Adaptation. / Raising Arizona screening

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Another double feature will grace the Aero Theatre as part of American Cinematheque’s tribute to actor Nicholas Cage. In Spike Jonze’s wonderfully weird Adaptation, Cage plays the self-loathing Charlie Kaufman as he struggles with adapting a screenplay onto film – so far, so meta. We then get a taste of Cage’s comedic chops during the actor’s early years in Coen brothers-helmed Raising Arizona. As if the premise wasn’t absurd enough – criminal H.I. "Hi" McDonnough (Cage) falls in love with policewoman Edwina “Ed” (Holly Hunter) and together they kidnap a baby – the screwball comedy is replete with traditional Coen quirks: symbolism, idiosyncracies and anything unconventional. If Ghost Rider made you laugh in all the wrong ways, this double header might make you see Cage in a new light.

By: Andrew Seah

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