Cage’s Mandy, not Manilow’s

The 2018 Panos Cosmatos film Mandy could very well have been released in 1978, directed by John Carpenter or Tobe Hooper, and, aside from Nic Cage’s Academy Award-winning visage, no one would be the wiser. Featuring a crazed cult, motorcycle-riding demons, over-saturated film stock, and, well, Nic Cage wielding a custom axe, Mandy is a…

Charred, Not Hot

The fact that Ghost Rider is a b-comicbook character at best should bring no surprise that his movie would be of similar ilk. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance is the ultimate b-movie complete with b-grade actors (welcome back to the silver screen Christopher Lambert), a generic plot (the only way for the devil’s power to…

Comicbook Actioneer is an Easy Ride

The problem with comic book films is that once the filmmakers decide to distance themselves from the source material, a necessary step that all films face upon adaptation, the core audience immediately goes on the defense. Pleasing said fans is always a difficult task. Ghost Rider, then, succeeds on the level that it is a…