DOG EAT DOG
2016, RLJ Entertainment, 95 min, Dir: Paul Schrader

With two strikes against them, Mad Dog (Willem Dafoe), Troy (Nicolas Cage) and Diesel (Christopher Matthew Cook) don’t have a lot of options. So the three ex-cons are receptive when mobster Grecco the Greek (director Schrader) approaches them with a kidnapping scheme … but the potentially lucrative operation quickly spirals out of control. Adapting Edward Bunker’s seminal pulp underground classic, Schrader employs a gonzo, guerrilla approach to create this brilliantly funny, scattershot noir, which takes us to the underbelly of California with endless bloodbaths, morally corrupt characters and a sadistic sense of fun. “A thoroughly disreputable, sordid and engaging crime drama.” - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter.


THE DEATH OF “SUPERMAN LIVES”: WHAT HAPPENED?
2015, Schneppzone/Super Skull Ship, 104 min, USA, Dir: Jon Schnepp

One of Hollywood's most enthralling “what if” stories concerns the proposed 1998 SUPERMAN LIVES film, which was to have been directed by Tim Burton, with Nicolas Cage starring as Superman. Through exclusive interviews with luminaries such as Tim Burton, Kevin Smith, Dan Gilroy, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Colleen Atwood, Steve Johnson and many others, and an array of unique source material including never-before-seen footage and artwork, this documentary provides an inside look into what might have become the most original, unexpected and cosmic Superman movie ever made.


JOE
2013, Roadside Attractions, 117 min, USA, Dir: David Gordon Green

Adapted from the acclaimed Larry Brown novel, this taut drama stars Nicolas Cage as Joe Ransom, an ex-con working for a lumber company, who is rarely far from trouble. But when he meets a teen (Tye Sheridan of MUD) who shoulders even heavier burdens, Joe sees an opportunity to be something greater in life and becomes the young man’s protector. Shot on location in Texas with nonprofessional actors rounding out the cast, JOE is among the grittiest and most powerful evocations of the blue-collar South ever filmed.


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