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Nicolas Cage gives one of his most insane performances in “Mandy.”
But it’s the director of the movie, Panos Cosmatos, and coping with the passing of his parents, that led to Cage’s wild role.

There aren’t many who can top Nicolas Cage in the crazy department, but the actor met his match with director Panos Cosmatos.

The filmmaker has built a fan base thanks to his beautifully demented storytelling, and that’s only with one feature film under his belt.

2010’s “Beyond the Black Rainbow,” Cosmatos’ feature debut, gave audiences a twisted and visually stunning sci-fi movie about one young woman’s journey to escape a weird institute run by an even weirder doctor. With the beautiful sets and costumes matched with the trippy music and cinematography, it was evident that Cosmatos was a new original voice to genre filmmaking.

Eight years later, Cosmatos has finally returned with a new movie, “Mandy” (opening in theaters on Friday). And though this one continues his love of strange characters, gorgeous visuals, and thrilling soundtrack (this time using rock and roll versus the electronica sound of “Black Rainbow”), it will get a bigger profile with the casting of Cage as the star of the movie.

Here Cage plays Red Miller, a quiet man who lives in California’s Shadow Mountains where he cuts down trees with a chainsaw all day, and every night he comes home to Mandy (Andrea Riseborough), his true love. However, when a religious cult kills Mandy, Red goes into a psychotic rage, killing everyone (human and supernatural) that was involved in her death. That includes battling bad guys with an axe he built himself and having a chainsaw duel.

But behind the insanity in both “Beyond the Black Rainbow” and “Mandy” is a lot of pain. Cosmatos channeled the depression of losing both of his parents in the …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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