Mandy (2018)

Mandy
Director: Panos Cosmatos
Writer: Panos Cosmatos, Aaron Stewart-Ahn
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy, Olwen Fouéré, Richard Brake, Bill Duke
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 20.9.2018
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Plot:
Red (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) couldn’t be happier with each other. They live remotely and they live mostly for each other. But their intense togetherness is not only disrupted, it is destroyed when Mandy catches the eye of Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache), the leader of a local cult. Jeremiah shows up at Red and Mandy’s home ready to do everything to get Mandy to himself.

Mandy starts off well enough, but after the first hour or so, I lost interest in it. It’s intriguing, and as an opening to this year’s /slash Filmfestival it was well-chosen, but it just didn’t work all the way through.

The film poster all in red hues, showing various of the film's characters.
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Moonstruck (1987)

Moonstruck
Director: Norman Jewison
Writer: John Patrick Shanley
Cast: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello, Julie Bovasso, John Mahoney, Louis Guss
Seen on: 30.12.2017
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Plot:
Loretta (Cher) is a bookkeeper who lives with her parents (Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis). Her boyfriend Johnny (Danny Aiello) is slightly boring, but definitely dependable. And he just proposed to Loretta. Loretta agrees to marry him but insists on following the old traditions because she is sure that her first husband died because they didn’t stick to traditions. Johnny agrees, but has to leave to go to Sicily to tend to his dying mother. In the meantime, he asks Loretta to see his brother Ronnie (Nicolas Cage) and invite him to the wedding. Loretta does so and finds a passionate, hot-headed man who turns all her plans upside down.

I can imagine that Moonstruck came across as charming when it came out, but I don’t think it aged very well. I didn’t get into it in any case.

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Snowden (2016)

Snowden
Director: Oliver Stone
Writer: Kieran Fitzgerald, Oliver Stone
Based on: the books The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Melissa Leo, Zachary QuintoShailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Tom Wilkinson, Joely Richardson, Timothy Olyphant, Erol Sander, Scott Eastwood, Ben Chaplin
Seen on: 4.10.2016

Plot:
Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) used to be a soldier, then he started working for the NSA. Growing disillusioned with the NSA’s surveillance practices, he decides to do something about it. He contacts journalists Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo) and Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto) and leaks documents and evidence through them. But whistleblowing like that is treason and Snowden has to be smart to make sure that the information reaches the public and that he doesn’t get caught.

Snowden is a very nice companion piece to Citizenfour. It’s a well done, engaging film and you can’t repeat this horrifying story and the sheer scope of everything enough.

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Joe (2013)

Joe
Director: David Gordon Green
Writer: Gary Hawkins
Based on: Larry Brown‘s novel
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye SheridanGary Poulter, Sue Rock, Heather Kafka, Ronnie Gene Blevins
Part of: Viennale

Plot:
Joe (Nicolas Cage) is an ex-con who managed to build up a successful, if illegal woodchucking business. He generally plays a rather big role in his community. When Joe is approached by 15 year old Gary (Tye Sheridan) who admires him and asks for a job for his and his alcoholic, violent father (Gary Poulter), Joe gives him a chance. But not everybody loves Joe and Gary gets caught up in the middle.

Joe (the movie) didn’t work for me. Mostly because Joe (the character) didn’t work for me at all. Which has less to do with Nicolas Cage and more with the script but in any case it makes the film pretty much unbearable.

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Re-Watch: Kick-Ass (2010)

Kick-Ass
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Based on: the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Nicolas Cage, Lyndsy Fonseca
[Here is my first review.]

Plot:
Dave (Aaron Johnson) is a normal teenager who likes to read comic books and gets beat up a lot. But then one day he decides that, actually, nothing is keeping him from donning a superhero suit and changing the world for the better. This seems to work fine for about 30 seconds and then Dave is in over his head.

Damn, I had forgotten just how fricking awesome this film is. I still have a couple of issues but I left the film absolutely hyped. It’s fantastic.

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The Croods (2013)

The Croods
Director: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders
Writer: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman

Plot:
Eep (Emma Stone) lives in a cave with her family, fiercely protected by her father Grug (Nicolas Cage). Grug lives by the credo the everything new is bad and will get you killed. But Eep is not satisfied with that – she’s way too curious. And then she stumbles upon Guy (Ryan Reynolds), a young man who is prophesizing the end of the world. When their cave gets destroyed, Eep and her family join Guy on his way to a safe place.

The trailer for the Croods promised a coming-of-age story as Eep gains her independence from her father – which is a movie I would have loved to see. Unfortunately what we got was a movie that quickly sidelines Eep to focus on the guys, especially Grug.

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Season of the Witch (2011)

Season of the Witch
Director: Dominic Sena
Writer: Bragi F. Schut
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ron PerlmanStephen Campbell Moore, Stephen Graham, Ulrich Thomsen, Claire Foy, Robert Sheehan, Christopher Lee

Instead of the usual review, this is going to be a blog-along. Because we all know this movie deserves it, and we should all bask in its glory.

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Drive Angry 3D (2011)

Drive Angry 3D is the newest film by Patrick Lussier, starring Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke and David Morse.

Plot:
John Milton (Nicolas Cage) manages to escape from hell to save his granddaughter who has been abducted by Jonah King (Billy Burke), head of an evil sect who plan to sacrifice her. John pairs up with Piper (Amber Heard) because she has a cool car and an attitude and starts to hunt down King, while being hunted himself by The Accountant (William Fichtner) who was sent to bring him back to hell.

I did not expect Drive Angry 3D to be any good. I expected it to be incredibly campy and entertaining and fun. But I was very disappointed nonetheless because I ended up being bored.

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is the newest movie by Jon Turteltaub, starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina and Monica Bellucci.

Plot:
Merlin had three apprentices: Balthazar (Nicolas Cage), Maxim (Alfred Molina) and Veronica (Monica Bellucci). But Maxim betrayed him and worked together with Merlin’s nemesis Morgana. By sacrificing herself, Veronica traps Morgana and herself in a nestling doll, Merlin dies, Maxim flees and Balthazar remains to clean up the mess. Which includes finding the Prime Merlinian, who will be Merlin’s successor – and the only one able to defeat Morgana for good.
Very many years later (meaning: today), Balthazar is in New York and stumbles upon David (Jay Baruchel) – a clumsy nerd living in his own dream world, who turns out to be the seeked after Prime Merlinian.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice sucks. But since everybody involved knows and accepts that the quality of the movie is less than optimal, they’re having a lot of fun with it. Which means that the audience has a lot of fun as well. It won’t win any awards, it won’t become my favourite movie, but it passes the time nicely.

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Kick-Ass (2010)

Kick-Ass is the newest movie by Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., starring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong and Nicolas Cage.

Plot:
Dave (Aaron Johnson) is a normal teenager who likes to read comic books and gets beat up a lot. But then one day he decides that, actually, nothing is keeping him from donning a superhero suit and changing the world for the better. This seems to work fine for about 30 seconds and then Dave is in over his head.

Kick-Ass is a fantastic, amazingly disturbing and definitely defining movie. Though I don’t like the morale of it, I can recognise an instant classic when I see it. And Kick-Ass is it.

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