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Scott Reviews Panos Costmatos’s Mandy [Sundance 2018]

Panos Cosmatos made quite a splash back in 2010 with Beyond the Black Rainbow, a ponderous sci-fi horror film that he quite accurately described as a sort of adaptation of the film you’d imagine when looking at VHS covers for inevitably-terrible genre films. It’s a bit amorphous and trippy and doesn’t entirely make sense, but it works as the mind works. I’m a bit surprised in this time in which low-budget, sharply made horror is prevalent that the man who made one of its best entries went so long before directing again, but here we sit with the unholy beast that is Mandy.

It, too, is a bit like the film you might imagine from a VHS case, if that imagination was fueled by a drug trip that gradually dawns back to reality. Red (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) live out in the wilderness in relative peace,
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Nicolas Cage Explains the One Thing His Bloody Insane Movie ‘Mandy’ Has in Common with ‘Raising Arizona’ — Sundance

Nicolas Cage Explains the One Thing His Bloody Insane Movie ‘Mandy’ Has in Common with ‘Raising Arizona’ — Sundance
One of the wildest movies of Sundance 2018 is Panos Cosmatos’ “Mandy.” Nicolas Cage has an idea of why for the latest supercharged revenge film from the “Beyond the Black Rainbow” director holds together among the chaos.

“It happens when there aren’t too many cooks in the kitchen, when you don’t have producers from the studios — the suits, if you will — breathing down your neck,” Cage said at the IndieWire Sundance Studio presented by Dropbox. “When they get in the middle of it, all the oxygen goes out of the room.”

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Cosmatos explained that, for him, even with the 1983-infused, supernatural mayhem of “Mandy,” he’s still making his own version of a movie shot on Super 8 camera. Cage likened the feeling of the set to what it was like working with Joel and Ethan Coen on “Raising Arizona.
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Sundance Review: Mandy Takes Nicolas Cage on an Insane Psychedelic Journey of Bloody Revenge!

I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I saw this movie Mandy other than the fact that it stars Nicolas Cage. And holy shit... this thing turned out to be bat-shit Insane!

I’ll be honest, the first half of the film I actually wanted to get up and walk out of the movie. It was very much a psychedelic dream-like type story with synthesized music and crazy lighting and colors with a story that didn't seem to be going anywhere. I was like “what the hell is this shit?!” But there were little things here and there that kept me in my seat. Little things that kept my interest intact.

Then, when the movie hit the second half, it was time to buckle up because this movie takes you on a ride of pure unadulterated insanity!!! If you like watching Nicolas Cage go completely bonkers,
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Sundance Review: ‘Mandy’ Sets a Maniacal Nicolas Cage on a LSD-Fueled Journey of Revenge

In an era of dime-a-dozen Nicolas Cage movies, you may think you know what you’re getting when sitting down for his latest feature. Rest assured, nothing could prepare you for the experience of Mandy. I’m not even referring to the gory and gleeful shocks–of which the back half has many–but rather Panos Cosmatos’ intoxicating, singular version, which mixes beauty and batshit insanity for an LSD-fueled descent into darkness like no other.

Of course, those familiar with his vibrant debut feature Beyond the Black Rainbow–also set in 1983–will be no stranger to Cosmatos’ phantasmagorical style, having waited nearly a decade for a follow-up. With his revenge tale Mandy, he shows an impressive expansion of scope while still retaining a hazy psychedelic palette, but most compelling is his union with the perfect actor to lead this psychotic vision: Nicolas Cage. Working as a lumberjack in what looks like the Pacific Northwest,
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Sundance 2018 Review: Mandy is a Psychedelic Powder Keg of Cinematic Insanity

In 2010, filmmaker Panos Cosmatos came out guns blazing with his feature film debut, Beyond the Black Rainbow, and his follow-up project, Mandy, proved to be well worth the wait for those of us who have patiently waited to see just what the boundary-pushing director would do next. Like a powder keg of cinematic insanity ready to blow at any given moment (and when it does, man, the results are glorious), Mandy makes for a stunning companion piece to Black Rainbow in many ways, and yet still feels like a wholly unique step forward from Cosmatos. It’s hard to believe that he’s only two films into his career, but just based on his track record so far, Panos is now poised to become one of the boldest filmmaking voices of his generation.

At its core, Mandy is a story of revenge, as we watch in horror while Red Miller
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Sundance 2018 Review: Mandy, a Revenge-filled Feast of Visual Delights

In describing Panos Cosmatos' Mandy, the first word that comes to mind is 'admiration.' The picture reflects the singular, unique, and uncompromising vision of its director. Producing an auteur-driven horror film is an admirable feat in a business that often favors quantity over quality. Accordingly, it should come as no surprise that it took eight years for Cosmatos to produce his follow-up to cult classic Beyond The Black Rainbow. Fortunately, his sophomore effort proves worth the wait. The storyline of Mandy is simple enough to write on the back of a napkin. The year is 1983. Lumberjack Red (Nicolas Cage) and his partner, the titular Mandy (Andrea Riseborough), lead an idyllic existence in the rural Pacific Northwest. Not surprisingly, evil lurks in the surrounding woods....

