Review: Nicolas Cage & Willem Dafoe in the vibrant & violent ‘Dog Eat Dog’ from Paul Schrader, writer of ‘Taxi Driver’

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After it’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Dog Eat Dog, a bright, vibrant, loud, violent and silly crime caper is set for theaters in New York and Los Angeles November 4th, but available to stream as well!

Dog Eat Dog will be on VOD on all of the major cable/satellite/telco companies – Comcast, DirecTV, Dish, AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner/Spectrum, Charter, etc.

Check out the trailer to get a taste of what you’ll get:

Ex-cons, Troy (Nicolas Cage), Mad Dog (Willem Dafoe) and Diesel (Christopher Matthew Cook), are hired by an eccentric mob boss to kidnap a baby and hold it for a large ransom. When the abduction goes awry, the men find themselves on the run from the mob and the cops. Vowing to stay out of prison at all costs, getting away with the crime is a matter of life and death.

The stage is set from the very first scene of contrasting neon pink and blue, ending the only way it could. That same cinematography and style is carried throughout the rest of the film. Everything keeps moving just fast enough to keep you wanting to know what is coming next. The first two acts are backstory and although it’s not really “necessary” to the story, it’s really fun.

Nicolas Cage is no stranger to eccentric characters and was originally cast to be Willem Dafoe‘s character of Mad Dog. Instead, Nicolas Cage plays the straight man to the outlandish and unpredictable Mad Dog. Teaming up with Diesel (Christopher Matthew Cook), the three move from one mischievous act to another making for non-stop entertainment.

I liken the vibe of this film to Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, from 2009 from Werner Herzog starring Nicolas Cage. It’s only available to rent or buy, but totally worth it. It’s rough, violent, but so much character that it balances it all out.

Paul Schrader (who also plays a role) directs the screenplay by Matthew Wilder who adapted the novel by Edward Bunker. It’s non-stop entertainment but very violent and full of highly graphic language.

 

Nicolas Cage is an ‘Army of One’ with Russell Brand as God telling him to kill Osama Bin Laden – DigitalHD November 4th

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I know what you’re thinking. “Is this real?” Well, it really is. I can’t seem to find a trailer though. I REALLY want to see this trailer.


Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure) and Russell Brand (Get Him To The Greek), embark on one hell of a holy mission in the hilarious comedy Army of One, the mostly true story of one man’s quest to single- handedly capture Osama Bin Laden. Directed by Emmy Award® winning director Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld”) with screenplay by Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman, Army of One will arrive on Blu-rayCombo Pack, DVD, and On Demand November 15, 2016 from Anchor Bay Entertainment and on Digital HDNovember 4, 2016.

Gary Faulkner (Cage) is an ex-con, unemployed handyman, and modern day Don Quixote who receives a vision from God (Brand) telling him to capture Osama Bin Laden. Armed with only a single sword purchased from a home-shopping network, Gary travels to Pakistan to complete his mission. While on his quest, Gary encounters old friends back home in Colorado, the new friends he makes in Pakistan, the enemies he makes at the CIA – and even God and Osama themselves.Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rainn Wilson, and Paul Scheer also star in this hilarious tale of patriotism and one man’s quest for justice.

Army of One Blu-ray™ and DVD include a “Making of Army of One” bonus featurette and will be available for $29.99 SRP and $22.98 SRP, respectively.

To learn more about the film, please visit www.anchorbayentertainment.com.

Nicolas Cage to direct & star in ‘Vengeance: A Love Story’

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Nicolas Cage in Outcast – I love this photo.

Oh, Nicolas Cage. No matter how terrible the movie, I know he’ll make it worth watching. Now we get to see his directing chops. Again. Anyone remember Sonny, from 2002, starring James Franco? Me neither. But seriously, if anyone has enough experience to get in the director’s chair, it’s Nicolas Cage.


Nicolas Cage who is attached to VENGEANCE: A LOVE STORY as the lead actor “Detective Dromoor,” has also signed on to direct the feature, announced today by Michael Mendelsohn (USS Indianapolis, Zeroville, I Am Wrath, Lord of War, Air Force One, The Matrix, Reservoir Dogs), CEO of Patriot Pictures and Union Patriot Capital Management.

“I’m excited to work on Vengeance: A Love Story and bring Joyce Carol Oates’ bittersweet novel to the screen.  Storytelling has always been my passion and I’m honored to work with this talented team to tell a tale of the suffering too many women have endured,” says Cage.
“Vengeance: A Love Story” is written by John Mankiewicz (House M.D., House of Cards, grandson on Citizen Kane writer Herman J. Mankiewicz), based on the award-winning novel “Rape: A Love Story” written by acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates.  The film’s executive producers are Harold Becker (TapsSea of LoveMaliceCity HallDomestic Disturbance – who initially developed the picture and was a prior director on the film)and Mike Nilon.  Hannibal Classics is the film’s sales agent, executive producer Richard Rionda Del Castro (USS Indianapolis, I Am Wrath, Rage, Bus 657). “Vengeance: A Love Story” will start production April 4, 2016, in Atlanta, GA.
Story logline: On the Fourth of July, twelve-year-old Bethie Maguire flags down Niagara Falls Police Detective John Dromoor (Nicolas Cage). Bethie’s mother, Teena, has been brutally raped by four meth heads, was left for dead, and is being nursed back to health by her mother, Agnes,a strong, fierce advocate for her daughter and granddaughter who has taken on the responsibility of caring for them at great risk, as the meth heads are let out of jail on bail. Bethie’s testimony, along with the evidence collected, should be enough to put the boys in jail for life. However, the parents of the rapists hire the nationally renowned criminal defense attorney, Jay Kirkpatrick, who shifts the focus of evidence away from the defendants and puts the spotlight on Agnes’s daughter, the attractive plaintiff, Teena, challenging her credibility based on her sobriety, shoddy parenting, and sexual promiscuity. Moving at a relentless, compelling pace, “Vengeance: A Love Story” reveals how an act of unbelievable and raw brutality twists the lives of three generations of women, and sets Detective Dromoor on his own course of police vigilante justice.
“I love working with Nicolas Cage. He is a scholar, gentleman, and a talented actor. Delighted to work with Nicolas again, and excited for him to sit in the director’s chair to bring this special and important project to life, ” says Mendelsohn.
Prior to VENGEANCE: A LOVE STORY, Nicolas Cage collaborated several features with producer and financier Michael Mendelsohn including: USS INDIANAPOLIS, RAGE, LORD OF WAR, FAMILY MAN, WILD AT HEART, and RED ROCK WEST.
Remaining roles for VENGEANCE are currently casting and will be announced shortly.

Nicolas Cage takes on the supernatural in ‘Pay the Ghost’ trailer

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THEATRICAL, VOD AND iTUNES RELEASE DATE:  September 25, 2015
DIRECTOR:  Uli Edel
WRITER:  Dan Kay
CAST:   Nicolas Cage, Sarah Wayne Callies
SYNOPSIS:  Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas) stars in this intense and chilling thriller about one man’s desperate search for his missing child. One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Lawford (Cage) is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can’t explain. Together with his estranged wife (Sarah Wayne Callies, The Walking Dead), he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and find their son—and, in doing so, he unearths a legend that refuses to remain buried in the past.

Hayden Christensen Is ‘Outcast’ Alongside A Horrendously Laughable Nicolas Cage

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This is how I felt watching the movie.

You never know. Sometimes you’ll stumble upon a movie that surprises you. Unfortunately, the only surprise I got watching Outcast was how terrible it was. Boring and bland, the only highlights are the parody of acting that is Nicolas Cage. He finally shows up about an hour in and steals each of his short scenes due to his absurd accent and silly hairstyle.

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The story is supposedly about a young son exiled after his older brother kills the emperor to take over the throne. However, it really just follows Jacob (Hayden Christensen) rescuing the son of the emperor and his sister in their return to get the throne back. I didn’t care. There’s zero character development. None. The best part is the stunts, but that’s to be expected as the first-time director, Nick Powell, has a heavy background in stunt coordination. There are also a shocking amount of slow-mos that are completely unecessary.

OUTCAST_9_Low+Res The directing is laughable. It’s all crazy angles and hand-held that’s really distracting. The score is a rip-off of a bad TV movie and causes constant eye rolls. (Complete with the Gladiator-type singing of battle scenes.)

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What is with Hayden’s hair? For a guy who never showers, it certainly looks clean and coiffed. He even has the same hair in flashbacks! Odd.OUTCAST_7_Low+Res

Can we also talk about how it’s all in English? That’s something that REALLY bugs me. This is supposed to be The Far East in the 12th Century. It’s just silly to hear all the Chinese speaking perfect English. This used to be par for the course, but it’s so nice how recently even TV shows embrace native languages. Subtitles are really not that big of a deal.OUTCAST_5_Low+Res

In between the bits of crazy sword fights and Hayden Christensen is lifeless and forgettable. Nicolas Cage, however, is in rare form with an over-acted performance that must be seen to be believed.
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Available on demand, digital and March 31st on Bluray and DVD.

Deleted scene with Nicolas Cage & Anton Yelchin in ‘Dying of the Light’

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Nicolas Cage entertains once again, this time alongside Anton Yelchin in Dying of the Light. Check out this deleted scene. It’s available on Bluray/DVD Tuesday, February 17th!

BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

  • “Behind the Scenes of Dying of the Light” featurette
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes

*Subject to change

Deleted excerpt of Evan Lake and Milton Schultz discussing classified information and Lake’s danger-infused plan to take down an international criminal.

Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Leaving Las Vegas, 1995) ignites a powder keg of action in the electrifying cloak-and-dagger thriller Dying of the Light, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD February 17th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available On Demand. From the writer of Taxi Driver and co-writer of Raging Bull, Dying of the Light also features Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness, Terminator Salvation), Alexander Karim (TV’s Tyrant,” Zero Dark Thirty) and Irène Jacob (Three Colors: Red, U.S. Marshals).

Evan Lake (Cage), a veteran CIA agent, has been ordered to retire. But when his protégé (Yelchin) uncovers evidence that Lake’s nemesis, the terrorist Banir (Karim), has resurfaced, Lake goes rogue, embarking on a perilous, intercontinental mission to eliminate his sworn enemy.

The Dying of the Light Blu-ray and DVD, with bonus materials that include deleted/extended scenes, cast and crew interviews and a “making of” featurette, will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2014
Title Copyright: © 2014 Dying of the Light, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Limited Theatrical Release
Rating: R for Violence and Language
Genre: Action, Thriller
Blu-ray Closed Captioned: English SDH
DVD Closed Captioned: English
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Feature Run Time: 96 minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)
Blu-ray Audio Status: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
DVD Audio Status: English 5.1 Dolby Digital

 

 

The 35th Annual Razzies Awards Nominees Have Been Announced

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For the 35th year, The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has announced their nominations for the Razzie Awards. You can check out the list of films and performances deemed to be the absolute worst Hollywood has to offer below… Read More →

10 New Movies To Watch Today In Theaters And/Or At Home

new-to-watchCan’t decide whether to go out or stay in to see a movie? If you don’t have a theater playing Boyhood close to you, then luckily you have your choice of some great streaming options. From quirky indie flicks to another Nicolas Cage fiasco, there’s no shortage of entertainment this weekend.

Here’s a quick look with more detail description and trailers below:

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