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Old 09-14-2018, 02:04 AM   #29276
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Re: Movies: Talk About What You've Seen Lately--Part 3

Mandy, Panos Cosmatos, 2018



So, this was a one-night only pre-release screening, simultaneous with a screening at the Egyptian in Hollywood. After the movie, we were treated to a live discussion moderated by Kevin Smith, with director Cosmatos, Nicholas Cage, and Linus Roache. Pretty cool.

If an actor manages to upstage a blood-covered, screeching-in-existential agony, bent-on-revenge Nicolas Cage, that's a movie I'm going to like.

Red and his wife Mandy live an idyllic life in the woods of some 1983 rural fantasy. Mandy draws intricate, Heavy Metal-esqe type art and reads fantasy fiction, works at the local country store, and waits for her man to come home from his logging job.

But something deep and dark and nasty also resides in the woods... and it destroys Red and Mandy's life, forcing Red to go on a murderous rampage of revenge.



Holy moly.

Mandy is unlike any movie I've ever seen. It's a feverish, grindhouse, LCD trip, comic book, Herzog-like, insanity that will not be for everyone. Like Cosmatos' previous film, Beyond the Black Rainbow, Mandy has a 80s' vibe and sheen to it, from it's setting to it's monochromatic color pallet to it's rock opera synth score by the late Johann Johannson (his last film). But it is night and day from the former film. Black Rainbow is all sterile and interior while Mandy is outside in nature and Dark with a capital D. Both in theme and cinematography.

The movie is like the Road Warrior by way of Polanski, with Ralph Bashki-style animation and lots and lots of smoke surrounding two warriors in a ****ing CHAINSAW battle, backlit by unnatural colored light and fire.

There are three or four leather-clad demons that ride off-road quad runners and resemble the Zenobites from Clive Barker's ouvre.

Mandy is a pastiche of 80's B-movies that we watched over and over on VHS, or late-night Cinemax - and it looks it, as it was shot on a Ari Alexa with Panavision AL series anamorphic lenses.



Andrea Riseborough is an actress I've liked for years, and she always looks different in every damn movie she's in...great presence.

Linus Roache plays the Jesus-on-acid leader of a small-time cult who takes a shine to Andrea Riseborough's Mandy. He and his band of followers kidnap her and leave Nicolas Cage's Red for dead.

Roache has been in a lot of film and TV, and he always seems to stand out. I remember liking him a lot in The Chronicles of Riddick, but holy hell, I don't know what he was channeling here, but he makes Dennis Hopper as Frank Booth in Blue Velvet look positively quaint. When you're taking your eyes off a Cage to watch this other nutcase, you know you're going to have a good time.



I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, but I don't recommend it for most people. This is a B-movie art film that will generate screams and laughter in equal measure. It's pretty damn violent, but it is also lyrical, painterly, and a sonic sledge hammer.

Grade: A (for film snobs like me)
C for a normal movie-goer. No way someone like MrBaseball would like this lol.

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Old 09-14-2018, 04:00 AM   #29277
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Darn, that is quite a passion-instilled review Dominic , looking forward to watching it
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:53 AM   #29278
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Shots fired at monsieur beisbol.
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Old 09-14-2018, 09:47 AM   #29279
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Lol no shots, I just understand what kind of movies he likes and doesn’t like!
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Old 09-14-2018, 09:48 AM   #29280
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Shots fired at monsieur beisbol.
Nah, he's is likely right on. If it is anything like than unwatchable Black Rainbow stuff I would prolly hate it. I like mostly old movie classics and this doesn't sound much like one of those.
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:17 AM   #29281
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Nah, he's is likely right on. If it is anything like than unwatchable Black Rainbow stuff I would prolly hate it. I like mostly old movie classics and this doesn't sound much like one of those.
Ha! I was amazed and impressed that you actually gave that one a shot.
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:20 AM   #29282
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That's hilarious, I was tempted to make the same 'shots fired' post last night.
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Is Mandy torture porn?
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Old 09-14-2018, 12:00 PM   #29284
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There is a fan edit out there that is exactly like that. It definitely is much better than the original but the ending still sucks. The perfect ending would be Chris Pratt's character dying and JLaw's character struggling with loneliness with the final shot showing her contemplating waking someone else up.
Exactly my thoughts when I watched it. It makes sense and would have been a whole heck of a lot better than the happy route that they chose to take.

I have not seen this in some time but I seem to recall feeling that the movie was really solid until the character of Gus entered the movie. Then it started to go down hill with its decision making and Pratt surviving his whole ordeal was just laughable imo.
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:00 PM   #29285
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I'm thinking of teaching a special topics course in Romantic Comedies, probably focusing on gender, class, and remarriage. I have a few films in mind, but I'm also open to exploring rom-coms that subvert the genre. Any thoughts (besides "Are you crazy?")?

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Old 09-14-2018, 01:12 PM   #29286
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I'm thinking of teaching a special topics course in Romantic Comedies, probably focusing on gender, class, and remarriage. I have a few films in mind, but I'm also open to exploring rom-coms that subvert the genre. Any thoughts (besides "Are you crazy?")?

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I always thought The Baxter was an interesting take on romcoms focusing on the guy who gets left/dumped rather than the guy who gets the girl.
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I'm thinking of teaching a special topics course in Romantic Comedies, probably focusing on gender, class, and remarriage. I have a few films in mind, but I'm also open to exploring rom-coms that subvert the genre. Any thoughts (besides "Are you crazy?")?

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To all the boys Iíve loved before on Netflix is surprisingly good.
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"TiMER"
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I'm considering Tangerine as a subversive rom-com.

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Thatís playing fast and loose with the term rom-com.
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Thatís playing fast and loose with the term rom-com.
I know.

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Old 09-14-2018, 03:33 PM   #29292
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Maybe Crazy Rich Asians?
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Ceaușescu was the worst of those Rom-Commies imo.
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Old 09-14-2018, 03:48 PM   #29294
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was he really that romantic, tho?
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Is Mandy torture porn?
Dom. Iím hoping you will answer this. I curious about Mandy but hate torture movies.
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:10 PM   #29296
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Sorry, but Airplane! is always fantastic. And the leading cast is fantastic.

I like the Hot Shot movies, too.
Agree with this. Julie Hagerty especially, she is absolutely hysterical. Scene with her and Robert Hays dancing to Stayin Alive has to be one of the top 5 comedy movie scenes of all time.
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Never thought i would read so many positive things about a nick cage performance.
Read an interesting interview with Kathleen Turner about Peggy Sue Got Married, she basically said she thought Cage was a difficult dude and the crazy voice he decided to use in that movie really threw her off, but she just tried to soldier through it.

I actually liked Cage in that movie, definitely over the top and borderline silly, but in this case (as in Moonstruck), I thought it worked.
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Captain Ron... Rom com
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:25 PM   #29299
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Dom. I’m hoping you will answer this. I curious about Mandy but hate torture movies.
not at all. It wasn't as violent as I thought it was going to be. It's no more violent than A John Wick movie. Actually, a lot less. I hate torture porn. It's more an arty movie than a revenge flick.
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The Proposal

Compare this to more traditional fare like Pretty Woman.

The heroine, not the hero, is the person with the wealth and power.

We do later discover that Ryan Reynold's character's family has immense wealth, but for the purposes of the romance dynamic, the gender roles are reversed.

And perhaps most subversive is that in a traditional rom-com story structure, the person with the bigger flaw makes the Grand Gesture. THAT IS CLEARLY SUPPOSED TO BE SANDRA BULLOCK'S CHARACTER. It's Ryan Reynolds, however, who chases her to declare his love.
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