Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans [Blu-ray]
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Also, let me say that the original film by Abel Ferrara is one of my all time faves, and Harvey Keitel's performance is the answer I automatically give to anyone who asks what my all time favorite film performance is.
That being said.....
While the first film is dark and just brutal, this film is actually quite funny. With the exception of drug addict cops and gambling debts, the films are quite different. The first was def more in your face w/both it's graphic portrayal of gutter life and the ever-present religious overtones. This film is far more subtle, both in it's scenery and supporting cast, all across the board I might add; both the locations and characters are there, just waiting to be noticed for their authenticity in even the smallest part. There is reality to them all, much of which can be very comedic. The same can be said for the backdrop of New Orleans; it plays second to the human cast, but there is much to be noticed upon multiple viewings.
Nicolas Cage is perfectly cast and pull this one off flawlessly; his energy and humor, crossed w/a few somber and even emotional moments(esp. the scene where he talks about his treasure hunt w/Eva Mendes....). Cage makes every scene enjoyable, which is basically every scene. His acting is consistent throughout, even changing his tone of voice after being up for 3 days(as people who have been packing their noses for 72 hours with no sleep often do.....Read more ›
Herzog's latest film, arguably adorned with the year's most unwieldy title for squeezing onto a marquee, is a (sort of) sequel to Abel Ferrara's controversial 1992 neo-noir, "Bad Lieutenant" which was about a drug and gambling-addicted NYC homicide investigator. In that film, Harvey Keitel gave a fearless and maniacal performance as a "cop on the edge" who made most of the criminals he was paid to apprehend look like choir boys. Not an easy act to follow-but Nicholas Cage proves to be more than up to the task here.
To my observation, Cage has demonstrated two basic personas in his repertoire over the years. First, there is the Slack-Jawed, Dead-eyed Mumbler ("Peggy Sue Got Married", "Moonstruck", "Red Rock West", "Leaving Las Vegas"). His other character is the Manic, Wild-eyed Loon ("Wild at Heart", "Raising Arizona", "Kiss of Death", "Face/Off"). Personally, I get a real kick out of his performances in the latter mode, and it goes without saying that you can now add the role of "bad" Lt. Terence McDonagh to that section of his resume.
As far as I could glean, there is no effort to bridge with Ferrara's film and explain how Lt. McDonagh transitioned from NYC to New Orleans. Not that it really matters. Anyone who has followed Herzog's career probably has figured out by now that he is perfectly content to wallow in his own peculiar universe. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing-it's what makes his work so continually interesting to me.Read more ›
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Nick Cage's performance is truly astonishing. Hands down the funniest movie ever made.Published 1 month ago by Hal Lee
Wonders back and forth between genuinely good performances and captivatingly bad! We laughed so hard during some scenes and shouted hell yeah during others. Don't watch it alone! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Patrick W. Damiani
Werner Herzog uses Nicholas Cage's terrible acting ability to make a great movie. Buy it!Published 6 months ago by Western Doughty
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