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Nicolas Cage Challenge

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#81

Post by brokenface » December 10th, 2018, 9:05 pm

10. Mandy (Cosmatos, 2018)
First Cage film I've made a trip to cinema for since Herzog's Bad Lieutenant and it was worth the trip and worth bumping this thread again. Very deliberately cult in all aspects. I won't spoil with details, but I reckon most Cage fans will enjoy. Hoping that the good response will help him get more consistently better roles.

I also now recall I saw Army of One a couple of months back. Dare I blaspheme and say there's just a bit too much Cage here? His character is just so constantly there - film needed some contrast (and some better writing and co-stars)
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1. Bringing Out the Dead (Scorsese, 1999) Rewatch
2. The Frozen Ground (Walker, 2013)
3. Kiss of Death (Schroeder, 1995)
4. Matchstick Men (Scott, 2003)
5. Peggy Sue Got Married (Coppola, 1986)
6. Valley Girl (Coolidge, 1983)
7. The Wicker Man (LaBute, 2006)
8. Dying of the Light (Schrader, 2014)
9. Dog Eat Dog (Schrader, 2016)
10. Mandy (Cosmatos, 2018)
11. Army of One (Charles, 2016)

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#82

Post by albajos » December 12th, 2018, 4:40 pm

10. Mandy (2018)

Full Cage: 78% official - 30% allShow
Filmography:
Off. lists 22/28
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Rumble Fish (1983)
Birdy (1984)
The Cotton Club (1984)
Moonstruck (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987)
02. Vampire's Kiss (1988)
Wild at Heart (1990)
07. Red Rock West (1993)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) Cinema
The Rock (1996)
Con Air (1997)
04. Face/Off (1997)
Snake Eyes (1998) Cinema
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
09. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
Adaptation. (2002)
Windtalkers (2002)
National Treasure (2004)
Ghost Rider (2007)
Grindhouse (2007) - Werewolf Women of the SS
01. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
08. G-Force (2009)
Kick-Ass (2010)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
06. The Croods (2013)
10. Mandy (2018)

The rest 5/61
Best of Times (1981)
Valley Girl (1983)
Racing with the Moon (1984)
The Boy in Blue (1986)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Never on Tuesday (1989)
Tempo di uccidere (1989)
Fire Birds (1990)
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990)
Zandalee (1991)
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
Amos & Andrew (1993)
Deadfall (1993)
Guarding Tess (1994)
It Could Happen to You (1994)
Trapped in Paradise (1994)
Kiss of Death (1995)
City of Angels (1998)
8MM (1999) Cinema
The Family Man (2000)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)
Sonny (2002)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Lord of War (2005)
The Weather Man (2005)
The Ant Bully (2006)
03. The Wicker Man (2006)
World Trade Center (2006)
Next (2007)
Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
Astro Boy (2009)
Knowing (2009)
Drive Angry (2011)
05. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
Season of the Witch (2011)
Seeking Justice (2011)
Trespass (2011)
Stolen (2012)
The Frozen Ground (2013)
Joe (2013)
and 20 more 2014-2018

!seen 10

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#83

Post by blocho » December 26th, 2018, 7:13 am

Fascinating deep dive by Cage into some of his most memorable characters:


I know in this forum, and certainly in the culture at large, we all like to make fun of Nic Cage. He's a cut-up who chews through the scenery, a madman savant who hacks his way through overblown performances, a big joke that he and everyone else is in on. I certainly embrace that view sometimes because it's a lot of fun. And when Cage is putting out a steady stream of crap because he's collecting checks to get out of tax problems, it's easy think less of him. But I've always thought, and I think this video helps to show, that he has depth. And furthermore, that he is an intensely committed and instinctive performer. I remember that in The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus writes that actors are the preeminent example of the absurd hero because they are so engaged in life that they are determined to live multiple lives, multiple times over in their performances. That makes me think of Cage in this video.

Edit: And now I see someone posted this on the previous page. Whoops.
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#84

Post by albajos » January 1st, 2019, 1:17 pm

11. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Full Cage: 79% official - 30% allShow
Filmography:
Off. lists 23/29
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Rumble Fish (1983)
Birdy (1984)
The Cotton Club (1984)
Moonstruck (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987)
02. Vampire's Kiss (1988)
Wild at Heart (1990)
07. Red Rock West (1993)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) Cinema
The Rock (1996)
Con Air (1997)
04. Face/Off (1997)
Snake Eyes (1998) Cinema
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
09. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
Adaptation. (2002)
Windtalkers (2002)
National Treasure (2004)
Ghost Rider (2007)
Grindhouse (2007) - Werewolf Women of the SS
01. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
08. G-Force (2009)
Kick-Ass (2010)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
06. The Croods (2013)
10. Mandy (2018)
11. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

