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Old 11-05-2007, 11:22 PM   #796
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Though, out of nowhere, he did wind up on Adaptation, which I liked a lot. Then right back to schlock.

Have you seen Honeymoon in Vegas? I think he's fucking hilarious in that film. I just see films like that, or Raising Arizona, or as you mention, Leaving Las Vegas.....then see his latest fare, and it bums me out. Then again, if I don't like the roles he takes, I simply need to not see those films.
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:25 PM   #797
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I liked Honeymoon in Vegas and Raising Arizona, not as much as everyone else, but they were enjoyable. I absolutely loved the pairing of him and Sam Rockwell in Matchstick Men.
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I've been meaning to see Adaptation. It's somewhere near the bottom of my gargantuan netflix queue.

Matchstick Men was also another great recent Cage performance.

edit: damn, Limpy beat me to that one.
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Matchstick Men disappointed me. He was good, though, agreed Lance, but the film itself just never did it for me. Rockwell, yeah, I like that dude a lot.

Is there any other Cage film released recently, or semi-recently, that was a good movie? Anything I'm forgetting, outside of Matchstick Men and Adaptation?
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He had a hilarious cameo in one of the Grindhouse trailers and I've heard The Weather Man is actually kind of good.

Call me crazy, but I kind of liked National Treasure.
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You know you want it.
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Nice, what's your #3? And what did you think of Fear & Loathing?
That would be Warren Beatty's Reds, from 1981 (newly available on DVD in a fantasic 2-disc edition!). Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Paul Sorvino, etc. Fucking epic.

Rounding out the 5 are The English Patient and Once Upon a Time in America.

I'm a pretty big Gilliam Fan, though Fear and Loathing is, to me, not one of his better films. I like the idea of the film, and the execution of the adaptation is about as good as one could expect, but it's a mess. As I guess it should be. But it's a difficult film to watch.
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You know you want it.
Ha.

But how fucking old is that movie now?

Bastard, I did not see The Weatherman, but heard it sucked. Never saw National Treasure.
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The Weather Man was pretty bad, but I'm a Cage fan so I sat through it. Same goes for National Treasure, though I absolutely refuge to see its sequel...and Ghost Rider...and Next, etx.


Lord of War was a good movie.
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That would be Warren Beatty's Reds, from 1981 (newly available on DVD in a fantasic 2-disc edition!). Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Paul Sorvino, etc. Fucking epic.

Rounding out the 5 are The English Patient and Once Upon a Time in America.

I'm a pretty big Gilliam Fan, though Fear and Loathing is, to me, not one of his better films. I like the idea of the film, and the execution of the adaptation is about as good as one could expect, but it's a mess. As I guess it should be. But it's a difficult film to watch.
I met Terry Gilliam at a screening of "Brazil" at LACMA a few years ago. I rarely, if ever, approach celebrities, but he actually sat behind me before the film started, so I turned around and spoke to him for a few before the film started. Odd to have a director of a film sitting behind you as you watch that film. I should have asked him if he thought he'd enjoy Nic Cage playing the title character in an adaptation of the comic "Ghost Rider".
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That's cool.

I was considering a Brazil / Fisher King / Fear and Loathing threesome, but seems like too much Gilliam, even if they all turn out to be stellar films. 12 Monkeys is in my Top 100 though.
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Nicholas Cage: Face/Off totally pwns, though strangely I thought Travolta did a better job impersonating Cage than the other way around. Loved him in Matchstick Men and Honeymoon in Vegas (extremely underrated. "Get your ticket and MOVE ON!" "What are you gonna do? You gonna put me in AIRPORT JAIL?")

Lance: No comment on Apocalypse aside from a simple Original > Redux remark? I'd love to hear your reasoning.
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Honeymoon in Vegas:

"It's a jungle over there....and believe me THEY WILL DRUG YOU!!"
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That's cool.

I was considering a Brazil / Fisher King / Fear and Loathing threesome, but seems like too much Gilliam, even if they all turn out to be stellar films. 12 Monkeys is in my Top 100 though.
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That's cool.

I was considering a Brazil / Fisher King / Fear and Loathing threesome, but seems like too much Gilliam, even if they all turn out to be stellar films. 12 Monkeys is in my Top 100 though.

12 Monkeys is WAY high on my all-time list. You really need to see it again after watching Vertigo, which is playing in the old theatre Willis & Stowe go into, and the two films have much in common. You'll love it even more.
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