9 items from 2014
There are few actors in the world who are as polarising as Nicolas Cage. Depending on who is giving their opinion, The Man Formerly Known As Nicolas Kim Coppola is either one of the worst actors who ever lived and has been churning out nothing but cinematic dreck for over a decade; or he is a unique movie star who actually has an extensive back catalogue and several amazing performances in his locker.
There is very little middle ground with an actor like Cage, probably because his acting style so rarely shoots for the middle ground. He is at his best giving eccentric, energetic performances and more often than not can be seen chewing the scenery with gusto. This is exactly what some fans want from Cage, but unfortunately, is also what can turn so many others away from his work. Cage has, in fact, referred to »
- Michael Gordon
It doesn’t bode well for a film when it counts Jim Agnew and Sean Keller as its writers. After all the duo were responsible for penning Giallo, the film that made Dario Argento the laughing stock of Frightfest and sounded the death knell on the career of the once-master of the Italian horror genre. Then again it doesn’t bode well when a film starring Nicolas Cage makes its debut as a direct to DVD title either.
So what’s the spiel? Well:
After a life of crime in his younger years Paul Maguire (Cage), now lives a charmed life. Fully reformed from his old ways, he is now a successful businessman, with a nice house, a lovely wife (Nichols) and a wonderful daughter, who he dotes on. »
- Phil Wheat
There.s only one Nicolas Cage out there roaming the earth, right? I ask in all seriousness, because the man.s output is set to such a high level, I.m beginning to think that in his free time (what little of it there actually is), Nicolas Cage might have invented cloning. Cage also is hellbent on acting in movies no one actually sees. Raise your hand, please, if you caught The Frozen Ground (2013), Stolen (2012), Seeking Justice (2011) or Trespass (2011). Anyone? I thought so. And I.m starting to feel the same way about Outcast, which just shared its first official trailer. Needless to say, this trailer shared by Deadline looks incredible. if you love passing your days poking fun of all the crazy things Nicolas Cage will do on screen for our entertainment. Outcast, helmed by first-time filmmaker Nick Powell, pairs Cage with Star Wars outcast Hayden Christensen (of course »
When will our beloved Kidman return to us? For someone who works so consistently, doesn't it seem like it's hard to find Nicole Kidman in a movie theater? Grace of Monaco keeps threatening to arrive but never does leaving us to wonder if it will ever play in regular movie theaters after its shaming at Cannes (that place can be brutal). Any big dreams for the quality of Paddington (it comes from charming source material at least) her Christmas film, have been dashed by that hateful slapstick trailer and Colin Firth's exit as the voice. The wait is soon over though. For those of you who missed The Railway Man in theaters, it's just out on DVD and Blu-Ray. [Warning: Nicole's part is small enough that when the climax arrives, she's literally a blurry figure in the background.]
Next up though is the thriller Before I Go To Sleep which has a new poster (above) and a new release date: Halloween to be exact. Let's just hope it's »
- NATHANIEL R
Nicolas Cage and John Cusack have been less than discerning with their film gigs in recent years, picking a lot of modestly budgeted thrillers that get poor reviews and barely go theatrical. How many remember the likes of "The Bag Man," "Drive Hard," "The Frozen Ground," "The Factory," "Seeking Justice," "Stolen," "Trespass," "Rage," or "The Numbers Station"?
Today comes trailers for two more. First up is "Left Behind," the film version of the popular book series by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins which deals with what would happen if the Christian Rapture and Apocalypse took place today. The focus here though isn't on wider society, but rather a family lead by Cage's pilot character.
The second is for Cusack's "Reclaim" which co-stars Ryan Phillippe, Rachelle Lefevre, Jacki Weaver and Luis Guzman. That follows an American couple who travel to Puerto Rico to finalize an adoption, only to learn it was a scam. »
- Garth Franklin
Judging by his resume in recent years, Nicolas Cage has an axe to grind. Has he suffered an injustice in his personal life? Who knows – but two things are for certain: he’s all about payback, and short, one-word titles. We’ve had Stolen, we’ve had Trespass, we’e had Justice (alright, it was known as Seeking Justice in the Us.) Now we have his latest cinematic effort, Rage, (previously titled Tokarev) and it appears to be treading similar ground as evidenced in the newest trailer released today.
The distinctly Taken-esque plot revolves around Paul Maguire (Cage); a reformed criminal whose daughter is kidnapped by Russian mobsters. The wise choice might be to give Interpol a call, but Maguire’s steely pride gets in the way. As it should – as the ‘napping is payback for his earlier crimes. Rallying a troupe of his former crew, against the advice of a local cop, »
- Gem Seddon
Every few years, Nicolas Cage reminds us what a compelling screen performer he is and can be. While such reminders seem fewer and further between, the utter expendability of much of his recent filmography make strong performances like his brooding lead in David Gordon Green’s Joe all the more powerful – not because we forgot about Cage’s talents, but because we’re afraid that he might have. Joe has been deemed (by this site and others) to be a “return to form” for Cage. It’s easy to declare with a handful of titles what form Cage is returning to. In celebrated roles like Adaptation, Leaving Las Vegas, and Bringing Out the Dead Cage has displayed an uncanny ability to balance pathological self-destruction with varying undertones of dark comedy. He is the actor of choice for men who struggle outside the norms of society, yet wouldn’t feel comfortable anywhere else. But »
- Landon Palmer
After a string of mid-sized thriller box office disappointments, Nicolas Cage is sorely in need of his own McConaissance, the career resurgence coined for Matthew McConaughey, whose path to Oscar glory began in 2012 with low-budget hits “Mud” and “Magic Mike.”
For Cage, who earned his Oscar nearly two decades ago for “Leaving Las Vegas,” Roadside Attractions’ “Joe” — a Southern-set tale of redemption, which launches Friday — could be that necessary launchpad for renewed respect as an actor.
Outside each pic’s leading man, both of whom hit a rut at the B.O. previously, the comparisons between “Joe” and “Mud,” though mostly coincidental, provide interesting food for thought:
Both films were released by Roadside in April. “Mud” kickstarted its domestic run on April 26 and went on to become one of the highest-grossing indie releases that year, with more than $20 million Stateside. However, before their U.S. openings, each pic bowed at »
- Andrew Stewart
Top 10 Mark Harrison 6 Jan 2014 - 06:29
As ever, some spectacular performances were overlooked in last year's rush of movie releases. Here's Mark's pick of the most underrated...
Here on Den Of Geek, It's become something of a tradition that when the end of the year rolls around, and the big awards bodies almost determinedly overlook genre cinema, and that we compile a list of the underrated and underappreciated performances by actors in the last cinematic year.
We've tried to pick out turns that either went unnoticed in most reviews, or simply should have gotten more praise. It's less about the great performances that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are sure to overlook, than it is about giving praise where it's due.
It's unusual that this is either the most wide-open race in a while, or there aren't nearly enough people talking about who will definitely win »
9 items from 2014
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