Nicholas Cage is an oddball character. Part of me doesn't know if he's just cruising off his Coppola blood-ties/name or if he's some sort of mad genius. I like to think a little bit of both. Some of his performances are touching like Leaving Las Vegas and others bit goofy like in Vampires Kiss.
For me, he's usually a joy to watch but he sort of defies all logic and sensibilities. He doesn't look rugged in a good way or handsome. He's not like the guys want to be or act like him like a cool, slick Robert De Niro or Clint Eastwood. He's this oddball weirdo looking creep but incredibly endearing. I think he has some layer of comedic genius that he taps in to whether he realizes he's doing it or not.
He's not someone I throw in to my favourite actors top 5. But I was just thinking about some of his films and I realize I do have a great fondness for him. On an entertainment level, he probably makes it in to my top 10.
Recently I watched this criminally underrated heist film where Cage does a "typical" cage performance. When I say typical, it's not a negative, it's a compliment. Got me thinking about more of his films.
I "watched" Joe but fell asleep as I was on medication. I'll watch it again. There's Bad Lieutenant, The Frozen Ground and then all the National Treasure, Gone in 60 Seconds, 8MM, The Rock, Con Air, Face/Off and Raising Arizona. Wasn't a big fan of Raising Arizona. It's always mentioned as a sort of cult classic at this stage and it's a Coen Brothers film but maybe I missed the point of it.
Anybody know of any Nicholas Cage gems that may have flown under the radar? What are your favourite Nick Cage films? I'm going to try steer conversation away from the obvious blockbusters because I know he makes a few films per year and there has to be some gems there that may have been overlooked by the masses.
I present to you The Trust. I think it's really underrated. I think the part was written with Cage in mind to play.