Cage-a-Thon at MIFF
"I'm a vampire! I'm a vampire! I'm a vampire! I'm a vampire! I'm a vampire! I'm a vampire!"
"Killing me won't bring back your goddamn honey!"
"I'm like a prickly pear."
"What are these fuckin' iguanas doing on my coffee table?"
These are all things Nicholas Cage has said on screen. The man is considered by some to be the greatest actor of his generation, to others he's a laughing stock. If you fall into either camp, and you've got the stamina, the Melbourne International Film Festival's (MIFF) Cage-a-Thon movie marathon at the Astor is your chance to see 12 hours of the master's greatest roles on the big screen.
MIFF is yet to select the final seven acting masterclasses that will make up Cage-a-Thon, so start petitioning the festival for your favourite now.
But with more than 70 films in his catalogue, how does one select an overview of Cage's career? It's a herculean task.
He won the Best Actor Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas in 1996, a great film. But was also nominated for three Worst Actor Razzies in 2012 for Drive Angry, Season of the Witch and Trespass – all objectively terrible performances. Between 2016 and the end of this year he will have starred in no less than 16 feature-length films.
Yes, he has earned his late-career ridiculing. But how many artists have worked with auteurs such as David Lynch on Wild at Heart or the Coen Brothers on Raising Arizona, before going on to star in the greatest unbroken run of action movies of all time? Neither Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone nor Bruce Willis managed to hit three in a row the way Cage did on The Rock, Con Air and Face/Off – all of which are better than Die Hard by the way. Don't agree? Do your worst in the comments.