Missed or Forgotten: Nicholas Cage

THE SETUP: Nicholas Cage is awesome…if it was about 20 years ago. Unfortunately the man is still making movies. His latest edition, Drive Angry 3D, actually might be OK as it’s embracing his exploitation and cheesy roots…but then I’m an optimist. Cage has been turning out crap more consistently than a 1 year old. Knowing, Bangkok Dangerous, Next, The Wicker Man, Ghost Rider…my hands are getting tired. I thought it might be a good idea to cleanse the palate and remind ourselves that Cage has talent. The man can make a movie…or could. Either/or, here’s a history lesson.

Matchstick Men (2003) – I was surprised to find one gem in the last decade. The movie is about two con-men, one trying to make a name for himself (Sam Rockwell) and the other just trying to live with himself (Cage). Through in a surprise daughter and you’ve got an interesting, funny yet sad (in a good way) film.

Leaving Las Vegas (1995) – We move from sad to WTF depressing. Cage won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ben Sanderson, a man trying to drink himself to death in Vegas. What makes it even more heart wrenching is his love for a hooker (Elisabeth Shue) who is trying miserably to turn her life around. It’s captivating watching these two embrace each other while disappearing into oblivion.

Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) – Cage visited Vegas a few years earlier in a much different way. James Caan, the Flying Elvi, Sarah Jessica Parker (yes, I can’t believe I’m recommending a movie with her in it either) and the lights of Vegas. Cage’s over-the-top acting really helps him here in a romantic comedy. Sweet and you’ll laugh. Did I mention Pat “Mr. Miyagi” Morita is in it? Now you have to see it.

Honourable mentions:
Raising Arizona and Red Rock West…two movies I also loved but can’t include because I’ve Randomly Recommended them before. I do try not to have repeats.

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