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Film, "Joe": Nicolas Cage, as You've Sort of Seen Him Before

"Joe": Nicolas Cage, as You've Sort of Seen Him Before

Nowadays Nicolas Cage only has to be pretty good to seem pretty great. Was this his plan all along? The title role in Joe is a subtle turn by recent Cage standards, and it gets up our hopes of some…
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Film, "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" is a Demonic Dud

"Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" is a Demonic Dud

Nicolas Cage makes erratic, frequently indefensible decisions: in his personal finances, in front of the camera, and especially in guiding his career. This makes him startling, gauche, and sometimes unexpectedly touching as an actor, though after so many déclassé paycheck…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Too Much G-Chat Can Hurt Your Relationship

Too Much G-Chat Can Hurt Your Relationship

Let me preface this by saying that the "relationship" I'll refer to is f*ed up in it's own right -- a kind of "friends with benefits" situation I've somehow ended up in, where both parties are afraid to commit to…
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Calendar, Night&Day Geek Chic

Geek Chic

Comic books were once the domain of nerdy kids who pored over them after school instead of playing outdoors with their peers. Attending a comic book conference was akin to renewing a virginity vow. But the medium has been adopted…
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Film, New Orleans is breeding ground for Nicolas Cage's <i>Bad Lieutenant</i>

New Orleans is breeding ground for Nicolas Cage's Bad Lieutenant

The joke's on someone in Werner Herzog's awkwardly titled Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Possibly Abel Ferrara, who, exploding in fury when he learned that the German conquistador was planning to remake his 1992 career movie, opined that…
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Culture, Bookcap

June Book Events: Ayelet Waldman, Barry Gifford, Alice Waters, and more

Tuesday, June 9 For Alcatraz: The Gangster Years (UC Press, $35), author David Ward (with Gene Kassebaum) combed countless FBI files and conducted interviews with former convicts to document that special swath of history — 1934 to 1948 — during…
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Calendar, Night&Day Saint Nic

Saint Nic

Oscar winner in hideous haircut? Check. Love interest with foreign accent? Yup. Insanely convoluted treasure hunt involving multiple ancient clues to solve historical mystery? You know it. But this ain't The Da Vinci Code, folks. How can we tell? National…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels

There's one similarity between Ghost Rider and most videogame movie tie-ins: Get too close to either, and your ass will probably get burnt. Though it stars goofy Nic Cage and Sam Elliott sound-alikes, Ghost Rider claims only to be an…
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Film, Scattered Dour

Scattered Dour

The Weather Man, starring Nicolas Cage as a disappointment of a son and a failure of a father, was screened for critics in the spring, before its April release was pushed to October, ostensibly to allow for the off chance…
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Film, Good Shot

Good Shot

Andrew Niccol's first two films as writer/director, 1997's Gattaca and 2002's S1m0ne, were hollow, sterile sci-fi masquerading as earnest satire: The former told of a near future in which parents could genetically engineer perfect children; the latter proffered an actress…
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Film, Cage Death Match

Cage Death Match

Jerry Bruckheimer has always insisted he cares less about critical acclaim than commercial appeal. "We make movies for the common man," he said almost three years ago, as Black Hawk Down was crash-landing in theaters. "The pictures that I've made…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Local Poet-Crank

It takes range to be well reviewed by both Allen Ginsberg and The Economist. In his latest collection, The Strange Hours Travelers Keep, August Kleinzahler maintains the scabrous, street-level energy we expect from a proper S.F. poet, without forfeiting…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Crazy S.F. Place to Take Out-of-Towners

Dr. August Coppola (Francis' brother and Nicolas Cage's dad) designed this touchy-feely 1971 oddity -- a one-way maze inside a geodesic dome that you must feel your way through, in complete darkness. Coppola built the attraction so that one must…
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Film, Reel World

My Favorite Year

Whether it's the champagne buzz or my natural ebullience I can't say, but I'm always optimistic on Jan. 1. OK, we avid moviegoers are enthusiastic year round, thrilling to trailers, advance photos of actors in costume, and even, on occasion,…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

American Hot Wax It's either a terrific insight or a banal cliché that movie stars want to be rock stars and rockers want to be screen idols. "Sounds like a cliché to me," says Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind,…
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Film, Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools

The social lessons of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, all of them suitable for framing in just about any dorm room, are these: War is bad. Love is good. The Italians love to sing, even when they're supposed to be at war.…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Sidewalk StoriesEverybody's favorite dreadhead, Brien Burroughs, is prepping to shoot a follow-up to Suckerfish, the droll stroll through S.F. pet shops Burroughs improvised from a rough outline with a gaggle of local comics. "We don't really know what the film…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Flaming CreaturesJon Moritsugu called with the welcome news that he's in production on his latest lurid low-budget feature. "It's an ensemble piece about the difficulty of creating art in this world in the year 2000," he explained, noting that the…
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Hot and Bothered

Snake Eyes Directed by Brian De Palma. Written by David Koepp. Starring Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, Carla Gugino, and Stan Shaw. Opens Friday, Aug. 7, at area theaters. Nicolas Cage has never seemed more dazzling than he does in the…
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Film,

'Faced

Face/Off Directed by John Woo. Screenplay by Mike Werb and Michael Colleary. Starring John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Nick Cassavetes, Alessandro Nivola, and Gina Gershon. At area theaters. The title of John Woo's Face/Off is meant to be taken…
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