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Unlocking the Cage
63 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Guarding Tess with Liz Jukovsky
Shirley MacLaine plays a difficult former first lady, and Nic Cage is the frustrated Secret Service agent assigned to attend to her every whim. It’s a cute 90’s comedy that ends with… a 71 year old woman being kidnapped and buried alive? Liz Jukovsky joins us live in studio (a first for us!) and we all make a lot of intense eye contact while recording.
76 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
The Weather Man with Keola Racela
In this 2005 comedy cringefest, Nic Cage plays a sad sack weather man, who navigates both fast food projectiles and his strained relationships. This movie features Michael Caine playing an American, lots of archery, and far more discussion about camel toe than you’d probably like! Director Keola Racela (who liked this movie far more than we did) joins us this week.
89 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Pig with Will Gianetta
It’s John Wick meets Babe meets Mandy meets Chef’s Table. 2021’s low budget drama Pig got a lot of hype (and is currently Cage’s best reviewed movie on Rotten Tomatoes EVER), but does it live up to it? We’ve got improviser Will Gianetta back to help us answer deep questions like, “What is a salted baguette?”, “How is this movie influenced by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice?” and “Are there REALLY underground kitchen fight clubs?”. Plus, we watch the trailer for Prisoners of the Ghostland.
75 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Willy's Wonderland with Dan Chapman
Improvisor Dan Chapman is back to discuss 2021’s Willy’s Wonderland, which pits a totally silent Cage against killer animatronics in a deserted Chuck E. Cheese-esque kids restaurant. Also, there’s way more cleaning montages than you might expect. Plus, one of our hosts gives out their first perfect 10 overall score!
89 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Snake Eyes with Rachel Jane Andelman
Rachel Jane Andelman, comedian, writer and producer of @2MBStudios on twitch, joins us this week to talk about 1998’s Sinise/Cage’s Rashoman-style thriller Snake Eyes. It’s got gratuitous one-shots and POV shots as well as a big ol’ TWIST. Is it stupid? Absolutely. Is it fun? We are divided! Plus, we play Snake Eyes (1998) vs. Snake Eyes (2021) trivia.
100 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Bringing Out the Dead with Rob Lamothe
Is this a… well written, well made Cage movie? This Scorcese/Schrader movie from 1999 is about an ambulance driver slowly losing his mind. Also, is this movie a Chrismas Carol story? Actor and Comedian Rob LaMothe joins us. Say it with us: “I.B. Bangin’!”
82 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Kick-Ass with Jeremy Weinreich
Comedian Jeremy Weinreich has dressed up as Kick-Ass every year for the last 8 years so of course he’s our guest this episode. Is this movie - a rare Cage co-star role - a raunchy, irreverent comic book movie? Or is it the tale of three extremely violent LITERAL CHILDREN who struggle with grief and daddy issues? Also, listen as Meg and Chris die inside when this movie ends up beating one of our absolute favorites in the rankings.
97 minutes | May 25, 2021
Season of the Witch with Adi Heller
We’ve finally got fellow Nic Cage completist Adi Heller on our show! This movie has it all: gross plague makeup (so many boils), British people pretending not to be British, an extremely lose grip on European history, anachronistic buddy comedy, demons, demon wolves, possessed priests. Plus, we test our Nic Cage knowledge on Sporcle.
83 minutes | May 18, 2021
Lord of War with Josh Budman
It’s our 30th episode, and we watched Lord of War (2005), a dark comedy where Cage is an arms dealer with questionable morals (okay… no morals). Featuring our first international guest, improvisor Josh Budman from Montreal.
90 minutes | May 11, 2021
Ghost Rider with Ben Scurria
Happy Mother’s Day, we’re watching a movie with no moms at all. Motorcycle stunt man Johnny Blaze (Cage) made a deal with the Devil to save his dad, it didn’t work out, and now he’s a flaming were-skeleton. He has to fight Wes Bentley, Dirt-dude, Soggy Boy, and Windy Dread Man for some reason. Anyway, this movie is… not as bad as expected? Ben Scurria of 2MBStudios and Union Comedy is here to dig into it with us.