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Mandy’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Mandy’
Panos Cosmatos’ 2010 debut feature “Beyond the Black Rainbow” was the kind of movie that divides genre fans into two camps, the enraptured and the infuriated. Visually striking but awfully murky in the realms of plot and meaning, it signaled the arrival of a talent that might prove formidable, or might turn out to be all style and no substance.

Fortunately, his followup “Mandy” maintains all of “Rainbow’s” aesthetic fascination while considerably stepping up the pace and narrative coherency. It will again appeal primarily to artier fan sensibilities — this hallucinogenic mashup of Satanic-cult horror and revenge thriller isn’t exactly multiplex fare — but anyone with a taste for Nicolas Cage in full gonzo mode should get some fun out of its fever-dream progress.

The first half hour or so is more or less a portent-filled romance, with lumberjack Red (Cage) and pulp-fiction cover illustrator Mandy (Andrea Riseborough), two misfits who’ve blissfully found each other in a Pacific
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Nicolas Cage Is Batshit Insane in Psychedelic Revenge Movie ‘Mandy’ — Sundance 2018 Review

Nicolas Cage Is Batshit Insane in Psychedelic Revenge Movie ‘Mandy’ — Sundance 2018 Review
Even before Nicolas Cage does a line of coke off a shard of broken glass in “Mandy,” the movie is batshit crazy. Panos Cosmatos’ followup to his wacky debut, “Beyond the Black Rainbow,” is another stunning dose of psychedelia and derangement, this one folded into the constraints of a woodsy revenge thriller, but that’s mainly an excuse for Cage to unleash his most psychotic extremes. Cosmatos gives him plenty of opportunities in this hypnotic midnight movie, which veers from astonishing, expressionistic exchanges to gory mayhem without an iota of compromise.

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A glimmering font establishes the rural setting as “1983, A.D.,” and it may as well be a forgotten relic of eighties B-movie excess, funneled through Cosmatos’ own creative indulgences. The grainy 16mm imagery, a vibrant mixture of neon hues and shadows set to Johan Johansson’s disorienting score,
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Nicolas Cage on High Movie Prices, Not Playing Superman and Sundance Action Movie ‘Mandy’

Nicolas Cage on High Movie Prices, Not Playing Superman and Sundance Action Movie ‘Mandy’
Nicolas Cage needed a cleansing after filming the gory action movie, “Mandy,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday. “You wouldn’t believe the process it took to get it off every night,” Cage says, of the fake blood that covered him. “I couldn’t go back to the hotel looking the way I looked in the movie. I mean look at me.” He holds up the film’s red-stained poster. “I was in the shower for an hour every night.”

After spending four decades in Hollywood, Cage is undergoing a kind of baptism. He’s stepped away from big-budgeted blockbusters — like “National Treasure” — and he’s returned to his indie roots. “Mandy” was made for a small budget by cult director Panos Cosmatos (“Beyond the Black Rainbow”). Cage plays a man named Red, who goes to any lengths necessary (cue the chainsaw) to rescue the woman he loves from a cult kidnapping.

In a wide-ranging
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Nicolas Cage Supports the #MeToo Movement: Everyone 'Needs to Be Heard, Supported and Cherished'

Nicolas Cage Supports the #MeToo Movement: Everyone 'Needs to Be Heard, Supported and Cherished'
Nicolas Cage is speaking out in support of the #MeToo movement.

“Every opportunity I get to work with a female director – one of the best movies I ever made was Valley Girl and I just did a picture called Inconceivable with Maria Pulera and there was a strong female cast,” Cage, 54, told People at the Entertainment Studios Suite at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Friday. “I realize that the talent and creativity needs to be heard and supported and cherished.”

Cage, who is starring in the action-thriller, Mandy — which premiered at the festival on Friday — shared
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Check Out the Amazing Poster for Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy Starring Nicolas Cage

Truth be told I have not heard one thing about the upcoming Nic Cage period action-thriller Mandy until today. That’s not to say I’m not totally intrigued by the film, which is directed by Panos Cosmatos who helmed the gorgeous mind-trip Beyond the Black Rainbow a few years back. It has just slipped under my […]

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15 Movies We’re Excited to See at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

It’s hard to believe, but another year of the Sundance Film Festival is nearly upon us. Kicking off this Thursday, Sundance will be running until January 28th in Park City, Utah, and Daily Dead will be on-hand to check out an assortment of genre-related offerings. That being said, there’s a handful of films that immediately caught this writer’s attention as soon as they were announced for Sundance 2018, and here’s a look at what has me excited from this year’s festival lineup:

You Were Never Really Here: When I heard that We Need to Talk About Kevin writer/director Lynne Ramsay was teaming up with Joaquin Phoenix for her follow-up feature, that’s all I needed to hear for me to be 100 percent on board for You Were Never Really Here. I’m so ready for Ramsay to screw with my sensibilities once again, and Phoenix
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The ‘Mandy’ Poster Features Nicolas Cage in a Chainsaw Fight

The ‘Mandy’ Poster Features Nicolas Cage in a Chainsaw Fight
Mandy will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in a few days, and it will bring with it a scene where Nicolas Cage fights someone with a chainsaw. At least, that’s what the very cool new Mandy poster hints at. The new film from Beyond the Black Rainbow director Panos Cosmatos stars Cage and Andrea Riseborough. What’s better than a […]

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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #81. Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy

Mandy

Canadian helmer Panos Cosmatos found a lot of fanfare stateside for his debut film in 2010’s Beyond the Black Rainbow, so naturally the Xyz Films and Spectre Vision folks saw a bankable filmmaker might be trending for whatever he conjured up for his sophomore project. Enter Mandy, the Sundance selected, blood-soaked action-thriller that shot this past summer in Belgium. We called his debut film “a nightmarish world that’s aggravating, hypnotic, and original”. It bodes will for the project co-written alongside Aaron Stewart-Ahn.

Starring Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Bill Duke, Richard Brake, Ned Dennehy, Olwen Fouere, and Hayley Saywell, this is set Pacific Northwest. Red Miller (Cage) and Mandy Bloom (Riseborough) lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.
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The 10 Must-See Movies At Sundance 2018

Ben Robins on the ten must-see movies at Sundance 2018…

The ridiculously celebrated indie festival to end all indie festivals will return for another banner year in January, and it’s no doubt set to be another big one. Having kicked off the careers of everyone from the Coen Brothers to Tarantino to most recently, Whiplash and La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, it’s a fairly reliable way to get a heads-up on the brightest and boldest new filmmakers in the biz, so it only makes sense to take a closer look at what’s coming up.

We don’t have much to go on – synopses and the occasional still picture – so lets let the casts and crews speak for themselves.

American Animals (dir. Bart Layton)

Written and directed by documentary vet Layton (the BAFTA winning filmmaker behind 2012’s seriously ace The Imposter), American Animals not only boasts an already
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8 Surprises and Hidden Gems From the 2018 Sundance Lineup

8 Surprises and Hidden Gems From the 2018 Sundance Lineup
The end of the year is often seen as a time when awards season gains momentum and critics produce their top 10 lists, but for much of the film industry, it’s also the first big preview of 2018 movies. Thanks to the Sundance Film Festival lineup, which in January will include 110 movies from 29 countries, a fresh crop of films to talk about have just been announced, many of which are certain to continue generating conversations throughout the year.

However, the Sundance program takes its time to gather buzz, and it’s not always obvious which movies deserve the most attention right off the bat. So here’s our annual attempt to take a first crack at some of the surprises and hidden gems in the lineup, with some input from Sundance director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth. We’re as excited as anyone to see Paul Dano’s
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2018 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy

Assuredly becoming a hot ticket director with the launch of 2010’s Beyond the Black Rainbow – a debut film we called “a nightmarish world that’s aggravating, hypnotic, and original,” Canuck Panos Cosmatos (a 25 featured Filmmaker Magazine folk) paced himself and took his time in selecting his sophomore effort.

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Nicolas Cage Gets Bloody Revenge in ‘Mandy’!

Nicolas Cage Gets Bloody Revenge in ‘Mandy’!
Panos Cosmatos, the director of the incredibly underrated Beyond the Black Rainbow is finally back and teaming with, get this, Nicolas Cage! THR shares the first ever image of Cage in the upcoming action-thriller Mandy, which Xyz is bringing to Tiff for sales purposes. “Set in 1983, Cage plays Red Miller, a broken and haunted […]
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Nicolas Cage Is a Bloody Mess in 'Mandy' First-Look (Exclusive Image)

Nicolas Cage Is a Bloody Mess in 'Mandy' First-Look (Exclusive Image)
Nicolas Cage is a bloody mess in a new exclusive image for his upcoming action-thriller Mandy.

In the film, set in 1983, Cage plays Red Miller, a broken and haunted man, who hunts the unhinged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life. Xyz Films is handling world sales on the project, and will bring it to the Toronto International Film Festival this week.

Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache also star in the film, which is being directed by Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow).

Ned Dennehy, Olwen Fouéré, Richard Brake, Bill Duke and Sam Louwyk round out the...
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Filmmakers Panos Cosmatos, Abner Pastoll, Joachim Lafosse and Jacques Audiard Win Investment

Belgium's Wallimage has awarded four filmmakers significant project investment in the company's highly competitive 85th year of helping to bolster its local film industry. Two genre films in particular have caught our attention with Wallimage's support becoming a crucial vote of confidence for the projects that are both currently in development. The first is Mandy, the second feature film by Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow), starring Nicolas Cage, which is set to film this summer in Belgium. The second is the upcoming Irish thriller A Good Woman Is Hard to Find directed by Abner Pastoll (Road Games), who is working with Frakas following their success with Raw. A Good Woman, described by Wallimage as "Ken Loach meets Tarantino", recently cast Sarah Bolger and was written...

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