Screen Junkies » season of the witch http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:07:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Enough With Nic Cage Already, Internet http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/enough-with-nic-cage-already-internet/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/enough-with-nic-cage-already-internet/#comments Fri, 21 Jan 2011 21:59:01 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21432 Seeing two Nic Cage memes on the same day caused me to stop and wonder what the hell is going on? What is the Internet’s sick obsession with Cage?

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Nic Cage has been the subject of countless Internet memes, and it’s easy to see why. Although he’s a very talented actor, he often ends up in roles that are what the French call “le Shitty.” Part of this is due to his nature. As Roger Ebert says of Cage, “He’s daring and fearless in his choice of roles, and unafraid to crawl out on a limb, saw it off and remain suspended in air.” However, at the present time, Cage’s anything goes approach might have more to do with the fact that he pissed away a fortune, and is in a desperate pinch for cash. Fearlessness explains Adaptation and Raising Arizona. As for Season of the Witch, which currently boasts a 4% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes.com; not so much.

When an actor does that many shitty movies, it lends itself to Internet mockery. After all, who could watch this clip from The Wicker Man remake without laughing…

I have never seen the film, so I can’t be sure. But I’d like to imagine that a scene where a man is tortured by bees might not be so comical within the overall context of the film. Regardless of the particular scene’s merit, it’s just one of countless examples. For example, who can forget “My hair is a bird”….

Or the entire site dedicated to depicting Nic Cage as everyone

But on Monday, I was subjected to two Nic Cage montage videos: The Evolution of Nic Cage’s Hair and The Nic Cage Song.

Neither video was that bad, but they were both a far cry from Nicholas Cage Losing His Shit. In fact, it almost seems as if the Cage memes are starting to jump the shark. Seeing two on the same day caused me to stop and wonder what the hell is going on? What is the Internet’s sick obsession with Nic Cage? Why him? Why now? Why not someone else? Surely there are other actors who are more deserving of our collective scorn. I know that not all of these videos and memes are necessarily negative, but even so, it’s beginning to feel like a pile on. Why the obsession?

Why not Gary Busey? He’s clearly more insane than Nic. Sure, Gary gets ripped on all the time, but not with the same intensity and dedication. What about Randy Quiad? That crazy bastard is in Canada hiding from the “Hollywood Star Whackers.” That’s 100% crazier than anything that Nic Cage has ever done, and Cage once at a live cockroach! What about Charlie Sheen? When he’s not spouting off September 11th conspiracy theories, he’s locking hookers in hotel bathrooms and having coke orgies with porn stars in Vegas. Surely that warrants a montage or two.

The only explanation I can come up with is that despite all the mockery, deep down, we all love Nic Cage. While many actors come and go, Nic Cage is there year after year churning out movie after movie. Sure, a lot of his films are shit, but deep down we take comfort in knowing he’s out there. He’s a constant in our ever changing lives. He’s a friend, a brother, and perhaps to some, a secret lover. Plus, he used to do shoorms with his cat.

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Weekend Box Office Report: Post-New Year’s Edition http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-post-new-years-edition/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-post-new-years-edition/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2011 16:38:56 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=14876 As all box-office prognosticators know, the weekend after New Year's represents a traditional slump in box office returns, as the general public becomes numb

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As all box-office prognosticators know, the weekend after New Year’s represents a traditional slump in box office returns, as the general public becomes numb with the crushing oppressiveness of another unrelenting year of births, deaths, and having to buy new shoes. And while I’d love to report that Nicolas Cage single-handedly saved the world’s population from the box office doldrums, the more accurate truth is that he merely contributed to them. His Serious Witchcraft picture Season of the Witch only earned $10.7 million – a paltry sum low enough to make even a warlock blush, and which was only good enough for 3rd place over the weekend behind two movies in their 3rd weeks (Jeff Bridges’ eyepatch in True Grit and Robert De Niro’s boner in Little Fockers).

Meanwhile, real-life witch Gwyneth Paltrow proved that having a terrible title like Country Strong isn’t enough to kill a movie’s financial potential, since a movie with that very (and very terrible) title managed to perform pretty respectably, with a $7.3 million dollar weekend in limited release.

