by Patrick Bromley
I decided about two weeks ago to watch every Nicolas Cage DTV movie pretty much on a whim, but that project has sent me on a deep dive of the actor's entire filmography. I've tried to fill the few holes I have in his more than 100 IMDb credits and Erika and I have rewatched a bunch of his films, finding new appreciation in almost every single one of them (despite really liking them the first time around, many of them now play even better). It's brought me to a realization I had gotten away from for several years: Nicolas Cage is my favorite actor. That was true for pretty much all of the '90s and the early part of the 2000s, but his transition towards DTV work and what I perceived to be a lack of quality control even in some of his studio efforts led me astray. This was just a phase, I'm happy to report, and I'm completely back in love with everything he does -- even the DTV work and some of his "lesser" studio efforts. I'm pretty obsessed at the moment.
I could have very easily made this 48 hours or more, so keep that in mind before you comment with "You forgot ________!" I had to leave a lot of favorites off.
10 am - Valley Girl (1983, dir. Martha Coolidge)
12 pm - Con Air (1997, dir. Simon West)
Casino thing with this movie in that I think The Rock is the better movie, but I'm more likely to feel like watching Con Air if given the choice.
2 pm - Honeymoon in Vegas (1992, dir. Andrew Bergman)
3:45 pm - The Weather Man (2005, dir. Gore Verbinski)
5:45 pm - Snake Eyes (1998, dir. Brian De Palma)
7:45 pm - Face/Off (1997, dir. John Woo)
10 pm - Deadfall (1993, dir. Christopher Coppola)
Midnight - Mandy (2018, dir. Panos Cosmatos)
2 am - Color Out of Space (2020, dir. Richard Stanley)
4 am - A Score to Settle (2019, dir. Shawn Ku)
5:45 am - Wild at Heart (1990, dir. David Lynch)
8 am - Peggy Sue Got Married (1986, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
Vampire's Kiss are responsible for my love of the actor. I was still pretty young when I learned that Cage modeled his performance and voice after Pokey (of Gumby and Pokey fame), and that was the moment when Cage became my favorite actor. I just have to love a choice as gutsy and insane as that one. E and I rewatched this one last year during 1986 week (leading up to F This Movie Fest) and I was surprised at just how good Cage is. The voice is more than just a stunt. It makes him insufferable and laughable early on, but eventually we grow to really love him just as Peggy Sue does. It's an incredible piece of acting from an incredible actor.