90 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Rage with Shiyan
In this week’s movie, Nic Cage, an Irish mobster gone straight, finds out that his daughter has been Taken! Not to be confused with 2012’s Stolen (where he’s a jewelry thief) or 2011’s Drive Angry (where he’s broken out of literal Hell), this is 2014’s Rage. This slog of an action movie bravely presents bad accents, worse wigs, and truly stinky acting. Comedian comedian Shiyan is here to work through her Rage at having to watch this nonsense.
110 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Con Air with Andrew Barlow
Our third and final installment from the 90’s Cage action trilogy (AKA the Beige Volvo Trilogy) is non-stop fun, explosions, guitar licks, dumb one-liners, and more than a few problematic bits. Featuring the most jacked Cage to date and possibly the worst accent he’s ever done. Andrew Barlow (@sirbizlow), the host of the Chuckleheads podcast, is this week’s guest.
95 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Bangkok Dangerous with Kenny Gray
Cage plays a hitman who goes to Bangkok for four last kills before retirement. Things are complicated when he falls in love with a deaf-mute pharmacist and runs afoul of his bosses. It’s a lot more boring than you might think! Featuring: a lot of elephant symbolism, very hot soup, and exactly one (1) cool action sequence with a boat and a motorcycle. Our guest this week is writer and musician Kenny Gray.
102 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Adaptation with Danny Prikazsky
Cage plays twins in 2002’s meta-comedy Adaptation in arguably one of his best-acted roles ever. We like this movie a lot, but how does it rank against our current top three? Danny Prikazsky (from MTV’s Are You The One) is our guest and unfortunately, we’ve given him full access to the soundboard.
98 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans with Shane Taylor
Werner Herzog and Cage get “edgy” in this 2009 movie about a Bad Lieutenant doing Bad Things. Is this movie cool and weird or just a Herz-slog? Turn on the iguana cam and grab your lucky crack pipe, because we’re digging into it! Featuring our buddy, Shane Taylor.
84 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Spiderverse and Cage Freakout Bracket with Alyssa Barrett Jackson
This already perfect movie didn’t NEED to put Nic Cage as a hard-boiled 1930’s black and white Spider-Man, but it did and we’re all the better for it. Plus, we do a bracket of Cage Freakouts! Featuring Twitch crafting superstar Alyssa Barrett Jackson (twitch.tv/bettermonster).
101 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
City of Angels with Dan Slimmon and Rachel Kiel
Let’s all go back to 1998 and have a good cry with City of Angels, the movie you definitely owned the soundtrack for. We have Meg Ryan’s Maggie, a tortured surgeon who rides Chekov’s bike and doesn’t ask a lot of questions about her mysterious new boyfriend. She falls in love with Cage’s Seth, a hirsute yet childlike angel who only has one outfit, can read all of her thoughts and literally stalks her. This will surely end well! Our guests this week are “guy we know” Dan Slimmon and songwriter and musician Rachel Kiel.
88 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Next with Renie Rivas
Nic Cage plays a Vegas magician that can see 2 minutes into the future. A nuke is about to go off in Los Angeles, and the FBI needs his help! If you can get past the creepy romance between Cage (a smarmy weirdo) and Jessica Biel (20 years younger), it’s not NOT an enjoyable movie. Featuring actress and comedian Renie Rivas - check out her podcast Ring Ring! with Renie Rivas.
95 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Moonstruck with Lara Drasin
It’s Valentine’s Day in quarantine, so we’re celebrating by drinking wine and discussing 1987’s Moonstruck with Cage-hater and Cher-devotee Lara Drasin. In this movie, Cher falls in love with a 17 years younger, one-handed, opera loving and tortured Cage. The ensemble cast is great, the one-liners are classic (“Snap out of it!”), and Cage is in rare form - will it beat out Mandy for the top spot in our rankings? Listen and find out!
86 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
It Could Happen to You with Lauren Chapman
Is 1994’s It Could Happen To You a cute romantic comedy about a cop winning the lottery, or a tragedy about a woman who just wants to build a nice life with her partner while he has an emotional affair? 2MBStudios’s Lauren Chapman is Team Rosie Perez and honestly, we’re convinced. Also, did you know that there’s a Bollywood musical based on this movie? We’ve got the clips and they are super fun.
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