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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Nic Cage!

Aug. 20, 2012by: Johnny Moreno

Welcome to Movie Jail, a facility like any other, only its inmates are Hollywood writers, directors, actors and producers. This column will serve as a Movie Jail trial. We will put one defendant on trial; lay out arguments for the Prosecution and Defense. And we leave it up to YOU, the reader, to decide whether the defendant is guilty of his or her crime. What crime? The crime of consistently being a stinking shithouse.

The Defendant


Nicolas Cage

The Case

The Prosecution: Bangkok Dangerous, The Wicker Man, The Weather Man, Snake Eyes, Trespass, Ghost Rider, Knowing, Next, Gone in 60 Seconds, 8MM, Season of the Witch, The Sorcerer's Apprentice.*

Ladies and gentleman of the jury, we know in the real world, a strong work ethic and consistent output of product can go a long way. But in Hollywood, the reverse can be true. And there's no other shining example of that then Nicolas Cage. The guy is averaging about five movies per year and we can expect MAYBE one out them to be at least halfway decent. Is this how low the court is setting the bar for Oscar winners? Sure, a man can work to put food on his table or to pay off the note on his castles and unpaid federal taxes, but aren't there halfway decent scripts for an Oscar winning actor? This just shows poor judgment, and that's why the prosecution seeks a guilty verdict against Mr. Cage. Plus, what's with all those damn wigs?.

The Defense: Kick Ass, Adaptation, Wild at Heart, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Matchstick Men, Con Air, The Rock, Leaving Las Vegas, Raising Arizona.*

Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, a guy can't have multiple wigs? He's makes a living at playing pretend, for goshsake (sorry for the harsh language). And what's wrong having a franchise or two to pay off some bills? Mr. Cage is the shining example of "mo money, mo problems". It comes with the territory. Mr. Cage has put in his time, starting out his career in solid movies like Valley Girl, Rumble Fish, and Raising Arizona and then has a resurgence in the early 90s with an outstanding string of flicks films like Kiss ofDeath, Leaving Las Vegas, The Rock, Con Air and Face/Off. And sure, the 2000s hasn't produced the best of movies for Mr. Cage, but with Adaptation, Kick Ass, Matchstick Men and his brilliant turn in Bad Lieutenant, the defense feels this is evidence enough to acquit Mr. Cage of all charges.

And if that's not enough evidence, then there's always this:

IN CLOSING...

So, whats to be done with Mr. Nic Cage? Is it really such a bad thing that's he's earning a living, taking what work he can, and doing his best with it? Are his choice in scripts laziness or a lack of challenging himself? And the most important question to be asked, once all evidence is taken into consideration, we ask you The Jury, is Nicolas Cage GUILTY or NOT GUILTY? Lets hear YOUR arguments, either side, by STRIKING BACK BELOW.

*The court recognizes that all movies are subjective, so relax.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?


LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

It is the jury's decision that after reviewing last week's evidence, the court finds Mr. Vince Vaughn GUILTY of all charges. The jury feels that while, yes, Mr. Vaughn is playing the same character with the same schtick for years, his dramatic turns and the potential he still has to win audiences over, greatly outweights any harsh sentence he may deserve. He will be sentenced to two years in Movie Jail and house arrest for five years or two consecutively good movies. If he slips, the sentence will be ten times worse.

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12:31AM on 08/24/2012

NOT GUILTY

Not guilty by a long shot. The man has a wider range than any other actor and is usually highly entertaining even in movies that are otherwise terrible (The Wicker Man). Take it from me, I know Cage better than anybody! [link]
Not guilty by a long shot. The man has a wider range than any other actor and is usually highly entertaining even in movies that are otherwise terrible (The Wicker Man). Take it from me, I know Cage better than anybody! [link]
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4:46PM on 08/21/2012
not guilty, he is nic cage, for every crap movie he does, he does good ones also,The Wicker Man did suck though. I just respect a man thats not afraid to tackle various movie roles. Plus I have always believed that when you win an Oscar you can pretty much do whatever the hell you want. He was one actor you never thought would become an action star. He pulled off a hat trick with Con Air, The Rock & Face/Off right off the bat. I really hope Stallone puts him in The Expendables 3
not guilty, he is nic cage, for every crap movie he does, he does good ones also,The Wicker Man did suck though. I just respect a man thats not afraid to tackle various movie roles. Plus I have always believed that when you win an Oscar you can pretty much do whatever the hell you want. He was one actor you never thought would become an action star. He pulled off a hat trick with Con Air, The Rock & Face/Off right off the bat. I really hope Stallone puts him in The Expendables 3
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4:16PM on 08/21/2012
That was a not guilty.
That was a not guilty.
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4:15PM on 08/21/2012

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After going through his movie roles, his good outweigh the bad. His great stand on it's own.
After going through his movie roles, his good outweigh the bad. His great stand on it's own.
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1:13PM on 08/21/2012
Also, why is 8MM part of the prosecution? That was an excellent film.
Also, why is 8MM part of the prosecution? That was an excellent film.
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10:42AM on 08/21/2012

NOT GUILTY

Not only has the man provided us with such classic performances as Adaptation and Lord of War, he has also given us the hilariously bad Next, The Wicker Man and Vampire's Kiss, entertaining this Schmoe thoroughly. I make no reservations about my love for the Cage, and even when he's at his worst I get a chuckle. Simply not Movie Jail material, not in the slightest.
Not only has the man provided us with such classic performances as Adaptation and Lord of War, he has also given us the hilariously bad Next, The Wicker Man and Vampire's Kiss, entertaining this Schmoe thoroughly. I make no reservations about my love for the Cage, and even when he's at his worst I get a chuckle. Simply not Movie Jail material, not in the slightest.
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8:35AM on 08/21/2012

NOT GULITY

He's made enough brilliant movies (Leaving Las Vegas) and unintentionally amusing turkeys (The Wicker Man) to have earned his get out of jail free card. Plus you start jailing actors for wearing wigs, tinseltown would get increasingly quiet.
He's made enough brilliant movies (Leaving Las Vegas) and unintentionally amusing turkeys (The Wicker Man) to have earned his get out of jail free card. Plus you start jailing actors for wearing wigs, tinseltown would get increasingly quiet.
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8:21AM on 08/21/2012

Not Guilty

The dude still has the acting chops if he can get a descent role and a good director to guide him he usually knocks it out of the park.
The dude still has the acting chops if he can get a descent role and a good director to guide him he usually knocks it out of the park.
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5:31AM on 08/21/2012

Not Guilty

Tidbit: Have you done Cuba Gooding Jr yet? That fucking guy...
Tidbit: Have you done Cuba Gooding Jr yet? That fucking guy...
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5:18AM on 08/21/2012

Not Guilty.

I love Nic Cage, especially "bad movie Nic Cage". He usually elevates the shitty movies he's in, and you can tell just how much fun he has doing some of these movies.
Like you list Season of the Witch on the prosecution, but I had a ball watching that shitty movie.
You can't knock a guy for loving what he does, rarely does he phone it in.
I love Nic Cage, especially "bad movie Nic Cage". He usually elevates the shitty movies he's in, and you can tell just how much fun he has doing some of these movies.
Like you list Season of the Witch on the prosecution, but I had a ball watching that shitty movie.
You can't knock a guy for loving what he does, rarely does he phone it in.
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3:52AM on 08/21/2012

Not Guilty

Not Guilty, dude ate a live cockroach for the TOUR DE FORCE, Vampire's Kiss. nuff said
Not Guilty, dude ate a live cockroach for the TOUR DE FORCE, Vampire's Kiss. nuff said
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1:20AM on 08/21/2012
Guilty.
He's completely sold out. What used to be an actor who made interesting, thought-provoking, or at the very least fun movies has become a guy who just makes movies so that he can pay off his debt. That's just sad.
Guilty.
He's completely sold out. What used to be an actor who made interesting, thought-provoking, or at the very least fun movies has become a guy who just makes movies so that he can pay off his debt. That's just sad.
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1:18AM on 08/21/2012
How is The Weather Man a part of the prosecution?!?
How is The Weather Man a part of the prosecution?!?
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12:46AM on 08/21/2012
Absofuckinglutely.

I like three Cage films, 8mm, Kick Ass and Season of the Witch.
Absofuckinglutely.

