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Age of Cage: Four Decades of Hollywood Through One Singular Career (Hardcover)

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“Through the cracked prism of Nicolas Cage, Phipps 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

Nicolas Cage has been called a lot of things. Icon. Celebrity. Artist. Madman. Has-Been. Genius. Love him, or laugh at him, one thing is certain: you’ve seen one of his nearly 100 films, and you certainly know his name. But who is he, really?

Critic and journalist Keith Phipps draws a portrait of the enigmatic icon by looking at, what else?, Cage’s expansive filmography. As Phipps charts Cage’s films, Age of Cage also chronicles the transformation of Hollywood, from the teen comedies of the 1980s (Peggy Sue Got Married and Valley Girl), to the indie and blockbuster scene of the 1990s (Moonstruck, Face/Off, Wild at Heart), through the video-on-demand world of today.

Sweeping in scope and intimate in its portrait of a fiercely passionate man and 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, a national treasure.

About the Author


Keith Phipps joined The A.V. Club in 1997 and became its editor in 2004. Keith later launched the influential movie site The Dissolve with Pitchfork in 2013 and served as editorial director for film and TV at Uproxx. He is currently a regular contributor to GQ, Vulture and TV Guide. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, The Ringer, The Verge, the Daily Beast, Rolling Stone and on NPR.

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"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

"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? podcast



Product Details
ISBN: 9781250773043
ISBN-10: 1250773040
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: November 9th, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English