd give it 10/10 for it's visuals but it's lack of story hurts it so it gets a 4/10 on that front for me, giving it what I think it deserves which is a seven.
I do think everyone who is interested in film should at least watch this once, I think you will definitely be inspired this.
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