thread of mandy (2018), melted psychedelic drone directed by panos cosmatos

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after being extended a week here, it's being brought back tomorrow after a week off: get a cheap flight to Seattle, I'll go see it again.

My Gig: The Thin Beast (sic), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:40 (ten months ago) link

hasn't been mentioned yet, i don't think, but the soundtrack rules. the last work of Jóhann Jóhannsson. i especially liked the black metal snippets, like when Red is going down the tunnel toward Jeremiah.

1-800-CALL-ATT (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 17:47 (ten months ago) link

was mentioned in other threads' discussion before Brad sensibly split this one off

My Gig: The Thin Beast (sic), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:07 (ten months ago) link

"Amulet of the Weeping Maze" is song of the year.

jmm, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:19 (ten months ago) link

yes i saw it in the cinema, if this was on a tv i would have just turned it off lol

forensic plumber (harbl), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 23:06 (ten months ago) link

Oh yeah, there's a song from Red and the character's name is Red. I understand this movie now.

jmm, Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:41 (ten months ago) link

since then the only option has been a 90-minute round trip to Bethlehem, PA

what rough beast, its hours come round at last, &c &c

hey, nifty clam! (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:05 (ten months ago) link

did not enjoy "beyond the black rainbow", but i was going to take a shot on this

sadly looks like tonight will be the last showing here, in theory i could drive to LA but it's only showing at midnight there. does that mean it's not doing so well?

the late great, Friday, 12 October 2018 03:58 (ten months ago) link

the original release was one night only, so it's been doing great

My Gig: The Thin Beast (sic), Friday, 12 October 2018 07:53 (ten months ago) link

Has been brought back to the AFI Silver for at least one more week; have a ticket for tonight.

Accattony! Accattoni! Accattoné! (j.lu), Friday, 12 October 2018 13:57 (ten months ago) link

well i rented it on itunes and - it was great!!

the late great, Friday, 12 October 2018 14:40 (ten months ago) link

RLJ Entertainment, known for releasing genre movies ("Brawl in Cell Block 99," "Bone Tomahawk") and has handled movies starring Cage in the past ("Rage," "Dog Eat Dog," "Pay the Ghost"), moved forward with the usual game plan for "Mandy."

They released it in 75 theaters its first week, and had Cosmatos, Cage, and costar Linus Roache show up for live Q&As following some special Thursday-night screenings before its opening weekend, the hope being that exposure and the 94% Rotten Tomatoes score the movie has would bring in the audiences that a limited marketing budget a day-and-date movie can't.

And boy did it work.

And then something unusual happened: Instead of people ordering the movie on VOD, they took to social media and demanded a wider release so that "Mandy" could open at a theater near them.

https://www.businessinsider.com/surprise-success-of-nicolas-cage-movie-mandy-causes-shift-in-theater-release-strategy-2018-10

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Friday, 12 October 2018 16:45 (ten months ago) link

BRISTOL, Tenn. – A man who police say was run over with a lawn mower while trying to kill his son with a chain saw has had to have his leg amputated.

violent incidents that aren't in Mandy

1-800-CALL-ATT (Karl Malone), Saturday, 13 October 2018 21:55 (ten months ago) link

"pls someone let Cosmatos take over on the new Dune movies"

yesss

akm, Sunday, 14 October 2018 16:49 (ten months ago) link

i think this is my favorite movie of the year. is it insane to hope that it gets oscar consideration? cage, Riseborough, director, cinematographer....all deserve some recognition.

akm, Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:13 (ten months ago) link

also i like to think of the two blonde cult members as 'slack jawed yokel 1 and slack jawed yokel 2'

akm, Sunday, 14 October 2018 19:13 (ten months ago) link

"pls someone let Cosmatos take over on the new Dune movies"

yesss


lol I liked this movie but no thanks

circa1916, Sunday, 14 October 2018 22:48 (ten months ago) link

Yeah I can see the result being interesting, but Cosmatos’ style works best on a smaller scale IMO. Plus we already have the Lynch Dune.

latebloomer, Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:28 (ten months ago) link

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone calls Mandy 'a hoot, a real old-fashioned good-timey romp! See it with your best gal's ma!'

Kinda feel like there's a stain on my soul now that I can never fully scour away. Fuckin' evil. Deeply admire the commitment to pulling zero punches. Not sure I ever need to see it again. Fairly sure I will nonetheless see it again soon.

Extra Shprankles (Old Lunch), Monday, 15 October 2018 01:51 (ten months ago) link

(I joked that Cosmatos wanted to drop an isolated slice of cinema verite into the proceedings and asked Cage to go through his usual morning bathroom routine while the cameras rolled.)

Extra Shprankles (Old Lunch), Monday, 15 October 2018 01:55 (ten months ago) link

Also: looking for recommendations of other films that exude unrelenting cosmic darkness (Possession is as far as I've gotten thus far).

Extra Shprankles (Old Lunch), Monday, 15 October 2018 01:57 (ten months ago) link

I'd say THE WITCH is pretty good at that

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 15 October 2018 02:05 (ten months ago) link

I’ll throw in my usual recommendation of The Lords Of Salem.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 15 October 2018 02:54 (ten months ago) link

I also recommend STARRY EYES.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Monday, 15 October 2018 02:58 (ten months ago) link

I must be drawn to cosmic darkness as I've seen all three! It occurred while watching that it reminded me of nothing quite so much as Twin Peaks: The Return.

Introduced my Mandy crew to Outer Space sometime just before we watched the former. You could say it was a day for feel-good cinema, I suppose.

Extra Shprankles (Old Lunch), Monday, 15 October 2018 10:30 (ten months ago) link

the pacing is certainly TP:Return-esque.

akm, Monday, 15 October 2018 13:19 (ten months ago) link

Bits of this kept reminding me of Apocalypse Now. Don't ask me to justify that comparison.

jmm, Monday, 15 October 2018 13:31 (ten months ago) link

Are you referring to the nightmare quest elements of both movies, or the way Nicolas Cage long ago went Marlon Brando-scale batshit crazy?

Accattony! Accattoni! Accattoné! (j.lu), Monday, 15 October 2018 14:03 (ten months ago) link

starry eyes is imo extremely flawed and very traumatic but a real ride

princess of hell (BradNelson), Monday, 15 October 2018 14:57 (ten months ago) link

"A Dark Song" is a good recent bonkers occult horror film. Not sure about "cosmic".

An Uphill Battle For Legumes (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 15 October 2018 15:02 (ten months ago) link

can I just

can

can I

\m/ \m/

imago, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 14:20 (ten months ago) link

can’t stop thinking about cage’s totally scraped-out stare at the end of this film, which might be the peak of his craft for me

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:31 (ten months ago) link

Seriously. That shot burned itself onto my retinas.

Extra Shprankles (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:42 (ten months ago) link

ah fuck brad, i just read the spoiler about mandy and i havent even seen this...shit

Ross, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:44 (ten months ago) link

welcome to the spoiler-filled thread about mandy ross

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:48 (ten months ago) link

I'm not sure that it's much of a spoiler. It's advertised as a revenge movie.

jmm, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:50 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, I was trying to explain to someone that even a spoiler-laden description of the basic plot wouldn't really tell you much and certainly wouldn't prepare you for the experience.

Extra Shprankles (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:00 (ten months ago) link

yeah it's completely spoiler-proof imho

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:04 (ten months ago) link

no one in this thread at least has spoiled the most important part of the movie, which rhymes with “header cobblin’”

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:07 (ten months ago) link

lol

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:08 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, it's perhaps worth noting that for such an oppressively dark movie, there are more than a few lols to be had.

Extra Shprankles (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:16 (ten months ago) link

Also, 'header cobblin' scene was directed by Caspar Kelly (of Too Many Cooks fame)!

Extra Shprankles (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:18 (ten months ago) link

Also also, while I thought that scene was hilarious if wildly incongruent at first blush, upon reflection it seems to perfectly reflect the way that even goofy and innocuous stuff can feel absurd and horrifying in the wake of tragedy.

Extra Shprankles (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:30 (ten months ago) link

yep kind of a brutal “life goes on” moment for me

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:34 (ten months ago) link

"shhrh gobbin..."

jmm, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:34 (ten months ago) link

I'm probably seeing this again tomorrow. It feels like a movie that may play differently on second viewing.

jmm, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:37 (ten months ago) link

no one in this thread at least has spoiled the most important part of the movie, which rhymes with “header cobblin’”

― princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:07 (six hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yes

imago, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 22:52 (ten months ago) link

or idk the tiger roar was maybe the best bit?

the entire movie was an invitation to throw horns

imago, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 22:55 (ten months ago) link

ugh, the nearest theater showing this is a five hour drive and a time zone away, fuck

WmC, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 22:59 (ten months ago) link

Well this was quite something.

Like someone reaching into my head and pulling out a load of things I love - Kubrick, Lynch, Park Chan Wook, P.T. Anderson, the Duffer Brothers, Jodorowsky, Alan Moore, Sam Rami, the Wickerman, Werner Herzog, Wheatley/Jump, Gaspar Noë, Troma, horrible Asian gore movies, ridiculous 80s slasher films etc- then mashing them all up with a rusty spoon before shoving them back into my head and stapling my scalp back shut

during the first part I couldn't work out if I plain loved it or whether it was standing on the shoulders of giants. did I like it on its own terms or more because it reminded me of so many other things I already love?

It was particularly easy to ponder this during some of the longer, more drawn-out scenes. No it's not so much a matter of pace exactly - I like the speed at which it unfolded- , but the propensity to linger for a bit too long on less interesting moments made my wonder on occasion.

I'm still not sure what I made of all this but by God did I stop caring by the second half.

Agree that Mandy the character could have been in it longer, or they could have at least put her on the poster - she was excellent whereas Cage is admittedly perfect as this sort of shell of a character

anyway, I was shell-shocked.its been a while since a film has had quite that impact, so hats off

Scritti Vanilli - The Word Girl You Know It's True (dog latin), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 23:21 (ten months ago) link


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