Review: Prisoners of the Ghostland

Director: Sion Sono Stars: Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Bill Moseley Prisoners of the Ghostland opens on a push-in shot of a gumball machine brimming with brightly coloured candy balls, and it's as fitting an image for the unfolding tale as one might've hoped for. Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono has a cult following in the West … Continue reading Review: Prisoners of the Ghostland

Review: Pig

Director: Michael Sarnoski Stars: Alex Wolff, Nicolas Cage, Adam Arkin While in the process of searching for his beloved truffle-hunting pig Apple, Rob (Nicolas Cage) visits an upmarket Portland restaurant with a 'concept'. The hook at Eurydice is the "deconstruction" of local cuisine; a dismantling of ingredients that attempts to create something new in the … Continue reading Review: Pig

Review: Willy’s Wonderland

Director: Kevin Lewis Stars: Nicolas Cage, Beth Grant, Emily Tosta Nicolas Cage has comfortably settled into a mid-career groove of plentiful straight-to-VOD productions that tilt toward his strengths in manifesting either world-weary boredom or wide-eyed mania. Kevin Lewis is the latest director to be blessed with the actor's largess, and this cheap but cheerful horror … Continue reading Review: Willy’s Wonderland

Review: Color Out of Space

Director: Richard Stanley Stars: Nicolas Cage, Madeleine Arthur, Elliot Knight What causes a meteorite to crash land on the farm property of the Gardner family? Could it be the incantation performed by teenage witch Lavinia (Madeleine Arthur) in an effort to cure her mother's (Joely Richardson) cancer? Is it a kind of divine intervention sent … Continue reading Review: Color Out of Space

Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Nicolas Cage It's too much, man! If it's not the brain-battering collision of every character imaginable in the MCU smashing their gloved fists into one another, it's the dreary drudgery of DC's Justice whathaveyous, the utter awfulness of Venom, the run-of-the-mill shenanigans of Ant-Man And … Continue reading Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Review: Mandy

Director: Panos Cosmatos Stars: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache Just lately, physical media outlet HMV have started repackaging classic cult titles in VHS boxes. Inside are blu-rays, but the chunky throwback aesthetic is to another period's tech altogether. This marketing choice has seemed strange to me; inauthentic nostalgia without the follow-through (what about putting … Continue reading Review: Mandy

Review: The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans

***originally written 3 June 2010*** "You explore the notion that cop and criminal are really two aspects of the same person. See every cop movie ever made for other examples of this."     So says Nicolas Cage whilst portraying Charlie Kaufman in Spike Jonze's exceptional film Adaptation from 2002. The remark is part of … Continue reading Review: The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans