Nicolas Cage might sleepwalk through much of his career, but if you think he can’t act, take another look at his staggering work in Leaving Las Vegas, or catch up with his cathartic, above-average performance in the new urban crime thriller Seeking Justice. It’s a welcome surprise.
Directed by New Zealand’s king of pain Roger Donaldson, it begins with an SUV pushed off the roof of a New Orleans parking garage in the middle of Mardi Gras. Nobody gets hurt except the driver, thus setting the scene for a formulaic explosion of mayhem and silliness. But brace yourself. What follows is a roller coaster ride, off the beaten track and dashed with detours, and unexpectedly plausible.
If you haven’t been keeping track of the topsy-turvy adventure that is the Nicolas Cage promotional tour for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, then you aren’t maximizing this Friday to its fullest WTF potential.
From finally confronting those rumors that he’s a vampire (“It’s possible”) to comparing his skills with that of Led Zeppelin, to saying that he’s definitely not a vampire, take 10 minutes and remind yourself why Cagemania was the original Linsanity.
How many ways can a film go wrong? Too many to list, and Trespass finds them all. This pointless, unintentionally campy home-invasion thriller, directed by Joel Schumacher, is as bad as it gets, and as one dumb red herring follows another, it just gets sillier and sillier. By the end, the audience at the screening I attended was roaring with laughter.
The Wall Street Journal reports today that very important Wall Street people in very big American mansions are having very big foreclosure woes. “Houses with loans of $5 million or more will likely see a sharp rise in foreclosures this year,” says the paper. In February, for example, there were 352 houses in Read More
It might be just days before Thanksgiving (and, btw, when did that happen?), but if you head to a movie theater this weekend, don’t be surprised if it feels a little bit like summertime. The box office is littered with big-ticket effects films (the second weekend of 2012), the return of a beloved franchise (New Read More
A couple of years ago, Jordan Osher spotted Kanye West in SoHo, chomping on a hotdog and spilling mustard on his shirt. Naturally, he took a picture.
“You get a photo of it and, what do you do with it?” Mr. Osher asked The Observer. Well, put it on the Internet, of course! “The average Read More
We’re not sure we’d go as far as New York magazine did earlier this week when they proclaimed Nicolas Cage “America’s Sweetheart,” but the man certainly has quite a following. What other way is there to explain the success of Knowing? The apocalyptic science-fiction film—we won’t spoil it for you, but if Read More
Nicolas Cage will produce a feature documentary based on Police guitarist Andy Summers’ autobiography One Train Later, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lauren Lazin ("Tupac: Resurrection") is in negotiations to direct. Summers is in talks to narrate and would tell the Police story from his perspective, in the style of director Morgen’s Bob Read More
Pace University’s three-day “Aftershock” conference (“Rethinking the Future Since Sept. 11″) will have closed its curtains by the weekend.
Katie Couric weighs in tonight with an assessment of national security while Ted Koppel will dig in Sunday.
The two photo exhibits downtown will stick around Read More
Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, from the screenplay by Andrea Berloff, based on the true-life experiences of John and Donna McLoughlin and William and Allison Jimeno, doesn’t pretend to encompass the entire catastrophe of 9/11, and that is its great negative virtue. This film is even less ambitious—and certainly less presumptuous—than Paul Greengrass’ United 93 Read More