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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Roger Ebert finally bows to blogosphere pressure, pans a Nicolas Cage movie. "Attempting to find something to praise, I am reduced to this: Cage's performance is not boring"   (rogerebert.suntimes.com ) divider line
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2012-03-16 10:20:40 PM  
I'm sure the fact that Nick's a Copolla has nothing to do with Ebert's love affair with him.
 
2012-03-17 12:53:38 AM  
Good. Bad. I'm the guy you keep watching.
 
2012-03-17 01:00:56 AM  
I've never seen an actor so good and yet so bad. Watch Bringing Out the Dead and tell me that's not an amazing performance. Then watch Ghost Rider and tell me it's not as bad as the former is good.
 
2012-03-17 01:03:58 AM  

Wayne 985: Bringing Out the Dead


I haven't seen it, and I hate Cage, but I'll try and give it an honest chance if I ever have an opportunity to see it.
 
2012-03-17 01:13:48 AM  

Sid_6.7: Wayne 985: Bringing Out the Dead

I haven't seen it, and I hate Cage, but I'll try and give it an honest chance if I ever have an opportunity to see it.


And Adaptation if you get the chance. One of the few films where an actor plays two characters and it doesn't suck.
 
2012-03-17 01:29:04 AM  
So long as Ebert smiled when he said it. . ..
 
2012-03-17 01:30:59 AM  
Cage makes poor decisions for the sake of money, but at least when he stars in terrible movies he goes for broke. With anybody else, The Wicker Man would just be awful, but with Cage it's legendary.

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2012-03-17 01:38:30 AM  
He STILL can't criticize Cage! He tears apart the movie but as far as Ebert is concerned Cage has never turned in a "Bad" performance.

Roger must really want to sleep with Nicholas Cage. I don't think Nic is interested however.
 
2012-03-17 01:42:43 AM  

Wayne 985: I've never seen an actor so good and yet so bad. Watch Bringing Out the Dead and tell me that's not an amazing performance. Then watch Ghost Rider and tell me it's not as bad as the former is good.


Totally agreed. Bringing Out The Dead was excellent. Tom Sizemore was pretty good in it, too. Talented actor; too bad he farked away his talent on blow.
 
2012-03-17 02:02:17 AM  

zombiegoat: Wayne 985: I've never seen an actor so good and yet so bad. Watch Bringing Out the Dead and tell me that's not an amazing performance. Then watch Ghost Rider and tell me it's not as bad as the former is good.

Totally agreed. Bringing Out The Dead was excellent. Tom Sizemore was pretty good in it, too. Talented actor; too bad he farked away his talent on blow.


Bringing Out the Dead is one of the few movies that bored me so much in the theater I had to leave early. (To be fair, I was on a date with a frisky girl and she kept distracting me)

The dialog was boring, the characters were not interesting and were impossible to relate to. The movie dragged on a full hour and there was no plot, just random things to a random person you don't care about.

Most scenes went on entirely too long or flashed way too quickly. If their goal was to make it feel like I had stayed awake several days in a row like his character, they did a good job. But that is neither entertaining or intellectually stimulating.

Bringing Out the Dead, It's Pat, and Message in a Bottle are the only movies I've started but didn't stick it out to the finish due to how painful they were.
 
2012-03-17 02:24:50 AM  
Nicolas Cage phoned in Drive Angry. I was hoping for a few freak outs, but Nic was pretty low key and flat in that.
 
2012-03-17 02:33:00 AM  

nocturn: Nicolas Cage phoned in Drive Angry. I was hoping for a few freak outs, but Nic was pretty low key and flat in that.


If you want to see a phoned-in Cage performance, The Wizard's Apprentice is pretty much as lazy as it gets.
 
2012-03-17 04:39:44 AM  
I think I'm sorta with Ebert on Cage, for some reason I'll enjoy watching him, even in bad roles. Some actors are like that. The bad outweighed the good a long time ago, but he's done enough good to at least acknowledge the guy can actually act.
 
2012-03-17 06:36:55 AM  
He's not Gene Hackman or that guy who played Napoleon Dynamite, but he's okay.
 
2012-03-17 07:49:49 AM  
I truly enjoy Nic Cage movies because he's terrible and over the top. Freakin' hilarious!
 
2012-03-17 07:54:59 AM  

Mugato: I'm sure the fact that Nick's a Copolla has nothing to do with Ebert's love affair with him.


He's not a Copolla, he's a Coppola.

And how does this "Ebert gives good review to Cage films because he's a Coppola" scenario play out in your head? Is Francis going to fire Ebert if he gives the film a bad review? Does Francis have a gun to his head? Is FFC part of the Illuminati?

