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.
Beyond the Black Rainbow is one of the most frustrating films I've seen recently. I love Cosmatos's dedication to building a world ripped straight from the covers of 80s VHS boxes lying in the genre section, but the nuts and bolts of his storytelling could use a serious fuel-injection. Overlong at 110 minutes, Black Rainbow presents itself a sensory experience that does little else but throb away non-stop. It's gorgeous to look at and take in but the meat on the bone is painfully lacking. A faster, punchier edit would really give it some kick. I mean, you could easily take all of the plot here and shave it into a lean, mean short film with little sacrifice. I really struggled to give a shit about anything. It's almost like a production/sound design demo reel got out of hand. Aesthetically remarkable but that's about it.
Visually stunning accompanied with an incredible soundtrack. Obviously the film is full of itself but is that a bad thing? For me it is not. Not the end all and be all of film but up there for me in terms of experience.
Visually stunning and not much else, "Beyond the Black Rainbow" is more preoccupied with cultivating an 80's aesthetic than it is with actually saying something.
Pass the Bong and settle in. It's gonna be a wild ride.
But really I love the colors & score in this film.
Ultra-stylized and deeply introspective this movie is what would result if someone hooked the dream recorder from Brainstorm up to David Cronenberg while he slept through a scalding fever in the early 80s.
Hypnotic, beautiful, disturbing. I love this movie.
“Hello, my name is Dr. Mercurio Arboria, and I am the founder of the Arboria institute.
It has long been my dream to find the perfect way for people to achieve simply - happiness, contentment, inner peace. These seem to be things that strangely elude us all. But it doesn't have to be that way. We at Arboria have found a path.”
Concocted of saturated red and blue lighting, macro-focus close ups and pulsating electric ambience, Beyond the Black Rainbow is a stunningly stylish cinematic venture.
Relaying the experience of telepathic teen Elena (Eva Allan), imprisoned within the gleaming retro-sci-fi walls of a research facility, Beyond the Black Rainbow follows her engagement with the uniquely sinister Dr. Barry Nyle (Michael…
Beyond the Black Rainbow is extremely intriguing. Unfortunately, it is for all the wrong reasons! It makes you wonder how a movie so well made, with so many great shots and a conscious effort to engage you in this atmospheric world can be so extremely boring.
Sounds! Sights! Colors! A really cool art installation. I just wish the door wasn't locked behind me for an hour and forty minutes.
This movie is like a visual manifestation of a headache I can't get rid of.
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).