Posts Tagged ‘Nicolas Cage’

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Nicolas Cage vs. the Russian Mafia (and Bankruptcy): “Rage”

September 30, 2014

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Well, look who it is! Ha, didn’t we know that it was only a matter of time before ol’ Nicky Cage made another appearance on this blog. Kind of missed him, didn’t we? Well, here he is and he is knee deep in mystery, violence, and the deep, deep south. Because when you think Mobile, Alabama, you think Nic Cage…with his hair dyed so black it absorbs light and crushes it into a singularity or something. You also think Russian mafia, because we all know that Alabama is the Little Odessa of the South.  Got a sense of what we’re dealing with now? Because that’s what we’re dealing with in the latest Cage vehicle Rage. Okay, let’s dive right in.
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Flaming Cage: “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”

February 20, 2012

There’s a lot wrong with Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance—hey, that 15% on Rotten Tomatoes  didn’t earn itself, right?—and I’d be derelict in my responsibilities as a, uh, whatever I am if I didn’t point them out. Yet, I can’t past the fact that this movie ultimately gave me what I wanted, and what I wanted was to see me some lunatic Nicolas Cage. And that is precisely what I got. I mean, how could this movie fail to deliver the goods when it’s as near and dear to Cage’s heart as, probably, anything he’s ever done (with the exception of the first one)? This is a guy who had to cover up the Ghost Rider tattoo on his arm when he filmed these movies.
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An Easter story: “Drive Angry: Shot in 3D”

April 24, 2011

The story of Christ’s death and rebirth are one of the better publicized religious events. I mean, hand it to the Roman Catholic Church, they got the word out. I suppose when you have the son of God, though, the copy pretty much writes itself: “Enjoy living? You should talk to this guy.” Plus his whole story has the ultimate happy ending, so it’s easy to sell to the masses.  And it’s still marketable after all these millennia. After all, it’s been reworked in so many ways in so many themes in so many works of art, that even the godless heathen who don’t celebrate Easter can grok the basics. I mean, let’s face it: the passion play shows up in everything from E.T. to Tron (wait….not a huge range there…) So on this–the day we celebrate our Lord and Savior’s death and resurrection for our sins—it seems appropriate enough to look at the most recent take on Jesus Christ’s ultimate act of love for his children. I’m talking, of course, about Drive Angry.  True, not an actual retelling of the Christ story, but it features a dude with wild hair who comes back from the dead, and it was shot in 3D (not transferred in post), just like the New Testament.
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Gunmonkey Exclusive: “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”

October 19, 2009

Bad_lieutenantHoly crap! I’m going to be reviewing a film before many of the major media outlets! How did I fall ass-backwards into this? I’m now amongst the media elite! When do I get to suck Rose McGowan’s toes (as all professional movie critics do, I understand). Well, until that call, let’s take a look at Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, a film which proves that if you put someone batshit crazy behind the camera, he can actually make Nicolas Cage look…well, normal is probably the wrong word. Bordering on normal. In the same neighborhood as normal. On the same continent, anyway.
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