Seen last month in the first rate suburban nightmare Mom and Dad, Nicolas Cage continues his run of excellent work with Looking Glass. Directed by River’s Edge filmmaker Tim Hunter, the feature centers on Ray and Maggie (Nicolas Cage, Robin Tunney) a dysfunctional couple who buy a motel that’s housed in a mysterious, and possibly dangerous, small town.
The motel has a crawlspace that connects all of the rooms in the motel, and thanks to double sided mirrors Ray is able to explore his voyeuristic tendencies. Ray’s thrills are short-lived after a murder takes place on the property, and a sheriff (Marc Blucas) believes Ray might be the number one suspect!
Cage is at his unhinged best with Looking Glass, and Tunney (just like Blair in Mom and Dad) proves she’s more than up to the task to verbally spar with the actor (their scenes together are electric). Hunter infused Looking Glass with a graphic comic book, B-movie style aesthetic, and that pulpy flavor absolutely works with Looking Glass. Coming out February 16 in theaters, On Demand, and Digital HD, Looking Glass is a must see for Cage fans and, more importantly, devotees to well executed, if not lurid, thrillers.
Other films discussed on CinemAddicts is the Rebecca Hall/Dan Stevens relationship drama Permission and the punk rock feature Bomb City. Both open February 9. Take a listen below to the latest episode of CinemAddicts!
Fast Times at Ridgemont High, celebrates its 35th birthday. All these years later, it’s still a lot of fun to watch the movie, especially since you’re seeing performances by young versions of future Academy Award winners like Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, and Forest Whitaker. The film was the first written by Cameron Crowe, who won an Oscar himself for writing Almost Famous. Sean Penn’s character, lovable stoner Jeff Spicoli, was one of the film’s standout roles, and Penn told us he has nothing but great memories about making the film. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sean Penn)
Nicholas Cage, however, had a different experience — especially since he wasn’t playing the role he’d really hoped to get. (Click on the media bar to hear Nicolas Cage)
Director Oliver Stone’s cinematic journey through the politics and pivotal events that shape America continue with Snowden. This time out, however, the scope of the film reaches a worldwide level thanks to Edward Snowden’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) decision to expose the illegal surveillance methods by the National Security Agency.
The picture, which serves as a perfect complement to director Laura Poitras’ Oscar winning documentary Citizenfour, takes a deeper look into Snowden’s personal life. Snowden begins with the titular protagonist leading Poitras (Melissa Leo) and journalist Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto) to his Hong Kong hotel room to conduct rather important business.
Stone’s narrative shifts from Snowden’s time with the journalists (Tom Wilkinson plays The Guardian correspondent Ewen MacAskill) and Poitras to the events which led to his fateful decision.
Although it clocks in at 134 minutes, Snowden runs seamlessly through his life sans any lulls in the storyline. We get a closer look at Snowden’s transition to a right wing conservative and military man to, thanks to his relationship with Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley) a more liberal take on politics. Snowden’s growing disenchantment with how the CIA and NSA conducts its business, to the detriment of an individual’s personal privacy, are also vividly captured by Stone. Whether you believe Snowden is a patriot or a traitor (or maybe a little of both?), Snowden also succeeds as a subtle thriller about a man who’s slowly becoming undone by his exacting career.
Credit also goes to Stone for employing an engaged, A-list ensemble to the film, as Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) delivers top notch work as Snowden’s CIA mentor. Nicolas Cage, Timothy Olyphant (as a manipulative CIA agent), and Joely Richardson also star in the feature.
Special features on the Blu-ray disc is the featurette “Finding The Truth,” a Snowden Q&A (with Snowden, Stone, Gordon-Levitt, and Woodley), and over eight minutes of deleted scenes. Though a substantial portion of the film deals with Snowden’s relationship with the free spirited Mills (Woodley), one of the deleted scenes delves into her foray as a painter. The sequence adds a bit of color to Mills, but considering the film’s length, it’s understandable why this scene was left on the cutting room floor.
Snowden is now out on Blu-ray via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Though Carrie Fisher died on Tuesday, Deadline reports that the actress had already completed filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII. It was expected that Fisher would return for Episode IX, but shooting wasn’t expected to start for about a year. Fisher also recently wrapped filming for her recurring role on Amazon’s series Catastrophe, where she appeared as Rob Delaney‘s mother.
Nic Cage as Ronald Reagan? It could happen. Page Six reports that the actor has been offered the lead in a still untitled Ronald Reagan project. Will Ferrell was previously attached to the movie, but dropped out after two of the late president’s children slammed the film. The movie reportedly centers on an ambitious intern who is tasked with convincing the senile commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.
It was a big year for Scarlett Johansson, who tops the Forbes annual Top Grossing Actor list. The actress grossed a reported $1.2 billion thanks to Captain America: Civil War and voice roles in the animated films Sing and The Jungle Book. Johansson also appeared in the Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar early in 2016. Johansson bested her Captain America co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, who finished tied for second with $1.15 billion. See the full Top 10 below.
1. Scarlett Johansson $1.2 billion
2. Robert Downey Jr. $1.15 billion
2. Chris Evans $1.15 billion (tie)
4. Margot Robbie $1.1 billion
5. Amy Adams $1.04 billion
6. Ben Affleck $1.02 billion
7. Henry Cavill $870 million
8. Ryan Reynolds $820 million
9. Felicity Jones $805 million
10. Will Smith $775 million
Adrian Grienier (Entourage), who starred earlier this year in the Lionsgate Premiere release Marauders, returns to the stable in the action drama Arsenal. Both Grenier and Johnathon Schaech did solid work in Marauders, and it’s great to see them reteam with filmmaker Steven C. Miller with this tough guy driven narrative.
JP (Grenier) risks life and limb to save his kidnapped brother Mikey (Schaech) from a mobster named Eddie King (Nicolas Cage, sporting a hairdo that defies explanation). Helping JP on his quest is a Sal (John Cusack), a detective who will probably take law into his own hands in this vengeance tale.
Marauders was a twisty action thriller that is definitely worth a look (Bruce Willis also stars in that film), and I’m hoping Arsenal also delivers the goods when it hits theaters and On Demand January 6.
Is Grenier believable as an action guy? Do you love the genre laden features that are coming out of Lionsgate Premiere? Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!