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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby Tommy Alpha on Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:06 am

Adam Sr wrote:I was looking forward to seeing it but it's becoming clear the director comes from the Behold the Reference School of Filmmaking.


Same. I was going to go to a late night showing at the Prince Charles, but the thread above is making me reconsider.
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby Redline on Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:19 pm

You guys have to stop being so mean to Hollywood.
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby Tommy on Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:40 pm

I LIKED IT! Shit, everyone stop being so damned cynical. Just treat it like a horror movie. Everything doesn't have to be overanalyzed. It's entertaining! It's fun! Who cares if it is derivative in spots?!
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby Bernardo on Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:15 pm

In interviews Panos Cosmatos has said as much, noting that he thinks of his films primarily as being “collectors’ items or pop culture artifacts,” with his modus operandi not being that “this is a story I want to tell,” but instead that “this is an object,” and what are its themes and aesthetics, and how do I merge them into something like a sculpture?”


http://thequietus.com/articles/25465-mandy-review
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby A_Man_Who_Tries on Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:38 am

Dave N. wrote:I thought it was terrible. Visually interesting, but terrible.


This. I wonder how smooth its production was, given the shifts almost between one half of the film and the other. I'd be willing to bet the director had his arm twisted along the way and the whole suffered for it. You can't be half-pregnant.
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby Tommy on Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:54 pm

A_Man_Who_Tries wrote:
Dave N. wrote:I thought it was terrible. Visually interesting, but terrible.


This. I wonder how smooth its production was, given the shifts almost between one half of the film and the other. I'd be willing to bet the director had his arm twisted along the way and the whole suffered for it. You can't be half-pregnant.


I'm not sure how much push back dude was given, since the production company (Legion M) is fan/crowdsourced.
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby Redline on Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:14 pm

Still not playing in Milwaukee...Or Wisconsin, for that matter. Wahhh...
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby Tommy on Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:32 pm

Redline wrote:Still not playing in Milwaukee...Or Wisconsin, for that matter. Wahhh...


Blu-Ray/DVD is out at Halloween. Might still be VOD at the usual places.
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby A_Man_Who_Tries on Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:23 am

Tommy wrote:I'm not sure how much push back dude was given, since the production company (Legion M) is fan/crowdsourced.


That's disappointing. Seemed like a viable reason for how it turned out
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby Redline on Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:57 am

Tommy wrote:
Might still be VOD at the usual places.

I found out last night that it's VOD on Good old Warner/Spectrum overpriced cable...But I want to see in in a theatre.

Oh well, I'll wait a week or so...Then it's pay per view time. This looks like a quality film.
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby Johnny C on Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:41 pm

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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby Johnny C on Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:58 pm

I really loved it. I think the glacial pace is crucial to not just the atmosphere but the structure of the movie. Also makes it play out in a really fascinating way on a theatre screen, which is 100% how this movie's supposed to be watched. In a better time it would have been a midnight movie staple.

Not sure I understand why it's suddenly a problem for your movie to explicitly reference other movies. First Reformed is, right from Paul Schrader's own mouth, just Winter Light and Diary Of A Country Priest - plot-wise and visually! - with a layer of climate politics, and it's probably the best movie of the year. C'mon!

Also, not that this takes away from how #problematic or #tropey the inciting incident for the back half of the movie is, but I think you can read a bit of contemporary political resonance into how the entire action of the movie is driven by the psychic wounding of fragile masculinity being met with physical violence.
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby Anthony Flack on Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:00 pm

Johnny C wrote:Not sure I understand why it's suddenly a problem for your movie to explicitly reference other movies.


Pastiche can be annoying.

It can feel like the work exists to serve the creator's desire to make references and cosplay their favourite media, rather than the creator listening and responding to the work they are making. It's a stylistic imposition which is a barrier to creating honest art.

Stranger Things for instance was so packed with 80s movie references it played like a novelty act.

And dare I mention The Darkness? Yeah the band. Remember those guys? Being too self-aware, it's too often just kinda... crap.

I'm not talking about Mandy here, but... with that in mind it's beginning to sound like I'd be wise to give Mandy a pass. But then people go and compare it to Twin Peaks.
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby Johnny C on Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:45 am

Anthony Flack wrote:It can feel like the work exists to serve the creator's desire to make references and cosplay their favourite media, rather than the creator listening and responding to the work they are making.


In that sense Mandy is absolutely in the second category, thanks for making it easy
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby blackmarket on Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:22 am

Johnny C wrote:Not sure I understand why it's suddenly a problem for your movie to explicitly reference other movies.


Many great films are referencial. This is not a great film.
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby Redline on Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:15 am

Hearing King Crimson play "Starless" in the beginning of the film made it great.

I'm going to watch it again tomorrow before the Packer game, regardless of what anyone says.
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby pldms on Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:00 pm

Boombats wrote:I am sick of movies, whether horror, revenge, action, whatever, that make the murder of a woman the key motivator for the male protagonist. We are decades deep in cinema that runs on this tired narrative.

Set your film in 1983 and this hackneyed nonsense becomes fine, right?

There's 18 entertaining minutes in Mandy, but the rest is a trial.
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby DregsInTheCrowd on Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:30 pm

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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby givemenoughrope on Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:10 pm

Ugh...I can already tell this is going to be Beyond the Black Rainbow plus Nic Cage. It seems like all you have to do is make everything beyond slow and "minimal", retro or derivative and just stare up your own ass. Makes total sense that Johann Johannson scored it since he was the artisanal curated king of those.

That said, I'm a Nic Cage fan so I'll probably watch it once it's "free"
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Re: Film: Mandy

Postby Redline on Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:32 pm

The cult leader trying to impress Mandy with his relevant format private press vinyl lp is one of the best parts.

It's also funny the title of the movie doesn't show up until way into the film.

I also enjoy the non-Hollywood look of the men/women in recent horror movies.

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