I like three Cage films, 8mm, Kick Ass and Season of the Witch.
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12:09AM on 08/21/2012

Not guilty

Just got around to watching Drive Angry a few days ago and it surprised me, was a lot of fun!
Just got around to watching Drive Angry a few days ago and it surprised me, was a lot of fun!
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10:45PM on 08/20/2012

Not guilty

I'll see anything he's in simply because he's in it.
I'll see anything he's in simply because he's in it.
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9:54PM on 08/20/2012

Not Guilty

Not Guilty. For every bad film Cage has had (believe me there are some bad ones) there are at least either two really good films or two highly great films.
'You Honor. I present exhibit A: "Raising Arizona". Thank you, the defense rests.'
Also, "The Weather Man" and "Knowing" are pretty good films. "Kick-Ass" has no business being listed as his defense or as a good film. "Moonstruck", "Bringing Out The Dead", "Lord of War", "World Trade Center" should be listed over "Kick-Ass".
Not Guilty. For every bad film Cage has had (believe me there are some bad ones) there are at least either two really good films or two highly great films.
'You Honor. I present exhibit A: "Raising Arizona". Thank you, the defense rests.'
Also, "The Weather Man" and "Knowing" are pretty good films. "Kick-Ass" has no business being listed as his defense or as a good film. "Moonstruck", "Bringing Out The Dead", "Lord of War", "World Trade Center" should be listed over "Kick-Ass".
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9:55PM on 08/20/2012
12:01AM on 08/21/2012
Agreed on all accounts. Weather Man was great.
Agreed on all accounts. Weather Man was great.
9:06PM on 08/20/2012

Not Guilty!

This guy is hilarious and one of the most entertaining actors ever! You can tell he has fun with alot of his roles. His worst movies I would consider to be awfully good type movies. The man entertains.
This guy is hilarious and one of the most entertaining actors ever! You can tell he has fun with alot of his roles. His worst movies I would consider to be awfully good type movies. The man entertains.
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9:05PM on 08/20/2012

Not Guilty!

One of his good movies is worth four bad ones.
One of his good movies is worth four bad ones.
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8:54PM on 08/20/2012

Not Guilty!

This guy is hilarious and one of the most entertaining actors ever! You can tell he has fun with alot of his roles. His worst movies I would consider to be awfully good type movies. The man entertains.
This guy is hilarious and one of the most entertaining actors ever! You can tell he has fun with alot of his roles. His worst movies I would consider to be awfully good type movies. The man entertains.
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8:03PM on 08/20/2012

Not Guilty

Castor Troy.
Nuff said.
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Castor Troy.
Nuff said.
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7:57PM on 08/20/2012

I plead No Contest on Mr. Cage's behalf

The dude seems to take any movie that pays him a certain dollar amount, no matter what. He has bills to pay. Also, he wanted to become an action star and action stars accept that they'll star in a lot of crap. The fact that he gives us brilliance every few years, seemingly by happenstance, is proof positive to me that he knowingly picks lackluster projects for the paychecks, while occasionally squeezing in a good script and a good performance when time and finances provide for it.
The dude seems to take any movie that pays him a certain dollar amount, no matter what. He has bills to pay. Also, he wanted to become an action star and action stars accept that they'll star in a lot of crap. The fact that he gives us brilliance every few years, seemingly by happenstance, is proof positive to me that he knowingly picks lackluster projects for the paychecks, while occasionally squeezing in a good script and a good performance when time and finances provide for it.
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7:54PM on 08/20/2012

This one's hard.

I love him in Wild at Heart, The Rock, Raising Arizona, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation, and Lord of War which is a great underrated performance.

BUT. With Bangkok Dangerous, The Wicker Man, Snake Eyes, Trespass, Ghost Rider, Next, 8MM, Season of the Witch, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Seeking Justice, both National Treasures, and Drive Angry all under his belt in the past two decades.... I have to say....

GUILTY. On Probation until he can pay off the IRS.
I love him in Wild at Heart, The Rock, Raising Arizona, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation, and Lord of War which is a great underrated performance.

BUT. With Bangkok Dangerous, The Wicker Man, Snake Eyes, Trespass, Ghost Rider, Next, 8MM, Season of the Witch, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Seeking Justice, both National Treasures, and Drive Angry all under his belt in the past two decades.... I have to say....

GUILTY. On Probation until he can pay off the IRS.
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7:44PM on 08/20/2012

Is there an Insanity Plea?