The rest 5/61
Best of Times (1981)
Valley Girl (1983)
Racing with the Moon (1984)
The Boy in Blue (1986)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Never on Tuesday (1989)
Tempo di uccidere (1989)
Fire Birds (1990)
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990)
Zandalee (1991)
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
Amos & Andrew (1993)
Deadfall (1993)
Guarding Tess (1994)
It Could Happen to You (1994)
Trapped in Paradise (1994)
Kiss of Death (1995)
City of Angels (1998)
8MM (1999) Cinema
The Family Man (2000)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)
Sonny (2002)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Lord of War (2005)
The Weather Man (2005)
The Ant Bully (2006)
03. The Wicker Man (2006)
World Trade Center (2006)
Next (2007)
Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
Astro Boy (2009)
Knowing (2009)
Drive Angry (2011)
05. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
Season of the Witch (2011)
Seeking Justice (2011)
Trespass (2011)
Stolen (2012)
The Frozen Ground (2013)
Joe (2013)
and 20 more 2014-2018

!seen 11
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#85

Post by blocho » January 5th, 2019, 3:42 am

14. The Humanity Bureau

The Movie: Not a bad concept, kind of like a softer Equilibrium without the emotion control part of it. But with gaping plot holes and some really amateurish stuff, including creaky expository script. My favorite point was early in the movie when the kid tumbles off the roof and Cage and the mom runs out, and Cage checks the kids breathing and then starts some really half-assed CPR (four half-hearted chest compressions with no MtM). And then (this killed me) slaps the kid on the back, and it works!

Cage: He's doing his world-weary thing here, with nary a glance in the direction of expressionism, opera, or full nutzoid mode.

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#86

Post by albajos » January 18th, 2019, 10:28 pm

12. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

Full Cage: 82% official - 30% allShow
Filmography:
Off. lists 24/29
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Rumble Fish (1983)
Birdy (1984)
The Cotton Club (1984)
Moonstruck (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987)
02. Vampire's Kiss (1988)
Wild at Heart (1990)
07. Red Rock West (1993)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) Cinema
The Rock (1996)
Con Air (1997)
04. Face/Off (1997)
Snake Eyes (1998) Cinema
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
09. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
Adaptation. (2002)
Windtalkers (2002)
National Treasure (2004)
Ghost Rider (2007)
Grindhouse (2007) - Werewolf Women of the SS
01. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
08. G-Force (2009)
Kick-Ass (2010)
12. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
06. The Croods (2013)
10. Mandy (2018)
11. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Cinema

The rest 5/61
Best of Times (1981)
Valley Girl (1983)
Racing with the Moon (1984)
The Boy in Blue (1986)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Never on Tuesday (1989)
Tempo di uccidere (1989)
Fire Birds (1990)
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990)
Zandalee (1991)
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
Amos & Andrew (1993)
Deadfall (1993)
Guarding Tess (1994)
It Could Happen to You (1994)
Trapped in Paradise (1994)
Kiss of Death (1995)
City of Angels (1998)
8MM (1999) Cinema
The Family Man (2000)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)
Sonny (2002)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Lord of War (2005)
The Weather Man (2005)
The Ant Bully (2006)
03. The Wicker Man (2006)
World Trade Center (2006)
Next (2007)
Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
Astro Boy (2009)
Knowing (2009)
Drive Angry (2011)
05. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
Season of the Witch (2011)
Seeking Justice (2011)
Trespass (2011)
Stolen (2012)
The Frozen Ground (2013)
Joe (2013)
and 20 more 2014-2018

!seen 12
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#87

Post by nimimerkillinen » January 19th, 2019, 5:57 am

1. Moonstruck
2. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
3. The Trust - small fave
4. Rumble Fish - fave
5. Season of the Witch - meh

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Post by blocho » January 29th, 2019, 3:04 am

15. Kick-Ass

The Movie: Mildly amusing. But at this point, I'm just done with superhero movies. And I feel like I can hear the boardroom pitch for this movie, when the producers are saying that this is not your average superhero movie. But it doesn't matter if it's self-knowing, or meta, or whatever. Everything with superheroes has been done. It's just tired. Of course, none of that matters because ...

Cage: He's fucking amazing in this. Just a perfect Nic Cage role. My only complaint is that he should have been the focus of the entire movie.

