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Happy Birthday to Nicolas Cage


Nicolas Cage

Happy Birthday to Nicolas Cage!

The famous actor turns 50 years old today.

Although he and his career have basically imploded and taken a nosedive in the last 7 years, Nicolas Cage is still one of my favorite actors of all time.

Unfortunately he has disgraced us all with the absurdity and awfulness of The Wicker Man (2006), Ghost Rider (2007), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010), Season of the Witch (2011), Drive Angry (2011), Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011), and The Frozen Ground (2013).

However, let us not forget the jewels that he has bestowed upon us with:

NICOLAS CAGE as Yuri Orlov in LORD OF WAR directed by ANDREW NICCOL

Lord of War (2005),

The Weather Man Nicolas Cage

The Weather Man (2005),

National Treasure Nicolas Cage

National Treasure (2004),

Matchstick Men Nicolas Cage

Matchstick Men (2003),

The Family Man Cage Cheadle

The Family Man (2000),

Gone in Sixty Seconds Cage

Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000),

Bringing Out the Dead Cage

Bringing Out the Dead (1999),

FaceOff Cage

Face/Off (1997),

Con Air Cage Malkovich

Con Air (1997),

The Rock Cage

The Rock (1996),

Leavin Las Vegas Cage

Leaving Las Vegas (1995),

Kiss of Death Cage

Kiss of Death (1995),

Raising Arizona Cage

and Raising Arizona (1987).

The man can still act.  Every once in a while he gets his act together and creates something that is reminiscent of the Nicolas Cage of old.  I still watch his films with a shimmer of hope because one day he could turn it all around and return to greatness.  One day he just might make his comeback.  He is not getting any younger, but 50 years old is something to celebrate.  Happy Birthday Nic and thank you for the excellent movie watching experiences!

Click on the links below to read my Nicolas Cage movie reviews:

Kick-Ass (2010)

Stolen (2012)

The Frozen Ground (2013)

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R.I.P. Paul Walker


R.I.P. Paul Walker

Paul Walker suit

The actor most known for his role in The Fast and the Furious movies died yesterday afternoon (11/30/13) in a car accident in Valencia, CA.  His friend Roger Rodas was driving.  Walker had been at a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide earlier in the day.  Both men were found dead in the wreckage of a red Porche.  Walker was only 40 years old.

It’s sad and shocking news.  I’ve been a fan of Paul Walker’s movies ever since I saw him in Pleasantville (1998).  It’s awful to see him go way before his time.

Paul was not known for dramas, rather he was most known for action movies and thrillers.

Running Scared Walker Gun

My favorite Paul Walker movie is Running Scared (2006).  Other great Walker movies include Eight Below (2006), The Lazarus Project (2008), The Fast and the Furious (2001), Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013), and The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2007).

Eight Below Walker Dogs

Walker was supposed to be in Fast & Furious 7 in 2014.

Hours (2013) will be Paul’s second to the last movie to be released.  It is set to be released later this month.  The last movie that he made was Brick Mansions (2014).

The world lost another great actor.  He will be missed.

Paul Walker movies that I have reviewed include:

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

Movie Picture of the Day 8/14/13


Lord of War Cage Leto gun

One of my all-time favorite actors Nicolas Cage in his best role and my favorite singer Jared Leto from my favorite band 30 Seconds to Mars play brothers in arms in the film, Lord of War (2005).  Lots of my favorites were a part of this movie.  It’s no wonder this is another one of my favorite films.

Movie Picture of the Day 8/8/13


Leon The Professional Oldman

Gary Oldman‘s character is one of the best bad guys ever filmed in the movie Leon: The Professional (1994).

Happy Birthday to Arnold Schwarzenegger


Arnold Schwarzenegger Mr. Universe

Happy Birthday to Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor

The man has been known as Mr. Universe and The Governor of California, but he will always be remembered as The Terminator.

The Terminator Arnold

Ahnuld turns 66 years old today.

THE TOMB

Check out the trailer for his latest movie that also stars Sylvester StalloneEscape Plan (2013).

The duo will also return for another go-round in the movie The Expendables 3 (2014).

Earlier this year Ahnuld was in The Last Stand (2013).

Check out Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Impression of Jeff Dunham’s Walter Doll.

