Monday, April 4, 2011

Peggy Sue Got Married

  Directed by Nicolas Cage's uncle, Francis Ford Coppola, the movie revolves around Peggy Sue played by Kathleen Turner. When the movie begins we meet Peggy Sue as a forty-something housewife facing a divorce from her estranged husband Charlie played by Nic Cage. At her 25th high school reunion, Peggy Sue faints on stage and awakes to find herself transported back to her teenage body with the knowledge that her high school sweetheart Charlie turns out to be a lying, cheating scumbag who just never amounts to much.

  In what I can loosely describe as a female version of Back to the Future, Peggy Sue Got Married explores the concept of what you would do if faced with the opportunity to relive your life, in a lighthearted but also slightly dramatic way. Once Peggy Sue gets over the initial shock of finding herself a teenager again, she begins railing against her teenage boyfriend Charlie for sins he has not yet committed. As the story unravels, things become more complicated and it becomes clear that there are reasons why Charlie lost his way.

  Notable appearances include Catherine Hicks (the mom from 7th Heaven) and Joan Allen (the mom from Pleasantville). A young Jim Carrey and Sophia Coppola make an appearances as well.

  Kathleen Turner was nominated for a best Actress Oscar for her performance while Nic Cage's performance was ridiculously bad. Cage performs as Charlie with a nasal voice reminiscent of PeeWee Herman but he can't seem to keep the act up. The voice is constantly fading in and out and it's pretty distracting. Thus far in his career, Nicolas Cage doesn't really seem to have found himself as an actor and it shows.

Here's a look at what Kathleen Turner has been up to lately on one of my favorite shows right now, Californication:

On a related note, I recently lost my voice and someone remarked that I sounded a lot like Kathleen Turner.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Boy in Blue

So bad, it's bad...

  Set in Philadelphia during the late 19th century, The Boy in Blue is Nicolas Cage's portrayal of real-life championship sculler Ned Hanlan. If only rowing were really that exciting. If you want to get an idea of what this movie is like, take the movie Rocky... replace Sylvester Stallone with Nic Cage... give him a pair of oars and send him down the Schuylkill River with a trainer old enough to have known William Penn... throw in a few training montages couple with some way out of place synthesizer music you get... a total piece of crap.

"Before baseball, football, or soccer, one sport alone captured the imagination of both rich and poor -- sculling.
The masses turned out by the thousands to cheer their heroes as they battled on the water, while gamblers won and lost fortunes on the outcome.
This is the true story of a young oarsman --
And so begins our not-so-epic journey into the world of 19th century sculling. In the film version of the story Cage plays Ned Hanlan, a Canadian bootlegger turned sculler. After a run-in with the law, Hanlan is convinced by Bill (David Naughton) to go down to Philadelphia to compete in the International Centennial Regatta, which he won easily, thanks in part to a new type of sliding seat that no other rower was willing to try. Hanlan is approached by Colonel Knox (Christopher Plummer), the head of the local gambling scene to train and row for his interests. Knox uses his niece Margaret (Cynthia Dale) to sweeten the deal but ultimately Hanlan refuses the deal, getting the cold shoulder from Margaret and back-stabbed by his former partner Bill. After refusing to throw a race against his rival, the Australian oarsman Edward Trickett, Hanlan intentionally rams him and as a result is banned from rowing in the U.S. Hanlan then sets out to challenge Trickett for both bragging rights and the world champion title, bypassing his U.S. ban by racing in the Thames river. I'm pretty sure you can figure out who wins... If you're in the mood to watch a really bad movie, rent Drive Angry but whatever you do, don't watch this movie. It's a total waste of time... unless of course you're Canadian or something...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Nic Cage to play Captain Jean Luc Picard in upcoming Star Trek Sequel

Paramount has confirmed that the projected release date for the "Star Trek" sequel is indeed June 29, 2012.

Director J.J. Abrams will return to helm the sequel and plans include a Next Generation Twist. Nicolas Cage is in talks to play Captain Kirk's latter day counterpart, Captain Jean Luc Picard. Production is set to begin hot off the heels of Ghost Rider 2 and according to Nic Cage "The role of Picard will be a Nic Cage classic".

The news comes from a variety of sources, including Ain't It Cool News and Entertainment Weekly, but there's no Paramount-issued press release as of yet. The information ran through some trustworthy sources, but we've yet to receive comment from the studio directly.

Regardless, there really hasn't ever been any doubt that we'd be seeing more "Star Trek." Abrams' take on the series made it friendly to an entirely new, much wider audience than its ever known before.