8 Nicolas Cage Movies To Be Avoided

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8 Nicolas Cage Movies To Be Avoided

Nicolas Cage is one of the most prolific actors of his generation. While being prolific is a wonderful thing to be it also spawned some films that you may not want to watch, as these would possibly tarnish everyone's gleaming opinion of the Laurence Olivier of his generation.

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How were you able to narrow it down to just 8? Wouldn't it have been easier to list the 8 Cage movies worth checking out? I guess you run into the problem of coming up with that many.

8 Nic Cage movies to avoid?
Oh dear, our lord won't be happy...

That said, no Season of the Witch? :P

Any Nicolas Cage films should be avoided?

CON AIR?

WHAT IS THIS?

This is a new low in these lists, Schuyler! [buckets of tears]

I'm okay with most of this list, but Drive Angry was awesome and is not to be missed.

Evidence:

Hydrogen, Fuel of the Future.

Nic Cage is such a sitting duck imma goan make a list of 8 good movies he was in. In no particular order.

1) Wild at Heart
2) Raising Arizona
3) Rumble Fish
4) Leaving Las Vegas
5) Adaptation.
6) Bad Lieutenant
7) Lord of War
8) The Weatherman

But...I kind of liked Lord of War... (don't throw tomatoes at me, please)

I can understand the Wicker Man remake and Ghost Rider being on this list, but Con Air was fun imo. If I find it on a cable movie channel, I tune in and enjoy the hammy goodness from the likes of Cage and John Malkovich.

And no mention of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance? That sequel makes the first Ghost Rider look like The Dark Knight. Not even Idris Elba or Christopher Lambert (I was surprised to see him in that) could save this roasted turkey from Hell.

Con Air? really? what?!

And Drive Angry was fucking awesome.

I call shenanigans on this list! SHENANIGANS I SAY!!

The Wicker Man is the greatest comedy of this generation.

lacktheknack:
Any Nicolas Cage films should be avoided?

CON AIR?

WHAT IS THIS?

This is a new low in these lists, Schuyler! [buckets of tears]

Seriously. The beauty of Nic Cage is that he gives an entertaining performance in the worst of movies. The Wicker Man is the prime example in that list. Other choices just confuse me. Drive Angry is a legitimately good movie and Con Air is fucking Con Air. You sir, are no true Nic Cage fan. The only movies of his to avoid are the boring movies where he gives very low-key performances, namely his Turteltaub films. That man knows how to drain the energy out of Cage.

Mr. Q:
I can understand the Wicker Man remake and Ghost Rider being on this list, but Con Air was fun imo. If I find it on a cable movie channel, I tune in and enjoy the hammy goodness from the likes of Cage and John Malkovich.

And no mention of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance? That sequel makes the first Ghost Rider look like The Dark Knight. Not even Idris Elba or Christopher Lambert (I was surprised to see him in that) could save this roasted turkey from Hell.

What? The second Ghost Rider is infinitely better than the snorefest that is the first one. The first one was a by-the-books Hollywood clunker. The director and writers for Spirit of Vengeance realized they had Nic Cage in a motherfucking Ghost Rider movie and cut loose.

Objectable:
The Wicker Man is the greatest comedy of this generation.

That's what I was gonna say. Wicker Man is amazing!

OT: Did this man just besmirch the name of Con-Air? Nic Cage risked his LIFE to save that bunny and you will respect that!

Excuse me? Con-Air? Con-Air's a goddamn masterpiece of comic action cinema! And where the hell is Deadfall? THAT'S a terrible movie!

Im going to risk ridicule here, by not first defending Con Air.

I LOVED city of angels. I thought it was a gorgeously simple, well acted, and pretty story.

Mind i haven't watched it since release when i was about 15 .. but i loved it then.

And con air is awesome.

It's con air.

THE WICKER MAN? That one isn't to be avoided! It sits VERY comfortably in the "so bad it's good"-territory. Seriously, I do not like watching bad movies just because it has become a weird trend nowerdays, but that movie is so incredibly funny.
And it is probably the only movie in existance where an actor just starts punching and kicking women and it is totally not mysoginistic, so you can cheer him on without feeling bad.

No Nicholas Cage movie should ever be avoided!!!

Since making movies for the paycheck, its a 50/50 guest weather his next movie is amazing or shit. The last of his movies i saw was Drive Angry, and that was the biggest pile of shit ive ever seen in my life.

But I enjoyed Con Air and Ghost Rider... To tell the truth I was really worried that The Rock was gonna make the list. THAT would have made me cry. I know, I'm childlike and my tastes are bad bla bla bla. The movie gave us this from the lord of the universe's mouth. Be grateful.

RedEyesBlackGamer:

Mr. Q:
I can understand the Wicker Man remake and Ghost Rider being on this list, but Con Air was fun imo. If I find it on a cable movie channel, I tune in and enjoy the hammy goodness from the likes of Cage and John Malkovich.

