Valley + Fish = CAGEFACE – 23.03.13

Well the deadlines have been piling up lately and this weekend I find myself in the late rush for my final deadline of the year on Wednesday, it being my girlfriends birthday weekend as well though, means I’m left with little time to get anything done, hence why my first Saturday weekly update is being done on a Sunday.

It’s been a fairly uneventful week unfortunately, as funds drop to haunting levels university life always becomes a massive amount more mundane and this term has been no different. It comes to the point where the next loan seems like the gold at the end of a rainbow of horror, even buying food is traumatic. Still the blog has come on in the midst of the madness and what has arisen from the chaos is the birth of my CAGE RAGE season which you may have read about in last week’s update, it’s going to be an ongoing season where I review of all of Nicolas Cage’s movies, but for more info head over to the page which I’ve set up to anchor all the reviews here. And this week I’ve also managed to get the first two parts of the mission done with reviews of Valley Girl and Rumble Fish. On top of that I reviewed hip-hop record Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric = CZARFACE which provided a nice frame for my title this week so hope you enjoy.

As far as other stuff goes there’s not a huge amount to talk of, however, the highlight of the week was probably watching Maniac on Wednesday so I’ll leave you with the trailer for that and will be reviewing it at some point in the week, there’ll also be more to come from CAGE RAGE.

CAGE RAGE: Rumble Fish

589391-rumble_fishAs CAGE RAGE continues the second step on my stairway to Cage heaven was Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish. A stylish black-and-white street gang movie. Cage only provides support here as the lead roles are taken by Matt Dillon and an unrecognisable, young Mickey Rourke. Dillon plays Rusty James a character who is misunderstood by both his older brother (The Motorcycle Boy, Rourke) and his father (Dennis Hopper). Rusty James lives constantly in the shadow of his elders, his brother is some kind of legend on the street, but whenever Rusty James tries to be like him it goes drastically wrong.

Shot entirely in black-and-white, until a few flashes of colour at the very end the best thing about this movie is how it looks. There are a number of outstanding fight scenes where some of the shots will get any movie fan excited. The story’s an intriguing one as well and while the main idea of the plot is fairly run-of-the-mill the way events pan out is clever and gives the movie an unexpected emotional kick. The performance from Dillon is strong and leaves you wondering why he’s only really gone on to star in mediocre cinema, he’s both believable and sympathetic as the insecure little brother and you really feel for him when he is belittled by his older brother. Rourke is something special here too. As for Cage, though, there really is not quite enough of him, when he is there he’s great and he is involved in the odd fight scene but once the film reaches its mid-point he is more-or-less out of the story altogether, which is greatly disappointing.

As a film I found Rumble Fish an enjoyable watch, not without its flaws but artistically filmed and very well acted creating an emotional and gripping story with an empowering end. For CAGE RAGE it, sadly, doesn’t give us quite what we’re wanting, a great shame.

CAGE RAGE rating: 2/5