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.


March 31, 2010, 4:57 am
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Maybe it’s just me, but for a film featuring an adorable fox cub puppet wearing a tube sock on its head, Fantastic Mr. Fox seemed to come and go from cinemas with relatively little fanfare.  Perhaps it was a tricky proposition for marketers, being animated, but not particularly kid-friendly, and in plain ol’ 2-D to boot.  Whatever the reason, here’s hoping Mr. Fox and co. garner the acclaim they deserve with their recent arrival on DVD and Blu-ray.

And that’s a lot of acclaim, as far as I’m concerned.  While Mr. Fox may have missed inclusion in my Year-End Snobtacular, repeat viewings have rendered me powerless to its suffocating charm.  In hindsight, it’s easily among my favourites of 2009. 

Wes Anderson’s adaptation thrives on the inherent warmth of Roald Dahl’s children’s fable, and the result is Anderson’s most exuberant (and least precious) film to date.  Meanwhile, George Clooney leads an A-List voice cast in imbuing the loveable woodland critters with Anderson’s signature quirk.  The true stars of the show, however, are the astonishing stop-motion miniatures, brought to life in painstakingly old-school fashion.  Technically, Fantastic Mr. Fox may be the anti-Avatar, but it is no less visually dazzling – and is a cuss of a lot cuter, any day of the week.

See the trailer here, and, once that’s charmed you, consider taking advantage of Best Buy’s sale prices, which end this Thursday.

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