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Beyond the Black Rainbow [Blu-ray]
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Set in the strange and oppressive emotional landscape of the year 1983, Beyond the Black Rainbow is a Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons. From the producer of Machotaildrop, Rainbow is the outlandish feature film debut of writer and director Panos Cosmatos. Featuring a hypnotic analog synthesizer score by Jeremy Schmidt of Sinoia Caves and Black Mountain, Rainbow is a film experience for the senses.
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In the vein of Land of the Lost, Space 1999, Liquid Sky, Altered States, Coma, Looker, THX1138, Scanners, 2001, and filmmakers like Kubrick, David Cronenberg, Stan Brakhage, Kenneth Anger and dozens of other films and filmmakers I know and don't know from the 70s and 80s comes Beyond the Black Rainbow. It is a fever dream of a film that is more experience than linear narrative. Imagine a B film from the 1980s was lost and never seen. Beyond the Black Rainbow is supposed to be that lost film. It's here as if from a time machine. The film is a homage to low budget gems from the past; something only seen in some off the beaten path theater away from civilization.
Now despite all reports to the contrary there is some semblance of a narrative here. Remember though that what follows is my interpretation of what I saw. The film is open ended enough to serve yours too. The film is carefully and skillfully constructed so I assume if he wanted things explained more, he would have simply done that. Like the famous Kubrick/Lovecraft quote: "In all things mysterious - never explain.Read more ›
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”, or “Apocalypse Now”..
d) then there is the most rare movie of all - the movie that is itself a drug. These are movies that try to cause you to feel the same way that a psychedelic experience will.
2. This movie is in the last category. There is no way to describe this movie in regular language. Combining Kubrick, Cronenberg, Lynch, Burroughs, and Lovecraft, this isn't even really a movie by traditional standards, but an experiment in using cinema to alter consciousness.
3. The director himself called this a “trance film”, and downplayed the actual story for an atmospheric and dream-like experience.
4. It's set in 1983, but the soul of the film is locked in an acid-induced fever dream from 1965. The plot, if it matters, is about a telepathic girl held against her will in a bizarre hospital, while her doctor does strange things with drugs and a glowing crystal in an attempt to find ultimate reality. Or something like that.
5. The movie shows the dark side of the hippy movement. While trying to bring peace and light to the world, the movie argues that hippies did just the opposite, causing people to go too far in their quest for inner peace - whether it was from drugs or occult games. The Balance was upset.
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This movie sucked beyond belief and I can't believe they charge to watch it. Was way too slow going, hardly any dialogue at all and sickening.Published 8 days ago by Rhiannon Fugatt
This has got to be one of the most underrated films on Amazon. I understand that a lot of people either don't appreciate the goal or mood of this film or simply just don't get it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alien Implant
In the genre of black orpheus rising. You have to be prepared for nothing happening with very little plot. Surreal depiction is what to watch forPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Visually arresting, creepy CREEPY movie. I actually would have liked it better if it had had an even less discernible plot.Published 3 months ago by Snowboarder Bo Snoarder
So beyond, I'm sure others said it, but its like Kubrick and Lynch wrote a movie.Published 4 months ago by Nicholas