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2012-10-01 11:45:35 AM

Heliodorus: You shut your whore mouth. Nicolas Cage is one of our greatest living actors.


Cage's biggest problem is his financial state. The guy CAN act, he just picks horrible roles to pay the bills because he doesn't have the freedom to wait for some of those lower-paying indie roles like he used to.

Neeson is cashing in now while he's in demand for some of these higher-paying and less-substantive roles...and I don't blame him.
 
2012-10-01 11:46:46 AM
Watching his interviews, it's pretty clear that he's having the time of his life making movies like A Team and Taken. If he's just having fun, he's doing it for the right reasons.

The Expendables is what happens when someone doesn't know it's just supposed to be cheesy fun. Nobody involved with The A Team had any doubts about flying a tank...
 
2012-10-01 11:46:51 AM

Zombie DJ: FARK YOU! FARK YOU AND DIE!
The A-Team was fun and I judge people by their love for this movie.
If people can't pull the stick out of their arse long enough to just have fun with it, they didn't like the A-team enough to be there watching.



I was upset it was nothing like the TV show, in movie they could actually shoot people and not one jeep did a crappy flip roll

//I want to make an A-team FPS, you get 100,000 rounds have to hit nothing
 
2012-10-01 11:47:25 AM

thecpt: slayer199: Yeesh, it's a bit premature to call that.

The Grey was really good....but I doubt anyone saw it.

I still haven't met anyone IRL who liked it. I didn't like it either and the people I saw it with absolutely hated it. It's advertising really screwed it over because they marketed it as an intense wolf beating time. It really is a niche movie.


The Grey was nothing but a long series of man-drama cliches. It was just a cycle of him missing his wife, silly action sequences / wolf attacks, and people being killed and the group mourning their fallen comrade, generally in that order. Mix in the one guy that doesn't want to go with the group for inexplicable reasons, giving Neeson ample opportunity to speechify about honor and working together or some shiat.

I did laugh my ass off when a guy fell off a cliff, yet survived long enough to die by wolf attack at the bottom. It was like the writers were contractually obligated to kill all the characters via wolf attack.
 
2012-10-01 11:50:14 AM

Shadowtag: Crewmannumber6
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I highly recommend it

You had me at Nesbitt actually.


I didn't know anything about him, but his IMDB says he had an uncredited role in The Boys and Girl From County Clare, so there's an excuse to watch that again
 
2012-10-01 11:50:45 AM
The Grey is in my Netflix queue, but I haven't watched it yet.

Taken 2 is still on my list of movies I want to see. I honestly haven't read a thing about it, good or bad. Maybe I will this weekend for its release date.

A-Team was damn amusing and I felt he did a good job as an over the top Hanibal Smith.
 
2012-10-01 11:50:47 AM

palladiate: The Expendables wanted to be this, but it was stuck 20 years in the past. There has been a lot of change in the genre since then they completely missed. It was like a time capsule that's sort of morbidly fun to rifle through, but nothing you'd particularly want to keep around.


holy crap this. I kept hearing people tell me how good that movie was. when I watched it, it was obviously the WORST parts of 80's action movies smashed together into an incomprehensible mess.

I have no idea how it got even filmed, much less how that POS deserved a sequel.
 
2012-10-01 11:51:15 AM

palladiate:

Let's see, terrible action movies- Excalibur, Krull, Delta Force, The Dead Pool, Darkman, THEN... THEN he was Oskar Schindler and Rob Roy McGregor.


I love Excalibur and Krull, and he hardly was the star of them. I should also go on the record saying that I thought Rob Roy was ten pounds of shiat in a five pound bag.
 
2012-10-01 11:52:30 AM

frepnog: holy crap this. I kept hearing people tell me how good that movie was. when I watched it, it was obviously the WORST parts of 80's action movies smashed together into an incomprehensible mess.


That is why I loved The Expendables. Because it captured the 80's action movies along with a lot of the actors from that time period. I haven't seen the sequel yet....
 
2012-10-01 11:52:52 AM

Mincer: flamiard: His wife died in a ski accident a couple years back...

That probably got to him bad and he's keeping himself busy with as much work as he can.

Still doesn't excuse this

[www.popularmechanics.com image 300x225]


You were expecting realism in a movie version of The A-Team? Seriously? I thought it was hilarious.
 
2012-10-01 11:53:31 AM

r1niceboy: I love Excalibur and Krull, and he hardly was the star of them. I should also go on the record saying that I thought Rob Roy was ten pounds of shiat in a five pound bag.


I didn't like Rob Roy, but I did love Tim Roth being such a douchebag...he's at his best that way.
 
