Which at the time he was, having since tragically drowned in a ditch while still homeless on the streets of Austin.
We watch Nicolas Cage films because he’s a batshit-crazy, scenery-chewing cartoon with a commitment to ludicrous hairpieces.No audience really cares how sensitively he portrays an ex-con with rage issues or a soulful angel (City Of Angels) or a heroic firefighter (World Trade Center) or a lovelorn lottery winner (It Could Happen To You).We want the Nicolas Cage who punches the Devil in the face (Season Of The Witch), whose snakeskin jacket is a symbol of his individuality and belief in personal freedom (Wild At Heart), who fingers his mate’s wife with cocaine and paint-daubed fingers in a church confessional (Zandalee), who eats bugs (Vampire’s Kiss), who escapes from Hell in a muscle car (Drive Angry), impersonates Batman (Kick-Ass), deploys ludicrous accents (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Lord Of War) and rocks a mullet (Con Air).We want the fun Nicolas Cage and, if we’re really being honest, a true Cage rebirth would mean more films like Drive Angry, more Jerry Bruckheimer action movies, more movies where he eats bugs or hoovers drugs. And certainly less movies like his upcoming, apocalyptic, post-Rapture exercise in God-bothering, Left Behind.Ponderous, po-faced and largely aimless, Joe is a tawdry, vacuous wallow in poverty porn that gropes for a poetic significance it never finds and even sucks the life out of scenes like the one where Cage instigates a dog fight in a brothel for no real reason other than, hey, it’s the South! • Joe at IMDb Stuart O' Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago.
He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.
This weekend, Harmony Korine's SPRING BREAKERS (READ MY REVIEW) is opening wide in theaters across North America.
A weird, crazy ride into the heart of American spring break culture, the weirdest thing about it is not the drug-abusing, sociopath college girls its about.
Review by David Watson Stars Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Sue Rock, Heather Kafka, Gary Poulter, Robert Johnson, Adriene Mishler, Brian Mays, Brenda Isaacs Booth Written by Gary Hawkins & Larry Brown Certification UK 15 | US RRuntime 117 minutes Directed by David Gordon Green Homeless and forced to drift from town to town, just barely surviving on the margins of society, troubled 15-year-old Gary (Sheridan) tries to shield his beaten down mother and mute younger sister from his abusive, alcoholic father Wade (Poulter).
Chancing upon a group of forestry workers while walking in the woods, Gary impresses their foreman Joe (Cage), who offers him a job.
A volatile ex-con, Joe feels a protective kinship towards the youth, befriends him, offering guidance and providing a much-needed positive male role model, offering Gary hope and a means of escape.