The Actor Spotlight: Nicolas Cage

Ryan Stuckey

Ryan likes movies. They are one of his favorite things. He does everything in his power to not sound like an elitist when he talks about them. He would like to apologize in advance for all the times he will inevitably sound like an elitist talking about them. He also thinks it's awkward to write about himself in the third person. He can be found at SirStuckey on Flickchart and almost every other film ranking website.

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6 Responses

  1. Travis Easton says:

    I’m a Cage fan, it’s nice to see some others at least appreciate his work.

  2. You’ve really got two different Nicolas Cage fans.  There’s the Raising Arizona/Leaving Las Vegas fan and then there’s the Rock/Con Air/Face/Off fan.  Those two each want something pretty different out of him, so if he appeases one of the two, he’s almost guaranteed to lose the interest of the other.

    Personally, I like him in general and I would never avoid a movie because he’s in it.  Still, I’d be lying if I said I actively sought out Nic Cage movies.  Anyone who would think to blow part of his fortune on Action Comics #1 is alright in my book!

    By the way, shame on you for failing to mention Bringing Out the Dead.  He was terrific in that!  I introduced my wife to that movie when she began working EMS and she went crazy over it, saying it did a great job capturing a lot of the job.  (At the time, she was working for a company that had the contract with county coroner, so they worked some gruesome scenes.)

    I was pretty disappointed in Ghost Rider, but I’m game for the sequel.  I’m hopeful that, now that the origin story is out of the way, they can tell a story that’s not so perfunctory and paint-by-numbers.  And maybe they’ll spend the money for some actual special effects; the final act was little more than suggestive of what should have been some visually impressive moments.  I can’t fault Cage for that, of course, but unfortunately it remains a blemish in his filmography.

    • Ryan Stuckey says:

      Actually I have never seen Bringing Out the Dead, but your high marks had me shoot it to the top of my netflix queue (too bad it’s a ‘very long wait’).

      He really is one of my favorite actors (top 10 at least), and I’m slowly but surely trying to watch all his films.

  3. LS says:

    Herzog found a true muse in Cage with Bad Lieutenant; he uses Cage there the way he used Klaus Kinski in Aguirre, or Boris S. in Kaspar Hauser. With the context of Herzog’s best in mind, it is an incredible performance that captures and entices. Bad Lieutenant is a film that demands to be scene.

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