This must be your lucky day, because you’ve just rolled Snake Eyes.
Believe it or not, this is better than the actual dialogue in the 1998 pulp, noir, cheesefest that is one of the Cage-iest of Nicolas Cage movies that there is. Brian De Palma directed and wrote the film, although it would have benefited from maybe another 17 writers being brought in. But for how flimsy the script was, the direction was actually pretty good, and ultimately this was a very enjoyable rewatch.
I’m sorry, did the universe think that we weren’t going to put out a podcast this week? From car accidents, to work emergencies, to Mike’s laptop getting fried and me having to learn how to edit a 3 hour shitshow into the hilarious, beautiful, tight 2:15 that this episode I have bestowed upon you all. We were NOT going to let anything get in the way of delivering the entertainment that we have promised you.
This week’s episode is Con Air. The Nicolas Cage classic that may or may not have aged particularly well, depending on who you ask. Cage plays Cameron Poe, a newly released felon who is just hitchin’ a ride on a plane with the most dangerous group of murderers and rapists in the country. I guess my question is, did he HAVE to take that ride? If he was released, then wouldn’t you think they would at least give him the option of taking a normal plane home? This is a take that I really, really wish I thought of during the show. I spent 20 hours on this episode between pre and post production, and I have my best idea now. Faaaaaannnnntastic.
This week we dive head first into one of the most ridiculous of the Nicolas Cage films (and that’s saying something), Face/Off. In addition to a rousing Cage performance, we have John Travolta doing a Cage impression for half of the movie, and it is glorious. John Woo is at his John Wooest. GREAT score by John Powell. This has all the makings of a classic action film, and nobody talks about it.
On this week’s episode, we recast the 2000 Nicolas Cage vehicle*, Gone in 60 Seconds. This was another quick recast where we watch a movie and then immediately sit down and talk about it. This is a pure popcorn movie, and one that we’ve each seen at least a dozen times. There are a few big time stars in this movie (Angelina Jolie, Robert Duvall, Giovanni Ribisi) but it’s mostly an ensemble featuring a ton of that-guys and C level stars who do a great job creating some fun and memorable characters (Scott Caan, Will Patton, Delroy Lindo, Timothy Olyphant, Chi McBride). That made the recast super-fun and allowed us to go into some interesting directions with our picks.