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best Nick Cage flick ever

We caught the semi- art-house film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin on TV last night. It’s a WWII love story starring Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz. Yeah, he does this cheesy Italian accent throughout. And the film’s story is a takeoff on a book written about a terrible wartime atrocity committed by the Nazis, wherein that atrocity (the execution of thousands of surrendered Italian soldiers on this little Greek island) is rather minimized. But the cinematography is beautiful, and in HD it’s stunning. It’s a film you love to watch, with a lightweight story that doesn’t get in the way too much. The music is good too. And even with the no-makeup, slightly grubby, wartime-poverty-on-some-forgotten-island look, Cruz looks great. It must suck so much to be that beautiful all the time. So it was a nice way to spend a couple hours. I think this was my third viewing of this 2001 film, which seems to be about the right frequency. Once every 4 or 5 years. Any more often than that and Cage’s stereotype dripping portrayal of an artillery captain more concerned about his men’s ability to sing opera than to fight the war they’re involved in, while drinking, dancing, and charming the panties off the gorgeous but lonely local girl, would loose the magic. And that little touch of magic is what makes this film such a standout. Beats the heck out of watching Die Hard XVIII for the millionth time.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/03/2013 at 12:26 PM   
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