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2012-11-19 08:31:57 AM  
He needs more tips from Michael Caine on that kind of thing.
 
2012-11-19 09:02:46 AM  
Relevant, and funny.
 
2012-11-19 10:42:28 AM  
 
2012-11-19 11:46:52 AM  
NO! NO! NOT! THE LIENS!
 
2012-11-19 11:50:33 AM  
and this is news to anyone how?
 
2012-11-19 11:51:54 AM  
At least he's not Wesley Snipes.
 
2012-11-19 11:52:22 AM  
i49.tinypic.com
 
2012-11-19 11:52:41 AM  
He's also increasing his taxes by earning more money. How can he ever get out of the hole?
 
2012-11-19 12:01:17 PM  

oryx: He's also increasing his taxes by earning more money. How can he ever get out of the hole?


Well, we know bees aren't the solution.
 
2012-11-19 12:01:21 PM  
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2012-11-19 12:12:50 PM  
OR maybe he's actually just a bad actor who is able to pass as a good actor once in a blue moon.
 
2012-11-19 12:17:34 PM  

Gulper Eel: He needs more tips from Michael Caine on that kind of thing.


"I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
-- Michael Caine, regarding his appearance in "Jaws: The Revenge"
 
2012-11-19 12:26:04 PM  

BKITU: Gulper Eel: He needs more tips from Michael Caine on that kind of thing.

"I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
-- Michael Caine, regarding his appearance in "Jaws: The Revenge"


"Steve likes art. Art is expensive."
-- Michael Caine on Steve Martin and his string of bad movie choices
 
2012-11-19 12:26:53 PM  
Anybody who has anything bad to say about Michael Caine will have me to deal with
 
2012-11-19 12:31:13 PM  
I really hope that one day Nic Cage does go ahead and make "Space Ass." I honestly thing it could be the best movie he's ever been in, save for Raising Arizona.
 
2012-11-19 12:51:41 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: I really hope that one day Nic Cage does go ahead and make "Space Ass." I honestly thing it could be the best movie he's ever been in, save for Raising Arizona.


I'd personally like to see "The Color Purple" done with an all-white cast.
 
2012-11-19 12:53:36 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: I really hope that one day Nic Cage does go ahead and make "Space Ass." I honestly thing it could be the best movie he's ever been in, save for Raising Arizona.


As much as I like to make fun of him, I actually think he's...good...when playing emotionally distant and acerbic characters (Lord of War, The Weather Man, Bringing out the Dead, etc).

If you give him a role where he's a cynical bastard and doesn't emote too much, I like him just fine.
 
2012-11-19 12:54:19 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: I really hope that one day Nic Cage does go ahead and make "Space Ass." I honestly thing it could be the best movie he's ever been in, save for Raising Arizona.


Matchstick Men was good but I may be the only person who saw it.

That said I do enjoy Nic Cage films. Not because they are good, they are far from that. They have a campy cheesiness I can't help but enjoy. The Rock, Face/off, Con Air, National Treasure (both of them), Gone in Sixty Seconds, Ghostrider, all terrible movies but if any of them popped on TBS Sunday afternoon you bet your ass I'm watching them.
 
2012-11-19 01:01:15 PM  
I remember him in Valley Girl, which was on the other night.

Skip was a complete idiot for not taking Beth right then and there.

That's all I got.
 
2012-11-19 01:03:34 PM  

max_pooper: Why Would I Read the Article: I really hope that one day Nic Cage does go ahead and make "Space Ass." I honestly thing it could be the best movie he's ever been in, save for Raising Arizona.

Matchstick Men was good but I may be the only person who saw it.

That said I do enjoy Nic Cage films. Not because they are good, they are far from that. They have a campy cheesiness I can't help but enjoy. The Rock, Face/off, Con Air, National Treasure (both of them), Gone in Sixty Seconds, Ghostrider, all terrible movies but if any of them popped on TBS Sunday afternoon you bet your ass I'm watching them.


Roger Ebert, is this you?
 
2012-11-19 01:06:05 PM  
Apparently he signed on for the "Left Behind" remake. Take from that what you will.

/
 
2012-11-19 01:08:29 PM  
Interesting fact I learned about Gene Hackman last week: His fee for any movie was $1million. No haggling no negotiating. Give me a million, I will do your movie. Any movie.
 
2012-11-19 01:10:22 PM  

BKITU: Gulper Eel: He needs more tips from Michael Caine on that kind of thing.

