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Venice Update: Nicolas Cage and the Misery of Joe

8 years ago by Stephanie Zacharek
As at most festivals, screenings at Venice are preceded by a recorded message asking everyone to turn off their cell phones. A very cultured-sounding lady delivers this request first in Italian and then in English. She caps off the English version with the words, "Thank you for your collaboration." My...

The Gloriously Lurid Mandy Knows Just What to Do With Nicolas Cage

3 years ago by Alan Scherstuhl
Cosmatos delivers (as fans say) on the blood and guts, on cathartic slaughter, on the disreputable pleasure of watching a bereaved hero regard a new weapon and envision nasty uses for it

Rich Africans Producer Iver Jallah Talks New Movie Grand Isle With Nicolas Cage

2 years ago by Alex Gonzalez
Fort Worth screenwriter and producer Iver Jallah is quickly working his way into the Hollywood landscape. Last year, Jallah premiered a short series called Rich Africans on Amazon Prime Video, on which he served as a writer and executive producer. Following the series' success, Jallah is in the post-production stages...

The Best Movies About Gambling

4 months ago by Liam Gaughan
Movies are always a gamble. A writer bets that the story they’re writing is one that people will want to hear. A director bets that they’ve chosen the right crew to tell that story. Actors make bets with every choice they make on set — are they being overly emotive...

The Best Die Hard-Inspired Movies and Some We'd Like to See

5 months ago by Liam Gaughan
It’s the holiday season again, so we can all look forward to an imminent debate regarding whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. It is. It’s heartwarming. It’s about family. Certainly, it’s not nearly as violent and demented as Home Alone, the other holiday classic about a lone...

What We Can Learn From Sci-Fi Movies as Schools Reopen

8 months ago by Liam Gaughan
It’s hard to look at “back to school” catalogues or Walmart displays without a good deal of apprehension. While Dallas ISD is planning to open schools on Tuesday, Sept. 8, with both in-person and remote opportunities, many of the details are up in the air. Gov. Greg Abbott has stressed...

The Alamo Drafthouse’s New Film Series Offers Festival-Quality Programming

1 year ago by Liam Gaughan
There’s more entertainment content in the world than ever before; between new releases, classics and new streaming services popping up every day, viewers can easily become overwhelmed by the sheer number of options they have. In an increasingly competitive market, a new series from the Texas Alamo Drafthouse theater chain...

Please, No More Woodstock Reboots

2 years ago by Garrett Gravley
“As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.”— Proverbs 26:11 Now that the 50-year anniversary of Woodstock and its attempted celebration have both passed us, no foreseeable Woodstock revivals lurk on the horizon. In a perfect world, it would stay that way forever. But it won’t. Nostalgia...

Steel Cage Match

19 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
There's never been any shortage of praise for Nicolas Cage, about whom Pauline Kael once wrote: "He's up there in the air, and when you watch him in Raising Arizona or Moonstruck, it's a little dizzying." Writers spare no adjective and waste no drop of hyperbole when celebrating Cage, whose...

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