The whole "Nic Cage has a career because he's a Coppola" idea is patent nonsense. If FFC was so damn influential he would have made a Hollywood movie in the last decade. He can't get a job directing traffic but somehow he makes people give Nic Cage film roles.
 
2012-03-17 09:32:01 AM  

vastcat: zombiegoat: Wayne 985: I've never seen an actor so good and yet so bad. Watch Bringing Out the Dead and tell me that's not an amazing performance. Then watch Ghost Rider and tell me it's not as bad as the former is good.

Totally agreed. Bringing Out The Dead was excellent. Tom Sizemore was pretty good in it, too. Talented actor; too bad he farked away his talent on blow.

Bringing Out the Dead is one of the few movies that bored me so much in the theater I had to leave early. (To be fair, I was on a date with a frisky girl and she kept distracting me)

The dialog was boring, the characters were not interesting and were impossible to relate to. The movie dragged on a full hour and there was no plot, just random things to a random person you don't care about.

Most scenes went on entirely too long or flashed way too quickly. If their goal was to make it feel like I had stayed awake several days in a row like his character, they did a good job. But that is neither entertaining or intellectually stimulating.

Bringing Out the Dead, It's Pat, and Message in a Bottle are the only movies I've started but didn't stick it out to the finish due to how painful they were.


That was one of my favorite movies in college when I found myself dealing with more issues than I knew I had. Could definitely relate to the characters. So you've never had to deal with a string of really bad luck before, eh? Good for you, I guess.

The movie does a fantastic job of simulating severe depression and his working his way through it. The plot, and there is one, is essentially a love story that deals with Roman Catholic themes like purgatory and redemption, with an ironic twist (it helps to realize that Scorsese's between stuck between "Gosh, I'm sorry" and "Fark you if you can't take a joke" with his religion over his perceived blasphemy in Last Temptation of Christ, a movie that's made a huge impact on his career).

I could see how it was a really awful date movie though. And it's a good role for Cage: mostly flat affect with bouts of moodiness. Still, consider giving it a shot again. Or don't if you still don't think it's your cup of tea.

/FWIW I agree with you about It's Pat - that was a five minute mediocre gag stretched out painfully into a full length film
//Never heard of Message in a Bottle.
 
2012-03-17 09:40:51 AM  

vastcat: zombiegoat: Wayne 985: I've never seen an actor so good and yet so bad. Watch Bringing Out the Dead and tell me that's not an amazing performance. Then watch Ghost Rider and tell me it's not as bad as the former is good.

Totally agreed. Bringing Out The Dead was excellent. Tom Sizemore was pretty good in it, too. Talented actor; too bad he farked away his talent on blow.

Bringing Out the Dead is one of the few movies that bored me so much in the theater I had to leave early. (To be fair, I was on a date with a frisky girl and she kept distracting me)

The dialog was boring, the characters were not interesting and were impossible to relate to. The movie dragged on a full hour and there was no plot, just random things to a random person you don't care about.

Most scenes went on entirely too long or flashed way too quickly. If their goal was to make it feel like I had stayed awake several days in a row like his character, they did a good job. But that is neither entertaining or intellectually stimulating.

Bringing Out the Dead, It's Pat, and Message in a Bottle are the only movies I've started but didn't stick it out to the finish due to how painful they were.


You didn't see it with a girl. Quit lying, you lying liar.
 
2012-03-17 10:00:25 AM  

Dr.Zom: Mugato: I'm sure the fact that Nick's a Copolla has nothing to do with Ebert's love affair with him.

He's not a Copolla, he's a Coppola.

And how does this "Ebert gives good review to Cage films because he's a Coppola" scenario play out in your head? Is Francis going to fire Ebert if he gives the film a bad review? Does Francis have a gun to his head? Is FFC part of the Illuminati?

The whole "Nic Cage has a career because he's a Coppola" idea is patent nonsense. If FFC was so damn influential he would have made a Hollywood movie in the last decade. He can't get a job directing traffic but somehow he makes people give Nic Cage film roles.


And Ebert's supposed love affair with Coppola didn't stop him from savaging Jack (new window) and Youth Without Youth (new window) and One From the Heart (new window).
 
2012-03-17 10:13:53 AM  

Dr.Zom: Mugato: I'm sure the fact that Nick's a Copolla has nothing to do with Ebert's love affair with him.

He's not a Copolla, he's a Coppola.

And how does this "Ebert gives good review to Cage films because he's a Coppola" scenario play out in your head? Is Francis going to fire Ebert if he gives the film a bad review? Does Francis have a gun to his head? Is FFC part of the Illuminati?

The whole "Nic Cage has a career because he's a Coppola" idea is patent nonsense. If FFC was so damn influential he would have made a Hollywood movie in the last decade. He can't get a job directing traffic but somehow he makes people give Nic Cage film roles.


