To celebrate Nicolas Cage’s birthday, it’s Nicolas Cage Week! Yesterday we looked at the best Nineties Nicolas Cage films. Today we pick our favourite films from 2000 to 2009 from the one and only Nicolas Kim Coppola.
This quite an eventful decade for Mr Cage, he had cemented himself on the a list and as a bonifide action star. He was divorced and re-married, then divorced and re-married again. This was also the beginning of his real estate problems that really was the starting point of career downward spiral. A second Oscar nomination came his way for Adaptation, but so did the tragic remake of The Wicker Man. The decade saw him make his directorial debut with Sonny, produce a criminally short lived TV series called The Dresden Files, about a private investigator who just happens to be a wizard and branch out into some voice work, with Speckles the mole in G-Force a erm, highlight.
So, what was his best film of the decade? It’s once again up to the Snooty Ushers to decide. Our countdown starts… now!
5. Matchstick Men (Ridley Scott, 2003)
Dave: Nicolas Cage is perfect as a con man with OCD, who while working with and training his partner and protege discovers that he might have a long lost daughter. The interplay between the three leads is brilliant (Sam Rockwell and Alison Lohman co-star) and it is not only one of his best films, but one of Ridley Scott’s. I am glad the technicality of a joint number 1 gives this a spot in the countdown.
4. Lord Of War (Andrew Niccol, 2005)
Rich: Nicolas Cage has had a long and storied career playing dozens of different characters, there also seems to be a touch of truth in all of his performances he’s a good actor to build any film around especially Lord of War. The film isn’t that much of a comedy as the trailer suggests, I mean it has it’s moments mixed in with a bit of action but rather it’s a look at man’s morality. Cage is fantastic in this and it’s easy to see here why he’s an academy award winner. Jared Leto plays his brother and this and is equally fantastic. Lord has a decent message to deliver even if it does seem a little forced towards the end.
3. Adaptation. (Spike Jones, 2002)
Dan: During my time studying film I watched a number of films for the first time with varying degrees of enjoyment, Adaptation was one of the best. Overall the film is great but Cage’s performance(s) is superb. Looking back, as much as I enjoyed The Rock, and Con Air etc, it wasn’t until this that I started paying attention to his ability as an actor. This, and The Wicker Man of course.
2. Gone In 60 Seconds (Dominic Sena, 2000)
Dave: Love this, Nicolas Cage is Randall “Memphis” Raines, a reformed car thief who is called back into action when his brother falls foul of a vicious gangster. The mission, steal 50 cars in one night. Such is my love for Nicolas Cage, that for my 40th birthday my sister-in-law bought my a day driving a mustang (the elusive Eleanor). Great cast including Robert Duvall, Will Patton, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi and a very young Michael Pena.
Joint 1. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (Werner Herzog, 2009)
Joint 1. National Treasure (Jon Turtletaub, 2004)
James: Does anything sum up Nicolas Cage better than the fact that we couldn’t separate these two films? Bad Lieutenant features one of the finest Cage Rages as he is dropping c-bombs on an old woman, and also some of the best iguana shots you will see. Herzog and Cage should make more films together.
Dave: National Treasure is perfect Cage. Here he is Benjamin Franklin Gates, a treasure hunter and protector of US history. A great mix of comedy and adventure, this is just a great family action movie. Should stand alone at number 1 for me, but hey, this is a democracy. The sequel is great too without quite hitting the heights of the original.
And that is our Top 5 Nicolas Cage films from the 2000s! Agree? Disagree? Let us know!
Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.
PS As a special treat for reading all the way to the end, here’s our individual Top 5s
5. Gone In 60 Seconds (Dominic Sena, 2000)
4. Knowing (Alex Proyas, 2009)
3. National Treasure (Jon Turtletaub,2004)
2. Adaptation. (Spike Jones, 2002)
1. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (Werner Herzog, 2009)
5. Lord of War
4. Gone in 60 Seconds
3. National Treasure
1. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
5. Lord of War
4. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
3. Gone in 60 Seconds
2. Matchstick Men
1. National Treasure
5. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
4. National Treasure
3. The Weather Man
2. Lord of War
1. Gone in 60 Seconds