Where To See Panos Cosmatos’ MANDY In New England

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Panos Cosmatos’ visionary new film MANDY has been selling out screens in limited release across the globe, and generating an enormous amount of much deserved buzz.

Like pure filmic LSD to the psyche, MANDY is a dark, visceral, heartbreaking, and singular revenge action-horror film, starring Nicolas Cage at his absolute best as “Red Miller,” Andrea Riseborough as “Mandy,” acting legend Bill Duke as “Caruthers,” and Linus Roache, whose chilling performance as “Jeremiah Sands” is surely one of the most terrifying religious cult leaders ever to grace the silver screen.

MANDY is the sort film you want to see on the big screen to fully appreciate. An un-compromised, visually stunning, artistic, and completely engrossing cinematic experience. The late Johann Johannson’s ominous score is memorizing. You could have heard a pin drop in the screening I was in. People were completely transfixed and invested in this film. You could feel it in the room.

I urge you strongly to not sleep on this one. Get out there this week and see MANDY on the big screen or YOU WILL REGRET IT.

Finding a theater screening MANDY can be a bit daunting (thanks Hollywood). So we’ve compiled a list of movie theaters in New England that are currently screening MANDY, or will be this upcoming weekend. We will update as new theaters are announced, and you can also check out the films own Cheddar Goblin twitter page for updates about screenings being added across the U.S.

Long live the Cheddar Goblin.

MANDY Screenings in New England:

Connecticut

BOW TIE CINEMAS PALACE 17 & BTX
330 NEW PARK AVENUE HARTFORD, CT 06106
(860) 236-6677

Maine

NICKELODEON CINEMA
1 TEMPLE ST. PORTLAND, ME
(207) 772-9751

Massachusetts

AMHERST CINEMA
28 AMITY ST. AMHERST, MA
(413) 253-2547

New Hampshire

Rhode Island

Vermont

MANDY Social Media & Links:
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S. Craig Zahler’s ‘DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE’ to Screen at Venice Film Festival

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Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson in S. Craig Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete (Cinestate)

On the heels of their brutal 2018 prison masterpiece Brawl in Cell Block 99, director S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99) and Cinestate will debut their latest film, Dragged Across Concrete , at the Venice Film Festival next week.

Dragged Across Concrete is a crime thriller about two cops that are suspended for police brutality and then get caught up in the criminal underworld. Dragged reunites Zahler with Brawl in Cell Block 99 stars Don Johnson, Vince Vaughn, and Jennifer Carpenter, and pairs Vaughn with Oscar winner Mel Gibson as Vaughn’s veteran partner.

Dragged is Zahler’s third film with Dallas-based Cinestate, which recently revived the iconic horror film magazine Fangoria into a quarterly, print-only format debuting in October, and released their first film under the new Fangoria banner: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich.

Dragged Across Concrete will screen out of competition at the Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2018.

 

Refuting New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu’s Concerns About NH Marijuana Legalization Bill HB656

Just as House Bill 656, a bill which would legalize recreational marijuana in the state of New Hampshire, passed the NH House with a 207-139 vote on Tuesday, Governor Chris Sununu told Seacoastonline the bill is “definitely not something that I’m supportive of right now.”

Governor Sununu cited NH’s ongoing opioid crisis, and his concern that marijuana legalization may encourage drug use as reasons why he is not currently in support of the bill.

But the concerns Governor Sununu expressed about supporting HB656 run contrary to the data available about opioid deaths and drug use in states that have already legalized marijuana.

Studies that have examined both opioid deaths and drug use in Colorado show they both declined after the state legalized recreational marijuana.

“We’re in the middle of one of the biggest drug crises the state has ever seen”

NH is suffering from a drug crisis, but it is an opioid crisis, not a cannabinoid or marijuana crisis. There is also no evidence to suggest that marijuana has contributed to NH’s opioid crisis.

Contrary to Governor Sununu’s concern, the data available indicates that legalizing marijuana actually leads to fewer opioid deaths.

According to the Washington Post, a study done by the American Journal of Public Health shows that opioid related deaths decreased by 6% in Colorado in the two years following the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state.

Opiod-related deaths in Oregon also dropped after marijuana legalization, from 522 in 2014 to 506 in 2016, according to the CDC.

“Full legalization may add to the state’s opioid epidemic by encouraging drug use”

The fear that marijuana legalization will lead to more opioid drug abuse is just another form of the antiquated and stubbornly pervasive myth that marijuana is a “gateway drug,” which has long been scientifically debunked.

Governor Sununu’s concerns about marijuana legalization encouraging opioid drug use also do not reconcile with the data available.

Not only have opioid deaths declined in marijuana-legal states like Colorado, but adolescent drug and alcohol use have also declined. A new federal survey highlighted in the Washington Post shows opioid use dropped in Colorado after recreational legalization, and teen use of alcohol, tobacco, and heroin also declined.

Governor Sununu’s statement on HB656 seems to have left the door open for him to come around to supporting the bill. Since taking office in 2017, Governor Sununu signed HB640 into law, which decriminalized three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana, and also HB157 and HB160, adding moderate to severe chronic pain and PTSD to New Hampshire’s Therapeutic Cannabis program.

Hopefully Governor Sununu will take the time to educate himself further, and review the studies and data available to make the right decision for the people of NH, 68% of which support marijuana legalization, according to a 2016 University of New Hampshire poll.

Sources:

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180109/sununu-opposes-pot-legalization-bill

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/10/16/legal-marijuana-is-saving-lives-in-colorado-study-finds/

http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.2017.304059

https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/statedeaths.html

Marijuana as a Gateway Drug: The Myth That Will Not Die

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/12/11/following-marijuana-legalization-teen-drug-use-is-down-in-colorado/?utm_term=.968273a4a4f9

https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUHsaeShortTermCHG2016/NSDUHsaeShortTermCHG2016.htm

https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/tcp/2017-archive.htm

https://cola.unh.edu/sites/cola.unh.edu/files/research_publications/gsp2017_spring_govapp050917.pdf

Cinema Obscura’s Best of 2017

Best Record

Junius
Eternal Rituals for the
Accretion of Light
Prosthetic Records

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Track of The Year

Junius
Clean The Beast
Eternal Rituals for the
Accretion of Light
Prosthetic Records


Best Rap Record

Royce Da 5’9
The Bar Exam 4
DatPiff

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Best Rap Track

Royce Da 5’9
Beats Keep Callin
The Bar Exam 4
DatPiff


Best Film

The Evil Within
Andrew Getty
Vision Films

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Best Director – Film

Andrew Getty
The Evil Within
Vision Films


Best Director – TV

David Lynch
Twin Peaks
Season 3


Best Performance in a TV Series or Film

Kyle MacLachlan
Twin Peaks
Season 3

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Best Costume Design in a TV series or Film

Nancy Steiner
Twin Peaks
Season 3


Best TV Series

Twin Peaks
Season 3
Showtime

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Best Comedy TV Series

Vice Principals
Season 2
HBO

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Best Animated TV Series

F Is For Family
Season 2
Netflix

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Twin Peaks: The Return Post Finale Thoughts and Is This Really The End?

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How Do I Feel About The Twin Peaks: The Return Series Finale?

I enjoyed the finale overall. It was challenging, thought-provoking, fascinating, and unsettling, but I also found the lack of resolution and closure a bit disappointing.

Initial thoughts aside, I am not in a rush to form a concrete opinion about the finale, because like any great mystery or art, it will take time to process, absorb, explore, review, and contemplate.

Ultimately, my opinion of the finale hinges upon whether episode 18 was truly intended to be the definitive end of Twin Peaks.

If this is the definitive finale and end to the show, then I will be a bit disappointed.

If it turns out not to be the end of the show, then that changes the framing of perspective on episode 18 completely.

If episode 18 is really a bridge between season 3 and season 4, I will appreciate the episode so much more, because it’s purpose will be apparent, and we will be able to enjoy the episode for what it is instead of holding it to the standards of a definitive finale.

My Theory About The Finale and the Future of Twin Peaks

I believe Lynch & Frost composed episode 18 in such a way that it left the possibility open for the story to continue.

What am I basing this theory on?

A number of key factors:

The Critical and Financial Success of Twin Peaks: The Return

In a recent interview, Showtime Networks CEO David Nevins told The Hollywood Reporter that Twin Peaks: The Return has been a financial success for the network:

From a financial perspective, Nevins says Twin Peaks has exceeded expectations. Its May premiere week drove the greatest number of free trial sign-ups for Showtime’s over-the-top streaming service since it launched in 2015. And while those numbers aren’t ones that the CBS Corp.-owned network will divulge, Nevins emphasized the number has held “remarkably steady.” In short, most of the people who signed up for that record number of trials have paid to keep Showtime the subsequent three months.

Seemingly Too Many Unresolved Characters and Sub-Plots Even For Lynch

From Audrey’s Horne, to Jerry Horne, to Ella’s pit rash, Lynch and Frost left many original series characters and new characters mid-development, or without any resolution or closure.

Many fans have chalked this up to Lynchian ambiguity, and this may be the case, but the lack of closure on so many old and new characters this time around feels a bit abrupt and cold, even for Lynch.

Episode 18: Finale? Or Set-up for Season 4?

Fans are divided on the series finale, but what if it’s true purpose is to be the set up for season 4 and the next stage of the story, and not the definitive end of the show?

The finale felt more like episode 1 of season 4 of Twin Peaks then it did a show finale.

David Lynch Has Stated He Doesn’t Plan on Making More Films

In a May 2015 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Lynch clearly stated that he is done making feature films.

He [Lynch] is uncertain at first, but then appears to make up his mind: he has indeed made his last feature film. That’s a yes? “Yes it is,” he says.

We Are Living in the Golden Age of Television

With the record amount of money being spent by streaming services and networks on original series and content in 2017 ($6 billion spent by Netflix in 2017, $4.5 billion by Amazon, Apple to spend $1 billion in 2018) and the level of artistic control for creators, there is no better time than now to be in television.

Lynch and Frost, being veterans of network television and Hollywood, without a doubt recognize the special time we are living in for creators and television production.

After the triumphant critical and financial success of Twin Peaks: The Return, it’s hard to find a reason why Lynch and Frost would want to hang up their hats now.

Is This Really The End?

Despite the collective notion among Twin Peaks fans that this was the definitive end to the show, there is actually very little evidence to support this, and when you look closer at the information available, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the prospect of more Twin Peaks.

Film: The Void

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Despite the fact that 2017 is shaping up to be a depressingly lackluster year for film, there are still a few movies that have me excited, and one of those films is the new horror film The Void.

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From directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, The Void is undeniably steeped in 80’s vibe, and immediately evokes H.P. Lovecraft, John Carpenter’s The ThingHalloween 2, and other great fantasy sci-fi horror films of the era, like Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Phantasm, and From Beyond, but it is very clear that The Void is not just a superficial retro nostalgia piece.

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Kostanski and Gillespie are part of the Astron-6 collective, a Canadian film production company known for 80’s-style, horror-comedy B-movies. Gillespie recently worked as assistant art director for Suicide Squad, and the new upcoming It remake. Kostanski was a make-up effects techinican for Crimson Peak, and special make-up effects artist on Suicide Squad and It.

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It is apparent from the teaser and trailers that The Void has great mood, tension, lighting, practical horror FX, and is truly scary and unsettling, all elements that are sorely lacking in most modern horror movies, so I am eagerly awaiting this film.

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The Void hits theaters on March 31, Digital HD on April 7, and DVD and Blu-ray on April 24. There is also an Our Screen page to set up a screening of The Void in your area.

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The Void
1h 30min  | Horror | 7 April 2017 (USA)
Directed by: Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski
Signature Entertainment

Review: Junius – Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light

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It is admittedly difficult for me to be objective when reviewing Junius, they are my favorite band, but I think it is undeniable that Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light is an incredible record that far exceeds any expectations, and will easily be one of the best releases of 2017.

Despite the departure of founding members and a three-year absence, Joseph E. Martinez and Dana Filloon have returned and delivered a record that both equals and transcends their already highly impressive catalog, and takes the band to a whole new level.

Recorded with longtime friends and recording engineers Will Benoit (Constants) & Daryl Rabidoux (The Cancer Conspiracy) of Radar Recording in CT, mixed by Benoit, and released by Prosthetic Records, Junius has crafted a record that is massive in depth, sound, and has a maturity and vastness that makes it their best work to date.

Not only does Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light have the signature heavy, dark, melodic, and epic Junius sound, the record also goes in some surprising new directions with songs like “Telepaths & Pyramids,” and “Masquerade in Veils,”that really pay off big.

Eternal Rituals for the Accretion of Light is an astounding achievement in that Junius has succeeded at something many other great bands have failed at: maintaining everything about their sound that defines them, while at the same time evolving, trying new things, going in directions not expected, and succeeding at it.