In movies-your-parents-don’t-want-to-see news, the season’s surprise indie hits The King’s Speech Black Swan, and Blue Valentine continued to do very well, with Blue Valentine scoring the highest per-screen average gross of $18,000 per screen. Perhaps a TV sitcom adaptation is in the works?

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Claire Foy http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/claire-foy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/claire-foy/#comments Tue, 04 Jan 2011 18:58:20 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=14059 If the Season of the Witch trailer is anything to go off of, Claire Foy will spend the majority of her American feature film debut locked in a cage.

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If the Season of the Witch trailer is anything to go off of, Claire Foy will spend the majority of her American feature film debut locked in a cage. I’m going to go ahead and assume that this was an intentional move on the producers’ part designed to keep Nicolas Cage from gnawing her arms off, or whatever the hell it is Nicolas Cage does when he’s around people who aren’t accustomed to his unique form of insanity. Run, Claire. Run now.

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Nic Cage’s New Movie Is So Weird, He’s the Normal One In It http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nic-cages-new-movie-is-so-weird-hes-the-normal-one-in-it/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nic-cages-new-movie-is-so-weird-hes-the-normal-one-in-it/#comments Tue, 04 Jan 2011 00:04:10 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=14021 When I got to interview Nicolas Cage for Season of the Witch, we got to analyze his preference for weird acting in depth. That’s all background for what goes into his latest performance, so here are a few specifics.

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When I got to interview Nicolas Cage for Season of the Witch, we got to analyze his preference for weird acting in depth. That’s all background for what goes into his latest performance, so here are a few specifics. Behman (Cage) isn’t the weirdest one in this movie.

“In Season of the Witch there’s a whole lot of weird going on because we have monks that are being re-animated and possessed by demon spirits and wolves that are morphing into demon wolves,” Cage said. “We have witches that are transforming into other things so there’s a lot of it in the movie, in the true sense of the word.”

Behman is a knight escorting a suspected witch back to a monastery for examination by monks. Cage himself is a magic enthusiast, but chooses his words carefully when discussing witchcraft.

“I have an open mind. I don’t judge people in terms of what they choose to believe or not to believe. I feel everybody has the right to believe whatever they want to. It’s not something that has been my own personal practice but let’s say I’m not opposed to having friends who may have experienced things like that because I don’t tend to judge people. My understanding of that is it’s more of a nature worship as opposed to some sort on devil worship.”

Unfortunately, Behman is not likely to join the updated montage of “Nicolas Cage Losing His Sh*t” on YouTube. “The only thing I would say is I have been doing this for a very long time now. It’s been three decades and not all my characters are in that style. Some of them are more minimal and some of them are more subdued, so I don’t think that Behman would be in that particular category.”

Season of the Witch opens Friday.

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Season of the Witch http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/season-of-the-witch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/season-of-the-witch/#comments Sat, 01 Jan 2011 23:34:04 +0000 Reza F. Director: Dominic SenaCast: Nicolas Cage, Ron PerlmanSynopsis: 14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

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Director: Dominic Sena

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman

Synopsis: 14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

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Awesome Interview: Nicolas Cage http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/awesome-interview-nicolas-cage/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/awesome-interview-nicolas-cage/#comments Tue, 30 Nov 2010 23:14:55 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=9491 Nic Cage gets weird with us in discussing Season of the Witch, Drive Angry, wigs, dressing as a bear, and licking the audience. On second thought, pretty standard Cage stuff.

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Here’s an early Christmas present, for me at least. Nicolas Cage has Season of the Witch opening in January 7th, so the time to do press for it is now, before the media gets swamped with holiday stories. I got a phone call this morning with that distinct, smooth cadence on the other line. When I thanked him for calling, he replied, “You too, thank you for inviting me to the interview.”

My invitation was contingent on getting weird though, and Cage is always game for the weird. It’s time to get weird with the master of weird. In Season of the Witch, Cage plays Behman, a 14th century knight assigned to guard a suspected witch. Behman has the long hair that would make Cameron Poe in Con Air proud, and we can hope for some moments that would belong in the “Nicolas Cage Losing His Sh*t” YouTube mashup.