2012-10-01 11:54:31 AM

Heliodorus: steamingpile: Liam Neeson could make 10 taken films and still have more respect from me as an actor.

Nicolas Cage is a horrendous actor and should never be allowed to act again.

You shut your whore mouth. Nicolas Cage is one of our greatest living actors.


/Lord of War/Matchstick Men are great, if underrated films.
//Yes, yes The sting..yadda yadda yadda...
///Time to kill is a creepy movie.


I have a soft spot for Drive Angry myself. It's just awesomely bad, plus William Fitchner is great as The Accountant.
 
2012-10-01 11:59:01 AM

slayer199: frepnog: holy crap this. I kept hearing people tell me how good that movie was. when I watched it, it was obviously the WORST parts of 80's action movies smashed together into an incomprehensible mess.

That is why I loved The Expendables. Because it captured the 80's action movies along with a lot of the actors from that time period. I haven't seen the sequel yet....


It also featured President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, which is a big point in its favor.
 
2012-10-01 12:01:35 PM
Cage isn't a terrible actor, he just has no standards as far as taking jobs is concerned.
 
2012-10-01 12:10:38 PM

slayer199: frepnog: holy crap this. I kept hearing people tell me how good that movie was. when I watched it, it was obviously the WORST parts of 80's action movies smashed together into an incomprehensible mess.

That is why I loved The Expendables. Because it captured the 80's action movies along with a lot of the actors from that time period. I haven't seen the sequel yet....


Exactly.

I was pretty sure that was the entire point of the movie - and if it wasn't, well, it's what I went expecting and wanting to see. A mess of a plot, a bunch of the classic and more recent cheesy action stars, running around, killing people, and explosions.

I was not expecting some sort of deeply-thought-out dissertation on the state of action films. I was expecting a mindless, fun, action movie. And that's what was delivered.
 
2012-10-01 12:22:57 PM

Mad_Radhu: Heliodorus: steamingpile: Liam Neeson could make 10 taken films and still have more respect from me as an actor.

Nicolas Cage is a horrendous actor and should never be allowed to act again.

You shut your whore mouth. Nicolas Cage is one of our greatest living actors.


/Lord of War/Matchstick Men are great, if underrated films.
//Yes, yes The sting..yadda yadda yadda...
///Time to kill is a creepy movie.

I have a soft spot for Drive Angry myself. It's just awesomely bad, plus William Fitchner is great as The Accountant.


THIS.

Best part of the movie for me. I don't think the awesomely bad plot, acting, and effects would have worked if it wasn't for his character.

/the scene with the two potheads was probably my favorite
 
2012-10-01 12:32:58 PM

devilEther: word biatch Satisfaction like a motherfarker


Can someone please explain this...shiat? I can't think of what to call it. But it's started circulating and it's worse than the 'deliberately confusing two things' meme.
 
2012-10-01 12:34:53 PM

zedster: Nicholas Cage has done some alright work, Lord of War for one, but it seems like he has two settings calm and 11


I tend to forget he was in Lord of War because it's so out of character for him to be in such a good film. There are some others that got good reviews that I haven't seen so it's not like it's beyond him to be in a good film. He is a comic book geek, maybe he just likes having fun doing movies and just goes over board in saying yes to everything.
 
2012-10-01 12:41:13 PM

Mugato: zedster: Nicholas Cage has done some alright work, Lord of War for one, but it seems like he has two settings calm and 11

I tend to forget he was in Lord of War because it's so out of character for him to be in such a good film. There are some others that got good reviews that I haven't seen so it's not like it's beyond him to be in a good film. He is a comic book geek, maybe he just likes having fun doing movies and just goes over board in saying yes to everything.


He was officially broke a couple years ago. I think he just says yes to everything so he won't have to sell any of his castles
 
2012-10-01 12:42:53 PM

EighthDay: slayer199: frepnog: holy crap this. I kept hearing people tell me how good that movie was. when I watched it, it was obviously the WORST parts of 80's action movies smashed together into an incomprehensible mess.

That is why I loved The Expendables. Because it captured the 80's action movies along with a lot of the actors from that time period. I haven't seen the sequel yet....

Exactly.

I was pretty sure that was the entire point of the movie - and if it wasn't, well, it's what I went expecting and wanting to see. A mess of a plot, a bunch of the classic and more recent cheesy action stars, running around, killing people, and explosions.

I was not expecting some sort of deeply-thought-out dissertation on the state of action films. I was expecting a mindless, fun, action movie. And that's what was delivered.


the problem with that is that the movie should have been an homage to the BEST of 80's action. Commando, Rambo, that kind of thing. It ended up being more like the WORST of 80's action; Gymkata and American Ninja come to mind. There were GOOD terrible 80's action films and BAD terrible action films.

