It’s no secret that Nicholas Cage has been plagued by financial troubles as of late, due in part to a lousy business manager and in part to the fact that he spends money like an idiot. And while he’s never been known for being picky when it comes to roles, lately it seems that the only two questions he asks before signing on to a movie are “Will I get paid?” and “Do I have to shower?” As long as the answers are “Yes” and “No” in that order, another Nic Cage movie that I will one day ignore on an airplane is born. Personally, I’ve never faulted him for it. It’s a recession, we’re all just doing what we have to do to keep a roof over our heads and the heads of our exotic pets and dinosaur skull collections. But, with the announcement of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, a totally unnecessary sequel to a totally unnecessary movie, I think he’s finally taken it too far.
If you’re like most human beings, you never saw Ghost Rider. But I did. In the theater. It was retaliation on the part of my husband after I made him see Rent. He may have won the battle, but we both lost the war.
Ghost Rider was the worst movie I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen Lady in the Water, so that’s a pretty serious statement. It’s hard to find the most ridiculous clip from the movie to communicate what a shit show this thing was, but the “final battle” – where the hero defeats the villain with what basically amounts to a fiery Care Bear Stare – comes pretty close.
Anyway, so we’ve got more of that to look forward to. Maybe the end of days will beat it here and wipe the slate clean. Fingers crossed.