Plead insane! Do it Nic!!! You'll spend a month in a psych ward and then have to lay low for a bit.
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Plead insane! Do it Nic!!! You'll spend a month in a psych ward and then have to lay low for a bit.
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7:28PM on 08/20/2012
Guilty. I feel he's had more misses than hits lately. Ask yourself this: Would you let someone who steals off the hook b/c they used that stolen money to pay bills? So should we let Nic Cage off the hook for making crappy films just to pay bills. Believe me, I want him to have a come back b/c he can be great, but at this point in time I say guilty.
Guilty. I feel he's had more misses than hits lately. Ask yourself this: Would you let someone who steals off the hook b/c they used that stolen money to pay bills? So should we let Nic Cage off the hook for making crappy films just to pay bills. Believe me, I want him to have a come back b/c he can be great, but at this point in time I say guilty.
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6:47PM on 08/20/2012

Guilty....

NIc had a short streak of really good films, but the ones that he made that were bad, were SO bad he deserves time for the murder of his reputation. Get it together nic!
NIc had a short streak of really good films, but the ones that he made that were bad, were SO bad he deserves time for the murder of his reputation. Get it together nic!
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6:15PM on 08/20/2012

Lets make..

Nic Cage an over the top villain in the next Expendables.
Nic Cage an over the top villain in the next Expendables.
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5:40PM on 08/20/2012

Guility

I can never forgive him for fucking up Ghost Rider as badly as he has done. Him and that stupid Elvis claw that he has to throw into just about every goddamn movie that he makes.
I can never forgive him for fucking up Ghost Rider as badly as he has done. Him and that stupid Elvis claw that he has to throw into just about every goddamn movie that he makes.
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4:26PM on 08/20/2012

I was wondering when we'd get around to him...

But "Not Guilty."

Had any other actor committed these atrocities (well, not ANY other actor), I would call them out. But Nicolas Cage isn't just an actor. He's Nicolas Fucking Cage. The man is all over the map when it comes to quality, and yes, he's turning in an ungodly amount of work. But calling out just his bad movies doesn't make him due for a stint. Not when he's still got so much that's good.
But "Not Guilty."

Had any other actor committed these atrocities (well, not ANY other actor), I would call them out. But Nicolas Cage isn't just an actor. He's Nicolas Fucking Cage. The man is all over the map when it comes to quality, and yes, he's turning in an ungodly amount of work. But calling out just his bad movies doesn't make him due for a stint. Not when he's still got so much that's good.
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4:22PM on 08/20/2012

Not Guilty

He's been miscast a lot in action film which, with some exception, he doesn't belong in. He is a great character actor though, stuff like Leaving Las Vegas, Lord Of War and Bad LT all show that.

I say he's innoncent.
He's been miscast a lot in action film which, with some exception, he doesn't belong in. He is a great character actor though, stuff like Leaving Las Vegas, Lord Of War and Bad LT all show that.

I say he's innoncent.
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3:24PM on 08/20/2012
On one hand he's brilliant. On the other, quite, quite terrible.

Not guilty.

He should be found not guilty even *because* of some of his terrible roles. Could anyone other than Cage have given us *that* performance in 'The Wicker Man'? Or 'Vampire's Kiss'? The world would be a much sadder place without these things.
On one hand he's brilliant. On the other, quite, quite terrible.

Not guilty.

He should be found not guilty even *because* of some of his terrible roles. Could anyone other than Cage have given us *that* performance in 'The Wicker Man'? Or 'Vampire's Kiss'? The world would be a much sadder place without these things.
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2:46PM on 08/20/2012

Not Guilty

I would like to say guilty because when he is bad he is god awful but good Nic Cage redeems himself for me.
Extra Tidbit: Get Katherine Heigl in there already, her crimes against film need to be put of trial
I would like to say guilty because when he is bad he is god awful but good Nic Cage redeems himself for me.
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2:31PM on 08/20/2012

Not Guilty

Yeah he has had a few stinkers and he often times goes way over the top. I can see the complaints. Nick Cage is more than movie royalty, he changed his name from Copolla to Cage so he could proceed on his own merits, so he does own his parts. I enjoyed the two National Treasure films. The first Ghost Rider wasn't bad because of him. So he's made some bad films. Actor's gotta eat and the way he spends his money recklessly he has gone on to some easy paydays on sub par films. But there's
Yeah he has had a few stinkers and he often times goes way over the top. I can see the complaints. Nick Cage is more than movie royalty, he changed his name from Copolla to Cage so he could proceed on his own merits, so he does own his parts. I enjoyed the two National Treasure films. The first Ghost Rider wasn't bad because of him. So he's made some bad films. Actor's gotta eat and the way he spends his money recklessly he has gone on to some easy paydays on sub par films. But there's no doubting his skill and uniqueness in film. I'd like to see him take Jimmy Stewart like roles. I give him a not guilty because for every piece of crap he makes he puts out something good. I get the feeling that the greatest is yet to come.
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2:28PM on 08/20/2012

Whoa, whoa, whoa!......

You have The Weather Man as one of his prosecutions?....That was a very good film.
You have The Weather Man as one of his prosecutions?....That was a very good film.
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2:27PM on 08/20/2012
Yes he's been in a lot of shit films, but it's probably just to pay his tax bills. Even so, it's fun to bitch about his shit films. Not guilty!
Yes he's been in a lot of shit films, but it's probably just to pay his tax bills. Even so, it's fun to bitch about his shit films. Not guilty!
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2:18PM on 08/20/2012

Not Guilty

Cage, even in bad movies, (almost) always gives us his all and brings such interesting performances to the screen that I believe his work output, while varying in quality, are all worth watching (save for "Trepass", that shit was just bad) for his zaniness..
Cage, even in bad movies, (almost) always gives us his all and brings such interesting performances to the screen that I believe his work output, while varying in quality, are all worth watching (save for "Trepass", that shit was just bad) for his zaniness..
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2:32PM on 08/20/2012
I think this is why I vote not guilty. He always gives his all no matter how bad the film. He never just mails it in. In that way he is unique, an actor who is over the top all the time.
I think this is why I vote not guilty. He always gives his all no matter how bad the film. He never just mails it in. In that way he is unique, an actor who is over the top all the time.
2:14PM on 08/20/2012

Guilty as charged

Guilty. He earned it. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.
Guilty. He earned it. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.
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1:54PM on 08/20/2012
Say whaaat..?? NOT GUILTY!!

Even his bad roles are crazy fun to watch... come on!
Say whaaat..?? NOT GUILTY!!

Even his bad roles are crazy fun to watch... come on!
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1:50PM on 08/20/2012

NOT GUILTY!!!!

The fact that I like some of his films in your "Prosecution" list, tells me he is NOT GUILTY.
The fact that I like some of his films in your "Prosecution" list, tells me he is NOT GUILTY.
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1:43PM on 08/20/2012
Not guilty. Even at his worst, hes still entertaining as hell. And at his best...damn, just watch "Lord of war" for an example!
Not guilty. Even at his worst, hes still entertaining as hell. And at his best...damn, just watch "Lord of war" for an example!
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1:40PM on 08/20/2012
Guilty,and he knows it. But I would like to mention that Knowing was underrated. I enjoyed that movie.
Guilty,and he knows it. But I would like to mention that Knowing was underrated. I enjoyed that movie.
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1:25PM on 08/20/2012

Yeah....

Although I like the fact that he will try some low budget projects.... Guilty, I'm afraid.
Although I like the fact that he will try some low budget projects.... Guilty, I'm afraid.
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1:23PM on 08/20/2012
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1:19PM on 08/20/2012
NOT GUILTY! Bad Lieutenant and Kick-Ass alone outweighs all his bad stuff in recent years. And he was pretty consistently awesome back in the day. If he didn't have all his money problems he might have been able to choose better stuff as well lately. No one can do goofy and whacky over the top like Nicolas Cage can. He's an entertaining guy, he named his son Kal-El for gods sake.
NOT GUILTY! Bad Lieutenant and Kick-Ass alone outweighs all his bad stuff in recent years. And he was pretty consistently awesome back in the day. If he didn't have all his money problems he might have been able to choose better stuff as well lately. No one can do goofy and whacky over the top like Nicolas Cage can. He's an entertaining guy, he named his son Kal-El for gods sake.
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1:17PM on 08/20/2012

Guilty but...

