Beyond The Black Rainbow (2012)
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Average Rating: 3.6/10
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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. -- (C) Magnet
May 18, 2012 Limited
Sep 11, 2012
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site
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There's much to admire about Panos Cosmatos' directorial debut, but the end result is admittedly not for all tastes.
"Beyond the Black Rainbow" has a doomy, dreamy, druggy, draggy feel that's impressively sustained - until it becomes oppressive, then pointless, then laughable.
Much of the time, watching Beyond the Black Rainbow is accompanied by head scratching, but perhaps that's the point of this trippy outing.
This would-be cult classic is the movie equivalent of gazing at a lava lamp for nearly two hours.
The rich and strange debut of Panos Cosmatos throbs with style and portent, which proves a winning combination even if it is somewhat light in the narrative department.
Audiences who appreciate oddball first efforts from talents such as Lynch (Eraserhead), Cronenberg (Shivers) and Jeunet (Delicatessen) will be thankful.
If you follow the muddled spacy film's logic throughout, you deserve a merit honor badge for devotion to service beyond the call of duty.
Nothing much happens in this experimental-type science fiction horror film. What little does happen is at a slow-motion snail's pace.
If 2001: A Space Odyssey had an evil twin masquerading as a horror film, this would be it. Beyond the Black Rainbow culls from untold volumes of film history even as it delivers its own uniquely brilliant freak-outs.
a twisted version of 2001: A Space Odyssey which takes place in a psychological torture chamber rather than in the whole of the universe
The product of a fevered mad auteur... May prove to be one of the more rewarding and disturbing film experiences in many a year.
While never quite dull, 'Beyond the Black Rainbow' doesn't achieve all the chills it's capable of.
Comprehensibility does not appear to be one of this writer/director's goals, but if someone is able to help Cosmatos marshal his raw visual talent, I'll be first in line to see his second film.
Audience Reviews for Beyond The Black Rainbow
- Mercurio Arboria: Bring home the mother lode, Barry.
- Barry Nyle: You are doing so good.
- Barry Nyle: This is always the highlight of my day.
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