Standout Cage moment: Here's all you need to know--there's a point when Cage is literally on fire and, at the same time, screaming/moaning, "Now switch to kyrptoniiiiiiiiiiiiiite!"
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Post by OldAle1 » March 26th, 2019, 2:52 pm

Oooh, forgot all about this. But reminded last night, so an update is in order
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1. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) July 2017
2. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) September 2017

It says something about the Cagemaster's career at this point that this piece of dreck might not even rank among his worst 5 films. It starts out...OK; I had mild hopes up to about the half hour point; liked the rather baroque, overstuffed sets, it had some color to it (albeit that highly processed digital-sheen look), and I'm not unattracted to the sorcerer-training-apprentice idea, but it degenerates pretty quickly once the humor starts to get more prominent, and Jay Baruchel is just unwatchable in this, his particular blend of geeky smartassery just makes me want to see him get clobbered every time he opens his mouth. And the CGI is really variable - the first sequence looked just terrible, other scenes look pretty good - this and some other factors lead me to wonder if they just ran out of money in the post-production. Typically horrible thudding monotonous Trevor Rabin score; I've now decided that Rabin belongs in the spot as my least-favorite current composer; sorry Hans, you're in the also-ran department now.

3. Valley Girl (1983) March 2018

I like how it opens up, with vast panoramic shots of the Los Angeles area, reminding us of the varied topography and cityscapes - an ideal location for a motion picture industry of course, and also a space where physical obstructions (mostly mountains) separate subdivisions of the community from each other in uncommon ways. Thus, Valley-speak and Valley girls and Beverly Hills boys. Nic Cage in his first starring role is the bad "punk" (not really, but in the world of this film, pretty much) guy from Beverly, Deborah Foreman is the good little girl from the Valley whose friends all hate the losers from the wrong side of the tracks...you get the picture. What's kind of fun about this is that Foreman's not a rich-bitch stereotype, rather she's the daughter of a couple of hippie natural food store owners, so in a sense she doesn't fit in to the Valley BMW and 18-room house lifestyle herself - although unfortunately not much is done with this element. It's all pretty predictable, but the 80s neon and big hair works for this viewer who is just a year younger than Cage, and of course there's the soundtrack, most notable for Modern English's biggest (only?) hit "Melt With You".

4. National Treasure (2003) August 2018 - 4th viewing

Satan help me but I love this flick. OK, it's not really a good movie - not as horrible as Dungeons & Dragons which I also re-watched (!) shortly before it, and I think not even necessarily as well made as the Mission Impossible or some of the other dumb franchises of the last couple of decades. But it's NICOLAS FUCKING CAGE as a guy whose first two names are Benjamin Franklin, and he has to steal the Declaration of Independence, and go around to all these famous sites in American history, and there's a conspiracy involving ancient Egyptians, Knights Templar, and the Masons. What's not to love? Seriously, this is just right up my alley, and if I could wish for anybody but the awful Trevor Rabin doing the music, and find Justin Bartha as Cage's sidekick more than a little annoying, and Turteltaub's direction blunt and generally uninteresting, I just have such a soft spot for this kind of historical adventure that I can't help but enjoy it. I also have to say that I really appreciate that people generally don't act like idiots here - I mean, sure, there's action-movie cliches that are dumb, but the characters are supposed to be scientists, historians, etc, and they actually use knowledge and figure things out, rather than everything happening randomly. The film actually seems to respect knowledge, at least a little, which is more than can be said for most action flicks. I've only seen the sequel once and remember it being cut from the same cloth but a bit stupider and less entertaining. One series I wouldn't mind seeing continue, actually.

5. Mandy (2018) January 2019

I saw Cosmatos' first film a couple of years ago, and while there was a fair bit to admire there in terms of visuals, sounds, the overall feel of the film, that was where it started and ended for me. I can take opaque plots or meaningless plots or non-plots, but if you are making a narrative film, it has to have *something* there - for all the rants people have made against Lynch or Maddin or Ruiz, their films are on some level about something - there's some kind of content there that you can dig for. Maybe there is in Cosmatos' films too, but I'm just not getting it beyond "self-consciously weird and cultish". This film, even more than the first, seems to me an attempt to sell itself purely on the basis of cool - oooh, Nic Cage goin' crazy, Nic Cage bein' profane, Nic Cage with a chainsaw! All the visuals in the world aren't going to be enough for me to get excited by those little bits over an excruciating 2 hours of monotonous pseudo-experimentation coming mostly out of the 60s-80s and yes, Lynch. And the visuals - sorry, lots and lots of red and other colored filters do not alone make something beautiful and memorable. Scraps of obsessions, cults and revenge films, much better when they weren't being done so self-consciously by an "artist".