But dont give the guy life, we know he can act and I stille believe he will have his comeback. And btw Weather Man is actually a pretty good movie with a Cage acting rather well together with the great Michael Caine. He should not be convicted for that one.
But dont give the guy life, we know he can act and I stille believe he will have his comeback. And btw Weather Man is actually a pretty good movie with a Cage acting rather well together with the great Michael Caine. He should not be convicted for that one.
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12:51PM on 08/20/2012

Not Guilty

Good movie, bad movie, he's always entertaining. Besides, if you put him in jail, he'll escape with a cigarette. "I NEED A LIGHT!!!"
Good movie, bad movie, he's always entertaining. Besides, if you put him in jail, he'll escape with a cigarette. "I NEED A LIGHT!!!"
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12:41PM on 08/20/2012

Bad Lieutenant used as DEFENSE??

Ugh! Guilty as HELL!

Extra Tidbit: Next movie jail... Tim Burton
Ugh! Guilty as HELL!

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12:29PM on 08/20/2012
Guilty Guilty Guilty Guilty. He stinks. A ruiner of movies. If he doesn't belong in Movie Jail, nobody does.

Yeah, Raising Arizona's great. But the Coens could get a funny, timeless performance out of anybody. Kristen Stewart, Ashton Kutcher, Andy Dick. anybody.

Picture a world where he actually got to play Superman. The Prosecution Rests.

Extra Tidbit: I accuse Sharon Stone.
Guilty Guilty Guilty Guilty. He stinks. A ruiner of movies. If he doesn't belong in Movie Jail, nobody does.

Yeah, Raising Arizona's great. But the Coens could get a funny, timeless performance out of anybody. Kristen Stewart, Ashton Kutcher, Andy Dick. anybody.

Picture a world where he actually got to play Superman. The Prosecution Rests.

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12:22PM on 08/20/2012

Not Guilty

Sure Nic has made some dodgy films over the past decade, but he has mixed it up. Although he is a repeat offender, he shouldn't be locked up and prevented from redeeming himself again.
Sure Nic has made some dodgy films over the past decade, but he has mixed it up. Although he is a repeat offender, he shouldn't be locked up and prevented from redeeming himself again.
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12:18PM on 08/20/2012
Didn't even read the article. Guilty!
Didn't even read the article. Guilty!
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12:15PM on 08/20/2012

Drunk hicks of the Jury!

I find Nic Cage NOT GUILTY. Sure the man has made some incredibly shitty movies recently (Bangkok Dangerous, Knowing, Next) the man still has it in him to deliver the goods. For every Next and Season of the Witch we get he delivers us a gem like Port of Call New Orleans or Kickass. The dude still has good performance in him the problem is he's just doing any movie that comes his way now. Obviously Nic has some money issues (Castles ain't cheap!) so he just accepts any role. I feel he takes a
I find Nic Cage NOT GUILTY. Sure the man has made some incredibly shitty movies recently (Bangkok Dangerous, Knowing, Next) the man still has it in him to deliver the goods. For every Next and Season of the Witch we get he delivers us a gem like Port of Call New Orleans or Kickass. The dude still has good performance in him the problem is he's just doing any movie that comes his way now. Obviously Nic has some money issues (Castles ain't cheap!) so he just accepts any role. I feel he takes a role based on the amount of money he gets and what hair piece he can wear. This sounds like I'm ragging on the guy but I'm reallly not. I'm fine with him taking any role aslong as he gives it his best. Even when Nic is sleepwalking he still makes a shitty movie enjoyable. Case in point I watched Season of the Witch recently. Not an awful movie but would have been if not for Nic Cage having fun. Just watched Spirit of Vengeance last night and really enjoyed it. Thats the best I've seen Nic in one of his mainstream cash grab films.

So in closing yes Nic makes some terrible choices in movies but he always has fun doing them. The main difference between him and someone like Vince Vaughn is that Nic realizes he makes some shit films and always throws in a great role among the shit. I'm fine with getting another 10 movies like Next if it means he get alnother brilliant perfromance like Port of Call New Orleans.
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11:34AM on 08/20/2012
Not guilty. C'mon, the guy is hilarious! I love seeing him just go fucking crazy and going nuts. His movies sucking are part of why he's so damn funny! I might be in the minority but not guilty because this guy just puts me in a good mood.
Not guilty. C'mon, the guy is hilarious! I love seeing him just go fucking crazy and going nuts. His movies sucking are part of why he's so damn funny! I might be in the minority but not guilty because this guy just puts me in a good mood.
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11:31AM on 08/20/2012
Not guilty. True that his movies as of late tend to be sh**ty quality (i.e. Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance and Bangkok Dangerous), most of his movies are still better given the quality of script such as Kick Ass, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. I would also defend that Snake Eyes and Gone in Sixty Seconds, to me, are one of Cage's finest moments.
Not guilty. True that his movies as of late tend to be sh**ty quality (i.e. Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance and Bangkok Dangerous), most of his movies are still better given the quality of script such as Kick Ass, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. I would also defend that Snake Eyes and Gone in Sixty Seconds, to me, are one of Cage's finest moments.
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11:16AM on 08/20/2012

sigh...

