In case that subtle author picture, or my Twitter profile photo didn’t alert you to this, I have an affection for Nicolas Cage. Roger Ebert once said that he is a ‘…good actor in good movies and an almost indispensable actor in bad ones,’ and I think that about sums him up. But despite my love of seeing him in bad or silly movies (Face/Off is a dumb movie, but it is also an entirely successful and extremely competent action movie, not so much Ghost Rider) I have to continually inform people that in the right part or with the right director, he is a damned fine actor. And so, with a lull in movie releases while I try to find The Raid 2 and avoid Heaven Is For Real and A Haunted House 2 like the plague, I thought I’d draw attention to some of his under appreciated good performances.
Note: Leaving Las Vegas and Raising Arizona have been excluded from this list, as everyone knows they’re good.