6. Con Air (1997) March 2019 - 3rd viewing

This is one of those films that I ought to hate - it''s a big, dumb, often sloppily edited (not quite to the point of incomprehension, but almost) action flick with lots of stock characters and a plot that sounds like you've heard it all before, many times - but somehow I love it and in fact it remains my favorite Cage film, heck maybe my favorite of his performances and also maybe my favorite American action film of the decade. I saw it when it came out in the cinema and thought it was cheesy and stupid but kind of fun, but a re-watch maybe 10 years ago bumped it up considerably, and last night I watched the BD I just got - which looks good but seems a little muted in the audio, and has little in the way of extras. Somebody else wrote somewhere that it seemed a deliberate parody of 80s-90s action tropes - mix Die Hard and Under Siege, put it on a plane, have multiple alpha bad guys instead of just one leader, throw in Steve Buscemi's weird, creepy performance which doesn't actually have anything to do with the rest of the film, etc, etc. Cage does a bad accent, not for the first or last time, but somehow it's awesome because he seems just slightly stoned most of the time, and he reads his dialogue like he's struggling to put conviction into lines like "put the bunny back in the box". John Cusack and Colm Meaney are feuding federal agents and their relationship is more fun than the similar dynamics in Die Hard, and John Malkovich plays the lead villain with gusto, and without going so over-the-top that he outdoes the Cageanator. And the ending of course takes it up to 11. Rather surprised no sequel was made, though perhaps the box office was just a hare short of what it needed to be.


Looks like I'm averaging 3 Cages a year or so, not bad but could amp that up a little, couldn't I.

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#90

Post by blocho » March 26th, 2019, 9:30 pm

We all could amp it up a little. In a world gone mad, only Cage makes sense.

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#91

Post by albajos » June 14th, 2019, 1:45 pm

13. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015) But there is only screen test footage (but a lot of it) or interviews from other shows. He wasn't interviewed for this documentary.
14. Valley Girl (1983)
15. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Cage did finally get to play Superman!

Full Cage: 82% official - 30% allShow
Filmography:
Off. lists 24/29
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Rumble Fish (1983)
Birdy (1984)
The Cotton Club (1984)
Moonstruck (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987)
02. Vampire's Kiss (1988)
Wild at Heart (1990)
07. Red Rock West (1993)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) Cinema
The Rock (1996)
Con Air (1997)
04. Face/Off (1997)
Snake Eyes (1998) Cinema
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
09. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
Adaptation. (2002)
Windtalkers (2002)
National Treasure (2004)
Ghost Rider (2007)
Grindhouse (2007) - Werewolf Women of the SS
01. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
08. G-Force (2009)
Kick-Ass (2010)
12. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
06. The Croods (2013)
10. Mandy (2018)
11. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Cinema

The rest 5/61
Best of Times (1981)
Valley Girl (1983)
Racing with the Moon (1984)
The Boy in Blue (1986)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Never on Tuesday (1989)
Tempo di uccidere (1989)
Fire Birds (1990)
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990)
Zandalee (1991)
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
Amos & Andrew (1993)
Deadfall (1993)
Guarding Tess (1994)
It Could Happen to You (1994)
Trapped in Paradise (1994)
Kiss of Death (1995)
City of Angels (1998)
8MM (1999) Cinema
The Family Man (2000)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)
Sonny (2002)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Lord of War (2005)
The Weather Man (2005)
The Ant Bully (2006)
03. The Wicker Man (2006)
World Trade Center (2006)
Next (2007)
Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
Astro Boy (2009)
Knowing (2009)
Drive Angry (2011)
05. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
Season of the Witch (2011)
Seeking Justice (2011)
Trespass (2011)
Stolen (2012)
The Frozen Ground (2013)
Joe (2013)
and 20 more 2014-2018

!seen 15

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#92

Post by albajos » June 14th, 2019, 6:13 pm

A small update:

Standings
albajos 15
blocho 15
brokenface 10
Carmel1379 10
Lammetje 6
OldAle1 6
nimimerkillinen 5
allisoncm 1
funkybusiness 1


View count
4
Vampire’s Kiss (1988)
The Wicker Man (2006)

3
Valley Girl (1983)
Moonstruck (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Wild at Heart (1990)
Mandy (2018)

2
Fire Birds (1990)
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Lord of War (2005)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
Dog Eat Dog (2016)

1
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Rumble Fish (1983)
Racing for the Moon (1984)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted (1990)
Zandalee (1991)
Red Rock West (1993)
Kiss of Death (1995)
Snake Eyes (1996)
Con Air (1997)
Face/Off (1997)
8MM (1999)
The Family Man (2000)
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
Adaptation. (2002)
Matchstick Men (2003)
National Treasure (2003)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
G-Force (2009)
Kick-Ass (2010)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
Season of the Witch (2011)
Seeking Justice (2011)
The Croods (2013)
The Frozen Ground (2013)
Joe (2013)
Dying of the Light (2014)
The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015)
Snowden (2016)
The Trust (2016)
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)
The Humanity Bureau (2017)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)

46 titles in total

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Post by blocho » June 20th, 2019, 5:00 am

https://www.theringer.com/movies/2019/6 ... e-30-years

A very worthwhile retrospective of Vampire's Kiss, one of the great early Cage roles and probably the first for which he went full nutzoid.