"I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
-- Michael Caine, regarding his appearance in "Jaws: The Revenge"

 

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2012-11-19 01:10:53 PM  
The real question is why do people keep casting him.
 
2012-11-19 01:20:19 PM  
I tried a similar headline with my high school english teacher once.
Q "Why did Charles Dickens write Great Expectations? What was his theme, his motivation"
A "He was motivated to pay the rent. And since it was originally published as a serial, he had a clear financial interest in making it as long as possible."

She was not appreciative.
 
2012-11-19 01:27:12 PM  
Umm...duh? Or am I the only one that remembers further back then 5 minutes ago? Nick Cage "forgot" to pay his taxes was the story line, the reality is that the guys he had handling his money legally farked him six ways from Sunday.

So, yeah if you ever wondered why Nick Cage has been working his ass of in the last four years it is because his tax liability hole was farking deep.

The Stealth Hippopotamus: The real question is why do people keep casting him.


Because he is entertaining and his movies make money.
 
2012-11-19 01:28:33 PM  
Cage isn't a good actor, exactly. Most of the "leading man" types aren't. They are good at playing a variation on THEMSELVES, typically. It's the "character actors" that tend to be good actors. There are exceptions, obviously. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a good actor, and he doesn't play "himself" in anything.

And Cage was brilliant in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call: New Orleans". That movie is insane.
 
2012-11-19 01:32:46 PM  
to bad this news is about 4 yeas old
 
2012-11-19 01:41:18 PM  
My kids and I liked Ghostrider II. We even bought the Blu-ray.
 
2012-11-19 01:47:29 PM  

SkylineRecords: Why Would I Read the Article: I really hope that one day Nic Cage does go ahead and make "Space Ass." I honestly thing it could be the best movie he's ever been in, save for Raising Arizona.

I'd personally like to see "The Color Purple" done with an all-white cast.


I loved him in "I Know Why the Caged Bees Sting."
 
2012-11-19 01:49:05 PM  
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2012-11-19 01:50:10 PM  
I think it's because of the Tao of Nicolage Cage
 
2012-11-19 02:01:23 PM  

burndtdan: I think it's because of the Tao of Nicolage Cage


I've never seen such pseudo-intellectual twaddle outside of an intro to lit class.
 
2012-11-19 02:04:36 PM  

realmolo: Cage isn't a good actor, exactly. Most of the "leading man" types aren't. They are good at playing a variation on THEMSELVES, typically. It's the "character actors" that tend to be good actors. There are exceptions, obviously. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a good actor, and he doesn't play "himself" in anything.

And Cage was brilliant in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call: New Orleans". That movie is insane.


For serious. Everyone watch that movie. It restarted my love of Nic Cage's insanity.

/Drive Angry is pretty ridiculous as well. He promises the villain he will drink beer from the villian's skull and makes damn good on that promise.
 
2012-11-19 02:10:37 PM  
Just give me National Treasure 3, please.
 
2012-11-19 02:11:34 PM  
Mantour:

I still see it when I close my eyes...

That said, I like Cage in more than I have disliked. As silly as they are, I love the National Treasure movies.
 
2012-11-19 02:47:00 PM  

Slaves2Darkness: Umm...duh? Or am I the only one that remembers further back then 5 minutes ago? Nick Cage "forgot" to pay his taxes was the story line, the reality is that the guys he had handling his money legally farked him six ways from Sunday.

So, yeah if you ever wondered why Nick Cage has been working his ass of in the last four years it is because his tax liability hole was farking deep.

The Stealth Hippopotamus: The real question is why do people keep casting him.

Because he is entertaining and his movies make money.


Is Cage really big in Japan, or another important non-U.S. market? Those movies of his don't seem to play long enough in the U.S. to make enough money to make Cage worthwhile to producers.
 
2012-11-19 02:49:25 PM  
FTFA, "Apparently those new (old) roles ... i.e. "Kick-Ass 2", "Ghost Rider 2", "National Treasure 3" and now "Ghost Rider 3" are really paying off."

Spoilers & all that...but...um....Kick-Ass 2?
 
2012-11-19 02:56:10 PM  

braedan: FTFA, "Apparently those new (old) roles ... i.e. "Kick-Ass 2", "Ghost Rider 2", "National Treasure 3" and now "Ghost Rider 3" are really paying off."

Spoilers & all that...but...um....Kick-Ass 2?


