An absurd satire that is one of the strangest Hollywood films ever made and features one of the greatest comic performances ever by Nic Cage, the one and only who channels here everyone from Max Schreck in Nosferatu to Tom Cruise to Donald Trump. A nice double feature with Wolf of Wall Street would do well. What a bizarre and wonderful film.
Jesus, I forget how much I love this movie! Nicolas Cage is at his most prime and wouldn't be able to top it until Wild at Heart! The screenplay is a beauty, the satire still rings true, and the sheer direction is bliss! Love, love, love!
such a great commentary on the new American dream (aka meet the right girl/guy and everything will be perfect and life will be dandy) and how the desire for that kind of fulfillment leaves us always searching and vulnerable and ultimately, for many, empty.
A film about a lonely, vain man's problems stemming into escape from personal responsibility and lack of any emotional connection, by the illusion of the heavenly bliss of drinking and one night stands, then into madness and irritability. Runs out of energy quick, repeating its plot beats, often turning our lead Cage more hateable each scene. Needed a better focus than Alva finding a damn file.
It's a little known fact that this film is actually a docu-drama of nic cage's life in the late 80's. The film-makers decided to fictionalize the character and place him in a Wall-street setting, rather than the film-making industry because they felt audiences weren't ready to accept such an extreme depiction of the true nic cage...yet.