If you do not like this movie you are not my friend…
April 19, 2010
… and you probably hate yourself.
Werner Herzog created a real GEM in Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans that I’ve been pounding the tables for a year. Normally when I recommend a movie I don’t get that much resistance but with BLPOCNO the reaction is stiff as a board. Mainly, I believe because of the movie’s biggest assets Nick Cage and Eva Mendes who easily give the best performances of their lives.
Somehow Herzog gets Cage to not do his usual over acting and he is simply incredible. People used to Cage going crazy in every scene will be surprised by the genius of his understated acting. One friend even mentioned that for the first few min. seeing Nick Cage on the screen made him sick but by the 30min. mark he was singing praises of Francis Ford Coppola’s nephew.
If only he had done this years ago for other roles? So I understand the reluctance of some people to get fired-up to see BLPOCNO but what I don’ understand is the reaction of the critics. I’ve watched this film’s Rotten Tomatoes, and Metacritic rating steadily rise for over the last year. That tells me that critics who initially dismissed film now see the genius probably because of peer pressure by those that actually watched the film. Today it’s even on a few top ten lists of 2009.
As of January 12, 2010, the film holds a 85% ‘Fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 89 reviews.
Guardian critic Xan Brooks called Cage’s work in the movie “surely his best performance in years.” Blogging about the film from the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, Roger Ebert declared: “Nicolas Cage is as good as anyone since Klaus Kinski at portraying a man whose head is exploding. It’s a hypnotic performance.”  He also wrote that the film is very different from Abel Ferrara’s 1992 movie and that “comparisons are pointless.” Ebert named the film as among the top 10 best mainstream films of 2009, and then included it in his list of the best films of the decade.
The film appeared on several critics’ lists of “best films of 2009”, including:
- Roger Ebert: top 10 “mainstream films” of 2009
- Aidil Rusli of The Malaysian Insider: favourite movies from 2009
- Josh Tyler of Cinema Blend: top 10 films of 2009
- The Canadian Press: top 10 films of 2009
- Kim Morgan of The Huffington Post: #2 among top 10 films of 2009
- Stan Hall of The Oregonian: #1 among “foreign language and indie films of 2009”
- Jay Stone of Canwest News Service: #1 best film of 2009
- Ray Pride: #7 best film of 2009
Do yourself a favor and go see this movie. It will soon become a cult classic and you can say “Ronin turned me on to this a year ago”.
But for those that have already had the pleasure you will enjoy these reminders.
Here’s $40 buy everyone a drink.
You want a hit?
You watch me fu-k your girlfriend.
I will stab you in the heart bit-h.
Shoot him again, his soul is dancing.
And of course all the Alligator and Iguana scenes.