Expendables sucked.
 
2012-10-01 12:54:21 PM

Crewmannumber6: Mugato: zedster: Nicholas Cage has done some alright work, Lord of War for one, but it seems like he has two settings calm and 11

I tend to forget he was in Lord of War because it's so out of character for him to be in such a good film. There are some others that got good reviews that I haven't seen so it's not like it's beyond him to be in a good film. He is a comic book geek, maybe he just likes having fun doing movies and just goes over board in saying yes to everything.

He was officially broke a couple years ago. I think he just says yes to everything so he won't have to sell any of his castles comic books

 
2012-10-01 12:56:41 PM

slayer199: Heliodorus: You shut your whore mouth. Nicolas Cage is one of our greatest living actors.

Cage's biggest problem is his financial state. The guy CAN act, he just picks horrible roles to pay the bills because he doesn't have the freedom to wait for some of those lower-paying indie roles like he used to.


To be fair, Cage was at least partially responsible for his current financial foibles.


Mad_Radhu: Heliodorus: steamingpile: Liam Neeson could make 10 taken films and still have more respect from me as an actor.

I have a soft spot for Drive Angry myself. It's just awesomely bad, plus William Fitchner is great as The Accountant.


How does it compare to Season of the Witch? Because, that.. was not a good movie. Sorcerer's Apprentice was an example of Turteltaub wasting everyone's time and talent. After the two I stopped watching Cage's movies in the hope that he would eventually repay his debts and choose good movies instead of whatever movie someone was willing to pay his salary for. I could seriously go for a good, or even average, Cage film at this point.


zedster: Heliodorus: You shut your whore mouth. Nicolas Cage is one of our greatest living actors.

Would you say he is a national treasure?


This being Fark, I thought of typing that, but I controlled myself. I can't tell if that is a good or bad thing anymore. Help me.
 
2012-10-01 12:58:45 PM

Crewmannumber6:
You forgot Michael Collins. And he was in a very small, very good film a couple years ago about the lingering effects of the north.
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I highly recommend it


That farking movie was six stars. Unbelievably intense for a non-action film. Both Nesbit and Neeson should have won all the Oscars for it. ALL THE OSCARS.
 
2012-10-01 01:03:17 PM

Heliodorus: To be fair, Cage was at least partially responsible for his current financial foibles.


there's no doubt about that. I wasn't making a comment about his poor investments and financial decisions, just how his financial state has led to him making really poor decisions on taking roles. The guy is at his best when he's taking indie roles...but those don't pay very well. So instead we get crap like Ghost Rider.
 
2012-10-01 01:10:56 PM
I've enjoyed the acting of both Neeson and Cage, with a few exceptions, but what famous actor hasn't had a bomb now and then in his career?

However, the straight-to-video 'Ghost Rider II' sucked so badly, presumably because of a director change and some sucky special effects, that I'm surprised it hasn't shown up on the Sci-fy channel's usual B and C movie lineup -- right behind wrestling.

Neeson did a pretty good job in 'FX".

Question, movie critics: Why, in many of John Wayne's later westerns, which included many established and great actors, did they inevitably include someone who obviously sucked at acting -- usually a girl, though often a guy -- in a predominate position? Example: The love interest in 'El Dorado'.

I'd like to know.
 
2012-10-01 01:25:10 PM

Mad_Radhu: slayer199: frepnog: holy crap this. I kept hearing people tell me how good that movie was. when I watched it, it was obviously the WORST parts of 80's action movies smashed together into an incomprehensible mess.

That is why I loved The Expendables. Because it captured the 80's action movies along with a lot of the actors from that time period. I haven't seen the sequel yet....

It also featured President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, which is a big point in its favor...


...who should have been cast as BA Barackus in the A Team movie anyway.
 
2012-10-01 01:34:36 PM

kroonermanblack: devilEther: word biatch Satisfaction like a motherfarker

Can someone please explain this...shiat? I can't think of what to call it. But it's started circulating and it's worse than the 'deliberately confusing two things' meme.


you da bomb on Fark yo
 
2012-10-01 01:36:56 PM

frepnog:

the problem with that is that the movie should have been an homage to the BEST of 80's action. Commando, Rambo, that kind of thing. It ended up being more like the WORST of 80's action; Gymkata and American Ninja come to mind. There were GOOD terrible 80's action films and BAD terrible action films.

Expendables sucked.


I like you frepnog. That's why I'm going to kill you last.
 
