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Thursday, May 03, 2007

GREENLIGHT #134: Next (with "Leaving Las Vegas" and "Peggy Sue Got Married")

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Ann and Les only wished that yelling Next (2007) was the point of this film. It wasn't. Instead it was a convoluted story about a sorry magician with one mysterious trick, played by Nicolas Cage, who finds himself recruited by an FBI agent, played increduously by Julianne Moore, to help save Los Angeles from a nuclear bomb. Somehow Jessica Biel has a role in all this too and she was the highlight, such as it is, of this film. Neither Ann or Les had much good to say about this film by Lee Tamahori. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends a Nic Cage film that he thought was masterful called Leaving Las Vegas (1995.) It's not a very uplifting tale, (Cage's character desides to drink himself to death,) but it's intriguing nonetheless. Elisabeth Shue plays an equally depressing but interesting character. Les believes much credit for this film goes to director Mike Figgis. Ann reminisces longingly for Cage's better pictures. She especially enjoyed his turn as Kathleen Turner's husband and boyfriend - in that order. This is a great story told by a master storyteller (and Cage's uncle) Francis Ford Coppola called Peggy Sue Got Married (1986.)

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