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4 Upcoming Non-Blockbuster Films That Deserve Your Excitement

Samuel Brace with four upcoming non-blockbuster films that deserve your excitement…

It’s particularly easy in this business to merely focus on the high profile movies that will make serious dents at the box office, or that will reap the most plaudits come awards season, but to limit one’s attention to only these categories is a mistake. There is far more to cinema than the big blockbusters and “please-love-me” biopics. Marvel and Star Wars occupy a significant amount of our cinematic bandwidth – often for good reason – but their yearly efforts shouldn’t consume every last inch of our attention. With this in mind, I wanted to spend, if you will allow it, my little corner of the internet shedding some light – for those who don’t know – on four upcoming non-blockbuster films that deserve our excitement. These are films outside of the mainstream, these are films that could be hit or miss,
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Rlje Films Aquires Mandy – Release in Theaters in Summer 2018

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Rlje Films to Release in Theaters in Summer 2018 Rlje Films, a brand of Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje), has acquired all U.S. rights to the highly anticipated action-thriller Mandy, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Written and directed by Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow), the film stars Academy Award-Winner …

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First Trailer for Intriguing Retro Sci-Fi Project 'Perfect' Playing at SXSW

"Be careful, sweetheart, don't get too close." Whoa, this looks trippy. A trailer has debuted for a retro sci-fi film titled Perfect, premiering at the SXSW Film Festival this month. This experimental, creative project is about a boy who goes to a mysterious genetic-engineering clinic, only to discover the price of perfection will cost him everything, including his mind, body and his soul. Garrett Wareing stars as the boy, along with Abbie Cornish, Courtney Eaton, Tao Okamoto, Martin Sensmeier, Leonardo Nam, Alicia Sanz, and Maurice Compte. This looks very cool, I'm very curious to see more, and hopefully the reviews out of SXSW are good. The film is being presented by Steven Soderbergh, which is a good sign it's unique. It seems a bit like "Black Mirror" meets Beyond the Black Rainbow-esque criticism of society's pursuits of perfection. Here's the first official trailer (+ teaser poster) for Eddie Alcazar's Perfect,
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Nicholas Cage's Mandy Coming This Summer!

Some excellent news for fans of the absurd. It's been announced that Rlje Films has picked up the rights to Mandy which, after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, was being heralded as the "must watch" Nicholas Cage unhinged movie.

The movie stars Cage and Andrea Riseborough as Red and the titular Mandy respectively, a couple living in "primal wilderness of 1983." When Mandy is killed by a religious sect, Red goes hunting for her killers.

In addition to Cage getting to go full crazy, it's worth noting that Mandy is the sophomore effort from Panos Cosmatos who impressed us eight years ago with the mind blowing Beyond the Black Rainbow (
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Mandy is Coming to U.S. Cinemas This Summer!

You read all the overwhelmingly positive reviews for Panos Cosmatos' Mandy from Sundance and you were left wondering when you would be able to see Nicoloas Cage savage demon bikers with a homemade battle axe? Well, you will be pleased to know you will be able to do so this Summer!   Rlje Films have picked up the U.S. rights for Mandy and thank goodness they are planning a theatrical run for this Summer.    Rlje Films, a brand of Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje), has acquired all U.S. rights to the highly anticipated action-thriller Mandy, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews.     Written and directed by Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow), the film stars Academy Award-Winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving...

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Nicolas Cage Thriller ‘Mandy’ Goes to RLJ Entertainment

Nicolas Cage Thriller ‘Mandy’ Goes to RLJ Entertainment
RLJE Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the Nicolas Cage action-thriller “Mandy,” the company announced Thursday.

Panos Cosmatos (“Beyond the Black Rainbow”) wrote and directed the film, which premiered at January’s Sundance Film Festival.

RLJE Films plans a summer theatrical release for the film, which also stars Andrea Riseborough (“Battle of the Sexes”) and Linus Roache (“Vikings”).

