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I believe there are still a lot of Nick Cage movies that would work for Film & 40s. It would be cool if they could do some more.
Of course there are other actors they could do as well- like Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Kurt Russel, or others (I'm too tired to think of more).
The thing is Nick Cage has been in a lot of movies. Some unintentionally funny, others legitimately great, and many middling. Very few actors have a resume like Nick Cage so I feel like one retrospective may not be enough. There's definitely fodder for one or two more at least. I wanted to recommend a few, and mention others that actually may not be feasible but I feel worth mentioning.
Adaptation: Does have some serious stuff, and IS a fantastic movie, but it's bonkers enough that it's a fun movie party movie so would be good for this. Although, I feel that way about all of Charlie Kaufman's work.
The first Ghost Rider Movie: I think it's more fun, and good bad, than the second film (which I found much duller despite it having a scene where he pees fire) and I think it would be good fodder for mocking while getting drunk. It's also got some good Nick Cage is in a bad movie making the most out of it moments.
Either Color out of Space or Mandy: Both are newer films he was in that are both good but insane enough that watching with a group is a ton of fun if everyone is in for an outrageous time (Color out of Space is legit one of Nick Cage's best movies in terms of "holy shit that was insane" and it just came out not that long ago). I prefer Color out of space for this because Mandy has a lot of drawn out scenes where it's just art film happening, with music, and not much else- which is fine but in a movie party atmosphere I personally feel Color out of space would work better. Or just do both of them. Why not? They're great films!
Next- it's a really dumb premise with a lot of really fun Nick Cage moments. I mean, shit, it's Nick Cage basically playing Nick Cage if he were a street magician.
Peggy Sue Got Married- He's not the main character in this movie, so it's not technically a "Nick Cage" movie, but the character he does in this is pretty legendary so it's worth mentioning. Could be fun just to hear Vinny go nuts every time he hears the choices Nick Cage makes in this film.
Raising Arizona: A classic. Everyone has probably seen it. I still think it's a fantastic movie. Maybe they wouldn't do it because everyone has probably seen it, but what with them doing these Disney TV movies that apparently all them saw already it's maybe not a hard and fast rule that someone has to not have seen the movie. I think this movie is crazy enough for the discussion. Certainly more conversation than Drive Angry seemed to be I would think.
Wild At Heart: Maybe too slow, I'm not entirely sure, but it's crazy art house David Lynch and in certain groups that could be fun. While it's not the most absurd Nick Cage has been- just considering the context- it's still pretty nuts and has a good Nick Cage angry scene right near the beginning.
Gone in Sixty Seconds: I don't know if it would work or not. I never was fond of it, because I don't care for car movies, but people seem to like this movie and the interesting ticks he gave the character. I did not find that interesting enough to watch the movie myself, but who knows. Maybe they like it. I didn't like Fast and Furious that much before listening to it with Film & 40s so at this point I don't judge.
Mentions but may not be great for this:
Kiss of Death: They talked a lot about Nick Cage being a hunk during the first retrospective. I would argue this was Nick Cage at his most intimidating. I saw it for the first time when I was a kid, and it's always been one of my favorites. The scene where he beats- I think Michael Rappaport- to Death with his bare hands is legitimately creepy. Maybe it's too good, but I remember this movie being maximum Cage insane. When he's around (he's not the lead in this one either so it's not technically a Nick Cage movie, but again could be worth the mention).
Snake Eyes: I don't actually remember this movie. I don't know why. I saw it more than once when it came out, but haven't seen it since. I remember liking it, but that's it.
Trapped in Paradise: A lot of people say this is a bad comedy, but I actually enjoyed it myself. I find the trio of Cage, Lovitz and Carvey so outlandish I actually think that in itself makes the movie fun for me to watch. I don't remember anything else, though. Could be fun if it's not problematic- I don't really remember I only mention that because there's a stupid love interest sub plot but it's about three robbers and it's a comedy from the 90s so it's possible.
Left Behind: YES! Nicholas Cage was IN A LEFT BEHIND MOVIE! I don't know why, or how they got him in this movie but it's hilariously bad. It's legitimately a bad movie. The problem is I don't know how easily people could obtain it- or stream it- nowadays. A long time ago it was on netflix, but I doubt anyone is streaming it now. Possible you could rent it on Amazon. I didn't look.
Knowing: This was actually the first movie that made me think Nick Cage may be religious. I don't know. I don't stalk celebrities, read periodicals about them, and no one has told me. I don't really care. It's just the first time he was in a movie with religious overtones and it's bonkers bad. May not be interesting enough, for this, but when I first saw it I remember it being a fun time. I could be mistaken.
Trespass: Another comedically bad movie that Nick Cage did within the last 10 years (he's done a surprising amount of them). Fun Fact: he made several million dollars to be in this movie. A lot of people think Nick Cage is still having financial troubles since his tax thing with the IRS, but I can tell you that that was decades ago and he has made even more millions than he had before that in some of the worst movies he's ever done. This one is hilariously bad for so many reasons- and one is the choices Nick Cage makes in this movie. It cannot be understated how unintentionally hilarious I find this movie. It's SO BAD! The problem is I don't know if you'll find it anywhere. It seems like with some movies, when certain celebrities are in them, if they garner a certain reputation they become harder to find after a time. Then again- you can find Wickerman (2006) very easily streaming so who knows?
Moonstruck: I think overall Moonstruck is boring, but the scene when Cher meets Nick Cage for the first time is legitimately one of the greatest scenes in Nick Cages career. I don't know if it would work or not. It's a slow romance movie other than a few good Nick Cage tantrum scenes.
A lot of people talk about Deadfall in bad movie circles. It's so infamous for Nick Cage he brought the character back in something else fairly recently I think. I don't know. I never saw Deadfall. I've had it on my Amazon list for years, but with bad movies it's a real gamble so I've never taken the plunge to check it out. It's considered one of his shining achievements but the movie is bad and he's not in all of it. So, technically, again, it's not a Nick Cage movie.
City of Angels: Remember when Nick Cage played an angel? It was pretty popular when it came out, but I remember hating it. *shrug*
I wrote more than I thought so I turned this into a blog that I will not do any work to beef it up because I never intended it to be much else but I just wanted to put this out there. I'd love another series of film & 40s. It doesn't have to be Nick Cage. I just think there's more that could be done on that front. I think the Sandra Bullock idea was a really good one too.
(Just for reference: I know I did not mention many great Nick Cage movies. The ones I do not mention are because they are a bummer, and while I love drama porn, it does not work for riff parties and while Fast 7 made us all cry together, mostly these are done to have a good time so I left that kind of stuff out.)