June 15, 2022

Greetings Cinema friends,

The cult of Nicolas Cage is confounding. With 116 feature film credits to his name, the oft-meme’d Cage-rage—the inimitable, over-the-top brand of acting—is only part of the puzzle. Taken alongside his genuinely brilliant performances, one might chalk up the dichotomy to rocky finances (not incorrect)... or one might begin to see Cage-rage as an art—a western Kabuki, perhaps. This contradiction might be exactly what fuels a fandom and turns appreciation into unconditional love.

‘Nicolas Cage' (Nicolas Cage) greets 'Javi Gutierrez' with a 'Palm Hold Fist' salute as he arrives in Mallorca, Spain. Photo Credit: Katalin Vermes/Lionsgate
All of this—the mythos, the range, and the rage—are at the core of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Nick Cage (played here by Nic Cage), driven by financial emergency, takes a million dollar deal to attend the birthday of a superfan—an olive-export magnate and international gun-runner. With the CIA closing in on the birthday boy, Nick Cage must act his way out of the crossfire. Pulling from every corner of his colossal oeuvre, both Cages—fictional and real; Nick and Nicolas—achieve transcendence.
By popular demand, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent comes to Ragtag this Friday.

In popcorn,