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Age of Cage

Four Decades of Hollywood Through One Singular Career

Author: Keith Phipps

Age of Cage

Age of Cage

$27.99

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Age of Cage might be the closest we will get to understanding the singular beauty of each of Nic Cage’s always electric performances. You are holding the Rosetta Stone for Cage. Enjoy...

Page Count
288
On Sale
03/29/2022

Book Details

Age of Cage might be the closest we will get to understanding the singular beauty of each of Nic Cage’s always electric performances. You are holding the Rosetta Stone for Cage. Enjoy it.”
Paul Scheer, actor, writer and host of the How Did This Get Made? and Unspooled podcasts

Icon. Celebrity. Artist. Madman. Genius.


Nicolas Cage is many things, but love him, or laugh at him, there's no denying two things: you’ve seen one of his many films, and you certainly know his name. But who is he, really, and why has his career endured for over forty years, with more than a hundred films, and birthed a million memes?

Age of Cage is a smart, beguiling book about the films of Nicolas Cage and the actor himself, as well as a sharp-eyed examination of the changes that have taken place in Hollywood over the course of his career. Critic and journalist Keith Phipps draws a portrait of the enigmatic icon by looking at—what else?—Cage’s expansive filmography.

As Phipps delights in charting Cage’s films, Age of Cage also chronicles the transformation of film, as Cage’s journey takes him through the world of 1980s comedies (Valley Girl, Peggy Sue Got Married, Moonstruck), to the indie films and blockbuster juggernauts of the 1990s (Wild at Heart, Leaving Las Vegas, Face/Off, Con Air), through the wild and unpredictable video-on-demand world of today.

Sweeping in scope and intimate in its profile of a fiercely passionate artist, Age of Cage is, like the man himself, surprising, insightful, funny, and one of a kind. So, snap out of it, and enjoy this appreciation of Nicolas Cage, national treasure.

Imprint Publisher

Henry Holt and Co.

ISBN

9781250773043

In The News

“No matter which flavor of Cage is your favorite — the action star, the gonzo experimenter, the soulful romantic — Age of Cage has something to offer.”
—Gawker

“Film critic Phipps draws a portrait of enigmatic and surprising actor Nicolas Cage with this deep dive into his rich filmography spanning four decades.”
—USA Today

Using the actor’s winding career as a touchpoint to explore Hollywood’s shifting landscape and written with a passion to match its subject, [Age of Cage] is sure to delight longtime fans and rubberneckers alike.”
—Chicago Review of Books

“Hollywood's most-loved eccentric is celebrated in pop culture journalist Keith Phipps's lively career retrospective. Grab some KFC and champagne and curl up on the couch for a deep dive into some classic Cage Rage.”
—Yahoo! Entertainment

Age of Cage is taking its subject seriously…something even [Cage’s] movies can’t always claim. Where Cage is a bottomless font of style, Age of Cage responds in kind with clever restraint. A must-read for fellow fans of the gothic, expressionistic, Nouveau Shamanic, leather-and-jewelry, poetry-and-philosophy oddball that is our beloved Cage.”
—Paste Magazine

There’s something stalwart, commendable, even comforting about Cage’s presence, something that reaches past entertainment toward tangled questions of talent and excess… In Age of Cage, [Phipps] eschews biography for filmography, setting the actor against the vicissitudes of an uncaring Hollywood to reveal much about both.”
—Harper’s

“Keith Phipps traces the eclectic filmography of the one and only Nicolas Kim Coppola, a.k.a. Nicolas Cage. Age of Cage pairs a history of the film industry at large with analyses of Cage’s most well-known films, highlighting the actor’s many phases.”
—A.V. Club

“In the wildly entertaining Age of Cage, Keith Phipps paints an addictive, anecdote-rich portrait of Hollywood's most eccentric and singular leading man—an actor for whom the only predictable thing is his unpredictability. Through the cracked prism of Nicolas Cage, the author shows us not only what makes Tinseltown's last big-screen iconoclast tick, but also the ways that the movie business has changed (for better and worse) over Cage's unique four-decade career. From Valley Girl to Raising Arizona, Wild at Heart to National Treasure, Phipps proves there’s a Method behind his subject’s infamous madness.”
—Chris Nashawaty, author of Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story

“If Nicolas Cage didn’t go over the top, how would we know where the top was? Age of Cage is the entertaining story of the actor's journey to the summit—and beyond.”
—Gavin Edwards, New York Times bestselling author of The Tao of Bill Murray

Age of Cage is a sharply perceptive and definitive examination of Nicolas Cage, the greatest living actor among those who can seem like the worst. Keith Phipps is not only alert to the contradictions of this fascinating movie star. He makes sense of them. In illuminating his oddball career and singularly eccentric artistic style, he evokes a fertile cultural era. An entertaining, essential cultural history.”
Jason Zinoman, New York Times bestselling author of Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night and Shock Value

Age of Cage might be the closest we will get to understanding the singular beauty of each of Nic Cage’s always electric performances. Phipps pieces together how those performances were approached and created from an actor who is normally tight lipped. You are holding the Rosetta Stone for Cage. Enjoy it.”
Paul Scheer, actor, writer and host of the How Did This Get Made? and Unspooled podcasts

“[Age of Cage] juxtaposes insightful analyses of Cage’s films with helpful film history about a fickle industry searching for the next fad or copying the latest hit...fans will relish this refreshing, extensive assessment of the mercurial, prolific actor.”
Kirkus

“An entrancing look at the actor’s transformation. Even in underlining Cage’s chameleon-like genius, Phipps doesn’t gloss over the actor’s missteps...Cage’s legions of devotees are in for a wild ride.”
Publishers Weekly

Age of Cage is a perfect synergy of author and actor. Age of Cage doesn’t just chronicle the career of the Oscar-winning star but uses his trajectory as a mirror for the entire film world. No one has been as chameleonic as Cage…he’s done it all. And Keith Phipps has covered most of it. Age of Cage captures his deep knowledge of film history and sharp wit in every page.”
—RogerEbert.com

“[Age of Cage] proves to be a surprisingly intriguing read, written in an accessible, magazine-like style. Fans and detractors alike will find films to revisit and new things to ponder about Cage’s protean career.”
Library Journal

“[Age of Cage is] a terrifically entertaining book, and a really insightful one; you won’t look at a bug-eyed Nic Cage freakout the same way ever again.”
— ScreenCrush

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