The film follows outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom who lead a loving and peaceful existence until their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand. Red...
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Nicolas Cage Horror-Thriller ‘Mandy’ Sells to Rlje Entertainment

Nicolas Cage Horror-Thriller ‘Mandy’ Sells to Rlje Entertainment
Rlje Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the horror-thriller “Mandy,” starring Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, and Linus Roache.

The film, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is written and directed by Panos Cosmatos (“Beyond the Black Rainbow”). Rlje Films plans to release “Mandy” in theaters in the summer.

“The best reviewed movie at Sundance is also one of Cage’s most extraordinary performances, reinvigorating our love and appreciation of him,” said Mark Ward, chief acquisitions officer at Rlje Films. “Panos is a truly visionary filmmaker and we are beyond excited to unleash ‘Mandy’ to the masses.”

Cage and Riseborough play a couple leading a loving and peaceful existence in the Pacific Northwest. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult, Cage’s character is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.

Dennis Harvey wrote in his review for Variety,
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'Mandy': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Mandy': Film Review | Sundance 2018
Half dread-soaked psychotropic horror film, half subhuman bloody revenge flick, Panos Cosmatos' Mandy ranks among the midnight-iest Midnight entries this or any festival has seen. Certainly not for the faint of heart or those with short attention spans, it is superlative in its mood-focused horror niche, one Cosmatos helped establish with 2010's Beyond the Black Rainbow, his only other feature to date. Viewers who found that film appealing but ultimately unsatisfying might want to give this weird but fully realized effort a shot; meanwhile, the presence of Nicolas Cage will entice viewers who might never have heard of it otherwise.

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Sundance 2018 Interview: Panos Cosmatos, Nicolas Cage, and Linus Roache Talk Mandy

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Just a few days ago, Beyond the Black Rainbow filmmaker Panos Cosmatos’ second feature Mandy celebrated its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Cosmatos, as well as the film’s star Nicolas Cage (who was only able to join us briefly) and co-star Linus Roache, who portrays the villainous cult leader Jeremiah, and they discussed the evolution of Mandy, their experiences collaborating together and with Andrea Riseborough, who plays the titular character, and much more.

Panos, can you speak about why you wanted to make the film, and for the actors, can you two discuss why you wanted to be a part of this project in particular?

Nicolas Cage: I wanted to work with Panos. I'd seen Beyond the Black Rainbow. I thought it was powerfully unique, a world unto itself, visionary and artistic and hallucinogenic. I felt that, to be
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Scott Reviews Panos Costmatos’s Mandy [Sundance 2018]

Panos Cosmatos made quite a splash back in 2010 with Beyond the Black Rainbow, a ponderous sci-fi horror film that he quite accurately described as a sort of adaptation of the film you’d imagine when looking at VHS covers for inevitably-terrible genre films. It’s a bit amorphous and trippy and doesn’t entirely make sense, but it works as the mind works. I’m a bit surprised in this time in which low-budget, sharply made horror is prevalent that the man who made one of its best entries went so long before directing again, but here we sit with the unholy beast that is Mandy.

It, too, is a bit like the film you might imagine from a VHS case, if that imagination was fueled by a drug trip that gradually dawns back to reality. Red (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) live out in the wilderness in relative peace,
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Nicolas Cage Explains the One Thing His Bloody Insane Movie ‘Mandy’ Has in Common with ‘Raising Arizona’ — Sundance

Nicolas Cage Explains the One Thing His Bloody Insane Movie ‘Mandy’ Has in Common with ‘Raising Arizona’ — Sundance
One of the wildest movies of Sundance 2018 is Panos Cosmatos’ “Mandy.” Nicolas Cage has an idea of why for the latest supercharged revenge film from the “Beyond the Black Rainbow” director holds together among the chaos.

“It happens when there aren’t too many cooks in the kitchen, when you don’t have producers from the studios — the suits, if you will — breathing down your neck,” Cage said at the IndieWire Sundance Studio presented by Dropbox. “When they get in the middle of it, all the oxygen goes out of the room.”

