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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.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…