March 27th? Really? That’s the last time I posted in here? Yikes…
Brief summary: A lot of people don’t take Nicolas Cage seriously. Sure, he’s kind of weird, and his movies since 2007 have largely been…. bad.
But… you can’t ignore this dude’s track record and acting, in general! Starting with a cameo in Fast Times at Ridgmont High (1982), then Francis Ford Coppola’s (his uncle’s) Rumble Fish (1983) (I originally wrote Scorcese… duh)… plus Valley Girl (also 1983)… man, he’s done some great stuff and has played some quirky, but believable characters. I think I might actually talk about Cage’s better films for the next few posts. When I think a lot of my favorite movies, I can’t help but include a lot of his films, but especially this, which may be his best, ever.
Such a weird, quirky film… about a much-hated TV weather man ironically named Dave Spritz (Cage). He’s got a bad-temper, a stressful relationship with his ex-wife and new boyfriend, a misunderstood and shy son, and a daughter who pretends to be an angel but is anything but. People often throw garbage at him, when they see him on the street.
Sir Michael Caine is also in the film, as Cage’s father…. even though he doesn’t have a lot of screen time, he steals the show (I mean hell, he’s Sir Michael Caine).
The soundtrack/score is beautiful and quirky, too (trip-hop/chillout, but with a weird, funky sound.. it’s hard to explain, but I absolutely love the music throughout this film.
An absolutely underrated movie, by all accounts (whether it stars the brilliant Cage, or someone else). Very few people have heard of this movie, let alone seen it. It’s currently streaming on Netflix, so make it happen! You won’t regret it.