The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call: New Orleans—Nic Cage's most recent film—was phenomenal. The reviews were almost unanimously great, too. He put on a raw performance playing a troubled, drug addled cop, and showed juuuust enough restraint to keep from going overboard. Naturally, he follows that up by growing out his hair (again!) and mailing it in for The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Nicolas Cage is officially the Hollywood embodiment of the rope-a-dope. And we fell for it. Again. Although the effects do look cool.
How could we possibly think Nic Cage could make two good films in a row? Here are his last four critically acclaimed movies, as well as their follow-ups. The movies range from good to great, the follow-ups range from bad to horrible:
I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that this trend will not be broken.