Wonder how they're gonna spin that.
 
2012-11-19 03:12:06 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: I really hope that one day Nic Cage does go ahead and make "Space Ass." I honestly thing it could be the best movie he's ever been in, save for Raising Arizona.


I want to see Schindler's Fist and/or Schindler's Pissed.
 
2012-11-19 03:20:39 PM  

max_pooper: Why Would I Read the Article: I really hope that one day Nic Cage does go ahead and make "Space Ass." I honestly thing it could be the best movie he's ever been in, save for Raising Arizona.

Matchstick Men was good but I may be the only person who saw it.

That said I do enjoy Nic Cage films. Not because they are good, they are far from that. They have a campy cheesiness I can't help but enjoy. The Rock, Face/off, Con Air, National Treasure (both of them), Gone in Sixty Seconds, Ghostrider, all terrible movies but if any of them popped on TBS Sunday afternoon you bet your ass I'm watching them.


Years of watching MST3K and Rifftrax has given me an acquired taste for awful movies. I just riff them in my head.
 
2012-11-19 03:30:03 PM  
oryx:

He's also increasing his taxes by earning more money. How can he ever get out of the hole?

It's not just taxes he's bad at, Real estate investing is not his strong suit.


Link
 
2012-11-19 03:48:11 PM  
Abe Vigoda's Ghost:

Wow! For a second I thought that was Jimmy Stewart. Perhaps Cage should play him. As a Christmas loving, war vet super hero who finds a map to Hitchcock's treasure, or something.
 
2012-11-19 03:54:13 PM  

j.lunatic: Is Cage really big in Japan, or another important non-U.S. market?


www.pictureshowpundits.com
I don't think you get the role of Fu Manchu if you're not really big in Japan.
 
2012-11-19 04:19:33 PM  

Esc7: realmolo: Cage isn't a good actor, exactly. Most of the "leading man" types aren't. They are good at playing a variation on THEMSELVES, typically. It's the "character actors" that tend to be good actors. There are exceptions, obviously. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a good actor, and he doesn't play "himself" in anything.

And Cage was brilliant in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call: New Orleans". That movie is insane.

For serious. Everyone watch that movie. It restarted my love of Nic Cage's insanity.

/Drive Angry is pretty ridiculous as well. He promises the villain he will drink beer from the villian's skull and makes damn good on that promise.


I'll repeat this... both movies stated here are must sees if you even remotely like Nic Cage. Though really, Nic isn't the only reason to watch Drive Angry.

www.horror-asylum.com

William Fichtner is farking AWESOME in it.
 
2012-11-19 04:54:51 PM  
Still no Leaving Las Vegas II.
 
2012-11-19 05:04:04 PM  

quiotu: Esc7: realmolo: Cage isn't a good actor, exactly. Most of the "leading man" types aren't. They are good at playing a variation on THEMSELVES, typically. It's the "character actors" that tend to be good actors. There are exceptions, obviously. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a good actor, and he doesn't play "himself" in anything.

And Cage was brilliant in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call: New Orleans". That movie is insane.

For serious. Everyone watch that movie. It restarted my love of Nic Cage's insanity.

/Drive Angry is pretty ridiculous as well. He promises the villain he will drink beer from the villian's skull and makes damn good on that promise.

I'll repeat this... both movies stated here are must sees if you even remotely like Nic Cage. Though really, Nic isn't the only reason to watch Drive Angry.

[www.horror-asylum.com image 480x319]

William Fichtner is farking AWESOME in it everything.

 
2012-11-19 05:24:07 PM  

hulk hogan meat shoes: burndtdan: I think it's because of the Tao of Nicolage Cage

I've never seen such pseudo-intellectual twaddle outside of an intro to lit class.


So you're new to Fark, eh?
 
2012-11-19 05:25:16 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: The real question is why do people keep casting him.


With the right director and script, he can be very good.

Raising Arizona
Lord of War
Adaptation
Kick Ass
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, New Orleans
 
2012-11-19 05:27:58 PM  

valar_morghulis: braedan: FTFA, "Apparently those new (old) roles ... i.e. "Kick-Ass 2", "Ghost Rider 2", "National Treasure 3" and now "Ghost Rider 3" are really paying off."

Spoilers & all that...but...um....Kick-Ass 2?

Wonder how they're gonna spin that.


Either a) flashback, or b) he secretly survived.
 
2012-11-19 05:39:51 PM  
Because you watch them.
 
