Thursday: "Cage"

Dec. 3

There's that thing that French New Wave director François Truffaut said that is oft-quoted, or paraphrased or slightly adjusted, about how pretty much every war film is a pro-war film, even anti-war ones ("some films claim to be antiwar, but I don't think I've really seen an antiwar film. Every film about war ends up being pro-war," he specifically told Gene Siskel back in 1973) and it kind of makes sense, you know? That said, I think the best movies that capture how horrifying war is tend to be the really intense masterpieces (unforgivingly bleak stuff such as "Come and See") or the truly cray-cray pulpy ones such as "Rolling Thunder" or "Combat Shock." As you can probably guess, the 1989 Lou Ferrigno vehicle "Cage," in which the former Incredible Hulk plays a brain-damaged Vietnam vet forced into a cage-fighting ring, is strictly in the cray-cray pulpy category, though in its trashiness and over-the-top plot it comes off in its own way as downright von Trier-ian. 7 p.m., the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8855, thewindupspace.com, free. (Brandon Soderberg)

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