This is the first video in our series, Filmside chat, wherein we discuss films and fun nuanced topics in an easily digestible manner. This particular video essay is about Nicolas Cage, seeking to answer the question: Is he a good actor?

Here is a list of the sources and videos used in the making of this video essay:

Braudy, Leo. “Acting: Stage vs. Screen.” Film Theory and Criticism, edited by Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen, Oxford University Press, 2004, pp. 429-435.

CinemaMagicka - Ramil Sabyrov Film Channel. “Wild at Heart Ending.” YouTube, YouTube, 30 Aug. 2015,

“Caging.” Know Your Meme, 13 Feb. 2019,

Carlson, Thomas C. “Ad Hoc Rock: Elvis and the Aesthetics of Postmodernism.” Studies in Popular Culture, vol. 16, no. 2, 1994, pp. 39–50. JSTOR,

Constable, Catherine. “Postmodernism and Film” The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism, edited by Steven Connor, Cambridge University Press, 2004, 43-61.

Dyer, Richard. “From Stars.” Film Theory and Criticism, edited by Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen, 8th ed., Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 480-485.

Face/Off. Directed by John Woo, 1997.

Giannetti, Louis. Understanding Movies. 13th ed., Pearson, 2014.

FanArt Zone. “Face Off (1997) - Hallelujah Scene ( Cage Goes Wild ).” YouTube, YouTube, 29 Apr. 2015,

GQ. “Nicolas Cage Breaks Down His Most Iconic Characters.” YouTube, interview with Nicolas Cage, 18 September 2018,

McKinney, Devin. Film Quarterly, vol. 45, no. 2, 1991, pp. 41–46. JSTOR,

Miley, Mike. “David Lynch at the Crossroads: Deconstructing Rock, Reconstructing Wild at Heart.” Music and the Moving Image, vol. 7, no. 3, 2014, pp. 41–60. JSTOR,

Nick Tarem. “Wild at Heart - Hurricane Scene.” YouTube, YouTube, 10 Aug. 2015,

“Nicolas Cage.” Know Your Meme, 8 May 2019,

TLogsdon07. “Wild at Heart- Nic Cage/ Laura Dern Desert Mosh Scene.” YouTube, YouTube, 4 Sept. 2010,

Wild at Heart. Directed by David Lynch, 1990.

Zahh Man. “Wild At Heart: Dancing to Do.” YouTube, YouTube, 1 May 2016,

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