I've been rather mean to Nicholas Cage in a few posts now. I really don't mean to be mean. I think the reason for that is due to knowing Cage has got talent but that he's squandered it with choosing goofball roles with no redeeming qualities and chewing scenery rather than acting. Just for the sake of "equal air time," here are the top ten Nicholas Cage films:
- Raising Arizona
- Red Rock West
- Vampire's Kiss
- Con Air
- Wild At Heart
- Peggy Sue Got Married
- Valley Girl
Apart from the occasional cheeseball role (CON AIR) and a highly successful made-for-cable film (RED ROCK WEST), the '90s weren't too kind to Cage. He seemed to really falter after RRW with a string of duds including such tripe as HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, KISS OF DEATH, TRAPPED IN PARADISE, GUARDING TESS, AMOS & ANDREW. Apparently, I was one of the few people who didn't feel that his (overly) dramatic turn in LEAVING LAS VEGAS was anything but a snoozefest. I really have a hard time taking Cage seriously in anything. He starts flashing those puppy dog eyes and everything goes to shit.
Cage and quirky work best together (as evidenced by the above list). He needs to stick more to these kind of roles. He was perfect as Fu Manchu in WEREWOLF WOMEN OF THE SS...
Here are some commercials did in Japan... the embrace of weirdness in full effect!