This weekend one of my all-time favorite comic book characters finally came to the big screen. I always loved the dark story of Johnny Blaze, stunt motorcyclist, whose soul was bonded to the demon Zarathos in a deal with Mephisto to save the life of his mentor. The character had depth and pain, and rode a fine line between being a hero and being consumed by the fire-sheathed demon within. It was original, compelling, and freakin' awesome.
I've seen some bad, bad casting decisions in my time (the majority of which involve Jim Carrey or Woody Harrelson) but...Nicolas Cage? Kal-el's father? The guy who has made two good movies (if that) since 1990? The man who married Lisa Marie Presley after Michael Jackson?
Which brings me to this excellent guide to Nicolas Cage movies, which I think should be published and handed out to movie-goers nation-wide. Think of the countless lives that would have been saved had parents, teachers, and public officials been armed with this critical information. For my money, the quote of the year (to-date) may well be this:
If you’re watching the trailer for the new Nicolas Cage superhero movie and find yourself thinking “Nicolas Cage, really? Was Ben Affleck not available?” and don’t immediately freak out that you’ve chosen Ben Affleck over Nicolas Cage, then don’t bother with Ghost Rider
Consider this a public service message from your friendly neighborhood CroutonBoy. I've got your back.