This week, Zack Snyder sucker punches moviegoers, Nicolas Cage gets medieval on our asses and a certain batch of Hobbits get a high-def makeover.
Today is Nicolas Cage's birthday. It's also the day the first mainstream release of 2011 comes out, which just so happens to be Cage's first attempt at playing a character who didn't live during the industrial age. Fans of Cage's famous (on-screen) freak-outs will probably cackle with glee at the thought of him throwing one in a castle courtyard (think Ray Liotta as a wizard in In the Name of the King), but I'm happy to see his overly serious delivery placed in a context where it actually makes sense, something we got to see a little bit of in last year's Sorcerer's Apprentice. Granted, serious Cage isn't as fun as manic Cage, but in Season of the Witch, he gets to act noble in a time when nobility actually meant something, and it's okay for him to act holier-than-thou when he has a big fricking cross on his chest. He probably should have done one of these movies years ago, because Season is better than a significant portion of his recent output. That's not saying much, but it certainly says something.
Nicolas Cage may be the star of the new medieval action-horror movie Season of the Witch, but he wouldn't last through the opening credits without his wingman, played by Ron Perlman. As a pair of Crusaders escorting a witch to trial through plague-infested Europe, Cage and Perlman's characters make great use of their shared history as soldiers, and Perlman steals his scenes with his wit and charm. We talked exclusively to the Sons of Anarchy and Hellboy star about the role, his co-stars, and what's next for him as Clay Morrow and as Hellboy himself.
Nicolas Cage is a busy man -- very busy. He's got 10 films slated for release over the next couple of years. While I'll readily admit to anyone that I enjoy quite a few of Cage's pre-1990 movies, I'm hard-pressed to come up with an explanation as to why he's gotten so much work since then. There have been a couple of good performances in the nearly 20 intervening years, but there have also been those so wooden that I thought he would turn out to be the titular character in 2006's The Wicker Man. Well, add film #11 to the slate: Variety reports that Cage is set to star as a 14th century knight transporting a suspected witch in Relativity Media's Season of the Witch. Did a real-life witch lose a bet or something?