Saturday, May 8, 2010

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

A tight script. Steady, sensible direction with a few interesting flourishes from Werner Herzog. A bravura performance from Nicholas Cage that makes you see what a terrific actor he used to be and is still capable of being. Movie humor that is actually funny. An editor who has the genius to cut many scenes to the bone but leave in two iguanas singing to Engelbert Humperdinck's Please Release Me Let Me Go. These are a few of the reasons that Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is a thriller that you probably never heard of and certainly didn't go see in the movie theatre. Well the Russians liked it as you can see from this poster. And it has Val Kilmer and Eve Mendes in it. Still not convinced? Ok it's your loss. I don't know why I bother. Just forget it and go rent Avatar for your Blu Ray instead.