Movie Diary 5/23/2022

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (Tom Gormican, 2022). Very easy to enjoy the B-movie Adaptation vibe coming through here, and it’s generous of Nicolas Cage, in a movie where he plays himself, to allow Pedro Pascal to steal scenes from him. Cage sends up the dark-night-of-the-soul moments very skillfully (his monologue about renouncing acting is aces), and any movie that leads off with a Joseph L. Mankiewicz reference – the kids should love that one – is doing all right. Watching this for an upcoming talk about Mr. Cage, details to come.