Mandy and Beyond The Black Rainbow share a lot more than the year 1983

Panos Cosmatos’ new film, Mandy, has earned the type of wild-eyed, freakout response that befits a movie about Nicolas Cage going apeshit with a battle ax. If that feels memetic and jokey, like a Chuck Norris coloring book come to life, the movie containing it does not. Mandy moves at a miasmic pace, fading gently…

Jóhann Jóhansson embraces the void on the doom-metal influenced Mandy soundtrack

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Although the film’s aesthetic owes just as much to bad-trip ’70s psychedelia, the phrase you’ll hear most often when describing the psychotronic new Nicolas Cage vehicle Mandy is “heavy metal.” (In his review for The A.V. Club, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky says it has “enough vintage MTV fog machines to kill a hair metal…

Nicolas Cage on going full Nicolas Cage in Mandy: "It is something I surf with"

There are three sides to Nicolas Cage. There is Serious Actor Cage, who produces humane, Oscar-winning performances that mask a deep, boiling sea of emotion behind his bleary eyes. There is Left Behind Cage, in which he murmurs for awhile until they give him his check. And there is, well, Cage Cage, where viewers feel…

Nicolas Cage takes a chainsaw to ’80s action cheese in the heavy-metal fantasia of Mandy

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Panos Cosmatos knows his audience. But does he know anything else? Both of his films to date (Beyond The Black Rainbow, the new Mandy) have been exercises in psychotronic drag-ass, best appreciated by a certain kind of movie freak—the devotees of the church of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Heavy Metal, in Mandy’s…