Monday, June 8, 2009

David breaks down his USMLE Step-1 study habits

*Including debating which Pandora channel best accompanies studying and using First Aid's cheap paper pages to wipe away tears.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

David questions Kevin's sanity

Just like grandma’s first resting tremor, Kevin’s recent post is an unfortunate sentinel sign of a burgeoning neurodegenerative disorder. Yet worse than Parkinson’s, Kevin’s affliction is a severe case of Nicolas Cageophilia. No other reasonable conclusion can justify his inexplicable love for the actor that brought us such cinematic asshattery as Snake Eyes, Ghost Rider, and The Wicker Man. Just look, if you dare, at the list of his four latest “films”:

1. Knowing - "Knowing is Everything."
2. Bangkok Dangerous - Something's happening in Bangkok, and it's probably not safe...
3. National Treasure: Book of Secrets - Fresh off a thrilling adventure in the first installment that involved a hidden treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence, the gang is back to uncover ancient Native American gold hidden within Mount Rushmore!
4. Next - Nuclear terrorism is afoot, and Nic Cage, Vegas magician, is the world's only hope.

This is a guy about whom YouTube videos are made en masse (thanks, NicCageFanClub1) solely to evidence the sheer ridiculousness of his frequent affronts to cinema. The actor whose movies even Kevin (and his early-onset Alzheimer’s) agrees he’d be most likely to avoid among Hollywood’s current leading men. The man who, after making the epic failure that was Ghost Rider, actually decided to re-up for a sequel to further his quest to make more people voluntarily claw out their own eyes. An actor whose recent run of movie-making futility has been so painful, I’m actually scared to turn on the TV during the summer for fear of watching 30 seconds of his next “I’ll-grow-out-my-hair-and-then-look-thinky-for-2-hours” debacle.

Knowing: Ooh, I’m thinky…

Next: Oh yeah, now my hair’s even longer, and I’m still thinky…

This isn’t even a movie, that’s how thinky I am!

Sure, Cage made a couple of decent movies in his distant past, but few of them depended on his acting prowess – The Rock was great, but does Nic Cage deserve a ton of credit for playing Overwhelmed Guy? – and none of his recent offerings have done anything but steal money from audiences and make babies cry. And yeah, he won an Oscar, which is basically a Hollywood political popularity vote, allowing him to join the illustrious ranks of Jennifer Connelly and Kate “The Female McConaughey” Hudson in the acting pantheon.

What’s worse, if Cage does possess any true talent, he’s even more unlikeable for electing to unleash such a garbage parade on humanity over the past half-decade. You can’t really criticize Keanu Reeves for poor acting; it’s all he can do. But if Cage can do better – and at this point, who would actually believe he can? – it’s an even bigger slap in the movie-going public’s face that he continues a nearly unprecedented run of sad clown cinema just to cash a check. In the medicine metaphor, Cage isn’t the plastic surgeon who sells out with breast augmentations instead of cleft palate repairs in the third world, he’s the doc that runs a healthy patient through the excessive work-up ringer to squeeze out as much insurance compensation as possible, delivering substandard care (and perhaps a bit of iatrogenic psychological trauma for good measure) to line his own and the hospital/movie studio’s pockets.

Honestly, Nic, how do you sleep at night? At least Kevin’s cortical tau body extravaganza gives him a legitimate excuse for supporting you…

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Kevin is incensed at David's blatant consumption of Nicholas Cage Haterade

So David and I were chatting about movies yesterday when the subject of Nicholas Cage came up. Throughout the course of the conversation it became clear that while David has yet to obtain his MD, he has long since obtained his PhD. I know Nicholas Cage is not the easiest actor to defend but I felt the need to step in to prevent David from OD'ing on Haterade. Allow me to make a few points in support of our friend Nicky-G.

1) He's a good actor
Yes, he's put out a lot of stinkers (more about that later) but he has also put out a lot of quality films. Let me just list off some awesome movies he's been in:
  1. Leaving Las Vegas
  2. The Family Man
  3. Adaptation
  4. Matchstick Men
  5. Lord of War
  6. The Weather Man
These are all quality films that span quite a few genres. His acting was bananas in Adaptation. Lets not forget that he actually won a god damn Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas. DIf you haven't seen any of these movies, I suggest you stop being like Jesse and go rent them now.

2) He makes a shit load of money for himself
Despite having been in several really solid movies, I admit he's had his share of clunkers. But I would argue that he knew these were crappy movies going in and is only in it for the money. And how can you fault a brother for just wanting some cheddar. He loves classic cars and castles, and last time I checked, neither were on the Wendy's 99c menu. A lot of people do things "just for the money," especially David and this whole "medicine" thing. All I'm sayin' is, if plastic surgeons are allowed to fill their pockets w/ boob job money, Nicholas Cage shouldn't be hassled for cashing in his $20 mil. for National Treasure. Plus, even his crappy movies are reasonably entertaining if you just want some mindless action. The Rock and Face/Off are action movies staples that every man should have seen twice if not three times. Simply put, he's stared in some kick ass movies.

3) He makes a shit load of money for the studios
From my research, he's starred in 48 movies, 7 of which have gone on to make over $100 million dollars. Furthermore, the average gross of his last 10 movies was $74 mil, which actually beats out the likes of John Travolta, Pierce Brosnan, Bruce Willis, Denzel Washington, all of whom had similar per movie salaries.

Overall, I'm not saying Nicholas Cage is at the acting caliber of Russell Crowe or Edward Norton nor is he as bankable as Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise but he's not as awful as people make him out to be. He takes good 'actor-y' roles when he wants and then makes $100 mil. in between those to fund his little hobbies. Just let the man enjoy his money.