Director: Gore Verbinski (The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean)
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine
DVD released: Feb. 21, 2006
In weatherman David Spritz's (Nicolas Cage) world, it's always cold, whether it's the temperature, his relationship with his ex-wife or his interactions with the public. This fairly engaging mood and character piece takes place largely in a snow-blanketed Chicago, where Spritz's life is shattering like an icicle falling to the dirty sidewalk. He feels the disapproval of his father (Michael Caine, in a moving, understated performance) and sets about trying in vain to reconnect with his son and daughter, who have their own issues, and his ex-wife, who is seeing someone else. He also wrestles with his semi-celebrity status, as people tend to throw Wendy's Frosties, McDonald's apple pies and Big Gulps at him on the street. "Why?" his father, a successful novelist, asks him, reminding Spritz that he's not actually a meteorologist. "You just read the weather." Meanwhile, his father is diagnosed with lymphoma, and Spritz makes his bid for the big leagues by auditioning for the weather gig on Bryant Gumbel's national morning show. Verbinski mixes in beautiful imagery of ice floating on the water in the bay, reinforcing the sense of a coldhearted world to which spring will never come. // DVD notes // More featurettes than needed and no deleted scenes. Heed the R-rating for mixed-company viewing.