Panos Cosmatos interview

The unnervingly beautiful and grotesque worlds born in Panos Cosmatos‘ imagination are remarkable. The writer-director showed with his directorial debut Beyond the Black Rainbow that he knows how to keep an audience’s eyes glued to the screen, but he can do far more than compose piercing images and an all consuming atmosphere. The visuals in Cosmatos’ new film, Mandy, which feature Nicolas Cage wielding an axe and going after a pack of demonic bikers, are bolstered by a real sense of pain and loss.

Cosmatos and Cage have said before that Mandy is a movie dealing with loss – a loss that fuels Red Miller’s (Cage) journey. There’s some genuinely heart wrenching moments in Cosmatos’ sophomore effort that make it a revenge movie with a real punch. Yes, seeing Cage going toe-to-toe with evil makes for some epic iconography, but Mandy‘s moments of pain and intimacy are just as enthralling to watch. Cosmatos recently told us about making his second film, crafting a large sense of scope with limited resources, working with Nicolas Cage, and more.

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nicolas cage interview

If ever there was a match made in heaven, it’s filmmaker Panos Cosmatos and actor Nicolas Cage. The two have similar boundary-pushing sensibilities that coalesce in Cosmatos’ thrillingly imaginative followup to Beyond the Black RainbowMandy, which co-stars Andrea Riseborough and features Cage as lumberjack Red Miller going on a blood-soaked journey for revenge. The Academy Award-winner has made many remarkable and sometimes almost otherworldly transformations throughout his career. Whether he’s wielding a chainsaw or an axe, the actor’s presence is often epic in Cosmatos’ anamorphic shots.

While Cosmatos’ revenge tale is sometimes like an acid trip gone wrong in Hell complete with its nightmarish and grand imagery, the hypnotic aesthetic is made all the more transfixing by some visceral emotions from Cage and Riseborough . Mandy has great fight scenes, including a next-level battle involving chainsaws, but one of the reasons why the movie is so special is the palpable sense of loss. There’s one scene in particular where Cage lets out a lot of pain, and it hits like a ton of bricks.

We recently spoke with Cage about that scene, along with studying Bruce Lee and silent films, punk rock performances, Prince, and more.

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mandy clip

Everything we’ve seen of Nicolas Cage‘s blood-soaked revenge thriller Mandy so far is gore, axes, chainsaws, and a maniacal Cage at his most unhinged yet. But a new Mandy clip slows things down a bit to show us the calm before the storm. There’s no blood or violence, just Cage and Andrea Riseborough as the titular Mandy, murmuring sweet nothings to each other as they enjoy a moment of peace and quiet.

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Grudge remake

The upcoming The Grudge remake may be in a bit of trouble. Taka lchise, producer of the original Japanese Grudge (Ju-on) franchise, has filed a breach of contract lawsuit, claiming that he was not offered a producer credit on the new movie. The Grudge remake is already filming, but this new development might curse it to an uncertain future.

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mandy trailer

Nicolas CageAndrea Riseborough. The director of Beyond the Black Rainbow. Evil cults. Chainsaw fights. What more do you need?

Mandy is the latest stylish nightmare from Beyond the Black Rainbow filmmaker Panos Cosmatos, and it looks delightfully deranged. In the film, Cage plays a man on a quest for vengeance, battling cultists and supernatural creatures. Watch the Mandy trailer below.

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John Cho the Grudge Reboot

The Grudge reboot cast has a new addition: John Cho. The Star Trek actor will star alongside Andrea Riseborough and Demian Bichir in a new take on horror franchise about a curse surrounding a haunted house.

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the grudge remake andrea Riseborough

Sony is moving forward with The Grudge remake, and they have their eyes on a great actress for the lead. Andrea Riseborough, who appeared in BirdmanThe Death of Stalin, Oblivion and the most-recent season of Black Mirror, is in talks to star in the horror remake.

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Mandy review

A primal, psychedelic rage-scream of a movie, Mandy takes a while to get going, but once it does, it delivers exactly what fans are hoping for: Nicolas Cage fully unleashing the beast within and absolutely wrecking people with a giant axe and a chainsaw. It’s just a shame it doesn’t get to the blood-soaked revenge much sooner. Read More »

mandy poster chainsaw

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.

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Black Mirror season 4 review

Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker’s dark, twisted, technology-driven Twilight Zone riff, is about return to Netflix for yet another season of woe and punishment. There’s a cold cosmic justice at work in Black Mirror; a sense that any transgression, no matter how mundane, will be met with the bleakest of punishments. It can often make for an unpleasant experience. Yet Black Mirror explored exciting new possibilities last season, with the acclaimed San Junipero – an episode that revealed that hopefulness was also a possibility in the Black Mirror universe. Best of all, it was an episode that wasn’t obsessed with conveying a twisted moral – it simply used the Black Mirror premise to tell a story about two characters and the results were stunning.

Black Mirror season 4, sadly, does not have an episode that resonates as much as San Junipero did last season. The show once again continues down a dark, unrelenting path – which is to be expected, since that was the built-in methodology long before San Junipero came along. But how does Black Mirror season 4 stack up as a whole? The good news is that the latest season of Black Mirror goes off into new, unexpected directions and has fun playing around with style and form. The six episodes that occupy the latest season all vary in plot, tone, and message, which is a welcome change compared to previous seasons, which had a tendency to blur together.

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