Tonight for your viewing pleasure, we are showing “Lord of War” at 10 p.m. ET. The film stars Nicolas Cage as Yuri Orlov, a successful arms dealer who found plenty of buyers for guns and military gear in unstable Third World nations, who paid a premium if no one asked any questions. Orlov’s exploits in the arms business have made him a very rich man, but they’ve also led to some unwanted attention from Jack Valentine (Ethan Hawke), an Interpol agent who is convinced Orlov isn’t playing by the rules. Inspired by a true story, “Lord of War” also features Jared Leto, Ian Holm, Bridget Moynahan, and Donald Sutherland.
“Lord of War” is a darkly comic film, but not so darkly comic as its star, Nicolas Cage. The actor who started out in Hollywood with a big leg up on your average wannabe actor, not just because he is a scion of the Coppola family, but because he could really act. His performances in “Valley Girl,” “Raising Arizona,” “Moonstruck,” and “Leaving Las Vegas,” should have ensured a path to Oscar after Oscar. Instead, we got “Con Air,” “Face/Off,” “National Treasure,” and “Ghost Rider.” It’s as he is just choosing roles by throwing darts at any script with a payday over $10 million. What was once a great actor, has become gossip rag fodder and an internet meme extraordinaire. Comedian and IFC friend, Alex Blagg, even presented him with an Award for Lifetime Achievement in Viral Greatness: