"The Rock," starring Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery, preceded tonight's NBA All-Star Game broadcast on TNT. This sparked a conversation about ol' Nicky. He's been in some really, really awful movies, but he's also an Oscar-winner and has a few gems on his resume. But what's the ratio?
On Cage's IMDB profile, there are 64 movies on his list as an actor. The first 11 have not been released (either announced or in production). A glance at the other 53 reveals he has been in very few good movies -- five, by my count ("Fast Times at Ridgemont High," which, really, he's BARELY in; "Raising Arizona"; "Leaving Las Vegas"; "Adaptation"; "Matchstick Men"). A couple are arguably good ("Lord of War" was surprisingly entertaining; "Moonstruck" is not horrible, though his performance is grating at best; and I didn't hate "The Weather Man".)
But let's just say he has 5 good movies out of 53. That's a .094 batting average. Not good. Can we send him back to the minors?
One Cage IMDB highlight: He followed his heartbreaking Oscar-winning performance in "Leaving Las Vegas" with (are you ready for this trio?!?) "The Rock," "Con Air" and "Face/Off." Unbelievable.