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Post by blocho » July 4th, 2019, 12:50 pm

16. The Trust (2016)

The movie: A quirky police action crime caper that is surprisingly not bad though definitely unmemorable. Still, it has some laughs and some decent moments of tension. The two leads are cops from the evidence room of the Las Vegas Police. I don't think I've ever seen a movie that focused on the cops in the evidence room. There is an on-going joke in The Wire about what a dead-end job it is.

Cage: He starts really restrained and gradually becomes nuttier as the movie progresses. By the time of the heist, he's venturing into Bad Lieutenant territory. Very enjoyable.

Standout Cage moment: "I have an idea. It's kind of ... wacky." Cage makes that line more fun than any other actor ever could.
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Post by blocho » July 4th, 2019, 4:46 pm

17. Vengeance: A Love Story (2017)

The movie: Just terrible. A fairly bland rape-and-revenge movie that's excruciatingly awful in all the small details.

Cage: Almost somnolent. Even in his worst movies, he usually puts in a little effort. Cage really mailed this one in.

Standout Cage moment: None. This sucked.
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Post by brokenface » July 6th, 2019, 9:44 am

12. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman, 2018)
Clearly we need a Spider-Man: Noir standalone film.
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1. Bringing Out the Dead (Scorsese, 1999) Rewatch
2. The Frozen Ground (Walker, 2013)
3. Kiss of Death (Schroeder, 1995)
4. Matchstick Men (Scott, 2003)
5. Peggy Sue Got Married (Coppola, 1986)
6. Valley Girl (Coolidge, 1983)
7. The Wicker Man (LaBute, 2006)
8. Dying of the Light (Schrader, 2014)
9. Dog Eat Dog (Schrader, 2016)
10. Mandy (Cosmatos, 2018)
11. Army of One (Charles, 2016)
12. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman, 2018)

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Post by brokenface » July 6th, 2019, 9:46 am

Thanks for doing the stats a few posts back Albajos, just seen that :cheers: I've updated on the opening thread based on that.


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Post by blocho » July 11th, 2019, 3:58 am

I knew I had to see this after reading Sebby's review. Well ... that's not entirely true. I knew I had to see it because it has Nic fucking Cage. But Sebby certainly made it more urgent.

18. Between Worlds (2018)

The movie: I read a review that described Between Worlds as both a weird Twin Peaks homage and a work of Nicolas Cage fan fiction that somehow stars Nicolas Cage. That's a very accurate description. Is it good? Not really. Is it worth seeing? That depends entirely on how you feel about Nic Cage (yes, it's worth seeing).

Cage: His performance here is a great example of the value Cage can add to a movie. For most other performers, this is a really bland role. There's certainly very little in the script for this character besides being a boozy southern truck driver with a dead family. Cage takes that and imbues it with his style of bizarro playful energy. He takes boring lines like "Wrap it up, Ricardo" and makes them interesting. He takes good lines like "Next time, why don't you wrestle a man-gator" and makes them sublime. That only happens because of Cage.

Standout Cage moment:There are a few shots in this movie featuring Cage, a pretty young woman, a garden hose, and a motorcycle that are just delightful. Perhaps the most enjoyable five-second sequence I've seen in a movie in years.
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Post by Carmel1379 » July 11th, 2019, 11:58 am

since my last post (September 2017) I saw


#11 Face/Off (1997, John Woo) 8/10

#12 Mandy (2018, Panos Cosmatos) (first viewing)
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Hell’s heart fires black arrows, incising into the flesh, exquisitely deeper and deeper. Each shot is aesthetically superlative, carrying enrapturing-hallucinant whirls of textures, details, and colours, shooting up occulted magic into ones flowing bloodstream, which eventually gushes out through the burning orifices, meshing in unholy communion with the strange mountains, chthonic intensities, and dark sonorities of infernal ecstasy. Eyes blaze.

