• RemmingtonW

    ★★★ Watched by RemmingtonW 01 Jul, 2014

    Rarely does a movie with a very slow pace work for me, this is one of the few that did.


  • Kannan

    ★★★ Watched by Kannan 22 Jul, 2014

    Ambitious, Trippy, weird, 80s atmospheric sci-fi. Stunning visuals and perfect OST for captivating the mood and tone of the film. But it didn't work big time for me as I couldn't sense or connect much with the plot. So many comparing this with space Odyssey. It's total bollocks comparison. But watch out for this director. He has very good potential.


  • Ryan Gelley

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Ryan Gelley 21 Jul, 2014

    Sure, it's style over substance, but when the style is this strong and assured, it BECOMES substance. It's a beautifully cinematic love letter to first-time director Cosmatos's influences, which seemingly include THX1138, Italian giallos, and Stanley Kubrick. Cosmatos has categorized Beyond the Black Rainbow as "trance film", a subgenre of his own creation that includes personal favorites Apocalypse Now and Phase IV.
    Recommended for fans of the weird, and the stylized.


  • Paul Donovan

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Paul Donovan 19 Jul, 2014

    Nine Things About the Movie “Beyond the Black Rainbow” [Canada, 2010]

    1. There are four kinds of drug movies:

    a) movies about how terrible drugs are - most movies are of this type.

    b) movies that show drugs are funny and harmless - these are the weed movies like “Friday” and “Pineapple Express”.

    c) movies that can only really be appreciated if you are on drugs - movies like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, “Brazil”, “2001: A Space Odyssey”,…


  • Toki_Wartooth

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Toki_Wartooth 17 Jul, 2014



  • Ross Miller

    ★★★½ Watched by Ross Miller 14 Jul, 2014

    Wanted to absolutely love this film but I merely liked it. I really dug the abstract plot and general weirdness but found my mind wandering occasionally rather than being totally transfixed like I was in, for example, Under the Skin. Still an intriguing exercise in the sensory power cinema can have.


  • Andy Essex

    ★★★★ Watched by Andy Essex 06 Jul, 2014

    Definitely a 'love it or loathe it' movie, Beyond The Black Rainbow tells the story of a young woman's attempt to escape from the confines of the mysterious Arboria Institute. That's about all I can be completely sure about, as the plot firmly takes a back seat to the look and sound of the film. Imagine a collaboration between Kubrick, Fulci, Argento, Carpenter and a young George Lucas and you're someway towards understanding the whole aesthetic of the film. It's…


  • R Stewart

    ★★★½ Watched by R Stewart 02 Jul, 2014

    Good+ experimental scifi/thriller with a little too much pretension in some areas. It could also benefit from a 20 min trim imo because while the opening focuses the daunting paranoia and claustrophobia nicely when I, as a viewer, am allowed to wander around my mind's eye so to speak, I should never be thinking "outside the movie" in a way that takes away from the effect, but the opening here was just too slow and had me mentally check listing…


  • jimmymarkum

    ★★★★ Watched by jimmymarkum 28 Jun, 2014

    If at the beginning I quickly thought of a clear influence from Kubrick's scifi mise-en-scene, by the end of BTBB the references are so many that it's again what the danish director Refn said about that (a paraphrase of what he said can be 'Let them who film without references, cast the first stone' ). Just to quickly add a couple of things, rather than going on forever about what I spotted: I should metaphorically place this near-masterpiece at a…


  • Hooded Justice

    Rewatched by Hooded Justice 28 Jun, 2014

    "You know, this is always the highlight of my day."

    A remarkably ambitious first feature, Beyond the Black Rainbow is the work of a writer/director with a clear vision and the means to turn it into a reality. The first time I saw this, it was at a midnight screening, which is entirely appropriate. I can't imagine it having anywhere near the same impact in the cold light of day.

    Speaking of days, it's hard to tell just how many…


  • "Greg Adkins"

    ★★★★ Watched by "Greg Adkins" 26 Jun, 2014

    Pastiche movies almost always suck. They wear their influences too obviously, and rely almost exclusively on your affection for those sources to give them heft and dramatic weight. They're empty exercises in style -- and usually even that is executed poorly.

    Yet somehow BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW threads the needle just right, and comes out on the other side creepy and resplendent.

    It helps that everyone commits to the atmosphere. Michael Rogers is supremely great in his bugnuts-through-restraint performance, and…


  • Peter Valerio

    ★★★★★ Watched by Peter Valerio 18 Jun, 2014

    Imagine David Lynch and David Cronenberg co-directed an experimental/psychedelic film with an incredible early 80's synth score. Then watch this. You're welcome.