Celebrate Nicolas Cage's 50th birthday with two of his best films, Raising Arizona and Valley Girl
To celebrate Nicolas Cage’s fiftieth birthday, Jesse Hawthorne’s Midnight for Maniacs are screening a double feature of two of Cage’s best flicks. First up is Valley Girl (1983), one of his first starring roles, in which a pre-dental work Nicolas Cage plays a rough and tumble punk kid from Downtown Los Angeles who falls head over heals for a suburban Valley Girl played by Deborah Foreman. It’s pure New Wave bliss, with the Plimsouls appearing live in the film, and Modern English’s classic “Melt with You” featuring as its theme. Valley Girl is followed by Raising Arizona (1987), the surreal sophomore feature by the Coen Brothers, often shortlisted as one of the best comedies of all time, in which Cage stars as a well intentioned repeat offending Hawaiian shirt loving kidnapper.