Published on February 23rd, 2012 | by Ivan Ciano0
Humour: 3 Nicolas Cage movies that must be watched!
Pranks and humour editor Ivan Ciano takes a brief yet insightful foray into some of Nicolas Cage’s less than stellar films
For a number of years, the general public seemed to respect Nicolas Cage. After all, he was in a number of films where he churned out some respectable performances (including “Leaving Las Vegas”, where he ended up nabbing an Oscar), and is also the nephew of esteemed director Francis Ford Coppola. Though he had some memorable roles in many a mainstream movie, there were also many where they would be best forgotten… each for different reasons. Some were the obligatory b-movies (You know, the ones that make their way from the silver screen to network television in record time), which are on the resumes of pretty much every superstar out there as they’re making a name for themselves…Some were just bad business decisions (A remake of “The Wicker Man”, which at least has gotten a second life as a cult hit).
In recent times, these suspect films have been brought out to the forefront and are being rediscovered by an entirely new audience. Due to the dismal scripts that he had to work with, Nic would at least make these “attractions” memorable in some way (Whether it was from making his characters have an over-the-top performance, or just having one of his memorable “freak-out scenes” where everything in his general vicinity would be destroyed). Thanks to the many Nic Cage montages created by users on Youtube, some of these badly acted/scripted gems are getting a second life through a niche audience. Even Conan O’Brien got in on the act last year, when he had a segment on his show where the severity of Homeland Security threat levels were described by certain Cage flicks (For example, alert level 3 was “Deadfall”, a film that his brother Christopher Coppola directed…If you’re frequenting Youtube, be sure to check out some clips from it). Even as recently as one week ago, Mr.Cage himself dropped by 30 Rock in NYC to make a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live in a cameo appearance (Andy Samberg was playing the role of Nicolas Cage, while the real NC was there as a clone of himself-I promise you that I’m not referring to an old Arnold Schwarzenegger flick about the same subject matter). At this time, I’m going to implore my fellow Dayumners to check out the following 3 Nicolas Cage movies that will be sure to keep you entertained(For all the wrong reasons)!
1. Vampire’s Kiss- In my opinion, this 1988 supposed dark comedy is the first one that you should go out of your way to view- Nic Cage speaks in an accent for only certain parts of the movie, he screams out every letter of the alphabet in an unforgettable rant, he ends up believing that he’s a vampire (His character proclaims this revelation while running down a street repeating himself), and has (imo) one of the best crying scenes in a movie (“BOOHOO!!!….BOOHOO!!!!”). If you want a solid 103 minutes of entertainment, Vampire’s Kiss is the way to go!
2. The Wicker Man- This remake of a 1973 British thriller has Nic searching for his ex-fiancee’s daughter (Who’s located on a private island where the population practices Pagan rituals). The producers must have known that the feedback to this film wouldn’t be too great, as it wasn’t even screened for critics. If you really want the best possible viewing experience, just watch the last 30 minutes of this flick-One memorable scene has Nic’s character attacking a villager while wearing a bear suit…I hope that this implores you to discover “The Wicker Man”.
3. Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance- I wanted to include a movie that you could actually see at a cinema near you, so here it is: A sequel to a comic book movie that stars Mr.Cage himself! It has all the usual ingredients that you could expect his character to have: Manic facial expressions, and eccentric freak-outs!
Have your own list of Nicolas Cage movies that should be checked out? Not a fan of Ben Affleck? Send your love to firstname.lastname@example.org!