I've gotten into some scuffles with good friends, total strangers and a (now ex-) girlfriend over my unabashed love of Nicolas Cage. So when I was offered a chance to defend this great thespian -- during Moviefone's long-overdue Nicolas Cage Week, no less -- I leapt at the chance.

I'm not saying that I'll see any movie just because Mr. Cage appears in it. Let's face it: The man has had money problems recently, and seems to have an unquenchable thirst for dressing up as wizards and other weirdos to enchant schlocky films with his presence.

On the other hand, some of my all-time favorite movie moments heavily involve Nic Cage -- and I suspect that, even if you harbor a general dislike for him, he's in some of your favorites, as well.

How do I love thee, Nicolas Cage? Let me count the ways -- with this list of five perfectly rational reasons why Cage is the man: