REVIEW: ‘Drive Angry’

Angry Milton (Nicolas Cage) is angry in the revved-up, old-school "Drive Angry".
Angry Milton (Nicolas Cage) is angry in the revved-up, old-school "Drive Angry".

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Nic Cage has done a movie I like.

It’s that that I dislike him as a person or actor. It’s not that he hasn’t done anything I’ve liked before, but it certainly seems that he’s kind of gotten himself into a bit of a rut- not the typecast rut, though. No, it’s that rare condition that I call the “Sean Connery Rut” where no matter what role the actor plays (Russian sub captain, Spanish swordsman, etc…), it’s performed the exact same way. So, it seems to me that Cage has brought that same lazy… Nic Cage-y style to every role he’s done in the last ten years. It’s rarely a good thing.

Call “Drive Angry” the exception.

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REVIEW: ‘Red Victoria’

Jim (Tony Brownrigg) and Victoria (Arianne Martin) and inspiration makes three in"Red Victoria".
Jim (Tony Brownrigg) and Victoria (Arianne Martin) and inspiration makes three in"Red Victoria".
Jim (Tony Brownrigg) and Victoria (Arianne Martin) and inspiration makes three in"Red Victoria".

Of all the treasures in the world, few are more rare than inspiration. Without it, one might say that we would have no art, no invention, no religion…

No love.

Fortunately, the occasional breath of the divine fills us up and sparks our minds and fires our imaginations. Inspiration has given us the sonnets of Shakespeare. Inspiration has given us the Apollo moon rocket. Inspiration has given us chainsaw-wielding maniacs, knife-fingered, dream-dwelling child molesters and trap-building madmen.

What? You didn’t think inspiration only gave us sunshine and bunnies, did you? No, sometimes inspiration gives us things like “Red Victoria”.

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