The only reason Coppola isn't making movies is he doesn't want to.
 
2012-03-17 10:34:36 AM  
Ebert: "Attempting to find something to praise, I am reduced to this: Cage's performance is not boring"

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2012-03-17 12:39:35 PM  
EVERYBODY PAN NIC!

/you guys are slipping
 
2012-03-17 01:46:36 PM  
Hate to break it to you, Roger.

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2012-03-17 03:00:49 PM  
Was just in Vegas and saw Cage at the Vons so getting a kick...etc. He acted pretty well for a guy buying a can of Red Bull. Only one take!
 
2012-03-17 03:02:25 PM  

SharkTrager:
The only reason Coppola isn't making movies is he doesn't want to.


Sofia still is, though... unfortunately.

//Yes, yes, I know that Lost in Translation wasn't terrible, but that was pretty much solely Bill Murray remaking the entire movie in his image. See literally anything else she's been involved in if you're suffering from insomnia and emotional overload from too much awesome in your life.
 
2012-03-17 05:33:31 PM  
Raising Arizona
Adaptation
Bad Lieutenant
Leaving Las Vegas

farkin Valley Girl
farkin' Vampire's Kiss
farkin' Fast Times

Mutha farkin' Wild At Heart


He takes chances--he acts. Many times very poorly. He doesn't cherry pick the hits. He's one of the most varied actors out there.
 
2012-03-17 06:36:33 PM  
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2012-03-17 08:54:53 PM  
I thought Cage's performance was the highlight of "Kick-Ass". Cage is an Aspie comic-book dweeb who tries to be Adam West. Also, that's the role he plays in the movie.
 
2012-03-17 09:22:13 PM  

Strolpol: nocturn: Nicolas Cage phoned in Drive Angry. I was hoping for a few freak outs, but Nic was pretty low key and flat in that.

If you want to see a phoned-in Cage performance, The Wizard's Sorcerer's Apprentice is pretty much as lazy as it gets.


FTFY.

/Also, as they say in the biz, "If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage." Cage was flat in that role because they didn't give him much to do. Of course, their first mistake was trying to make a leading man out of Jay Baruchel.
 
2012-03-18 06:06:27 AM  

real_kibo: I thought Cage's performance was the highlight of "Kick-Ass". Cage is an Aspie comic-book dweeb who tries to be Adam West. Also, that's the role he plays in the movie.


just rewatched it last night. We came to the opinion that he does best in dark comedies, but keeps on taking on serious roles.
 
2012-03-18 09:43:47 AM  

Dr.Zom: The whole "Nic Cage has a career because he's a Coppola" idea is patent nonsense.


Yeah, it's all coincidental. Sophia too.
 
2012-03-18 10:46:09 PM  

Dr.Zom: The whole "Nic Cage has a career because he's a Coppola" idea is patent nonsense. If FFC was so damn influential he would have made a Hollywood movie in the last decade. He can't get a job directing traffic but somehow he makes people give Nic Cage film roles.


Back in the day FFC was a big player making lots of moview and got Nic quite a few roles. Didn't you read the thread about how Nic had his own trailer on the set of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" even though he played a fry cook in a couple scenes? I think that article even mentioned how he had to come up with a stage name to make the nepotism less obvious.
 
2012-03-19 01:20:59 AM  

puckrock2000: Strolpol: nocturn: Nicolas Cage phoned in Drive Angry. I was hoping for a few freak outs, but Nic was pretty low key and flat in that.

If you want to see a phoned-in Cage performance, The Wizard's Sorcerer's Apprentice is pretty much as lazy as it gets.

FTFY.

/Also, as they say in the biz, "If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage." Cage was flat in that role because they didn't give him much to do. Of course, their first mistake was trying to make a leading man out of Jay Baruchel.



Heh...after I saw that movie, I turned to a friend and bet that Nicolas Cage financed the whole movie because he wanted to kiss Monica Bellucci...
 
2012-03-19 02:25:15 AM  

petuniapup: Heh...after I saw that movie, I turned to a friend and bet that Nicolas Cage financed the whole movie because he wanted to kiss Monica Bellucci.


I'm sure everyone wants to kiss Monica Bellucci.
 
2012-03-19 01:17:19 PM  

Alphax: petuniapup: Heh...after I saw that movie, I turned to a friend and bet that Nicolas Cage financed the whole movie because he wanted to kiss Monica Bellucci.

I'm sure everyone wants to kiss Monica Bellucci.



Yeah, but I figure he had the money to buy an opportunity to do so ;)
/not a particularly good movie.
 
2012-03-19 02:54:54 PM  
I couldn't care less about Cage or his new turd, but I've had fun reading his archived reviews of past movies I like
 
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