Monday, May 11, 2009

Images From My All Time Favorite Films: Mike Figgis' Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

This post is dedicated to John O'Brien...










6 comments:

J.D. said...

Yeah, both Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue give blistering performances in this film. Watching it again reminded me of how good Cage USED to be as an actor. Sad to say, the best thing he's done in the past 5 years (or more) is his bit part in Rob Zombie's GRINDHOUSE trailer. It's like he's stopped giving a crap about the kinds of roles he takes and the films he's in. But hey, we've always got NATIONAL TREASURE 3 to look forward to.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks JD,
The downward spiral of Nicolas Cage as an actor has been really disheartening. He was such a unique and original presence in American film for so long that I have trouble connecting the guy he is now with who he has become. He's wonderful here though and I guess he's done it his way, but man it has been a disappointing 15 years...

Gilligan said...

When do you think Cage jumped the shark? I'm thinking it was as far back as Face/Off.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Gilligan,
I think it was actually right after this film, when films like Con-Air, The Rock and Face-Off made him suddenly something of an action star. I actually find those films all fine as big blockbusters but the majority of the stuff he has done on the past decade has just been terrible. I did admire his work in both 8MM, Adaptation and The Lord of War, but otherwise it's been pretty dismal.

J.D. said...

Yeah, that informal trilogy of action films that Cage did - FACE/OFF, THE ROCK and CON AIR - was the beginning of the end for him. You can see him doing some interesting stuff within these films and he really tries to subvert conventions but in the process he was absorbed into the machine that is Hollywood.

Amanda By Night said...

Leaving Las Vegas is a tough film. I saw it once, loved it but don't think I could watch it again. Especially knowing what happened to the author.

I'm from Vegas, and I think this film captured something so many films set in Vegas don't. It's a great place for the lost. I'm glad to be gone.

As for Cage, I think this was his last film. Granted, I never saw Adaptation or anything, but dude, he's just so HORRIBLE now. Can't believe I loved this guy in Valley Girl. I just can't...