2012-10-01 01:37:58 PM

frepnog: EighthDay: slayer199: frepnog: holy crap this. I kept hearing people tell me how good that movie was. when I watched it, it was obviously the WORST parts of 80's action movies smashed together into an incomprehensible mess.

That is why I loved The Expendables. Because it captured the 80's action movies along with a lot of the actors from that time period. I haven't seen the sequel yet....

Exactly.

I was pretty sure that was the entire point of the movie - and if it wasn't, well, it's what I went expecting and wanting to see. A mess of a plot, a bunch of the classic and more recent cheesy action stars, running around, killing people, and explosions.

I was not expecting some sort of deeply-thought-out dissertation on the state of action films. I was expecting a mindless, fun, action movie. And that's what was delivered.

the problem with that is that the movie should have been an homage to the BEST of 80's action. Commando, Rambo, that kind of thing. It ended up being more like the WORST of 80's action; Gymkata and American Ninja come to mind. There were GOOD terrible 80's action films and BAD terrible action films.

Expendables sucked.


Oh lord I opened a can of worms.

I think the only real deep sin of The Expendables was that it didn't seem self-aware. Taken was pretty self-aware, and Shoot 'Em Up certainly was. I still think that Stallone thought it was going to be the action movie to end all action movies, not a cheesy homage, which is what it was.

Taken was pretty aware of its silly moments of awesome and delivered. Luc Besson is usually a pretty crafty storyteller, and can do action movies extremely well (The Fifth Element, Leon, Nikita).That epic phone threat was pure fan service to action movie fans. And it was incredibly over the top, and I'll forever be in awe of Neeson's ability to sell it. It doesn't hurt that he's also a giant angry Irishman.
 
2012-10-01 01:42:38 PM

slayer199: r1niceboy: I love Excalibur and Krull, and he hardly was the star of them. I should also go on the record saying that I thought Rob Roy was ten pounds of shiat in a five pound bag.

I didn't like Rob Roy, but I did love Tim Roth being such a douchebag...he's at his best that way.


Rob Roy's actual life couldn't exactly make a great movie. And the source material, the original Scott novel is kinda... not great. It's also pretty ancient, from 1817. But I still like it more than Braveheart.
 
2012-10-01 01:44:32 PM

palladiate: I think the only real deep sin of The Expendables was that it didn't seem self-aware


I didn't see the first one but Expendables 2 was winking at the audience so much I thought it was having a stroke.
 
2012-10-01 01:46:04 PM
The Doobie Brothers reunion is in 17 hours. Someone's kidnapped Michael McDonald. Now Liam Neeson is...TAKEN: IT TO THE STREETS

--Patton Oswalt.
 
2012-10-01 01:46:33 PM
"HOW am I NOT in this MOVIE?!?!?"

pmcmovieline.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-01 01:47:49 PM

Mincer: flamiard: His wife died in a ski accident a couple years back...

That probably got to him bad and he's keeping himself busy with as much work as he can.

Still doesn't excuse this

[www.popularmechanics.com image 300x225]


"THey're flying the tank". If you didn't find that hilarious, then you and I won't agree on a whole lot entertainment wise.

Also the "3D movie" scene at he asylum is GOD DAMNED HILARIOUS.
 
2012-10-01 01:47:50 PM
What made Taken so awesome? The fact that Liam Neeson didn't face a single roadblock along the entire way. Sure, he was tied up for 5 seconds, but ripped the cuffs right from the farking pipe. Then he was right back to murdering everyone.

Taken = Liam Neeson will KILL YOU.
 
2012-10-01 01:50:57 PM
Taken 2: Taken a shiat 

www.everydaynodaysoff.com
 
2012-10-01 01:52:06 PM

Gunderson: The Doobie Brothers reunion is in 17 hours. Someone's kidnapped Michael McDonald. Now Liam Neeson is...TAKEN: IT TO THE STREETS

--Patton Oswalt.


Should've used BTO.
 
2012-10-01 01:52:41 PM
This is BS. Liam Neeson is the new Sean Connery, not the new Nicholas Cage. The article writer is a moran.

Commenter asks him if he saw the Grey, which WAS very freakin' deep and awesome and nothing like what Nicholas Cage could do, but the article writer just responds with A-Team. Fark him.
 
2012-10-01 01:53:27 PM
Ebert was so freaked out by The Grey that he walked out of the next movie he saw.
 
2012-10-01 01:54:29 PM

palladiate: slayer199: r1niceboy: I love Excalibur and Krull, and he hardly was the star of them. I should also go on the record saying that I thought Rob Roy was ten pounds of shiat in a five pound bag.