2012-11-19 06:00:23 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Lord of War


Truth!! Keep forgetting that.
 
2012-11-19 06:09:23 PM  

fickenchucker: My kids and I liked Ghostrider II. We even bought the Blu-ray.


I think you may be the only ones on earth to like that atrocity. It was as though the producers watched the first film and challenged themselves to make a sequel that was somehow worse, and as inconceivably unlikely as it was, they were successful.

National Treasure 3 can take a back seat as well. The first one is campy fun as long as you can manage to turn your brain off for 2 hours. The sequel was god awful however. It was as though the took the script from part one, tore even more holes into the plot, and sucked out all the fun and excitement.
 
2012-11-19 06:10:53 PM  
I just watched Knowing (again) so I'm getting a kick out of these replies. Yeah that's right, it's bad and I like it so screw you. Creepy movie with a cool ending.

/not Roger Ebert
 
2012-11-19 06:56:41 PM  

max_pooper: Why Would I Read the Article: I really hope that one day Nic Cage does go ahead and make "Space Ass." I honestly thing it could be the best movie he's ever been in, save for Raising Arizona.

Matchstick Men was good but I may be the only person who saw it.

That said I do enjoy Nic Cage films. Not because they are good, they are far from that. They have a campy cheesiness I can't help but enjoy. The Rock, Face/off, Con Air, National Treasure (both of them), Gone in Sixty Seconds, Ghostrider, all terrible movies but if any of them popped on TBS Sunday afternoon you bet your ass I'm watching them.


Shut up, The Rock is a great movie.
 
2012-11-19 07:16:34 PM  

SkylineRecords: Why Would I Read the Article: I really hope that one day Nic Cage does go ahead and make "Space Ass." I honestly thing it could be the best movie he's ever been in, save for Raising Arizona.

I'd personally like to see "The Color Purple" done with an all-white cast.


you are a bona fide genius and much like greedy Nic Cage handed huge $$$ to Bernie Madoff, i would like to invest in your newsletter.

Nic Cage. what a joke. Nicholas Kim Coppola, as in "i'm related to Coppola and i'll pretend i'm not while sucking up easy fame i don't deserve".
 
2012-11-19 07:49:09 PM  

KrispyKritter: SkylineRecords: Why Would I Read the Article: I really hope that one day Nic Cage does go ahead and make "Space Ass." I honestly thing it could be the best movie he's ever been in, save for Raising Arizona.

I'd personally like to see "The Color Purple" done with an all-white cast.

you are a bona fide genius and much like greedy Nic Cage handed huge $$$ to Bernie Madoff, i would like to invest in your newsletter.

Nic Cage. what a joke. Nicholas Kim Coppola, as in "i'm related to Coppola and i'll pretend i'm not while sucking up easy fame i don't deserve".


Well, his uncle isn't too great at handling money either. Fortunately for him, the Godfather movies gave him a little more financial breathing room.
 
2012-11-19 07:56:29 PM  
Stuff like this makes me feel better about my own scrapes with the taxman. All I owe is some back property taxes that are being steadily paid off. A guy with multiple liens makes me look good. Also, I had fun watching National Treasure with my dad, so that's good too.
 
2012-11-19 08:30:30 PM  
Whoever suggested "Drive Angry", I'm watching it now based on your recommendation.

The Accountant is awesome, and I'm actually enjoying this. Thank you.
 
2012-11-19 08:35:29 PM  
IRS: "So you owe us a lot of money. You can pay in installments."
Cage: "Okay, I'll just go make some movies."
IRS: "Well, the thing is we need you to make really shiatty movies. That's just how it works."
Cage: "Sure. Can I play over-the-top characters who have elaborate breakdowns in every film?"
IRS: "Sounds good. Sign here."
 
2012-11-19 10:17:51 PM  
Watched "Raising Arizona" a few months ago. It actually wasn't as great as it's said to be. Sure, it was a good movie, was entertaining, but it wasn't GREAT...

Same deal with "the big lebowski"
 
2012-11-19 11:10:09 PM  
I like Nic Cage and no, I'm not getting help.
 
2012-11-19 11:43:39 PM  

stoli n coke: Well, his uncle isn't too great at handling money either. Fortunately for him, the Godfather movies gave him a little more financial breathing room.


...until Francis bankrupted himself by buying a winery, a movie studio and spending the rest making "One from the Heart."
 
