Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
DIRECTOR: WERNER HERZOG
CAST: NICOLAS CAGE, EVA MENDES, VAL KILMER, XZIBIT, FAIRUZA BALK, JENNIFER COOLIDGE
One of the most unlikely “sequels” of all time—the title comes from Abel Ferrara’s 1992 masterpiece—has Nicolas Cage’s New Orleans cop popping painkillers by the fistful after an on-the-job injury, spiraling into paranoiac, hallucinatory desperation while criss-crossing the already surreal setting of the waterlogged post-Katrina city. The teaming of Herzog and Cage, two of cinema’s known madmen, renders up all the intense, bug-eyed, over-the-top flourish you’d imagine and more, though it’s also an unexpectedly vulnerable and touching work—a standout in both men’s filmographies.
Screening in the series Late Nites at Metrograph.