#13 Mandy (2018, Panos Cosmatos) (second viewing)

#14 Mandy (2018, Panos Cosmatos) (third viewing) (theatrically) 9+/10
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Dying of the Light
Dark (reworked material from ^ by the director)
Dog Eat Dog
Mom and Dad
Tommy Wiseau's favourite film
Adaptation. (rewatch)
Snake Eyes
Vampire's Kiss (rewatch)
Raising Arizona (rewatch)
Peggy Sue Got Married
Jana's favourite film
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Sufficient? who shall tempt with wand’ring feet
The dark unbottom’d infinite Abyss,
And through the palpable obscure find out
His uncouth way, or spread his aerie flight,
Upborn with indefatigable wings,
Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive
The happy Ile?

Nur dein Auge – ungeheuer / Blickt michs an, Unendlichkeit!
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Post by brokenface » July 12th, 2019, 7:45 pm

blocho wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 3:58 am
I knew I had to see this after reading Sebby's review. Well ... that's not entirely true. I knew I had to see it because it has Nic fucking Cage. But Sebby certainly made it more urgent.

18. Between Worlds (2018)

The movie: I read a review that described Between Worlds as both a weird Twin Peaks homage and a work of Nicolas Cage fan fiction that somehow stars Nicolas Cage. That's a very accurate description. Is it good? Not really. Is it worth seeing? That depends entirely on how you feel about Nic Cage (yes, it's worth seeing).

Cage: His performance here is a great example of the value Cage can add to a movie. For most other performers, this is a really bland role. There's certainly very little in the script for this character besides being a boozy southern truck driver with a dead family. Cage takes that and imbues it with his style of bizarro playful energy. He takes boring lines like "Wrap it up, Ricardo" and makes them interesting. He takes good lines like "Next time, why don't you wrestle a man-gator" and makes them sublime. There are a few shots in this movie featuring Cage, a pretty young woman, a garden hose, and a motorcycle that are delightfully hilarious. And that only happens because of Cage.
Interesting. That one hadn't made it onto my Cage-radar, must've missed Sebby's review.

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Post by Carmel1379 » July 13th, 2019, 10:15 am

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#15 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018, Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman) 7/10

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Watchlist:

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Dying of the Light
Dark (reworked material from ^ by the director)
Dog Eat Dog
Mom and Dad
Tommy Wiseau's favourite film
Adaptation. (rewatch)
Snake Eyes
Vampire's Kiss (rewatch)
Raising Arizona (rewatch)
Peggy Sue Got Married
Jana's favourite film
IMDb, letterboxd, tumblr
Image
whom shall we find
Sufficient? who shall tempt with wand’ring feet
The dark unbottom’d infinite Abyss,
And through the palpable obscure find out
His uncouth way, or spread his aerie flight,
Upborn with indefatigable wings,
Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive
The happy Ile?

Nur dein Auge – ungeheuer / Blickt michs an, Unendlichkeit!
Close the world. ʇxǝu ǝɥʇ uǝdO.
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Post by Lammetje » July 13th, 2019, 7:44 pm

7. The Trust (2016): 6/10

Nic made this peculiar heist movie worthwile. I am grateful that Nicolas Cage exists. Mikołaj Klatka FTW!
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7. The Trust (2016)
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Post by blocho » July 14th, 2019, 2:14 am

Cage month continues with ...

19. Arsenal (2017)

The movie: If you're going to make a neo-noir set in Biloxi, Mississippi, I figure you've got to drench it in atmosphere, colorful characters, and hopefully some pithy dialogue. None of that is in this movie. Instead, we get an enormous amount of fake blood that looks like fake blood, an unrestrained score that drowns out most of the talking, and a bunch of actors who just showed up for paychecks.

Cage: So, this movie is apparently a sequel to a 1993 Cage movie called Deadfall, which I have not yet seen but I do remember from the various youtube compilation cuts of Cage going nuts. He's certainly very game in this movie. He plays a scuzzball, degenerate bayou mob boss. The kind of criminal mastermind who can cut the mustard in Biloxi but not in New Orleans. We get him with a fake mustache here, as well as the largest and least convincing wig he has ever worn (and he's worn a bunch). He spends most of his time slurring his words, doing lines of coke, and bleeding or making other people bleed. It's a lot of fun, but unfortunately he probably has only the third or fourth most screen time of all the characters in the movie.

Standout Cage moment: Cage has a great scene with his brother here (and by brother, I mean both his actual brother, Christopher Coppola, and the brother of his character). You'll know it when you see it. But even better is a scene a little later when he reads (to his kidnapping victim) a letter he wrote to his brother. Here's how it begins: "Dear Buddy, sorry about today, but you know you always were the creature from War of the Gargantuas when it came to me."