And no mention of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance? That sequel makes the first Ghost Rider look like The Dark Knight. Not even Idris Elba or Christopher Lambert (I was surprised to see him in that) could save this roasted turkey from Hell.

What? The second Ghost Rider is infinitely better than the snorefest that is the first one. The first one was a by-the-books Hollywood clunker. The director and writers for Spirit of Vengeance realized they had Nic Cage in a motherfucking Ghost Rider movie and cut loose.

And there in lies the problem of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. They cut loose without thinking "Hey! This movie is getting so fucking goofy that Disney might slap us with a restraining order. Don't you think we should dial it down a bit?"

It's so over the fucking top, its becomes a demented Warner Brothers cartoon on acid. There are moments that made me think "WTF" out loud. For instance, why was the main character spinning like a top after being blown up in the construction site scene? Why was Ghost Rider posing like he was performing Hamlet the first time he enters the movie? I never thought I'd see a CGI flaming skeleton ham it up in a movie, but Nicolas Cage proved me wrong.

lacktheknack:
Any Nicolas Cage films should be avoided?

CON AIR?

WHAT IS THIS?

This is a new low in these lists, Schuyler! [buckets of tears]

Agreed. Con Air was a great film! For shame, Escapist, for shame!

I would disagree with the Con Air pick as well. Enjoyable movie, watched it more than once.
Haven't seen the other movies, so can't say anything about them.

Arslan Aladeen:
Wouldn't it have been easier to list the 8 Cage movies worth checking out? I guess you run into the problem of coming up with that many.

Indeed, that would have been TRULY impressive.

Con Air is an OTT action movie, not Inception. In every single way, it hits the mark. I don't know anyone who doesn't like it. It is everything a Michael Bay movie wishes it was.

Original Article:

Con Air featured a fantastic cast but unfortunately a sub-par director and producers. Nic and his cast of stars shine but they're led through a maze of poor filmmaking.

Simon West isn't the most talented director in Hollywood, though he's proven to be a workmanlike action director, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt - unfortunately...

The film's producer was Jerry Bruckheimer. Regardless of your opinion of his body of work, describing the forth highest grossing director of all time as "sub-par" is inherently nonsense.

And I know that you can't be referring to the executive producers, since they just handle financing and have no direct control over the movie, beyond costs.

chiggerwood:

Objectable:
The Wicker Man is the greatest comedy of this generation.

That's what I was gonna say. Wicker Man is amazing!

OT: Did this man just besmirch the name of Con-Air? Nic Cage risked his LIFE to save that bunny and you will respect that!

This!

Seriously! "why couldn't you have just put the bunny back in the bag?" is one of the best post-mortem one liners I ever heard!

aside from Con Air, I agree with most of the list, though I never saw Drive Angry.

Objectable:
The Wicker Man is the greatest comedy of this generation.

Yes, truly a great comedy, a lot of fun, very weird and nick's character was quite loopy. Con air was enjoyable with a good cast, so even with its problems it isn't one to avoid.

MarsProbe:

lacktheknack:
Any Nicolas Cage films should be avoided?

CON AIR?

WHAT IS THIS?

This is a new low in these lists, Schuyler! [buckets of tears]

Agreed. Con Air was a great film! For shame, Escapist, for shame!

And why target Nic Cage? He's the star of Vampire's Kiss, my favorite movie ever made! D:

To be honest "Drive Angry" and "Con Air" do not belong on this list, I enjoyed both of those. I personally would have probably put "Kiss Of Death" on this list, though I suppose it does show how versatile he actually is.

To be fair though "Drive Angry" was not a success by all accounts, it seems to mostly be a cult classic. I suspect it was just too weird to succeed at the mainstream box office.

"Con Air" is arguably one of the movies that helped make Nicolas Cage into the star he is, by showing he could do action as well as the whole "Honeymoon In Vegas" thing (why isn't *THAT* movie on this list). It's not the best action movie of all time by any means, but consider that movie is part of why he's possibly going to be in an "Expendables" sequel and quite possibly playing the same character as that movie.... which got hype because love it or hate it, it
did become kind of iconic.

That said, yes, Nicholas Cage is awesome, and he's produced a rather substantial body of work. Needless to say there are going to be some real stinkers in there.

I will also say that his version of "The Wicker Man" deserves to be considered one of the greatest stinkers of all time. I blame a bad script and director though, more than the central premise itself. The original "Wicker Man" became something of a cult classic, and was fairly unique especially for it's time, it actually helped create some of the tropes you see recycled in horror movies. You *COULD* make a good movie by modernizing the basic premise, but simply
put nobody has managed to do it yet.