I didn't like Rob Roy, but I did love Tim Roth being such a douchebag...he's at his best that way.

Rob Roy's actual life couldn't exactly make a great movie. And the source material, the original Scott novel is kinda... not great. It's also pretty ancient, from 1817. But I still like it more than Braveheart.


If the real Rob Roy had a space ship, he would have been...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-01 01:57:57 PM
Oh and...

i4.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-01 02:00:28 PM

Rent Party: If the real Rob Roy had a space ship, he would have been...


I... I... holy crap. Man unjustly outlawed and stripped of his life because of a political war against his homeland? I guess it's him or Robin Hood, but Robin was too nice of a guy.

Though to be fair, Rob Roy knew how to swing a sword.
 
2012-10-01 02:05:49 PM

Crewmannumber6: I highly recommend it


Nice poster.
 
2012-10-01 02:09:12 PM

burndtdan: thecpt: slayer199: Yeesh, it's a bit premature to call that.

The Grey was really good....but I doubt anyone saw it.

I still haven't met anyone IRL who liked it. I didn't like it either and the people I saw it with absolutely hated it. It's advertising really screwed it over because they marketed it as an intense wolf beating time. It really is a niche movie.

The Grey was nothing but a long series of man-drama cliches. It was just a cycle of him missing his wife, silly action sequences / wolf attacks, and people being killed and the group mourning their fallen comrade, generally in that order. Mix in the one guy that doesn't want to go with the group for inexplicable reasons, giving Neeson ample opportunity to speechify about honor and working together or some shiat.

I did laugh my ass off when a guy fell off a cliff, yet survived long enough to die by wolf attack at the bottom. It was like the writers were contractually obligated to kill all the characters via wolf attack.


Or, it was all in his head.

I do give that argument more weight since they left the plane so fast. Since he doesn't know much about planes it seems more plausible. They just pack up and bail to do what he is familiar with.
 
2012-10-01 02:26:15 PM

Mincer: flamiard: His wife died in a ski accident a couple years back...

That probably got to him bad and he's keeping himself busy with as much work as he can.

Still doesn't excuse this

[www.popularmechanics.com image 300x225]


Umm...that was the A*Team, you know the TV show about guys shooting lots of bullets and never killing or hitting anyone? The show about building weird working weapons out of garbage? You expected the laws of physics to apply to that movie?

Dam, you must either have never watch the show or forgotten how ridicules it really was. Also, both the show and the movie were farking awesome, in that AMERICA FARK YEAH! kind of way.
 
2012-10-01 02:28:07 PM

frepnog: palladiate: The Expendables wanted to be this, but it was stuck 20 years in the past. There has been a lot of change in the genre since then they completely missed. It was like a time capsule that's sort of morbidly fun to rifle through, but nothing you'd particularly want to keep around.

holy crap this. I kept hearing people tell me how good that movie was. when I watched it, it was obviously the WORST parts of 80's action movies smashed together into an incomprehensible mess.

I have no idea how it got even filmed, much less how that POS deserved a sequel.


I feel the same way, the only way the Expendables would have actually made any sense is if those farkers had actually been expendable and died.
 
2012-10-01 02:32:28 PM
Let us not forget, this is the man who had Jar-Jar Binks' tongue in his hand.
 
2012-10-01 02:36:12 PM
Or, it was all in his head.

I do give that argument more weight since they left the plane so fast. Since he doesn't know much about planes it seems more plausible. They just pack up and bail to do what he is familiar with.


I think that makes more sense than anything.

Plane crashes in open field, has supplies, some shelter, dead people to eat, a box that sends out a beacon, with people expecting a plane to arrive somewhere. But screw that, we will walk across Alaska in the winter, seems like a good idea.

Because everyone knows wolves can't get you in the woods.
 
2012-10-01 02:36:52 PM

MadMonk: The article, now in the comments nobody has mentioned Next of Kin? Really cheesy action movie with awesome hillbilly actingness.


And a ridiculous cast. Patrick Swayze, Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Ben Stiller, Adam Baldwin, Liam Needon and Andreas "One-Armed-Man" Katsulas for crying out loud. I actually met Katsulas at a convention once and complimented his performance in NOK. He just shook his head, chuckling, said "You must be from Chicago" and said whenever he was at a convention (usually getting Babylon 5 fans) there was always one person who'd bring up Next of Kin.

It's not a great movie by any means, but worth seeing for Neeson playing Appalachian. He certainly isn't slacking in it and nails the accent.
 
2012-10-01 02:36:53 PM
Ummm, no subby, he's not.
 
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