Cage milestone: Cage has now surpassed Sam Jackson in terms of the number of movies I have seen that they have appeared in. I believe that means I've seen Cage in more movies than any other actor. 1.17 percent of all movies I have seen have featured Nic Cage.
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Post by vortexsurfer » July 20th, 2019, 5:30 am

Seen a few this month.

1. Season of the Witch (Dominic Sena, 2011)
2. National Treasure (Jon Turteltaub, 2004)
3. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Jon Turteltaub, 2007)

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Post by blocho » July 23rd, 2019, 5:14 pm

Cage month continues with ...

20. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The movie: I saw this movie because it had Cage. I guess it didn't hurt that it has received rather extravagant praise since its release. That praise is both without merit and actually harmful to the concepts of cinema, popular art, and praise itself. We all deserve a better type of movie. We shouldn't have to live in a world where so much money and effort go into an endless parade of identical superhero movies. I remember when the Spider-Man reboot came along in 2012, I thought it was mildly amusing that studios were relaunching Spider-Man so quickly. When the studios rebooted Spider-Man several years later, I was a little horrified. Look where we are now. Do you realize that we've had four entirely different Spider-Man series in the past 12 years? That we now have two separate concurrently running Spider-Man series? This movie is self-knowing enough to mock the multiple incarnations of Spider-Man. Heck, that's the premise of the entire movie. But being mockingly self-knowing and meta have themselves become hackneyed superhero tropes. There's almost nothing new in this Marvel adaptation other than the fact that it's completely animated rather than a bland mix of live actors with CGI animation. This movie follows the formula doggedly, boringly, pointlessly.

One more thing--I don't think I've ever seen a movie that was so clearly risky for people with photosensitive epilepsy. I don't have photosensitive epilepsy, and I still found it literally painful to watch all the flashing lights amid a breakneck rhythm. This is the fastest movie I've ever seen. It should be played on .75 speed. What's the point of all this animation and dialogue when you can't even see or hear it?

Cage: He plays Spider-Man Noir, a hard-boiled private dick from the 1930s who also happens to be Spider-Man. Cage has said he was channeling Bogart here (although perhaps not as much as his extended Bogart impersonation at the end of Dog Eat Dog), and the result is delightful. There's part of me that thinks watching another Spider-Man movie would destroy some vital internal organ, but I might just do it to see a full-length Spider-Man Noir movie with Cage. This is the first Cage movie I've seen in which he only does voice work. A Cage in the flesh is clearly better than a Cage that only exists in sound waves. An embodied Spider-Man Noir might be a real treat.

Standout Cage moment: Some very solid lines here (including some verbiage that might be 1930s slang). I think my favorite is this one: "I like to drink egg creams, and I like to fight Nazis. A lot."
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Post by blocho » July 26th, 2019, 2:58 pm

Cage month concludes with ...

21. Left Behind

The movie: I know what you're going to say. I've heard it all before. "Worst movie of Cage's career", "a new low point", and so on. I'm not here to defend this turkey. I know it's bad. I know the producers invested just enough money to have competent technicians and half-decent sets but not enough for believable special effects, supporting actors better than you could find on an Aussie soap opera, or a fucking script I could sink my teeth into. I know that the director kept putting in musical stings because he's actually a stunts guy who doesn't know how to show human interaction on screen. I know that the family photo I keep toting around in this movie (shown below) is a hilarious hack job that only happened because none of the leads were on set at the same time and the props guy didn't understand photoshop. I know that this movie doesn't have that special Cage magic. I know it isn't funny or exciting or action-packed. I know it didn't even satisfy the Christian crowd. I know there's nothing at all to recommend Left Behind. But this is NOT the worst movie of my career. Did you see Snowden? That movie sucked and I was only in it for about 15 seconds. With Left Behind, you get a whole lot of Cage. That should keep your interest. Don't believe me? zzzorf marked Left Behind as a favorite on icm. No one has favorited Zandalee or Pay the Ghost.

Cage: Look, what do you want? Who else can do a performance like this while coming off a three week speed-and-blow binge? I was doing bumps off the limo's leather seats the morning I rolled into Baton Rouge for the shoot. But I was sober eight out of the ten days I was on set. That's a fucking great effort. You know what else is great? The $3 million check I got. Do you how many back taxes to the IRS I wiped out with $3 million? Exactly $3 million dollars worth. Well ... not quite, cause, you know, I had to pay taxes on that $3 million too, plus my agent, my bookie, my dealer, my masseuse, my wig guy, and my shaman. But thanks to Left Behind, I was $1.23 million less in hock to the feds. The only thing "left behind" were the critics, who can kiss my tax-evading ass. My accountant says I only need to make 30 more movies like this before I'm clear, and I can get back my Bavarian castle and dinosaur skull.

