Sep 09 2013
I don’t hate Nic Cage like most people do. In the same way I know you go to different personalities when you are planning a heist, you also go to different personalities when attempting to create a character for a film. And Nic Cage is a big fan of the “batshit crazy” angle of any given character. He finds no shame in openly embracing that aspect of his personality, and even though many people curse him for his insane and over-the-top moments. But I need to ask, why are we not allowed to take any pleasure in them? Because he is campy? Because he looks an acts like a Looney Tunes character?
It is for those EXACT reason that he needs to be embraced. He is the anti-Jude Law. The opposite of vanilla. He is ham (and he knows it) in a sea of tofu. And once you start realizing his tantrums are nothing short of celluloid magic and completely hilarious, you realize that almost every Nic Cage film has one insane, WTF moment, courtesy of the man himself. So sit back, and get ready to fully embrace the zany, because here are six utterly insane Nic Cage moments. With video, ofcourse, because, otherwise, what’s the point?
The Beginning of Face/Off
Fine, I’ll stop with the Nic Cage cats now.
What a way to start a list, huh?
I don’t even think I can count all the bat shit insanity happening in the intro to this kind of awesome John Woo movie. Nic Cage is dressed up as a priest and reacts to church music like Willow Smith, by whipping his non-existent hair back and forth. He then proceeds to get behind one lovely young minstrel of the church, and manages to feel her up as the song builds, almost alluding to a sexual encounter that is building with intensity to the song. And the shot that pulls back on his O-face only makes the insanity of this scene resonate that much.
Never heard Hallelujah the same way again.
The Alphabet Scene from Vampire’s Kiss
Though this is not from Vampire’s Kiss, this pic is too awesome NOT to put here.
I don’t care what anyone says, Vampire’s Kiss is a brilliant (insane) flick. It is unlike anything that was ever made before, and has ever been made since, and if you think a book like American Psycho would exist without this movie having come first, I would disagree thoroughly. But all that aside, no single Nic Cage meltdown in all of filmdom is quite as PERFECT as his alphabet scene, when he is extolling how easy it is to file to therapist, hinting at the obsession he has with his secretary.
It is a amazing scene, regardless of what anyone says or feels about it. The film is about a man spiraling, living a life that is too fast for him, and he sums up that anxiety and madness in this scene so perfectly. Is it WAY TOO MUCH? Yes, but that is EXACTLY why I remember it, word for word, years later, even though I have scene movie speeches like this all my life. This was Cage showing us what he could do, and loving every minute of it.
The Entirety of The Wicker Man Remake
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If you can pick just one insane Nic Cage moment from The Wicker Man remake, you are better at this than I. For me, it is EVERYTHING about Cage in this movie, from the way he walks, to the odd way he seems like he just may be mentally retarded (sees woman carrying burlap bag, asks them if there is a shark in the bag) This is Cage at his most Nic Cagiest. And the “shark bag” question is but ONE MOMENT of how insane Cage is during the entirety of this film. Some say when he is dressed up as a bear, punching woman in the face, he reaches his insane moment, but I would say it is his reaction to the bees. Who screams and flays when someone pours bees on them? I would think NOT SCREAMING and actually having your eyes shut would limit their agitation, but that’s just me.
The thing is, Wicker Man remake is up there with movies like Troll 2, The Room, Miami Connection, and Birdemic in the sense that they are SO BAD and SO CHEESY, they somehow cross over into awesome. No, I am not kidding.
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