Rich On Film Lists: Five Reasons Why I Love Nicolas Cage
FIVE REASONS WHY I LOVE NICOLAS CAGE
(and why you should too)
I know what you are thinking but give me a moment. Just saying the name Nicolas Cage makes people immediately jump into one of three camps. Those who actively hate the man, those who simply think he is joke and those who speak of his gifts with a fervor that resembles religious fundamentalism.
There even is a Facebook group devoted to hating on the man but evidently it seems being able to spell correctly and hating Nicolas Cage are two mutually exclusive traits (I suspect that many extreme haters actually are just closeted Cage lovers who are afraid to make a public declaration of their obsession).
"i want to grow my nails and scratch off his ugly face"
"God i hate this mann..he makes me want to kick my puppy. I'm so glad i found somewhere were other ppl hate him too, im still trying to convince my friends to hate himm too."
"Nick Cage is an UTTER SHYTE actor who has no personality."
No Cage hate goes unpunished on the internet though as a Cage-o-phile (we need a better term, suggestions?) takes on a haters on their own facebook page. This true warrior is indicative of the passion Cage followers evoke:
"CAGE IS ONE STEP AWAY FROM GOD. I HATE YOU PEOPLE AND BY "HATE" I MEAN SOME DAY ME AND MY MANCRUSH NICKY ARE GONNA COME TO YOUR RESPECTIVE HOUSES AND SMASH YOUR FACES USING NOTHING BUT PURE MOJO. I GOT YOUR BACK CAGE- AND I KNOW YOU GOT MINE."
Let me say today that I am not afraid dear reader. I am no closeted Cageophobe (they're getting pretty clunky hey). I am here today to explain to you why Cage is the greatest movie star of the last 40 years (this a an arbitrary number. I was going to change it to 400 but didn't want to confuse the newbies. Cage geeks (Cageeks?) will understand).
REASON 1: HE HAS MADE SOME DAMNED GOOD FILMS.
Many people seem to forget how many truly great films Cage has under his belt. They either complain that Cage is the worst thing in an otherwise great film or they commend Cage for simply being lucky enough to stumble upon a great director. He gets no credit. Well I'm about to change that for it was Cage's presence that elevated all of these “classics”.
Without Cage's perfectly pitched performance this film could easily have gone off the rails. The Coen's are geniuses sure, but they were young when they made this attempt at a family drama crossed with a Looney Tunes slapstick cartoon. We can't forget Crime Wave, the Coens scripted, Sam Raimi directed misfire that tried for a similar tone and missed by a mile. No one plays cartoon crazy better than Cage can and he nails it here.
WILD AT HEART:
Lynch's psychedelic play on The Wizard of Oz is one of his most enjoyable and scattershot films not least in part from Cage's impersonation of a psychotic Elvis, ex-con. Crispin Glover eats all the crazy cake in this one making Cage look positively restrained here.
RED ROCK WEST:
John Dahl's tense thriller is the single best neo-noir made in the 90s. Cage plays the opportunistic drifter perfectly, toning down all his craziness and revealing a thoroughly downtrodden character. Denis Hopper also gives one of his coolest performances here too. Cage haters should start their re-education here.
BRINGING OUT THE DEAD:
Scorsese and Schrader team up 20 years after their seminal collaboration to re-spin their original idea? Somehow many critics see this film as a misfire but I strongly disagree. This is a brilliant film that gives us a crazy, unhinged Cage playing a nihilistic paramedic who really shouldn't be doing the job he is doing. The exuberance of Scorsese's camera, the black comedy in Schrader's script and Cage's performance = great movie!
Or how about the genre fun of dodgy Cage in Snake Eyes (classic 90s De Palma, I will fight you on this one), Cage doing Adam West doing Batman in Kick Ass, taking his face off in Face-Off (love it or hate it but it's a definitive 90s action film).
Notice I'm not mentioning a couple of reasonably well-known Cage roles? That is because I actually don't like those films. I may be making enemies by saying it so I will leave it up to you to guess the titles. All I will reveal is that he won an Oscar for one film and played a tortured set of twin brothers in the other. Are you fuming with disagreement yet? Good. Let's move on.
REASON 2: HE SAYS AWESOME THINGS
“I am not a demon. I am a lizard, a shark, a heat-seeking panther. I want to be Bob Denver on acid playing the accordion.”
"I actually choose the way I eat according to the way animals have sex. I think fish are very dignified with sex. So are birds.
"But pigs, not so much. So I don't eat pig meat or things like that. I eat fish and fowl."
REASON 3: HE TOOK SHROOMS WITH HIS CAT
REASON 4: HE WAS IN THE WICKER MAN REMAKE
Yes, this was a horrible film. Unwatchable. In fact I can say that I haven't actually ever seen more than 20 minutes of it. But sometimes the value in a film is not from the watching of said film but rather the youtube compilation clips that come of it. Ladies and gentlemen, here is the 2 minute version of The Wicker Man. It is all you need to see.
REASON 5: HE MAKES THIS FACE OCCASIONALLY
If this does not fill you with joy then you are dead inside. Give up, join a monastery.
Oh and he also used to own a kick ass medieval castle, was married to Elvis' daughter, owns a dinosaur skull and fought Somali pirates in real life (I may be exaggerating some of those but it's Cage damn it).