2012-11-19 11:44:47 PM  
Adaptation. Watch it.
 
2012-11-20 12:11:06 AM  

Shazam999:
Shut up, The Rock is a great movie.


The Rock is fantastic...no thanks to Cage. Connery makes that movie. Without him, you end up with Nicholas Cage crap like Conair.
 
2012-11-20 12:30:29 AM  
"Bring Out Your Dead" (I think that was the title) had plenty of crazy-Cage going on.
 
2012-11-20 12:38:02 AM  

Droog8912: Shazam999:
Shut up, The Rock is a great movie.

The Rock is fantastic...no thanks to Cage. Connery makes that movie. Without him, you end up with Nicholas Cage crap like Conair.


Cage is AWESOME in that movie. The way he plays that guitar after that intense car chase, his realistic portrayal of a gov't bureaucrat scientist who needs to juggle his action filled life with his newly pregnant wife after he couldn't pull out fast enough... How could you not feel pathos for him after that?
 
2012-11-20 01:39:51 AM  

Parallax: "Bring Out Your Dead" (I think that was the title) had plenty of crazy-Cage going on.


As a medic, that movie was annoying. But, I suppose anyone who sees their job made into a movie can say that.
 
2012-11-20 01:53:00 AM  

burndtdan: I think it's because of the Tao of Nicolage Cage


That guys a painfully bad speaker.
 
2012-11-20 02:46:25 AM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: Watched "Raising Arizona" a few months ago. It actually wasn't as great as it's said to be. Sure, it was a good movie, was entertaining, but it wasn't GREAT...

Same deal with "the big lebowski"


The Coen Brothers stuff is either love it or hate it. Even I know that, but I do love both those movies.
 
2012-11-20 04:02:32 AM  
You steal one little Declaration of Independence, and suddenly you're in debt to the United States for the rest of your life...
 
2012-11-20 04:15:05 AM  

Karac: I tried a similar headline with my high school english teacher once.
Q "Why did Charles Dickens write Great Expectations? What was his theme, his motivation"
A "He was motivated to pay the rent. And since it was originally published as a serial, he had a clear financial interest in making it as long as possible."

She was not appreciative.


Honoré de Balzac (the "La Comédie Humaine" cycle) and Alexandre Dumas ("The three musketeers") are two of the greatest French writers, whose novels first appeared as serials in newspapers. Balzac was paid by the word, which explained why his novels had so many descriptions. Dumas was paid by the line, and this novel have therefore a lot of dialogues.
When I was told that, that's when I realized my teachers, who spent hours and hours explaining to us all the motivations and meanings behind a single comma, where basically full of crap and not better low-rent oracles trying to devine the future from fish entrails.
 
2012-11-20 06:13:31 AM  

quiotu: ...Nic isn't the only reason to watch Drive Angry. William Fichtner is farking AWESOME in it.


"Captain, you know what this badge means, right? Federal Bureau of get-the-f***-out-of-my-way."

And Amber in cut-offs...
filmdrift.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-11-20 08:18:12 AM  

LDM90: I just watched Knowing (again) so I'm getting a kick out of these replies. Yeah that's right, it's bad and I like it so screw you. Creepy movie with a cool ending.

/not Roger Ebert


Me too.

/except for the ending part
 
2012-11-20 12:33:05 PM  
Oh, is this the thread where we make fun of Cage and then post the dozen incredibly great movies he was in?

Okay, some of my favorites that keep me respecting him as an actor:

Raising Arizona
The Rock
Con Air
The Family Man
Bringing Out The Dead
Gone in 60 Seconds
Adaptation
Lord of War
The Weather Man
Kick Ass
 
2012-11-20 02:38:26 PM  

Slaves2Darkness: Umm...duh? Or am I the only one that remembers further back then 5 minutes ago? Nick Cage "forgot" to pay his taxes was the story line, the reality is that the guys he had handling his money legally farked him six ways from Sunday.

So, yeah if you ever wondered why Nick Cage has been working his ass of in the last four years it is because his tax liability hole was farking deep.


i remember reading how he lost all his money in the housing crash. iirc his agent invested all his money at the height of the bubble or something.

iirc al pacino went broke as well, his father in law embezzled all his money ~5 years ago.
 
x23
2012-11-21 05:30:29 AM  
did people not like Leaving Las Vegas? thought for sure i'd see it mentioned.
 
2012-11-21 02:33:51 PM  
A: The same reason a dog licks his balls.
 
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