The Nicolas Cage Ready Reckoner

The career of Nicolas Cage has had lots of ups and downs. And, according our ready reckoner, more downs than ups...

Nicolas Cage. Hunting down Mark Pickavance, we'd wager

We’ve a guest host for the ready reckoner this time round, as Simon takes a back seat. In his place: Mark Pickavance…

The film career of Nicolas Cage is like a Disney ride designed by The Cat in the Hat. It’s up, it’s down, and it’s entirely out of sight…

Just when you think he’s on a winning streak, he bets all on black and comes up red for at least three in a row. Personally, I think he’s been ill advised, but equally it could be he can sniff out a hammy role at thirty paces, and likes relish with his.

So buckle up, Elvis has left the building, here comes the Cage Reckoner.

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Raising Arizona

4 out of 5
A great movie, and a quality Cage performance.

Moonstruck

1 out of 5
Overshadowed by 45% of the real Cher in this movie

Wild at Heart

4 out of 5
…hotter than Georgia asphalt

Leaving Las Vegas

4 out of 5
Classic Cage, gritty and believable.The Rock
4 out of 5
Cage’s best action flick yet, with excellent support from Connery.

Con Air

3 out of 5
Preposterous idea in the extreme, but fun.Face Off
3 out of 5
As the Prince song says, when the doves fly…

City of Angels

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1 out of 5
A complete yawn from beginning to…oh, never saw the end.

Snake Eyes

1 out of 5
Busted flush. Phoned this work in from his motor home.

Gone in Sixty Seconds

1 out of 5
Phoned this performance from a travel lodge near Sacramento, I recall.Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
2 out of 5
Ruined by crowd pleasing ending, missing from the book.

Windtalkers

1 out of 5
God awful, but not all Cage’s fault on this occasion.

Sonny

1 out of 5
He directed this drivel. Bad move Nic.

Adaptation.

3 out of 5
Interesting idea and decent performance by Cage.

Matchstick Men

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3 out of 5
Slightly out acted by Sam Rockwell, but good all the same.

National Treasure

3 out of 5
The Da Vinci Code for 10 year olds, but I enjoyed it.

Lord of War

5 out of 5
Best performance to date, I think. Not sure anyone agrees.The Weather Man
1 out of 5
Phoned this one in from a Jacuzzi outside Tulsa.

World Trade Center

1 out of 5
Hated this, for too many reasons to mention here.The Wicker Man
1 out of 5
Unintentionally hilarious. I’d have given it five stars, if it had meant to be funny…

Ghost Rider

1 out of 5
My skull was on fire after seeing this, and not in a good way.

I haven’t seen Next, or 8MM.Next: Natalie Portman…

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