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The 10 Most Nicolas Cage Moments Ever

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Nicolas Cage isn’t just the star of National Treasure, he is one. Much like the bemulleted Superman he nearly played, Cage has the feeling of an alien among us, trying to act human, but never quite getting it right.

Here is a man who sleeps in Dracula’s castle for fun, collects dinosaur skulls and has built a pyramid to spend eternity in. (Oh, and he might be a time traveler/immortal vampire.) You get the feeling that he rolls out of bed already at 11, and just ramps it up from there.

Here are a few moments that truly encapsulate all that is Nicolas Cage. Moments that can only compare to staring at the sun itself, if the sun starred in a bunch of mediocre genre films. So let yourself be blinded by his majesty below, but be warned, much like Mr. Cage himself, these clips can be NSFW.

10. National Treasure: Book of Secrets

It’s easy to watch this scene, and assume Nic Cage was told this was a romcom, and that he was supposed to act like he was on a typical date.


9. Deadfall

This performance is like if Cloud Atlas had sex with a pile of cocaine. It’s utter madness. This is genuine, uncut Cage right here, people. Street value, priceless.


8. Vampire’s Kiss

This movie is legendary for the lengths Cage went to in order to give an authentic performance as a vampire. He famously ate a live cockroach during filming, for instance. We’re not sure if he fully understood that vampires aren’t real, and we’re glad no one thought to tell him.


 7. Matchstick Men

Matchstick Men is one of those odd movies that knows how to channel full-blown Cage in a productive direction. That usually involves him playing an insane person, but the results are nothing short of spectacular.


6. Ghost Rider

You kind of get the feeling that this is just how Cage enters a room. Screaming, while catching on fire, with a 50 percent chance his face will burn off.


5. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

The odd thing about Nic Cage smoking crack in a movie is that it doesn’t really do much to change his performance. Now if crack ended up smoking Nic Cage, that’s something we’d like to see.


4. Face/Off

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you begin a movie. First, every movie should start with Nicolas Cage. That’s a given. Then, ideally, have him in some religious garb, for the appropriate amount of sacrilege. Then have him furiously dance, overact, and grope women. Frankly, what more do you need?


3. Adaptation 

Cage gives a brilliantly unhinged performance as writer Charlie Kaufman and his twin brother Donald. Only Nic Cage could convey the literal struggle between a writer and his inner hack.


2. The Michael McIntyre Chat Show

And of course, Nic Cage isn’t just insane on the big screen. Here he is walking onto a talk show, while stripping, throwing cash at the crowd, and performing a cross between karate and Elvis moves. If his head burst into a flaming skull, it could not be any more weird.


1. The Wicker Man

Punching old women? Bear suits? Bees? A bizarre belief that this was a real movie, and not some inside joke with the universe? It doesn’t get more bat sh*t crazy then this Nicolas Cage classic.

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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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