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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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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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 ›
Panos Cosmatos is a filmmaker who is willing to risk alienating most audiences in favor of placing his vision on the screen, precisely in the way that he wants to. Most of the film was financed by Cosmatos himself, and was shot in Vancouver on an old 35mm Panavision from the eighties. The lighting, mood, score and deliberate pacing are all reminiscent of earlier films from the seventies and eighties. The beautiful synth-score from Sinoia Caves sounds like a dreamy homage to John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream, but somehow exists within its own unique universe. This score, along with the various soundscapes in the film, allow for an all-encompassing aural experience that pulls you further into the dark world that Cosmatos has meticulously created.
It is a frustrating experience that will leave you scratching your head, and with a burning desire to see it again and again. In the tradition of Lynch, Kubrick, and Cronenberg, this is a film with many questions and few answers. The latter is left almost entirely up to you, the viewer. This is a film that will gain a cult following and will be talked about for years to come, much like 'Donnie Darko' before it. The film has a grind-house, retro feel that fits perfectly. This is one of the best films that I have seen in quite some time, and is highly recommended to adventurous viewers.
Directed by Panos Cosmatos, released by Magnet Pictures. 110 minutes. Rated R.
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This review is really in between a four and a three. Beyond the Black Rainbow has some really good moments. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dreg
Slow moving, but strange and unique, love it! Anything this polarized in the reviews has to be worth seeing...Published 1 month ago by Ai Wintermute
This movie was breathtaking. Watch in the dark alone in HD preferably with headphones. This is the first film made to seem like it's from the 80s that convinced me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
My curiosity was piqued after reading so many sharply divided reviews of Beyond the Black Rainbow, which is alternately described as a visionary drug-like experience and a slow,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dr. Nono
I love Science Fiction and well crafted stories. When I was looking for something I have yet to see, two separate sources online suggested this film. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. Huffman