Alright, so I’m starting a new feature here on the site, because I’ve received some encouraging notes that a lot of you for some reason or another actual value my opinion when it comes to various entertainment recommendations. I’ve been very proud to get folks into shows like Arrested Development or Spartacus, and I like to think I have an incredibly miniscule effect on box office receipts with my movie reviews.
But I can’t always watch 80 episodes of a TV series and report back if it’s worthwhile or not, just like many of you don’t have time to watch 80 episodes yourself. So I thought I’d do this feature for just one lonesome movie each week, two(ish) hours of your time that you can Netflix, iTunes, Pirate Bay or lord forbid Blockbuster your way into seeing if you trust my judgment and like the sound of it.
These will not be full reviews, as there’s no point in giving too much away. Most of this is just you taking my word you might enjoy an underappreciated film. Obviously, these picks aren’t going to be like “The Godfather” or crazy obvious ones like that, and many will probably have been dismissed by critics at the time. I know that a ton of you will have seen a lot of these, as we have many entertainment junkies out there reading, but for those who haven’t hopefully this new feature will introduce you to some quality flicks you might enjoy.
Today’s installment focuses on the very recent Nic Cage flick Drive Angry, which I just managed to watch this weekend. Read on:
Nic Cage has the most random movie career of any actor I know. I can’t think of anyone else who goes from absolute shit to absolute gold every few months or so, and he’s at his best when he’s not trying to take himself, his persona, or his hair seriously.
Drive Angry paints itself as a straight up revenge flick, promising a very Grindhouse-ian tale full of blood and boobs. And that it definitely delivers, but it’s not done so overtly its annoying. I guess Quentin Tarantino can get away with missing reels and rough cut film, but there’s no need to throw things back THAT far. Rather, its an updated version of the genre and one that doesn’t spend too much time in the past.
It’s a film that the trailers don’t really do justice. It just looks like Nic Cage shooting things and Amber Heard wearing Daisy Dukes, and it is, but there are supernatural twists and turns that were actually very interesting, but kept so secret, no one actually bothered to see the film to see what they were.
It will make you fall in love with Heard, who I’m convinced should now be cast in everything ever, and also has a great role for character actor William Fitchner as a superhuman FBI agent on Cage’s trail. Cage himself is in full badass mode, and I don’t think this film would have worked with someone else like Clive Owen or Jason Statham. The role is pure Cage madness, and the movie is simply a blast.
It’s dumb action sure, but well filmed, and smarter than it initially appears. If you like bloody shoot ’em ups with hot girls to boot, Drive Angry is for you. And now that it’s on DVD, you can save yourself from the horrendous 3D that was advertised to death with it.
Most of the films I bring up in this column will be a lot older than this one, since I practically review everything worthwhile in theaters these days, but if you do end up watching this, report back what you thought in the comments. And as always, haters are welcome to disagree as I know you will.
Also, if anyone has a better title for this feature, I’m all ears.