As I mentioned in my last post, I’m a fan of the German filmmaker Werner Herzog. As much as I enjoy his documentary films like ‘Grizzly Man’, I’m glad to see he’s got what us philistines like to call a Proper Movie coming out soon. So far as I can tell, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans isn’t a sequel to Abel Ferrara’s superbly twisted sick-flick from 1992. Rather, its a different story about a different cop who exists in the same fictional universe as Harvey Keitel’s notorious high-protein squeegee man.
From what I’ve seen so far, Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant looks set to be one of the most relentlessly deranged films that I’ve seen in ages. At the very least, it’ll be the first time in years that I’ve found myself looking forward to watching something with Nicolas Cage in it. A poster for the film was recently vetoed by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on grounds of taste and decency.
Here it is:
You can see why the MPAA had issues. The poster looks like a world of wrong, and yet – like the cover of an old video nasty half glimpsed at as a child – I find it all strangely captivating.
Here’s the trailer: