Mandy is an artsy take on a revenge film comboed with a bold invitation for Nicholas Cage to Cage all over the place, both overacted and comedic. There’s also a quick scene with Bill “I’m gonna have me some fun” Duke of Predator fame. It’s got funky visuals and camera work. It’s also the last movie with a score by Jóhann Jóhannsson. If you can handle a slow buildup and bloody violence, you should see it.
Edward Scissorhands I hadn’t seen since a kid, but there was an opportunity to watch it a theater. This movie is fucking incredible. The score is fantastic. The acting is great. The setting is a realized nightmare suburbia. It’s delightful to see a movie where you feel like the director had a vision and was able to execute it without compromise.
The Thing (70mm print). I won’t turn down an opportunity to see this movie in a theater. The print had some fading due to age, but was otherwise beautiful. A modern classic.
Patton (70mm print). I had never seen this, and the only name I recognized was George C. Scott of Dr. Strangelove fame. I can see why it’s a classic, and it’s got a few choice quotes that I now have context for—“Rommel, you magnificent bastard. I read your book!” It didn’t feel like three hours. As an aside, the intro credits mention that Jerry Goldsmith did the score. You know what Goldsmith has also scored? Alien! And there are some distinctly Alien horns that are around in the first forty-five minutes of the movie, which delighted me.