Self-awareness is a relative rarity in Hollywood. The idea that a movie star can recognize their own tics and foibles – or even acknowledge the possibility that such things might exist – is utterly foreign to the vast majority of stars. Even among the handful that seem like they might have an inkling, there’s a feeling of deliberateness beneath the veneer for most of them, as though through this acknowledgement, they might be able to somehow further their own ends.

And then there’s Nicolas Cage.

Cage seems to be perfectly comfortable discussing the off-the-rails oddity of his acting career. He’s done plenty of prestigious fare and given some genuinely brilliant performances. He’s also made a staggering number of films that are bad and/or inexplicable. He’s a noted eccentric, but none of it seems like a put-on. He is aware of who he is and is comfortable with that knowledge … and comfortable with us knowing.

So it should come as no surprise that Cage would eventually lead a project like “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” a surreal, bizarre and wildly funny film directed by Tom Gormican (who also co-wrote the script with Kevin Etten). It’s an opportunity for Cage to, well … go full Cage, playing a hyperstylized version of himself at the center of a layered metanarrative that explores the many facets of creative artistry and the difficulties of maintaining one’s own identity when one’s life and livelihood revolve around adopting other personae.

The result is an inventive and often-hilarious film, one that allows Cage to bring together the disparate aspects of his career and varied extremity of his “massive talent” into a singular performance that is as strange and funny as anything he has ever done. And thanks to a plot laden with its own self-referential metastructures and a capable supporting cast willing and able to play along, “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” is not just an interesting exercise, but a great movie.

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Full disclosure: I f---ing LOVE swearing. I have a notorious potty mouth, using curse words as every conceivable part of speech in my coarse discourse. I swear in front of friends and strangers. I swear in front of kids. Hell, I even swear in front of my mom.

But while I love swear words, I’ll freely admit to not necessarily knowing that much about them. Their origins, their etymology … their history.

Happily, Nicolas Cage has got my back.

Cage is the host of the new Netflix series “History of Swearing,” currently streaming on the service. Over the course of six 20-minute episodes, Cage – along with a cavalcade of celebrities, historians and academics – walks us through the history of various swear words. Each of the six episodes is devoted wholly to one specific swear word.

(For the record, the six in question are: f—k, s—t, b—ch, d—k, p—y and damn.)

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There’s nothing quite like having your expectations greatly exceeded – particularly when they were high to begin with. It’s a rare thing, to experience a piece of culture – a movie, a book, a play – anticipating excellence, only to discover that you vastly underestimated the possibilities.

And it just happened. With “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

This movie offers up a story boldly told, one filled with humor and heart and more web-slinging than you ever dared dream. Smart and beautifully rendered, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” takes full advantage of the benefits derived from working in the animated realm, packed with vivid colors and action unfettered by “realism.”

It’s not just a great comic book movie – it might be one of the best.

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The notion of superheroes as kid stuff has largely fallen by the wayside thanks to the massive success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the less-massive-but-still-pretty-huge success of the DC Extended Universe. These are movies that young people can enjoy, but they are very much made for adults; the DC side especially leans into that aspect of the genre.

But there’s still a lot of kid-friendly fun to be had with superheroes. The animated TV series “Teen Titans Go!” – a staple on the Cartoon Network for the past five years – is a non-canonical DC property aimed at lighthearted fun and parodic takes on comic book tropes.

And now there’s a movie.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:11

Cops and robbers The Trust'

Film features inconsistent narrative, weird performances

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 12:55

Celeb Slam (04-13-2016)

Neil-Cage match

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:30

Time to give up the Ghost Rider'

Sequel features little more than an insane leading man
This just in: Nicolas Cage is effing crazy.

No review of Cage's latest film, 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,' should start from any other point. Cage. Is. Insane. We've all heard the stories of his financial issues and his weird proclivity for buying giant yachts and pyramids. We all know that his Elvis obsession was so deep that he married the King's daughter and that he named one of his kids Kal-El after Superman.

And yet Cage's performance in 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' outcrazies all of that crazy with crazy to spare.

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