The Roxy Cinema Presents A Nicolas Cage Retrospective

Likely no modern actor could hope to claim to have a career with the range and eclecticism of Nicolas Cage. Born in 1964 and active in feature film acting since 1982, Cage has spent the last few decades assembling an impressive filmography, working with some of contemporary cinema’s most prestigious directors, while still working with “under the radar” talent. What sets Cage apart from his peers is his curiosity as a performer, combined with a lack of pretension.

In honor of one of our favorite actors, Roxy Cinema has been running a series based around Cage’s esteemed body of work. Heading into its third month, Roxy Cinema’s Nicolas Cage retrospective is moving through Cage’s filmography in chronological order, touching on his most iconic work while reserving plenty of room for underseen gems.

The series kicked off in November with Cage’s first starring role in a feature, 1983’s Valley Girl, the classic teen 80’s romance that pitched the actor as a teen heartthrob in the LA punk scene. This lighthearted romp was joined by other early films capitalizing on Cage’s goofy brand of sex appeal such as Joel and Ethan Cohen’s Raising Arizona, Norman Jewison classic Moonstruck, and Peggy sue Got Married, directed by Cage’s uncle Francis Ford Coppola. Cage’s sweeter performances of this era are nicely contrasted by the heavier work that Cage took on at this time, such as Vietnam War PTSD drama Birdy (the film that netted his co-star Matthew Modine his role in Full Metal Jacket) and The Cotton Club (also directed by Uncle Coppola whose new “Encore” cut of the film was screened). Both of these films are early examples of Cage activating the manic intensity that would come to characterize his later leading performances, both these roles being important early showcases of what he would eventually become famous for.

As of January, Roxy Cinema is officially moving into 90’s/00’s Nicolas Cage, having screened some of the actor’s biggest blockbusters (The Rock, Con Air, Face/Off) on 35mm, while reserving room for special screenings of some of the actor’s more obscure titles like the melodramatic Zandalee and Barbet Shroeder’s criminally underrated Kiss of Death. Roxy Cinema has 2 more months of Nicolas Cage films plotted out, with some of his coolest titles still to come. Coming up next, we have Brian De Palma’s master work Snake Eyes, Joel Schumacher’s sleazy, star-studded 8MM, getaway driver thriller Gone in 60 Seconds, overlooked John Woo WWII drama Windtalkers and Neveldine & Taylor’s camp superhero opus Ghost Rider; all on 35mm.

Keep an eye on Roxy Cinema’s website for more exciting announcements regarding this series as it continues on in the coming months.