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Old 05-03-2013, 12:12
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Watched this the other day and it's one of the most depressing films I've ever seen but loved it at the same time. I normally hate Nicholas Cage as well but think he is brilliant in this. Think he won an Oscar for it too. It's a fairly oldish movie now but portrays a vivid reality of alcoholism and doesn't have that usual Las Vegas glam you with with other films set there.
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Old 05-03-2013, 15:00
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Watched this the other day and it's one of the most depressing films I've ever seen but loved it at the same time. I normally hate Nicholas Cage as well but think he is brilliant in this. Think he won an Oscar for it too. It's a fairly oldish movie now but portrays a vivid reality of alcoholism and doesn't have that usual Las Vegas glam you with with other films set there.
It's certainly not filed in the Feelgood section, is it?

I mentally file it with Wild at Heart in the Remember When Nicholas Cage Appeared In Films Worth Watching category.

Great performance by Elizabeth Shue as well. Who would have guessed that a clean-living gal like the Karate Kid's girlfriend would end up on the game, eh?
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Old 05-03-2013, 15:23
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It's basically the Mirror Universe version of Pretty Woman
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Old 05-03-2013, 20:56
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got this on blu not long ago.
on my re-watch list.

awesome film.
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Old 05-03-2013, 21:06
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It's certainly not filed in the Feelgood section, is it?

I mentally file it with Wild at Heart in the Remember When Nicholas Cage Appeared In Films Worth Watching category.

Great performance by Elizabeth Shue as well. Who would have guessed that a clean-living gal like the Karate Kid's girlfriend would end up on the game, eh?
Great scene by the pool
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Old 05-03-2013, 21:23
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Depressing but a very good film.
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Old 05-03-2013, 22:24
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Great scene by the pool
you getting confused with showgirls???
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Old 06-03-2013, 16:22
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you getting confused with showgirls???
Nah, that was IN the pool
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Old 06-03-2013, 17:06
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I know what scene he's talking about.


Elisabeth Shue is incapable of looking anything but absurdly hot.

Even when she's playing an abused hooker, avoiding being killed by the Invisible Man, or shooting hungry piranhas with a massive gun.
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Old 06-03-2013, 19:02
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Oh, I remember that one. I tried to cut my wrist with a plastic knife after seeing it at a friend's film-night party. True story, but it was done as a joke. It didn't help that we watched Lilya 4-Ever before Leaving Las Vegas. Both films were very good, but god, they made it one of most depressing film-night parties.

Like you, I'm not that keen on Cage, but when he's good, he's exceptional. When he's not, then exceptionally bad. He's the latter these days. Shame, really. I'm indifferent to Elisabeth Shue because her performances didn't vary much throughout her career. She's a lot like Mare Winningham in so many ways. Glimpses of brilliance, but average as a whole.

LLV was good, though.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:35
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I have never watched it, but i used to have the VHS of it, that my Mum brought. She loves it.
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Old 07-03-2013, 15:11
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I have never watched it, but i used to have the VHS of it, that my Mum brought. She loves it.
Should give it a watch, I'm sure the DVD will be really cheap now.
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