ADAPTATION.
2002, Sony Repertory, 114 min, USA, Dir: Spike Jonze

From the team who brought us BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, ADAPTATION is a brilliantly offbeat comedy starring Nicolas Cage as “Charlie Kaufman,” a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration and self-loathing - and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother, Donald (also played by Cage). While struggling to adapt “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman’s life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean and orchid poacher John Laroche (Chris Cooper), the subject of Orlean’s book, become strangely intertwined as each one’s search for passion collides with the others’.


BIRDY
1984, Sony Repertory, 120 min, USA, Dir: Alan Parker

Nicolas Cage and Matthew Modine play childhood pals who drift apart in high school, only to be brought back together by the emotional and physical devastation of war; after both men serve in Vietnam, Cage desperately attempts to bring his old friend back to life. Using an audacious flashback structure, director Alan Parker crafts one of the most moving, original character studies of its era and showcases career-best performances by Cage and Modine.


THE BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL – NEW ORLEANS
2009, Millennium Entertainment, 122 min, USA, Dir: Werner Herzog

No choir boy to begin with, cop Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage) becomes addicted to painkillers after an on-duty injury and quickly descends into a mania of drug abuse and corruption in post-Katrina New Orleans. Not since Klaus Kinski has Herzog worked with an actor of such intensity, and costars Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer and Xzibit rise to the level of Cage’s mesmerizing performance. Ignore the “bad” title here (there’s little connection to the 1992 Abel Ferrara film) - PORT OF CALL is a wildly entertaining thrill ride, flecked with dark humor and bizarre flourishes.


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