Dying of the Light (2014)
Director: Paul Schrader
Starring: Nicholas Cage, Anton Yelchin, Alexander Karim
Running Time: 1 hr, 34 mins
Rated: R


Review by Daniel Stidham

Early in Dying of the Light, the camera zooms in on a man’s hand which then begins to tremble uncontrollably. The hand belongs to Nicolas Cage, and this shot is the first best hope we have that the film we’re watching will be worthwhile. Though Cage has a notoriously uneven track record, many of his highest highs involve him playing disturbed, afflicted, or deeply neurotic characters. Leading Man Cage, National Treasure Cage, is fine as far as he goes; but what you really want is Matchstick Men Cage, Bad Lieutenant Cage. You want the guy who has unpredictable freak-outs, manic ticks and ridiculous hair. Sometimes it’s a thin line that separates “I want to take his face…off!” from “No, not the bees,” but we’re willing to take that risk because when it works it pays off big time; and for at least a few minutes of Dying of the Light, it looks as though we’re about to be treated to the next entry in the “Nicolas Cage Losing His Shit” canon.

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Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz

Running Time: 2 hrs, 33 min
Rated: R


Review by Brother Reed

Can a movie change the world? Quentin Tarantino says “yes” with Inglourious Basterds, a triumphant piece of pure, grade-A cinema. This latest achievement is pumped full of thrills, uneasy chuckles and agonizing suspense. Literate, brazen and unconventional, it’s the film Tarantino has been working on for the better part of a decade and the wait has paid off. Like all his movies, Basterds is – at least in part – about film itself, as the writer/director is notorious for homages to his favorite genres. To say too much would be to ruin the story for those who haven’t heard, but suffice to say that one movie quite literally alters the course of history. READ FULL REVIEW