In celebration of its 35th anniversary, Valley Girlis being released on Blu-ray via Shout Select on October 16. The picture made an ’80s star out of Deborah Foreman (April Fool’s Day, My Chauffeur) as she played Julie, a San Fernando Valley teenager who dumps her preppy boyfriend for the punk rock loving (and Hollywood living) Randy (Nicolas Cage). This union, unfortunately isn’t approved by her friends (E.G. Daily, Heidi Holicker, Michelle Meyrink).
New special features in the disc include a conversation with director Martha Coolidge and actors E.G. Daily and Heidi Holicker, a featurette on the history of the San Fernando Valley hosted by Tommy Gelinas of The Valley Relics museum, and extended interviews from 2003 (Nicolas Cage is among the actors featured in this batch). Extras from a previous Valley Girldisc release are also featured in this anniversary collection.
Sophie Skelton as Lisa MacAvoy in the action / thriller film “211” a Momentum Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures.
Best known for her work in Outlander, Sophie Skelton stars in 211, an action-drama that’s headlined by Nicolas Cage. Skelton is Lisa MacAvoy, the pregnant daughter of a cop named Steve (Dwayne Cameron) who’s about to experience his most harrowing day on the job. Cage is Mike, Steve’s partner and father to an understandably distraught Lisa.
“Dwayne was so easy to get on with,” said Skelton. “He’s really warm and we just sort of managed to muster up that chemistry straight away and we played the scene first where I tell him that I’m pregnant. We talked about it quickly and we and just decided to play the scene whereby they have been trying for a baby for a long time so you get that release and ecstasy that it’s finally happened. That makes the rest of the day and the events that unfold a lot more hard hitting because it goes from ecstasy to a complete 180 flip. Their lives are really shattered.”
Click on the media bar to hear Sophie Skelton talk about shooting in the Nu Boyana studios in Bulgaria:
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!
One of the most iconic high school films of all time, 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High, celebrates its 36th 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.