This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of my favorite David Lynch film, Wild at Heart. Released in 1990, Wild tells the tale of Sailor and Lula, a red-hot couple who are reunited when Sailor is released from prison. The pair take off on a cross-country road trip that turns into a journey that resembles The Wizard of Oz on mushrooms. The film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival before becoming mired in controversy. The movie’s opening scene finds Sailor (Nicolas Cage) smashing the head of a would-be attacker hired by Lula’s (Laura Dern) mother against a marble stair step until his brains slurp out of the back of his head. Commentators claimed to be shocked by the scene — and they probably were — but the reaction against the film seemed to have more to do with the overall violence of the bizarre imagery and strange set scenes that make up this weird and wonderful tale.… Read the rest
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This should go down well in certain quarters, one would think. The Hollywood Reporter reports on Hollywood’s latest provocation:
Borat director Larry Charles is back in action with Army of One, a satirical comedy from Endgame Entertainment and Conde Nast Entertainment starring Nicolas Cage as a regular guy who goes on a hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
In a coup for the producers, Harvey and Bob Weinstein have struck a preemptive deal for North American rights to the project via their new TWC-Dimension label, designed to be a home for more commercially minded fare that both brothers believe in.
Army of One is loosely based on Chris Heath’s GQ magazine article recounting the real-life misadventures of Gary Faulkner, a Colorado construction worker who took it upon himself to find Bin Laden, including trying to sneak into Pakistan and Afghanistan numerous times.
Charles, whose other big-screen credits include The Dictator and Bruno, is set to begin shooting Army of One by the end of March, with an eye to releasing the film at the end of the year…
[continues at the Hollywood Reporter]
This scary October post recalls a subject many of you likely find terrifying: the career of Nicolas Cage. Cage has done a lot of cash cow trash since he won the Oscar for Leaving Lost Vegas. That said, he’s also brought the wild edge to films like Bad Lieutenant, reminding me of the strange brilliance that illuminated his earliest roles.
One of my early Cage faves is the fang-toothed film Vampire’s Kiss, which is celebrating a 25th anniversary this year. Here’s an outrageous collection of crazy Cage scenes from the movie…
According to Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci, Nicolas Cage is in talks to star in a remake of Left Behind, the first novel in a series depicting a group of people “left behind” after the Christian Rapture occurs. Instead of finally enjoying a little peace and quiet like most of us would, the characters in the novel convert to Christianity and form a paramilitary religious organization called “Tribulation Force”. The novels, written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, were immensely popular among fundamentalist Christians for some time, and have already spawned a few movies, including a straight to video take on Left Behind starring banana-loving moonbat Kirk Cameron. They have also inspired a video game and even a series of children’s books about the “Young Trib Force”. (I’m presuming that the God-botherers behind the books don’t know that “trib” has a different meaning in the secular world.)
Nicolas Cage starring in a Christian apocalyptic movie about the rapture may be more unintentional hilarity than the world can withstand at one time.… Read the rest