a Healthy Disdain


Out now DVD and Blu-ray, Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans is destined for full-blown cult stature, thanks, most notably, to a gloriously unhinged turn from Nicolas Cage.  Legendarily eccentric in his own right, Herzog’s basic direction to Cage was to “let the wild boar loose”, and it’s clear that Cage obliged.  The result is the  manic marvel that is the titular Lt. McDonagh, a crooked cop with a crooked back, nursing a cocktail of addictions to ease his pain. 

“Outrageous” doesn’t even begin to describe this absurdist gem, or Cage’s spellbinding, stratospherically over-the-top performance.   Rather, I’ll simply refer you to the adjacent image of the film’s original poster (swiftly rejected by the MPAA), which sums things up nicely.

Yep, that’s an image of Nicolas Cage holding an elderly woman at gunpoint, depriving a second elderly woman of her oxygen cannula, and hallucinating iguanas.  The full-size version is available here.


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