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Cosmatos explained that, for him, even with the 1983-infused, supernatural mayhem of “Mandy,” he’s still making his own version of a movie shot on Super 8 camera. Cage likened the feeling of the set to what it was like working with Joel and Ethan Coen on “Raising Arizona.
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Sundance Review: Mandy Takes Nicolas Cage on an Insane Psychedelic Journey of Bloody Revenge!

I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I saw this movie Mandy other than the fact that it stars Nicolas Cage. And holy shit... this thing turned out to be bat-shit Insane!

I’ll be honest, the first half of the film I actually wanted to get up and walk out of the movie. It was very much a psychedelic dream-like type story with synthesized music and crazy lighting and colors with a story that didn't seem to be going anywhere. I was like “what the hell is this shit?!” But there were little things here and there that kept me in my seat. Little things that kept my interest intact.

Then, when the movie hit the second half, it was time to buckle up because this movie takes you on a ride of pure unadulterated insanity!!! If you like watching Nicolas Cage go completely bonkers,
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Sundance Review: ‘Mandy’ Sets a Maniacal Nicolas Cage on a LSD-Fueled Journey of Revenge

In an era of dime-a-dozen Nicolas Cage movies, you may think you know what you’re getting when sitting down for his latest feature. Rest assured, nothing could prepare you for the experience of Mandy. I’m not even referring to the gory and gleeful shocks–of which the back half has many–but rather Panos Cosmatos’ intoxicating, singular version, which mixes beauty and batshit insanity for an LSD-fueled descent into darkness like no other.

Of course, those familiar with his vibrant debut feature Beyond the Black Rainbow–also set in 1983–will be no stranger to Cosmatos’ phantasmagorical style, having waited nearly a decade for a follow-up. With his revenge tale Mandy, he shows an impressive expansion of scope while still retaining a hazy psychedelic palette, but most compelling is his union with the perfect actor to lead this psychotic vision: Nicolas Cage. Working as a lumberjack in what looks like the Pacific Northwest,
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Sundance 2018 Review: Mandy is a Psychedelic Powder Keg of Cinematic Insanity

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In 2010, filmmaker Panos Cosmatos came out guns blazing with his feature film debut, Beyond the Black Rainbow, and his follow-up project, Mandy, proved to be well worth the wait for those of us who have patiently waited to see just what the boundary-pushing director would do next. Like a powder keg of cinematic insanity ready to blow at any given moment (and when it does, man, the results are glorious), Mandy makes for a stunning companion piece to Black Rainbow in many ways, and yet still feels like a wholly unique step forward from Cosmatos. It’s hard to believe that he’s only two films into his career, but just based on his track record so far, Panos is now poised to become one of the boldest filmmaking voices of his generation.

At its core, Mandy is a story of revenge, as we watch in horror while Red Miller
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Sundance 2018 Review: Mandy, a Revenge-filled Feast of Visual Delights

In describing Panos Cosmatos' Mandy, the first word that comes to mind is 'admiration.' The picture reflects the singular, unique, and uncompromising vision of its director. Producing an auteur-driven horror film is an admirable feat in a business that often favors quantity over quality. Accordingly, it should come as no surprise that it took eight years for Cosmatos to produce his follow-up to cult classic Beyond The Black Rainbow. Fortunately, his sophomore effort proves worth the wait. The storyline of Mandy is simple enough to write on the back of a napkin. The year is 1983. Lumberjack Red (Nicolas Cage) and his partner, the titular Mandy (Andrea Riseborough), lead an idyllic existence in the rural Pacific Northwest. Not surprisingly, evil lurks in the surrounding woods....

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Mandy’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Mandy’
Panos Cosmatos’ 2010 debut feature “Beyond the Black Rainbow” was the kind of movie that divides genre fans into two camps, the enraptured and the infuriated. Visually striking but awfully murky in the realms of plot and meaning, it signaled the arrival of a talent that might prove formidable, or might turn out to be all style and no substance.

Fortunately, his followup “Mandy” maintains all of “Rainbow’s” aesthetic fascination while considerably stepping up the pace and narrative coherency. It will again appeal primarily to artier fan sensibilities — this hallucinogenic mashup of Satanic-cult horror and revenge thriller isn’t exactly multiplex fare — but anyone with a taste for Nicolas Cage in full gonzo mode should get some fun out of its fever-dream progress.

The first half hour or so is more or less a portent-filled romance, with lumberjack Red (Cage) and pulp-fiction cover illustrator Mandy (Andrea Riseborough), two misfits who’ve blissfully found each other in a Pacific
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Nicolas Cage Is Batshit Insane in Psychedelic Revenge Movie ‘Mandy’ — Sundance 2018 Review

Nicolas Cage Is Batshit Insane in Psychedelic Revenge Movie ‘Mandy’ — Sundance 2018 Review
Even before Nicolas Cage does a line of coke off a shard of broken glass in “Mandy,” the movie is batshit crazy. Panos Cosmatos’ followup to his wacky debut, “Beyond the Black Rainbow,” is another stunning dose of psychedelia and derangement, this one folded into the constraints of a woodsy revenge thriller, but that’s mainly an excuse for Cage to unleash his most psychotic extremes. Cosmatos gives him plenty of opportunities in this hypnotic midnight movie, which veers from astonishing, expressionistic exchanges to gory mayhem without an iota of compromise.

See More:The 2018 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

A glimmering font establishes the rural setting as “1983, A.D.,” and it may as well be a forgotten relic of eighties B-movie excess, funneled through Cosmatos’ own creative indulgences. The grainy 16mm imagery, a vibrant mixture of neon hues and shadows set to Johan Johansson’s disorienting score,
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Nicolas Cage on High Movie Prices, Not Playing Superman and Sundance Action Movie ‘Mandy’

Nicolas Cage on High Movie Prices, Not Playing Superman and Sundance Action Movie ‘Mandy’
Nicolas Cage needed a cleansing after filming the gory action movie, “Mandy,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday. “You wouldn’t believe the process it took to get it off every night,” Cage says, of the fake blood that covered him. “I couldn’t go back to the hotel looking the way I looked in the movie. I mean look at me.” He holds up the film’s red-stained poster. “I was in the shower for an hour every night.”

After spending four decades in Hollywood, Cage is undergoing a kind of baptism. He’s stepped away from big-budgeted blockbusters — like “National Treasure” — and he’s returned to his indie roots. “Mandy” was made for a small budget by cult director Panos Cosmatos (“Beyond the Black Rainbow”). Cage plays a man named Red, who goes to any lengths necessary (cue the chainsaw) to rescue the woman he loves from a cult kidnapping.

In a wide-ranging
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Nicolas Cage Supports the #MeToo Movement: Everyone 'Needs to Be Heard, Supported and Cherished'

Nicolas Cage Supports the #MeToo Movement: Everyone 'Needs to Be Heard, Supported and Cherished'
Nicolas Cage is speaking out in support of the #MeToo movement.

“Every opportunity I get to work with a female director – one of the best movies I ever made was Valley Girl and I just did a picture called Inconceivable with Maria Pulera and there was a strong female cast,” Cage, 54, told People at the Entertainment Studios Suite at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Friday. “I realize that the talent and creativity needs to be heard and supported and cherished.”

Cage, who is starring in the action-thriller, Mandy — which premiered at the festival on Friday — shared
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Check Out the Amazing Poster for Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy Starring Nicolas Cage

Truth be told I have not heard one thing about the upcoming Nic Cage period action-thriller Mandy until today. That’s not to say I’m not totally intrigued by the film, which is directed by Panos Cosmatos who helmed the gorgeous mind-trip Beyond the Black Rainbow a few years back. It has just slipped under my […]

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