Standout Cage moment: Did you see that moment, near the end, when I cry? I did that shit. That's not CGI. You think we could afford CGI on this movie?


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#108

Post by albajos » August 1st, 2019, 12:14 pm

16. Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
17. Zandalee (1991)
18. Left Behind (2014)
19. Looking Glass (2018)
20. Arsenal (2017)

Full Cage: 82% officialShow
Filmography:
Off. lists 24/29
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Rumble Fish (1983)
Birdy (1984)
The Cotton Club (1984)
Moonstruck (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987)
02. Vampire's Kiss (1988)
Wild at Heart (1990)
07. Red Rock West (1993)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) Cinema
The Rock (1996)
Con Air (1997)
04. Face/Off (1997)
Snake Eyes (1998) Cinema
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
09. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
Adaptation. (2002)
Windtalkers (2002)
National Treasure (2004)
Ghost Rider (2007)
Grindhouse (2007) - Werewolf Women of the SS
01. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
08. G-Force (2009)
Kick-Ass (2010)
12. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
06. The Croods (2013)
10. Mandy (2018)
11. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Cinema

The rest
Best of Times (1981)
14. Valley Girl (1983)
Racing with the Moon (1984)
The Boy in Blue (1986)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Never on Tuesday (1989)
Tempo di uccidere (1989)
Fire Birds (1990)
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990)
17. Zandalee (1991)
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
Amos & Andrew (1993)
Deadfall (1993)
Guarding Tess (1994)
It Could Happen to You (1994)
Trapped in Paradise (1994)
Kiss of Death (1995)
City of Angels (1998)
8MM (1999) Cinema
The Family Man (2000)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)
Sonny (2002)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Lord of War (2005)
The Weather Man (2005)
The Ant Bully (2006)
03. The Wicker Man (2006)
World Trade Center (2006)
Next (2007)
16. Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
Astro Boy (2009)
Knowing (2009)
Drive Angry (2011)
05. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
Season of the Witch (2011)
Seeking Justice (2011)
Trespass (2011)
Stolen (2012)
The Frozen Ground (2013)
Joe (2013)
18. Left Behind (2014)
13. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015)
20. Arsenal (2017)
19. Looking Glass (2018)
15. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)
and 20 more 2014-2019

!seen 20

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Post by blocho » August 7th, 2019, 11:24 am

Sometimes the universe smiles at you, and lets you start the day with a Nic Cage interview: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/201 ... e=Homepage


"So those stories that you mentioned, those are true stories. I did have two king cobras, and they were not happy. They would try to hypnotize me by showing me their backs, and then they’d lunge at me."

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Post by albajos » September 11th, 2019, 2:13 pm

21. World Trade Center (2006)

Full Cage: 82% officialShow
Filmography:
Off. lists 24/29
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Rumble Fish (1983)
Birdy (1984)
The Cotton Club (1984)
Moonstruck (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987)
02. Vampire's Kiss (1988)
Wild at Heart (1990)
07. Red Rock West (1993)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995) Cinema
The Rock (1996)
Con Air (1997)
04. Face/Off (1997)
Snake Eyes (1998) Cinema
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
09. Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
Adaptation. (2002)
Windtalkers (2002)
National Treasure (2004)
Ghost Rider (2007)
Grindhouse (2007) - Werewolf Women of the SS
01. National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)
08. G-Force (2009)
Kick-Ass (2010)
12. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
06. The Croods (2013)
10. Mandy (2018)
11. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Cinema

The rest
Best of Times (1981)
14. Valley Girl (1983)
Racing with the Moon (1984)
The Boy in Blue (1986)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Never on Tuesday (1989)
Tempo di uccidere (1989)
Fire Birds (1990)
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990)
17. Zandalee (1991)
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
Amos & Andrew (1993)
Deadfall (1993)
Guarding Tess (1994)
It Could Happen to You (1994)
Trapped in Paradise (1994)
Kiss of Death (1995)
City of Angels (1998)
8MM (1999) Cinema
The Family Man (2000)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)
Sonny (2002)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Lord of War (2005)
The Weather Man (2005)
The Ant Bully (2006)
03. The Wicker Man (2006)
21. World Trade Center (2006)
Next (2007)
16. Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
Astro Boy (2009)
Knowing (2009)
Drive Angry (2011)
05. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
Season of the Witch (2011)
Seeking Justice (2011)
Trespass (2011)
Stolen (2012)
The Frozen Ground (2013)
Joe (2013)
18. Left Behind (2014)
13. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015)
20. Arsenal (2017)
19. Looking Glass (2018)
15. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)
and 20 more 2014-2019

!seen 21

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