Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - Movie Review

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (R) 120 minutes B+
Going Rouge in the Big Easy

Starring Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Xzibit, Jennifer Coolidge, Vondie Curtis Hall, Fairuza Balk, Shawn Hatosy and Denzel Whitaker.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is one helluva ride! In this film director Werner Herzog manages to create something seductive, sleazy and overblown without going full retard. The film never takes itself too seriously yet there's enough drama and grit to keep things real... albeit real strange and real funny.

This is not a film with mass appeal and chances are you will either love it or completely hate it. I found it wacky and fun... this is the Nicolas Cage I came to know and love from films like Wild at Heart and Leaving Las Vegas. He's a rogue cop who smokes dope, snorts coke and his girlfriend is a high class hooker (Eva Mendes); this character would be right at home in a Quentin Tarantino or David Lynch film.

I've never seen the first Bad Lieutenant from 1992 starring Harvey Keitel but if it's anything like this one I may have to seek it out.
Bonus DVD Review

Wall-E (G) 103 minutes C
Robot love, Fat humans, Cute story... but so what?

DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
Starring Kathy Najimy, Sigourney Weaver, Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin and John Ratzenberger

Highly esteemed New York Times film critic A.O. Scott listed Wall-E as his favorite film of the decade (2000-2009). I totally respect his opinion but his choice completely baffles me.

Wall-E is a cute film, a nice love story and a snarky commentary about humans and the future of earth. But it left no lasting impression on me whatsoever.

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