Five of Nicolas Cage’s Best Movies

Born as Nicolas Kim Coppola, American actor Nicolas Cage’s Hollywood acting career has spanned more than three decades. Over that time, Cage has been recognized for his successes on screen with a host of film awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. Throughout his career, Cage has attracted controversy off-screen for multiple failed relationships and, more recently, real estate and tax issues. While Cage has been sorting out his legal problems, he has appeared in a number of smaller roles. However, 2013 is shaping up to be a big year for Cage, as he has many large budget releases coming out. Whether any of these films catapult Cage back into the limelight remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure-he is known as one of America’s finest modern-day actors, particularly for these five performances.

“National Treasure”

In 2004, Nicolas Cage took on the role of Benjamin Franklin Gates, a historian and treasure hunter. In the film, Cage’s character is the descendant of a line of treasure hunters. During the initial scenes, Cage is ridiculed for his belief that the founding fathers hid national treasure in the early nineteenth century. Cage and his companions travel across the nation to find a series of clues that may potentially lead them to find this alleged treasure. Cage’s performance was well received by moviegoers, and the film became the highest-grossing movie of his career. A sequel was made a few years later, and “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” surpassed expectations, performing even better at the box office than the original. Studio bosses obviously see potential in continuing the franchise, and a third and a fourth film are currently in the pipeline.

“Lord of War”

Cage changed things up when he took on the role of Yuri Orlov, an arms smuggler, in “Lord of War.” Cage’s character is based on many different personalities, but it is generally accepted that Orlov is supposed to be Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. Cage’s performances as actor and narrator were commended by many human rights groups for raising the issue of international illegal gun sales. While the film was not a huge success at the box office, many film studios bosses recognized that the sensitive and sometimes troubling situation of illegal gun smuggling may have not been for everyone’s tastes.

“World Trade Center”

Directed by Oliver Stone, “World Trade Center” is a stark reminder of on the events of September 11, 2001. Unlike the typical disaster movie, “World Trade Center” does not focus on the terrorist events that took place. Instead, the film is about hope and a battle for survival. Cage plays John McLoughlin, a Port Authority Police officer tasked with traveling to the towers to try to help people escape. In the midst of their rescue efforts, McLoughlin and his partner become trapped under some rubble. The bulk of the film is about McLoughlin’s, and his partner’s, efforts to survive-and their eventual rescue.

“Ghost Rider”

In 2007, Cage took on one of his most daring roles yet: Johnny Blaze, a motorcycle rider who becomes the Ghost Rider in order to get his soul back. “Ghost Rider” was panned by film critics before its release, but the film did surprisingly well at the box office. Johnny Depp was originally considered for the lead role; however, Cage found out about the role and, due to his strong interest in the film’s character, cut a deal with movie executives to play the lead. Thanks to the movie’s success, “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” was made five years later.

“Leaving Las Vegas”

Based on a novel written by John O’Brien, “Leaving Las Vegas” focuses on a suicidal alcoholic who enters a relationship with a prostitute. During production of the film, the author of the novel committed suicide. Despite this, production on the film continued, with the finished movie released in honor of John O’Brien’s life. Nicolas Cage plays Ben Sanderson, who goes to Las Vegas to live out the last few days of his life. However, Sanderson forms an unlikely friendship with a prostitute (Elisabeth Shue). After the film’s release, movie critics praised Cage for his performance, and while the film was nominated for multiple Academy Awards and Golden Globes, only Cage actually took home a trophy for this tour de force.

A Blu-Ray DVD Can Turn an Average Saturday Night Into Movie Night

Family entertainment can be very expensive. Taking a family of four out to a movie can cost as much seventy five dollars for the tickets and popcorn. Instead of going out pick one night every weekend and make it family movie night in. These nights are great for getting the entire family together for quality time. Blu-ray DVDs make watching movies in your home feel as though you are in a theater.

Getting the children involved with movie night teaches them responsibility and the importance of family time. All they need is a piece of construction paper, a few colored pencils, and they can make tickets for family members to use to enter the movie room. Have them make the tickets, give them to household members and let them collect them as they enter the room.

Make popcorn ahead of time and put in brown lunch sacks for each member. Many of the other snacks available at the movie theater can be purchased in movie size containers to go along with the popcorn. Having everyone’s drinks in plastic cups that have attached straws will add even more theater ambiance.

Have a different family member pick the movie each week. For convenience the online movie clubs and stores make it simple to order, and videos are delivered in the mail. Or for alone time with the child whose turn it is to pick the movie, take them to a video store to pick out this weeks showing.

3D movies are always a big hit because the kids get to wear glasses and laugh at the parents for wearing theirs. Often times you can find discounted movies at a local department store for a couple of dollars. Buying movies when they are discounted is a great way to build a video library at home.

Have a scheduled time each week for the movie premier. Provide the kids with small flashlights and they can usher the movie goers into the darkened room. Children love having important jobs such as usher or popcorn server. Put the video in, get comfortable and enjoy your time with the family.

Put in the blu-ray DVD and sit back to enjoy some good fun family time. After the movie let the children give a review. Older children can interview the family for their thoughts and opinion on the latest household movies.

Cheap Decorating Ideas – Movie Decor and Media Rooms

If you are looking for cheap ways to decorate a room, movie decor is an easy, fun, and cheap way to go. You can decorate a child’s bedroom, play rooms, home theater rooms, and theme rooms with movie memorabilia and posters. Plastering your favorite rock star, movie star, and movies is also a great way to add personality to a room. You can get memorabilia and posters for very cheap compared to other decorating techniques and styles, and it is also much easier to put up, take down, and change often.

Decorate a room dedicated to the wonder and magic of Walt Disney. Put up classic pictures and posters of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and Pinocchio. Find figurines of Jiminy Cricket, Mickey and Minnie, and Donald Duck and place them on your shelves and bookcases, and show off your love for Disney and the classics.

Are you one of those music groupies? Then you need to put up HUGE posters of all your favorite rock stars, especially since half of them from the eighties are on their comeback tours! But do not just put a few up and call it good; completely PLASTER every last inch of your walls! That is the only way to be a true fanatic and groupie. Remember the next time you go to the concert to get your biggest poster signed, and then put it in a frame. That way you can write “I love you” all over it with your lipstick. Unless your a boy, then it might be creepy.

This next idea is for the animaniacs. Who loves Pixar? I think just about everyone, but if you are a 2-D or 3-D soon-to-be animator, you NEED to show how much you love Toy Story! Also, if you are a huge animation geek, try to find the posters for the Pixar shorts, not all of them are easy to find! You can then put a huge entrance rug of Buzz Lightyear or Mr. Incredible in the room to welcome all of the visitors to Pixarville!

Basically, if you are looking for ways to decorate for cheap, movie and media decor is the way to go, no question. It is also perfect for decorating dorm rooms as well, so if you, your sibling, or any of your children are heading into their dorm for the first time, get them a dorm warming present! The possibilities are endless, and I hope I got your mind turning of what would make the best room decor for you.