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Double Feature with CON AIR. Plays in place of THE ROCK.
(2011) dir Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor w/Nicolas Cage, Violante Placido, Ciaran Hinds, Idris Elba [95 min]
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we’ve had to cancel our screening soy THE ROCK. So, in its place, we decided to go as ridiculously “Crazy Cage” as possible. Everything about GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE is absurdly over-the-top, starting with its very existence. It’s not like the first Ghost Rider film was well received by either critics or fans but, undeterred, someone made the decision to fund a sequel. Wisely, everyone involved decided to completely, insanely, go for broke. They hired an infamous team of maniac directors who, in order to get the shot, are willing to get hauled on rollerblades by a speeding motorcycle while holding cameras. Then there’s the character of the Ghost Rider himself who, in the first film was relatively restrained. In SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE, however, he has become a fire-pissing, bullet-vomiting, flaming-skulled… well… spirit of vengeance. This is the kind of cheeseball cinema that Cage has become infamous for but, somehow, he’s able to pull it off without looking like a complete buffoon.