Posts tagged ‘Nic Cage’

03/10/2012

John Carter of Earth?

by wfgodbold

No. John Carter of Mars!

For an adaptation of a pulp adventure novel first published in 1912, Disney’s John Carter (adapted from A Princess of Mars) holds up very well. The reviewers don’t know WTF they’re talking about (though I suppose it is kind of a hit or miss movie, so maybe 50% is about right. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys movies like this, this is a movie you’ll enjoy).

The actors all do a good job, and get into their roles without going Large Ham on us (even Willem Dafoe manages to rein it in!). I did like that while they used a bunch of recognizable actors, there weren’t any huge stars to ruin it by doing their shtick (e.g., Tom Cruise running, Nic Cage with a weird haircut and a flashlight losing his mind).

The action is great, the setting is great (though it could have been a bit redder), and the effects are great. The 3D was understated (surprising in a Disney flick).

And the movie does its job; for two hours, John Carter isn’t the only one transported to the savage world of Barsoom.

The audience is as well.

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02/21/2012

Nic Cage is the greatest actor of our time

by wfgodbold

I attribute his versatility and range to his nouveau shamanic acting method.

Anyway, I saw Ghost Rider over the weekend, and while it didn’t rise to the level of so bad it’s good as the first Ghost Rider did (this one was more so bad it’s okay, but that’s still better than so bad it’s terrible), it was still entertaining.

And most of the entertainment is from Nic Cage just throwing himself into the part; he tends to act completely crazy, but somehow it works. Maybe it’s the shamanic influences. Maybe he got his Oscar and just quit caring and decided if he was going to get paid for playing pretend, he would really throw himself into it.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was probably not worth seeing in theaters, but if you can get past its mediocrity, you’ll have a good time.

Henry Fonda was a better devil, and Sam Elliott was a better narrator.

01/10/2011

Season of the Witch

by wfgodbold

Academy Award winner Nic Cage (and partner in crime Ron Perlman!) don’t fail to entertain in this tale of two jaded crusaders looking for redemption…  One at the bottom of a bottle, and the other in the arms of the woman he loves (that’s completely false, but it would have made the jaded tale of two jaded soldiers and their journey even more jaded).

Who am I kidding?  This movie is exactly what the trailers make it look like; if you’re the kind of person who likes this kind of movie, then you should definitely go see it.  The 5% fresh rating doesn’t tell the whole story.

Some of the dialog is less than Oscar-quality (you expected otherwise?), and at points the plot plods along, but all in all, it’s an enjoyable movie.  The action is pretty good, and the actors do a good job with what they’re given; I haven’t seen as convincing a portrayal of Nic Cage since he played himself in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (he didn’t do as well portraying himself in Kick-Ass, but he did do a perfect job playing Adam West)!

07/14/2010

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice reviews are overly harsh

by wfgodbold

No one could have reasonably expected a full-length live action film adaptation of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice bit from Fantasia to be Oscar caliber; as far as popcorn movies go, it’s not that bad.  It certainly is better than the 39% it’s garnered at Rotten Tomatoes.

Sure, it’s a vehicle for ridiculous effects and stuff that just looks cool, but no one does superficial ridiculous acting like Nic Cage, and he does a bang up job as Balthazar Blake.

It’s a story we’ve seen a hundred times; a nerdy loser finds out that the world is resting on his shoulders, and has to learn how to control his newfound power in time to save everyone.  Jay Baruchel does a good job, though he is in danger of being typecast; his character is pretty much the same as who he played in Tropic Thunder, She’s Out of My League, and How to Train Your Dragon.

The always entertaining Alfred Molina doesn’t disappoint in his role as Horvath, Balthazar’s one-time fellow apprentice and nemesis.  He’s charmingly evil, and looks like he had a great time playing the villain (and he makes a great one).

Teresa Palmer looks good as the childhood friend and love interest of our hero, but the real star of the show (once you get past Nic Cage hamming it up) is the magic: flying gargoyles, magical car chases, lightning, fire, and dragons!

It all looks good (and with Disney’s bankroll behind it, it should); my only real complaint was that the scenes were kind of disjointed.  The story jumped around a bit, but not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the movie.

All in all I recommend it (if you’re the kind of person that likes effects heavy blockbusters that have no deeper meaning; if you like indie films that try to make deep comments on our way of life, what the hell are you doing reading this in the first place?).  There’s a short scene after the credits, so stick around.

07/12/2010

Courtesy of Amazon Prime and a 4-for-3 sale…

by wfgodbold

I should have the first four thrillers by Brad Thor by the end of the week (along with Strike Witches, Tenchi Muyo GXP, and some electronic hearing protection).

Hey, I never said my taste was good; I like me some lowbrow entertainment (as if you couldn’t tell from how much I liked the A-Team movie…).

The hearing protection (when used with the earplugs I’ve been using) should help me with flinching when I pull the trigger; that’s one (of many, no doubt) problems I’ve been having with my shooting.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice hits theaters Wednesday; I may go to the midnight showing they’re having tomorrow (but probably not).  Nic Cage is the best cheesy actor in Hollywood, and if they’re not going to come out with a National Treasure 3 any time soon, I’ll have to see him acting ridiculous in whatever I can.

The extra P226 .22 magazines I ordered from Top Gun Supply arrived today; they shipped them out real fast (they shipped on the 8th).  The Gun Source is taking their sweet time with shipping out the P226, though; it looks like it will go out tomorrow.

Hopefully it will get here by the end of the week and I can spend a few hours plinking away with cheap ammo, instead of husbanding my dwindling stash of .380!

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