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Caged: 30 Years of Nic!

Updated: Friday, February 14 2014, 05:16 AM CST

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

Nicolas Cage turns 50! What better way to celebrate this fine actor, the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola (his real name is Nicholas Kim Coppola), than in the confines of the Alamo Drafthouse on a Sunday afternoon with Tough Guy Cinema called Caged. A Nicolas Cage Marathon showed at the Ritz in his honor. The great thing about these marathons is that you don't know what movies are being screened and makes for a joyous surprise. Greg MacLennan, Film Programmer at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, chose 5 movies from Cage's 30 years of work and they were perfect. Even Community's film buff, Abed, was recently trying to determine if Nicolas Cage was a good or bad actor, coming to the conclusion that he works in mysterious ways!

We started out with A Vampire's Kiss. I had never seen this film, but it was a treasure, maybe not in a good way, but in a "this is so awesome, campy fun, I am going to make a drinking game out of it." Seriously, the strange way Cage talks, along with his crazy laughter, it's not like anything else you have seen from Cage. He even gets completely aroused by a bat!

Next up, Leaving Las Vegas. Of course, this is his awarding-winning work, with a Golden Globe and Oscar for playing an alcoholic. Even though this is his best by far, he is still wacky.

The third movie was Firebirds, a Top Gun ripoff that has the  Army fighting off the drug cartel in the South American Catamarca Desert. Cage's acting continued to keep us amused, especially when he does a high kick when he gets upset. Firebirds is very lively with Blade Runner's Sean Young starring and Tommy Lee Jones at the top of his game!

Fourth on the screen was Con Air. How in the world can you have a Nicolas Cage Marathon without this gem. I would even have chosen this film over Face/off which many were hoping would be shown. At a time when gas was $1.03 a gallon, you had this action-packed movie with Cage sporting a unconvincing Alabama accent. With lines like, "I'm going to show you that God does exist," you know you can't go wrong.

Lastly, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema teased us all with Windtalkers, but after the opening credits, took it off the screen. They saved his best for last. Of course, you can't give Cage all the credit for one of the Coen brothers' best and brightest, but it would be hard to image anybody else with “a panty on their head” in Raising Arizona than Nicolas Cage himself. 

Everyone went home with the masks you see above with one of Cage's greatest acting faces, vampire teeth to remind you of his sensational work in A Vampire's Kiss, and a rocks glass with "Caged" printed on it.

For other Tough Guy Cinema, visit http://drafthouse.com/austin


Caged: 30 Years of Nic!


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