Not guilty. Yes he's done a lot of shit movies. But his good ones are really good. The Rock, Con Air, 80mm, Match Stick Men, Lord of War, Adaption. The list goes on and on. I would argue he's made a lot more good movies then bad.
Not guilty. Yes he's done a lot of shit movies. But his good ones are really good. The Rock, Con Air, 80mm, Match Stick Men, Lord of War, Adaption. The list goes on and on. I would argue he's made a lot more good movies then bad.
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11:12AM on 08/20/2012

Guilty!

He should be more "Raising Arizona" than "Con-Air".
He should be more "Raising Arizona" than "Con-Air".
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11:02AM on 08/20/2012
This one pains me because I do think he's super talented and still has the occasional appearance in good movies--but sorry, Nic, it's gotta be GUILTY.
This one pains me because I do think he's super talented and still has the occasional appearance in good movies--but sorry, Nic, it's gotta be GUILTY.
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10:58AM on 08/20/2012
Guiily and the sentence is to have his head shaved and forced to do crappy kids movies until a good movie finally needs him in it. That should be a considerable wait.
Guiily and the sentence is to have his head shaved and forced to do crappy kids movies until a good movie finally needs him in it. That should be a considerable wait.
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10:40AM on 08/20/2012

Guilty

He just does WAAAAAAAAAAY too many movies. So he'll do some good ones, some fun ones and a lot of crap!!! If he was more selective, he wouldn't make so many bad movies...

The wigs don't help, he should just shave his head.
He just does WAAAAAAAAAAY too many movies. So he'll do some good ones, some fun ones and a lot of crap!!! If he was more selective, he wouldn't make so many bad movies...

The wigs don't help, he should just shave his head.
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10:39AM on 08/20/2012
Guilty, but not too long a sentence - maybe three-four years. As I mentioned on an article about his latest film Stolen (which appears to be a wholesale Taken ripoff), Nicolas Cage certainly has fallen far from his glory days in a relatively short amount of time. He seems very ready to take his place in the section of Direct to DVD hell reserved for disgraced former Oscar winners, alongside Cuba Gooding Jr and F Murray Abraham. He can be a very good actor when he wants to, and achieved a great
Guilty, but not too long a sentence - maybe three-four years. As I mentioned on an article about his latest film Stolen (which appears to be a wholesale Taken ripoff), Nicolas Cage certainly has fallen far from his glory days in a relatively short amount of time. He seems very ready to take his place in the section of Direct to DVD hell reserved for disgraced former Oscar winners, alongside Cuba Gooding Jr and F Murray Abraham. He can be a very good actor when he wants to, and achieved a great degree of success despite not possessing typical leading-man looks. On the subject of his hair, he's the odd case where no conceivable hairstyle looks good on him. Short hair doesn't work, long hair doesn't work, no hair at all doesn't work, mullets don't work, mutton chops don't work...and he does look like he's gotten a fair bit of cosmetic surgery and a number of botox injections in recent years, making his face have this odd plasticky sheen to it. I certainly miss the old Nic Cage. Well, nobody can throw a tantrum onscreen like he can, and it could have been worse - he was very close to becoming Superman. Also, those Pachinko machine ads are so nuts, they work - Nicolas Cage at his craziest and typically weird Japanese television commercials are a perfect fit.

As for who should be the next to stand trial, I'd like to suggest directors like Michael Bay or the Farrelly Brothers.
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10:32AM on 08/20/2012

Guilty!

I love Nic Cage but he's absolutely guilty of making horrible movies, even if they're all entertaining as hell.
I love Nic Cage but he's absolutely guilty of making horrible movies, even if they're all entertaining as hell.
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10:22AM on 08/20/2012

I like him but...

GUILTY!!!!!!
GUILTY!!!!!!
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