Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Cage Year

It's been a long year for the Hollywood Defender and tonight represents the last blog of the year. We made it to 100 and thanks for all your support. If it hadn't been for Nic Cage I don't think I would have made it through this trying year. The man is an inspiration to all. So the final blog will represent a thank you note to everything I love about Nicolas Cage in 2012.

1. His hair
2. His memes
3. Ghost Rider 2
4. Stolen
5. His Big Daddy rumors in Kick Ass 2
6. His dedication to his craft
7. His vow to pay back the government
8. The Hungry Rabbit Jumps
9. His masquerade mask wearing self
10. The tease of Frozen Ground
11. The Croods Trailer
12. The promise of National Treasure 3
13. The future
14. The comeback

Thanks Nic and to all his fans, let's hope 2013 represents another great year in Cage. And of course, the only meme I created all year.



The Nicolas Cage Bucket List

This is my one goal in 2013 and I'm sending it out as soon as the new year permits. Saturn Films is Nicolas Cage's production company.

Dear Saturn Films:

This may sound strange, but being in a Nicolas Cage movie is the first thing on my bucket list. I’m not looking for a major role or a speaking role, I’d be fine with just being an extra. Nic has been my favorite actor for the longest time and saying I’m his costar would be a major life achievement. Please let me know if this impossible dream is possible. I will continue to write as not to be forgotten and check in on the progress of this request and so I’m  not forgotten.

Best wishes,

Jake Cannon

Live Like Cage in 2013

The New Year is coming with a big unlucky 13 attached to it. I’m sure we are all making NYE resolutions that we won’t end up keeping. We’ll find reasons not to do the things we actually care about and pay more attention to our minor problems than the life altering events. Can we affect change? We can. If only we live by the CODA of CAGE. What? Nicolas Cage? Yes. Nicolas Cage. The Nicolas Cage. That Nicolas Cage. How can a man who didn’t pay his taxes and hasn’t had a blockbuster hit in years be a role model for the coming year? I’m glad you asked.

The Coda of Cage can be followed in 3 simple steps:

1. Conquer your fears:
Do you know what Nicolas Cage hates? Bugs, with a specific hatred reserved for Cockroaches. What does Nicolas Cage snack on in a Vampire’s Kiss despite the fact it wasn’t written into the script? Cockroaches.
Most of us have fears of many things whether it be our bosses, our children, our futures, small elevators, and success. The best way to deal with those fears is close your eyes and take a big old bite out of them, unworried about the consequences. Cage took the plunge because he felt it was right for the character and the movie. Imagine that your life is a movie that you are watching. You’d be yelling at that character to do the right thing hurling popcorn at the screen because he doesn’t make the action move forward because he’s afraid. But in our own lives, it’s hard to see it objectively, we are way more accepting of our own inaction or we hate our inaction and focus the hate on ourselves.
Cage conquered a fear that he didn’t even have to. He forced himself to. Be the Cage. "Crush that Fly" and Bite that cockroach.

2. Don’t worry about other people’s opinions

In fact treat them like you don’t give a fuck.
Have you ever been at the gym and thought? I’m lifting weights too loud? I’m making too many splashes in the pool? Everyone must be staring at me?
Or on the road, am I driving fast enough for the driver behind me? Did I signal early enough? Why does everyone ever honk at me?
Or do I munch my popcorn at the movies too loudly?
The answer to these questions is that Nicolas Cage does not give a flying fuck if he does. Let me explain.

When Nicolas Cage did not pay his taxes, he needed cash, badly. He could have cashed in on a bunch of sequels to his most popular films: Face-Off, Con Air, The Rock,  and National Treasure.

What did Cage do?

He made Season of the Witch (plays a crusader)  and Drive Angry 3D (plays a man who escapes from hell to avenge his daughter by saving her daughter from the occult, while being chased by Satan’s right hand man). You don’t do that if want to make money. In fact, it shows how little you care about what other people think, especially critics. He made those films because it was what he wanted to do as an artist at the time. And as an artist he doesn’t give a fuck about what other people thinks. He makes art for himself.

Think about all the decisions you would have made differently last year if you didn’t care what other people thought about you? My guess is more movies than Nicolas Cage has coming out in 2013.

Live as if no one else is watching because it is your life not theirs. And Even if they are watching, who cares? Cage doesn’t.

3. Money isn’t everything, spend what you want.

To paraphrase Cage, he never want to be comfortable with my money because it will make him soft and leave him without the hunger for life and art. Cage blew a lot of money over the years on a lot of things, a Superman Comic and a T-Rex skull. And yeah the IRS are up his ass, but he’s the hardest working man in show business, while other actors are happy to sit on their money and release less than a film a year.

Money makes you soft. It gives you a sense of comfort that that doesn’t exist. The hard workers are the ones that need the money that need the success, but the drive is gone once you get to the top. Not with Cage, he fell to the bottom and is in the process of regaining his comfy life. And it has given him a crazy life that many envy. He’s relearning the difficult life and it will only make him tougher and more resilient in the future.

Live like Cage, it will change your life.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Rare Cage: The Boy in Blue

Based on the True Story of Ned Hanlan, a illegal runner of alcohol on his row boat, whose business goes under due to the same illegal activity. He is coopted into rowing competitions by another rower, but they become fast friends.

Cage plays Hanlan and worked himself into fantastic shape for the role, his body ripples with muscles like the sea in which he strokes his oars. It’s obvious that he jumped deeply into this role from a physical stand point. At one point he wears a sweater vest with bare arms. Fantastic! It’s hard not to wonder if he used steroids when he does sit ups in his blue Rambo bandana, every muscle tries to escape from his skin.

The movie like the majority of Nic’s early films is a light hearted affair, but also immensely enjoyable. Blue came in 1986 after his first darkly disturbing film Birdy with Matthew Modine. Birdy contains several scenes that still make you cringe at the possibility of what might happen, especially when Birdy is alone in the cage with the canary. It’s hard to imagine a movie from the 80’s that can still shock in that way, especially a seemingly simple drama.

Young Cage still has his buck front teeth with the seismic gap between them. His laugh is goofy and boyish and his light blue eyes resemble Paul Newman’s famous baby blues. His eyebrows come daringly close to connecting to forming a uni-brow, he’s unkempt, but not as fully as in his werewolf-esque appearance in Moonstruck. With all the creatures of the night movies recently, it’s hard to believe that Cage hasn’t played a werewolf, which he would thrive in without a doubt, imagine the transformation scene alone and tell me your Cage taste buds don’t click with delight.

The movie also marks the transition into strange Cage, later that year he was immortalized into meme history by his portrayal of Charlie Bodell in Peggy Sue Got Married. He’s never been the same after that and it’s been a great ride for everyone. 

Cage delivers on his promise to have a freak out in every movie and his shirtless body yells and screams as he almost tosses his partner over the banister of a steamboat. His partner Bill (David Naughton) is a dead ringer for Robert Downey Jr.

Nedlan is often carried on peoples’ shoulders when victorious, I assume this is the way that Nicolas Cage travels in real life.

Rockyesque training sequence with Cage was absolutely necessary in my viewership of this movie. I knew their would be a training scene set to music, but this is down right majestic.Thank you Blu Ray DVD production company from lowering the price of this film from 40 dollars to under 10, you are a savior. 

The Hollywood Defender