He will be back in Terminator 5 (2015).

Click on any of the links below to read my Arnold Schwarzenegger movie reviews:

The Last Stand (2013)

Escape Plan (2013)

Movie Picture of the Day 7/30/13


About Schmidt Nicholson funny

The always incredible Jack Nicholson in the dysfunctional drama About Schmidt (2002).

This picture made me smile.  I hope it does the same for you.

R.I.P. Dennis Farina


Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina passed away today in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 69.  The cause of death is unknown, but what is known is that the world lost a superb character actor.  (It was released later on that he died of a blood clot in his lung.)

Snatch. Farina

Farina was in television and movies for 31 years.  He is probably best known for his parts in Snatch. (2000) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).  He was also in 46 episodes of “Law & Order” from 2004-2006.  I especially liked his characters in Snatch. and Stealing Harvard (2002).  He usually played a tough-guy character, but he had a way of being funny at the same time.  It was a sort of charm that most people don’t possess and he will be missed.

Stealing Harvard Farina

Rest in Peace Dennis Farina.

Saving Private Ryan Farina Hanks

Happy Birthday to Ray Allen


Ray Allen

Happy Birthday to Ray Allen!  The greatest 3-point shooter to ever live turns 38 years old today.

He Got Game Washington Allen

Allen acted opposite Denzel Washington in the movie He Got Game (1998).  Apparently he was also in Harvard Man (2001), which I have not seen.

Miami Heat's Lebron James hails 'best game' after forcing NBA finals to game seven - video

Ray is an okay actor, but an amazing basketball player.  Most recently he can be credited for winning the 2013 NBA Finals for the Miami Heat.  The San Antonio Spurs had the Heat backed into a corner.  Lebron James couldn’t finish, so it took a real superstar (Ray Allen) to knock down a 3-pointer at the buzzer in game 6, that ultimately won the Championship.  It was a dagger through the heart of the Spurs and Allen did the stabbing.  If it weren’t for Ray, the Heat would have lost.

2008 NBA Finals Allen Bryant

Ray Allen has probably the purest shot that I have ever seen.  I will never forget the 2008 NBA Finals when he helped the Boston Celtics claim victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ray Allen Celtics

It was tough to see him leave the Celtics and go over to the darkside.  In my mind he will always be a Celtic.  He definitely Got Game!

Movie Picture of the Day 7/15/13


Matchstick Men Cage Yell

Nicolas Cage being pleasantly insane in Matchstick Men (2003).

It is an utter shame what happened to him.  He is one of my favorite actors and he flushed his career down the toilet.  This picture probably sums up how he feels about it though.  It’s okay Nic.  We still like you.

Happy Birthday to Kevin Bacon


Kevin Bacon

Happy Birthday to Kevin Bacon!  He celebrates his 55th year in this world today.

Mystic River Bacon Fishburne

When I think of Kevin Bacon, the first thing that comes to mind is the game “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”  This guy has acted alongside so many of the greats in so many excellent films that they named a game after him.

Planes Trains and Automobiles Bacon

So how do you play “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” you ask?  Well, great question, thanks for asking.  The object of the game is to link any given actor to Kevin Bacon in 6 steps or less.  The less steps the better.  For example I’ll use Angelica Huston as the other actor because she shares birthdays with Kevin Bacon, except today she turns 62.  Now let’s try to link Huston with Bacon in the least amount of steps.  Huston was in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) with Bill Murray, that’s the first step; Murray was in Wild Things (1998) with Bacon, and that’s the second and last step.  There you go.  I successfully linked Angelica Huston to Kevin Bacon in 2 steps.  Obviously the only thing better than 2 steps is 1 step.  The only way that you could link the two actors together in 1 step is to find a movie that they were both in together.  That example was pretty easy.  Sometimes the game can get pretty intricate and difficult.

Sleepers Bacon

I used to play a variation of “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”  The version that I would play was to link any 2 random actors together, rather than always Kevin Bacon and 1 other.

Stir of Echoes Bacon

Not everyone can play those games.  You almost have to have a real movie obsession to be any good at them.

Death Sentence Bacon

You know than an actor is pretty awesome when they name a game like that after him.

Click on the links below to read my Kevin Bacon movie reviews:

R.I.P.D. (2013)

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)