Screen Junkies: You once shared with me the Hunter S. Thompson quote: “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” How did you apply that to Season of the Witch?

Nicolas Cage: Well, in that case it’s probably weird in the true sense of the word, meaning W-Y-R-D, not W-E-I-R-D. The interesting thing about the word “weird” is it’s almost a holy word in that it was an ancient Celtic Druid way of life meaning literally to transform or to turn. That was the etymology of the word weird as we know it today because when you call somebody weird, it’s usually because they’re not acting like themselves or they’re turning into something else.

SJ: What’s been your favorite weird role to play?

NC: Yeah, there’s been a few now. It has been a while that I’ve been making movies now. I would have to say that in recent times, Bad Lieutenant was certainly a weird role, but weird more because he was contorted with chemicals both physically and mentally. I loved Peter Loew from Vampire’s Kiss. He was really weird because he went into the world of thinking he was a vampire.

SJ: I love Vampire’s Kiss too. What would Peter Loew think of the Twilight vampires?

NC: I don’t know. [Laughs] I don’t know how to answer that. I think Peter Loew’s interests were more Kafka-esque.

SJ: What’s a weird role you’ve seen someone else play that you would have liked to do?

NC: Well, I had a lot of admiration for Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance in Gangs of New York where he played The Butcher. I thought that was a weird role that was really well done.

SJ: Does the witchcraft of this movie have anything in common with the rituals in The Wicker Man?

NC: The Wicker Man was more of a kind of black comedy of sorts, dealing with Neil Labute’s exploration of the relationships between men and women. It was just more of an extreme absurdist comedy dealing with that as opposed to any real kind of witchcraft if you will.

SJ: Is that why you put on a bear suit and beat up women?

NC: [Laughs] Yeah, clearly you don’t wear a bear suit and do something that off the wall and not know it’s ridiculous.

SJ: I’ve been reading Outlawvern.com and he’s coined the phrase “mega acting” with regard to your work in films like Bad Lieutenant and Face/Off. The idea is it’s not overacting, because it’s intentionally extreme. Do you feel that’s accurate?

NC: Yeah, I think that makes sense. I often refer to it as outsid the box, as opposed to over the top. The two things mean the same thing on one hand but one sort of celebrates the idea of breaking free and going into other forms of expression, whether they’re abstract or extreme or as this friend of yours calls mega acting. The other sort of implies you’re not being truthful to the part, but see, I don’t know how you measure something like that because life can be extreme and life can be mega. I wouldn’t do that to somebody in another art form. Not to compare myself to someone like Francis Bacon but just as a point of explanation, I wouldn’t say, “Hey, you can’t paint a screaming pope like that because a screaming pope doesn’t look like that naturally.”

SJ: There’s also that YouTube clip of “Nicolas Cage Losing His Sh*t.” Are you happy that people are celebrating those moments?

NC: Oh yeah. That’s very exciting. I was happy to see that this person found it and was going back to some of the really early work like Zandalee and even the movie I made with my brother Deadfall. It was very exciting to see that be reawakened.

SJ: Yet you won the Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas, which was a more real, tragic performance.

NC: Yeah, but there were some pretty extreme outbursts in that movie too but I don’t think they made it in that piece.

SJ: I love the long hair for Behman. I actually grew mine out one year and went as Cameron Poe for Halloween. It makes me wonder, do you have a collection of awesome wigs you pick from for each role?

NC: It’s amazing because sometimes people think I’m wearing a wig when I’m not wearing a wig and then sometimes they think I’m not wearing a wig when I am wearing a wig. You’d have to go through it carefully to pick which one is which. For example, Drive Angry I’m not wearing a wig. Behman and Sorcerer’s Apprentice I was wearing a wig. Even in Deadfall, if you look at that sequence, I even put a nose attachment on so the nose went out and then up, when I’m saying, “Vive la France,” that dialogue I was improvising.

SJ: Do you ever keep it when the movie’s done, whether it’s a wig or a real look you’ve developed?

NC: No, I don’t. I don’t wear wigs in my own life or in public so I have no use for them. I did keep the look on Drive Angry because I had dyed my hair blonde and I didn’t have any time to dye it back before the next movie which was Trespass. Once I got back from my press tour for Sorcerer’s where I had the Drive Angry blonde hair, I went back to my normal color.

SJ: Have you seen the College Humor clip about your agent?

NC: No, that one I haven’t seen.

SJ: Would we laugh if we saw the real scripts that passed your desk?

NC: You know, the truth is I’m very selective about what I do. Even now, if you look at the characters I’m playing, I’m trying to cultivate a body of work that celebrates people like Christopher Lee or Vincent Price. I’m wanting to go into a kind of horror and supernatural world with the acting because it gives me something more abstract to do. I haven’t seen that particular site that you’re talking about but I don’t think you would laugh. The reality is you’ll see pretty much an eclectic mix of characters but I don’t think anything that extreme in terms of [comedy]. Well, I haven’t seen the site so I can’t really comment on it.

SJ: With Drive Angry, did 3D give you a new tool for your acting?

NC: Yeah, I wanted to find ways to go into the audience. I even tried to get my tongue into the audience but I don’t know if that made it into the movie. That would’ve been an extreme moment but I’m not sure that it’s still in there or not. Yeah, trying to find ways to dance with the 3D cameras so that I could get into the fourth row of the audience or more.

SJ: What kind of performance is Trespass?

NC: That’s going to be another character and definitely one that is not like myself. He’s a frustrated husband. I think you might even say he’s a confused person about his tastes in romance. He’s somebody that’s really up against a wall.

SJ: What are you looking forward to about playing Ghost Rider again?

NC: Well, I’m currently doing that as we speak. I just got back from Romania and I’m going back tomorrow night to keep working in Bucharest on that and I’m very excited about the possibilities that we’re coming up with on that movie.

So there you have it, folks. Nic Cage was trying to get his tongue into the audience. Simply amazing. Be sure to check Cage out in Season of the Witch January 7th, and see if you can tell if he’s wearing a wig or not.

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New ‘Season Of The Witch’ Trailer Shows Us Its Witch http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-season-of-the-witch-trailer-shows-us-its-witch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-season-of-the-witch-trailer-shows-us-its-witch/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 20:04:16 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=8015 Once you get past the wig, Season Of The Witch doesn't look half bad. I'm not sure why its release was pushed to be dumped in the movie-going wasteland that is January (the New Jersey of months).

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Once you get past the wig, Season Of The Witch doesn’t look half bad. I’m not sure why its release was pushed to be dumped in the movie-going wasteland that is January (the New Jersey of months) with all the stinkers. Yes, Nicolas Cage movies can sometimes be silly, and, yes, Dominic Sena-directed films are known to cause indigestion, but I’m on board with this one.

If you’re familiar with the previous trailer, you know the plot. Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman play large-headed knights who are tasked with delivering a supposed witch to her execution. However, Cage sees a sweetness in her and has doubts that she is a total witch. He then rises up against the church elders (re: total dicks) and their CGI desert army to do what’s right. Whatever. I’m not saying I love it, but it could have done well against Jonah Hex.

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Witness Nic Cage’s Flowing Locks in ‘Season Of The Witch’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/witness-nic-cages-flowing-locks-in-season-of-the-witch-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/witness-nic-cages-flowing-locks-in-season-of-the-witch-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Not to be confused with the crappy Halloween sequel of the same name, Season Of The Witch is a new gothic, thriller starring Sir Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman. The large-headed duo portray knights on a mission to bring a violent witch to an abbey for dewitchification and the witch is all like, "No. No. No." It's the Middle Ages equivalent of bringing Amy Winehouse to rehab.Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Not to be confused with the crappy Halloween sequel of the same name, Season Of The Witch is a new gothic, thriller starring Sir Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman. The large-headed duo portray knights on a mission to bring a violent witch to an abbey for dewitchification and the witch is all like, "No. No. No." It’s the Middle Ages equivalent of bringing Amy Winehouse to rehab.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

 

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