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And the best Nic Cage movie is…

October 4, 2011

RAISING ARIZONA!!!

Well okay then! Barely beat out Face/Off (which I still haven’t seen), but if there were ever a role that didn’t make me hate Nic Cage, it’s that of good ol’ H.I. McDunnough.

Never been much of a fan, but everyone’s got their moments. Swell voting, folks!

RESULTS:
Raising Arizona: 12 votes
Face/Off: 11 votes
Adaptation: 9 votes
The Rock: 7 votes
Kick-Ass: 7 votes
Leaving Las Vegas: 3 votes
Con Air: 1 vote
Fast Times at Ridgemont High: 1 vote
– Other: 1 vote for Wild at Heart (never seen it, heard good things), 1 vote for 8MM (creepy, yo), 2 votes for National Treasure (fun stuff), 1 vote for Birdy (really need to see that again), 1 vote for Moonstruck (word), 1 vote for Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (need to check that out, need to see the first one though), 1 vote for Matchstick Men (heard good things), 1 vote for Gone in 60 Seconds (all I remember is Angelina’s dreadlocks), 1 vote for Lord of War (never seen it, awesome poster though).

And sorry for the lack of reviews around these parts. Days have been mighty strange as of late and been using most of that time to work on the old screenplay. Will get things going again soon though, seen some mighty good movies as of late, and they’ll get the treatment in due time. So many movies, so little time.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2011 2:32 pm

    “Son, you got a panty on your head.”

    One of the best Coen bros and easily my favorite Cage performance/film.

  2. Diamond Tim permalink
    October 4, 2011 5:54 pm

    Didn’t know we were voting??? I got the final results in an email & really had to chuckle a bit. Without a doubt is an even tie for “Raising Arizona” & “Leaving Las Vegas” for me…2 totally different movies & 2 totally different acting roles done excellent…I’ve always liked Con Air not speciffically for Nic Cage acting but because its fun to watch. But without a doubt, the most overlooked Xmas movie of all-time is “Trapped In Paradise”…I watch it every year!

    • October 7, 2011 2:29 pm

      I still haven’t seen Leaving Las Vegas, but it’s on the queue. Huge Raising Arizona fan though. The diaper chase, everything that happens before the opening credits – that whole thing is just out of sight.

      And I haven’t seen Trapped in Paradise since I was kid, man. Talk about a throwback.

  3. Moose permalink
    October 5, 2011 2:48 pm

    You haven’t seen “Matchstick Men”? I was surprised it wasn’t in the voting, but I guess that explains it. You should get on that, I bet you would love it. Great acting all around.

    And the newest poll is torture; really making it hard for me to choose between Clerks, Mallrats, and Dogma.

    • October 7, 2011 2:24 pm

      I know, I’ve been hearing that for years. Never jumped out to me when it was in theaters, but I should probably give it a look one of these days, especially since Sam Rockwell is officially the man.

      Never been a Clerks fan, but I’m having trouble choosing between Dogma and Chasing Amy.

  4. October 7, 2011 6:12 pm

    Well it had to be one of his older films since his latest stuff has been so poor! Can’t argue with Raising Arizona, it’s one of my faves.

  5. October 9, 2011 6:51 pm

    Kind of hard to argue with that choice. He certainly hasn’t done something to match it since.

    • October 10, 2011 4:29 pm

      Agreed. Adaptation was close, but that’s about it for me.

  6. October 10, 2011 11:28 pm

    You haffta haffta haffta see BLt:PoCNO (that’s what we call it on the streets, yo). You do not need to see the original Bad Lt. in preperation (in fact, I would avoid it).

    Apart from the lack of love for Nic in BLt:PoCNO – I agree with this voting. Raising Arizona and Face/Off are CLASSSIC CAGE.

    • October 14, 2011 5:31 pm

      Hahaha. Yeah, I see that tagged all across NYC these days. Always been interested to see the original BLt, but I’ll take your word for it. Wish I didn’t dislike Nic Cage as much as I do, so I’ll gladly check out anything that will help in that regard. Fingers crossed that the new Ghost Rider does the trick, too.

      And I really need to see Face/Off already. Where was I in the ’90s?

  7. October 17, 2011 2:45 am

    I didn’t vote, but I’m surprised “Leaving Las Vegas” didn’t win. I saw it for the first time a few weeks ago and was blown away with his performance. I haven’t seen “Raising Arizona,” though.

    And no one voted for “Knowing”? lol

    • October 19, 2011 12:39 pm

      Still haven’t seen Leaving Las Vegas, really need to check it out one of these days. Will watch it as long as you check out Raising Arizona. You will not be disappointed.

      And I too am flat-out shocked at the lack of love for Knowing.

  8. What? I'm just saying hi. permalink
    October 17, 2011 10:22 pm

    Raising Arizona has one of the best opening scenes ever, along with Pulp Fiction and Lion King. I can still hear the yodeling. Nicholas Cage (Coppola) started sucking when he became a superhero with the same facial expression and god awful hair plugs. He should’ve followed suit after his egomaniacal, pretentious buddy, Spicoli. At least he can act. I’d love to see Nicholas Cage and Keanu Reeves in a Merchant Ivory period piece.

    Moonstruck and Leaving Las Vegas are also pretty good. I have yet to see Birdy. I get too confused with Matthew Modine and Crispin Glover. Ha.

    Keep up the great work, Vanderlay!

    • October 19, 2011 12:46 pm

      Oh, man. I totally forgot about “Just saying hi.” When are you gonna write that sitcom already?

      And I am right there with ya’ on Raising Arizona’s opening scene. People do not give that movie the credit it deserves. I don’t know when I started hating Nicolas Cage, maybe that whole “I’m gonna gut you like a fish, boy!” scene in The Rock. But after Keanu’s performance in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the guy should stick to roles that force him to act like a kung-fu robot.

      Moonstruck’s good stuff, still haven’t seen Leaving Las Vegas, and haven’t seen Birdy in a long time.

      Don’t be a stranger, Art!

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