Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Beyond the Black Rainbow (Panos Cosmatos, 2012)

Empty but gorgeous imagery, filled with references to other movies and heavily indebted to Kenneth Anger. No, it's not a Nicholas Winding Refn film but Beyond the Black Rainbow, a low-budget throwback gem from Canadian filmmaker Panos Cosmatos. With a stark but smooth, even John Carpenter-like direction, Cosmatos descends into a head trip that takes its cues from '70s and '80s sci-fi movies even as it proudly stakes out its own territory. The film's Oedipal trappings are just add-ons, but the true delight is wandering around the director's hazy headspace, filmed with striking colors, soft focus, and thick grain. Maybe not a great film, but an intoxicating one.

My full review is up now at Spectrum Culture.

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  1. Canadian Director Dan Zukovic's feature "DARK ARC", a bizarre modern noir
    called "Absolutely brilliant...truly and completely different..." in Film Threat, was recently released on
    DVD through Vanguard Cinema (, and is currently
    debuting on Cable Video On Demand. The film had it's World Premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival, and it's US Premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival. (The film has also been an official
    selection at the Calgary and Edmonton Int'l Film Festivals, won Best Production Design at the
    Nickel Film Festival in Newfoundland, and screened at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver.)
    Featuring Sarah Strange ("Da Vinci's Inquest", White Noise", Leo Award Nominee for Best
    Actress for "DARK ARC"), Kurt Max Runte (Dan Zukovic (director and star of the cult comedy "The Last Big Thing"). Featuring the songs "Dark Fruition", "Ire and Angst" and "F.ByronFitzBaudelaire", and a dark
    orchestral score by Neil Burnett.


    ***** (Five stars) "Absolutely brilliant...truly and completely different...something you've never tasted
    before..." Film Threat
    "A black comedy about a very strange love triangle" Seattle Times
    "Consistently stunning images...a bizarre blend of art, sex, and opium, "Dark Arc" plays like a candy-coloured
    version of David Lynch. " IFC News
    "Sarah Strange is as decadent as Angelina Jolie thinks she is...Don't see this movie sober!" Metroactive Movies
    "Equal parts film noir intrigue, pop culture send-up, brain teaser and visual feast. " American Cinematheque