Nic Cage in The Trouble in Louisiana Trilogy

Every few years, Nicolas Cage reminds us what a compelling screen performer he is and can be. While such reminders seem fewer and further between, the utter expendability of much of his recent filmography make strong performances like his brooding lead in David Gordon Green’s Joe all the more powerful – not because we forgot about Cage’s talents, but because we’re afraid that he might have. Joe has been deemed (by this site and others) to be a “return to form” for Cage. It’s easy to declare with a handful of titles what form Cage is returning to. In celebrated roles like Adaptation, Leaving Las Vegas, and Bringing Out the Dead Cage has displayed an uncanny ability to balance pathological self-destruction with varying undertones of dark comedy. He is the actor of choice for men who struggle outside the norms of society, yet wouldn’t feel comfortable anywhere else. But outside of The Wicker Man, mesmerizing mash-ups, and whatever he was doing in Face-Off, it’s perhaps harder to concisely define the form that Cage is returning from when making films like Joe, despite the fact that it’s Cage’s more forgettable (and sometimes more batshit) work that creates the rule which highlights welcome exceptions. A recent, unofficial trilogy of particularly Cagean works speaks volumes to the one-of-a-kind spot that Cage’s stardom finds itself in now. While these films do not share a producer, a studio, or any other factor that justifies their making beyond their existence as Nicolas Cage vehicles, Trespass, Stolen, and […]


Nicolas Cage in Stolen

This contest is now closed. Thank you for entering! This week is a banner one for Sir Nicolas Cage (what? he hasn’t been knighted yet? who cares!), as today marks Cage’s birthday and the day before the home video release of his Stolen on DVD and Blu-ray. And you thought your last birthday was special! To mark the release of Stolen (which, in case you didn’t know, re-teams Cage with his Con Air director Simon West for another action thriller that involves Cage having to be badass and clear his name in a plot that also involves fast-moving vehicles), we’re giving away a very special prize pack of Cage-starring Blu-rays. But you’re going to have to work for them. Our Super Special Happy Birthday to You, Nicolas Cage / Stolen Is Out on DVD and Blu-ray Tomorrow Prize Pack includes Blu-rays of the follow titles: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Con Air, Face/Off, Kick-Ass, Moonstruck, and National Treasure. If you’re looking to fill out your Nicolas Cage collection, these are all essential titles. Hell, if you’re looking to fill out your movie collection, these are all essential titles. In order to win this stunning arrangement of some of Cage’s finest works, all you need to do is follow us on Twitter at the Official Film School Rejects Twitter Account (, take a picture of yourself making your very best Nic Cage face (bees optional, but encouraged – but not really encouraged because, you know, lawsuits), and tweet at us “Hey, […]


Stolen Movie Nic Cage 2012

A general rule of thumb to follow when dealing with modern Nic Cage movies is that the more ridiculous his hair looks in the trailer, the more awesomely bad the movie is going to end up being. Given that criteria, it doesn’t seem like his latest film, Stolen, is really going to be anything to write home about. Just look at that relatively short, slicked back, graciously-accepting-the-receding-nature-of-the-hairline do that he’s sporting here—it’s almost typical for a man his age. Given the apparent lack of lunacy, is Stolen even going to be worth watching? Maybe. It’s important to keep in mind that this project is re-teaming the actor with his Con Air director, Simon West, and Con-Air is one of the seminal, balls-crazy Nic Cage action films. He plays a character named Cameron Poe in that one, for heaven’s sake. There’s bound to be at least some residual craziness seeping into this one, even if Cage has people hair and is playing a character named Will Montgomery. We do know that there’s at least one scene where Cage awkwardly holds a teddy bear in public. And Josh Lucas does seem to be pretty creepy playing some sort of cab-driving villain who looks like one of the bank robber surfers from Point Break if they got into meth. Plus, making a movie about a kidnapped daughter called Stolen after Liam Neeson had so much success getting his daughter kidnapped in Taken lends the whole thing a B-grade, ripoff charm. It looks like […]



A town full of Crazies and a standoff between Red and Blue! Someone built a time machine out of a hot tub! Who stole the baby Hamm? Kuchar is a surname not a place! An award-winning White Ribbon! Percy Jackson and the cumblemore road-trip!


Jon Hamm in Stolen

In Stolen tragedies link two fathers, living in the same town some 50 years apart. Each man abandoned his young son for a brief moment, never to see him again. The movie surrounding them is every bit the unpleasant slog one might expect, glum and murkily shot, wallowing in pedantic histrionics and badly lacking the breathing room it desperately needs.

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