Beyond the Black Rainbow: Now That’s What I Call the 80s

We are joined this week is Mike Grasso from hit podcast Hold My Order, Terrible Dresser, a “deep-dive WKRP In Cincinnati history nerd podcast.” He’s here to talk about 2010’s experiential and experimental Beyond the Black Rainbow, a movie so strange that Netflix isn’t quite sure what to do with it.

Beyond the Black Rainbow is a bit of a tough nut to crack but Mike is certainly up for taking on the challenge. Together, Mike and Dylan tackle hallucinogens, the 60s love affair between science and pseudo-science, and the generational gap between Gen-Xers and burnt-out hippies.

Other topics include:

  • The film’s titularly appropriate obsession with colours
  • An earnest effort to fill in the gaps of an intentionally undercooked narrative
  • Reads on the film inspired by environmentalism, director Panos Cosmatos’ relationship with his parents, and the medium of film itself



End credit music:

Chenosky / “Chanko” / taken from Forest City Series Vol. 2 / 2015 / used with permission from A Person Disguised As People

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