Tag Archives: Nicolas Cage

Bringing Out the Dead - * * 1/2*

When it was announced that Martin Scorsese’s new film would be a Paul Schrader scripted tale of an unhinged man prowling the nighttime streets of New York City in an ambulance, it was easy to quickly dismiss his latest effort … Continue reading

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8MM - * 1/2*

Have you been dying to know just how sick, twisted and decayed the human soul can become? Well, look no further. 8MM is a prime example of bleak vérité. But, though it has bleakness in spades, 8MM lacks anything worthwhile … Continue reading

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Snake Eyes - * *

Brian DePalma once again revisits his favorite genre: the Hitchcockian thriller. Borrowing a trick from Rope, he films the opening twenty minutes as one (nearly) seamless scene. However, soon after this bravura opening, the film loses all cohesion and begins … Continue reading

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City of Angels - * * 1/2*

Angels are a hot pop-culture item right now. So it was only a matter of time before someone got around to making an adaptation of Wim Wenders’ film Wings of Desire, about an angel who falls in love with a … Continue reading

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Face/Off - * * * 1/2*

It is not often that you encounter an action film that can actually challenge its actors (not counting featherbrained musclemen, of course). And it isn’t often that you get strong performances, either. Yet, both of those are true for Face/Off, … Continue reading

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Con Air - * * 1/2*

Con Air introduces, then fails to exploit, the largest collection of onscreen villains since the Legion of Doom. Instead, we are treated to a run of the mill plane hijacking, and more explosions and climactic fights than I’d care to … Continue reading

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The Rock - * * * 1/2*

Freneticaly paced action flick truly thrills. When decorated war hero General Hummel (Ed Harris) seizes control of Alcatraz island, holds 81 tourists as hostages, and threatens to launch several rockets laced with chemical weaponry upon San Francisco unless his demands … Continue reading

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Leaving Las Vegas - * * * 1/2*

Depressing love story. Nicolas Cage is Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic movie executive who has lost everything in his entire life and decides to go to Las Vegas where he can drink himself to death. There he meets up with Sera … Continue reading

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