Very taxing to watch
I so wanted to love this. I had read up about it, saw the directors influences and was massively intrigued. Watched the trailer and was completely sold. I really wanted to find a film that I wanted to champion as underrated and deserves more attention. And for about 45 minutes I was in. The synth score is wonderful. The psychedelic visuals are brilliant and memorizing. The colours fly off the screen. Then the film for the final hour droned on…
How do you review an experience? Reviewing a film can often be a struggle in itself, but it's certainly possible once you've established your opinion on what you've seen. But I'm not sure you can review an experience. You can only comment on it. So I can assure you that this is an experience worth having. Sure, no matter who you are, you're going to have a bad trip; but it will still be a trip like no other, and…
A prismatic exploration of control and its furtive ties to New Age enlightenment. Hypnotic, visually and structurally beguiling, and seeming to occur entirely within the liminal space between frames, Beyond the Black Rainbow OD's on its vision - as well as some dog-eared cultural reference points (2001, I spy you, though the slow crawl of '1 9 8 … 3' at the outset was a sly bonus) - to create a fascinatingly incomprehensible experience.
I have a confession to make: I'm stuck in the 80's. Indeed, almost all my life I've had some strange fascination with 1980's pop culture and the films surrounding their circumstances, and yet I haven't even begun to delve into the massive amounts of media and history that hallmarked the best moments of the decade. Games like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and films like this and other classic 80's slasher films have helped curate my preferences and tastes for…
"Briiiing hooooome the mottttther lode, Baaaarrrrrry."
I cannot stop watching this. It's becoming a problem.
That B+W tarpit-baptism-murder sequence, or whatever the fuck I was looking at about fifty minutes into this film, is without a doubt one of the best scenes of 2010.
After four years and countless attempts, I've finally finished Beyond the Black Rainbow, and I'm not entirely sure it was worth it.
BtBR is not a film, it's essentially a stretched out mood piece. There is almost no plot, and no structure in the slightest. This causes the film to move at an incredibly slow pace. One of the slowest films I've ever seen. Usually slow burns aren't that much of a problem with me, considering Drive is my all…
I'd been itching to see this for some time, but a UK release wasn't forthcoming. I then found out that I could get a second hand region 1 copy for just over 6 quid shipped. I thought, why not?
Will six British pounds every be spent so wisely again? What a wonderful, bonkers treat for the senses. To be honest, I'll need to watch it again to get my head round it, and offer a proper review. For now, I remain in awe and extremely pleased that movies like this are still made today.
In my recent positive Lost River review, I mentioned my love for the current decade's film trend of colored neon lighting atop synthy soundtracks. Both of these films, on the surface level, look as though they should appeal to me. Yeah. No.
The moment it started, I thought it was gonna be so cool. Film is just light plus sound, right? You just marry some bright reds and blues to some pyramids and cubes and play synth farts in the…
"Bring home the mother lode, Barry..."
I still remember the days when I went into Blockbuster Video as a kid.
I loved every rare excursion we had there.
I loved the smell of the place.
The patterns on the carpet.
The film clips playing on the TV's hanging from the ceilings.
The cardboard corner where the sweets, soda and popcorn were displayed.
Most of all, I loved wandering through the aisles, gazing at the covers of all the weird…
This is all about the atmosphere. Story, character, and everything that traditionally make up a "great" movie are thrown out in favor of making you feel as unsettled as possible, and it is an experience to behold.
The influences of this are easy to trace; the works of Kubrick, Tarkovsky, Croneneberg, and Carpenter all run through this film's veins. What you get in the end is an amalgamation of and a tribute to the best of 70s and 80s sci-fi…