Really surreal and dreamlike pretty much all the way through. The pacing is slow in general and really crawls along at some parts, which contributes to the dreamy nature of the film but can also be sleep inducing when it gets to be too much. The visuals are beautiful, but the acting is b-movie level at times. Overall a really mixed bag.
Somewhere between a cinematography reel and a screensaver packed with ominous 80s sci-fi/horror imagery.
Beyond the Black Rainbow was a hard film to gauge for me.
I was extremely tired when I sat down to watch this, and so had to save the rest for another night. This was not helped by the trudging, hypnotic pacing of the film—this isn't an attack however, as I found the plodding pace to be utterly engaging when I was in the right frame of mind for the film.
Visually, the film was stunning, using simple motives of…
A terrific throwback to early Cronenberg and Carpenter (with a little Kubrick and Tarkovsky thrown in for good measure), it's unlike most sci-fi you're likely to see these days. Some may call its pacing slow (or even glacial), but I admired its deliberate manner and careful approach, boosted by some rather insane visuals. For a low-budget, independent work, it's truly stunning.
The plot is sorta generic and the acting amateurish, but none of that bothered me; this is a masterful work, and a real cinephile's film.
Wow. I know I've been handing out the 5 stars like candy recently, but... this film's bizarre visceral impact is undeniable. Whether that appeals to you is another thing. It definitely appeals to me.
I did have one quibble with the cinematography. I was surprised to find it had been shot on film, because it looked like digital trying to emulate film. It seemed like half of it was out of focus, enough for me to be convinced it was…
John Carpenter called. He wants his score back.
Alex North called. He wants his score back too.
The public library called. They want their boxed set of Stanley Kubrick dvds back.
Nicolas Winding Refn called. He said he really loved the long shots of characters walking down hallways.
Andrei Tarkovsky called. He said if it would mean sparing the world of Beyond The Black Rainbow, he would gladly go back in time and become a gold prospector instead of a filmmaker.
Beyond the Black Rainbow is the movie you might had dream as a kid that you never actually saw. Does that makes sense? Sure, Cosmatos might be influenced by 2001 and Dark Star and this and that, but his movie is unique and creates it's very own world. Even with the highly anti-climatic ending, this movie will capture your senses in a way very few movies these days could manage to do that.
Beyond the Black Rainbow is a true definition of an experience. Startling and absolutely insane visuals, a loud and mood-setting score, and one creepy villain equals one slow hypnotic trip that demands to be seen. Yet, there is hardly any story to speak of. But who cares? It's one of the most bizarre films that I have seen in a long time.
The Awesome: The visuals, the visuals, the visuals. I have never seen anything like this. There is a…
Frustratingly moves between being genuinely hypnotic and disturbing, and being ploddingly slow and padded. Jodorowski without the editing. Great soundtrack and cinematography.
I'm not going to rate this because I didn't watch the entire movie. At 1am, I had a choice...finish watching, or go to sleep. I picked the more exciting option.
The last of the psychedelic headfuckers.
Experimental sci-fi film that emulates the style of 70's and 80's movies. Think "Man Who Fell To Earth" meets "The Cube" meets "Battleship Galactica". While it achieves it's retro look rather well, it's story is told heavy-handed. There's just too much time wasted on psychedelic inserts that look like close-ups of a lava-lamp. Towards the end the plot picks up some momentum, but only few will make it so far. Bit of a shame, as the story has potential for way more excitement, which is lost in the style-over-matter approach of this project.
I've never heard of this. It looks quite pretty in the trailer...
Yeah, true. It's pretty good for a 1980's screensaver. I guess it's a good example of interesting shots not making an interesting film though. Saying it looks good is like saying Oasis have a unique sound. Nearly all the shots are well composed but do they add to the emotional engagement to the film? No, they do not.
I noticed at least 50% of the shots contain reflections…