I'll also say that timing is key, horror movies in particular go in cycles, and we're seeing something of a resurgence again, right now I think if someone wanted to try and do "Wicker Man" they could probably get the people, funding, and writing together to do a decent job, and the audience is also more primed and looking for something like that than when Nic's version came out.

Mr. Q:

RedEyesBlackGamer:

Mr. Q:
I can understand the Wicker Man remake and Ghost Rider being on this list, but Con Air was fun imo. If I find it on a cable movie channel, I tune in and enjoy the hammy goodness from the likes of Cage and John Malkovich.

And no mention of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance? That sequel makes the first Ghost Rider look like The Dark Knight. Not even Idris Elba or Christopher Lambert (I was surprised to see him in that) could save this roasted turkey from Hell.

What? The second Ghost Rider is infinitely better than the snorefest that is the first one. The first one was a by-the-books Hollywood clunker. The director and writers for Spirit of Vengeance realized they had Nic Cage in a motherfucking Ghost Rider movie and cut loose.

And there in lies the problem of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. They cut loose without thinking "Hey! This movie is getting so fucking goofy that Disney might slap us with a restraining order. Don't you think we should dial it down a bit?"

It's so over the fucking top, its becomes a demented Warner Brothers cartoon on acid. There are moments that made me think "WTF" out loud. For instance, why was the main character spinning like a top after being blown up in the construction site scene? Why was Ghost Rider posing like he was performing Hamlet the first time he enters the movie? I never thought I'd see a CGI flaming skeleton ham it up in a movie, but Nicolas Cage proved me wrong.

The film was made by Neveldine/Taylor, directors of the Crank movies and Gamer. There is no statute of limitations for these guys. Go ahead and watch the making of Crank: High Voltage. THAT is how movies in this era SHOULD be made.

Kurt Cristal:

Mr. Q:

RedEyesBlackGamer:

What? The second Ghost Rider is infinitely better than the snorefest that is the first one. The first one was a by-the-books Hollywood clunker. The director and writers for Spirit of Vengeance realized they had Nic Cage in a motherfucking Ghost Rider movie and cut loose.

And there in lies the problem of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. They cut loose without thinking "Hey! This movie is getting so fucking goofy that Disney might slap us with a restraining order. Don't you think we should dial it down a bit?"

It's so over the fucking top, its becomes a demented Warner Brothers cartoon on acid. There are moments that made me think "WTF" out loud. For instance, why was the main character spinning like a top after being blown up in the construction site scene? Why was Ghost Rider posing like he was performing Hamlet the first time he enters the movie? I never thought I'd see a CGI flaming skeleton ham it up in a movie, but Nicolas Cage proved me wrong.

The film was made by Neveldine/Taylor, directors of the Crank movies and Gamer. There is no statute of limitations for these guys. Go ahead and watch the making of Crank: High Voltage. THAT is how movies in this era SHOULD be made.

I've seen both of those movies on DVD. Definitely their best work so far. Every time I watch either movie, I keep thinking "So this is what a Troma movie looks like with an actual budget but without the monsters." Unless you count Jason Statham as the unstoppable monster. And I don't take that "Troma movie" comment lightly since Troma president Lloyd Kaufman makes a cameo appearance in Crank: High Voltage. Plus, for those of you who haven't seen the movie, keep an eye open for the late David Carradine.

Man, I love me some Nic Cage. I think he doesn't take his career too serious, which is why so many bad movies are starring him. BUT the thing is even in bad movies he's the best part of them making most of them at the very least watchable and even the just generally bad ones worth a campy sort of following. There are far worse performances of "great" actors in bad movies than Nic Cage's flops. And theres no call for Con Air or Drive Angry to be on this list.
I also have to say his best credit was not trading on the family name when he started out, which he easily could have done. And he seems to relish paying his dues as an actor. Either that or he just gets scripts in the mail and spreads them out on his lawn choosing them by way of lawn darts over the back... Still I see him as the A-List B-actor much like Bruce Campbell. Y'know I'd love to see those two team up in a movie just to compete for the biggest ham award.

Gona have to join the chorus singing the praises of Con Air. It's hardly a masterpiece of film, but come on, you have one of the movies that made Cage a bona fide action star, and skipped over Season of the Witch, one of the worst pieces of garbage ever cobbled together in the name of a buck? By all that is holy, Season of the Witch was beyond awful.

Tune in again next week when we list 8 movies in which something explodes.

Wouldn't it have been faster to name the good films he's done?

amaranth_dru:
...Still I see him as the A-List B-actor much like Bruce Campbell. Y'know I'd love to see those two team up in a movie just to compete for the biggest ham award.

I think that would make the universe implode, which is probably why it has never happened.

viscomica:
But...I kind of liked Lord of War... (don't throw tomatoes at me, please)

You just liked it because Jared Leto's in it.

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