Leaving Las Vegas

Synopsis: Best Actor Oscar winner Nicholas Cage and best Actress nominee Elisabeth Shue set the screen ablaze in this profoundly moving love story. Nominated for two additional Academy Awards- Best Director and Best Screenplay- this emotionally charged powerhouse of a film graced over 100 “10 Best lists”- including Roger Ebert’s #1 Movie of the Year. Ben Sanderson is a career alcoholic who has hit rock bottom. Trashing all personal and professional ties to his LA existence, he sets off for the light of Las Vegas on a mission: to drink himself to death. There he meets Sera, a beautiful, seen-it-all hooker. From the moment Ben and Sera connect, they form a unique bond based upon unconditional acceptance and mutual respect that will change each of them forever.

Leaving Las Vegas 8.0

Still very good (I first saw at the time), but pretty dated-looking at this point. Maybe it’s just me, but I wasn’t as impressed with Cage as some people are. Don’t get me wrong, he’s very good, but… I don’t know… it looked like a Nicolas Cage performance to me; I rarely lost myself in the character.

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