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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

When I first saw this, in the opening few seconds, I thought it was another comedy cut of an old Nic Cage film, like the funny edits of his WICKER MAN remake. And then I thought, no, I don’t recognise these bits from anywhere… and then I thought, no, this can’t possibly be a real film…

But it is.

Will this actually be the best cop film ever made?

Reserve judgement until the very end.

…no, obviously it’s not going to be the best anything. But I bet you I watch it anyway.

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  2. By the way: is there any specific reason – apart from his being from the Coppola family, of course – for which mr. Cage (CAGE! He called himself like that after a BLACK superhero, forchrissakes!!! How delusional can you be?) is still allowed to be on screen?

    Am I really the only one believing his “acting” has all the nuances of a three-years old kid, and about 15% of the pathos?

  3. J. J.

    Wikipedia sez:

    Abel Ferrara, director of the 1992 film, has been quoted by various media outlets as being very angry about this film. After the film was first announced, Ferrara was quoted as saying “As far as remakes go, … I wish these people die in Hell. I hope they’re all in the same streetcar, and it blows up.” When asked later for his response to Ferrara’s statements, Herzog stated that he does not know who Ferrara is, saying “I’ve never seen a film by him. I have no idea who he is.”

  4. Whaduh faaack?!?!? I don’t know what’s weirder — Nic Cage trying act, or Werner Herzog directing…

  5. It might not be brilliant but for some reason I feel compelled to watch it. DAMN IT.

  6. What are these fucking iguanas doing on my coffee table.

  7. Wait… WERNER HERZOG? Why is that the weirdest part of this?

  8. opalexian opalexian

    RE: ‘I’ve never seen a film by him. I have no idea who he is.’

    HOLY CRAP now I gotta see this movie…it’s a remake that the director doesn’t even know about? I think the crack was real and passed around the set!

  9. Jeremy Henderson Jeremy Henderson

    How can it be a remake when it’s a different character, in a different setting, with a different plot?

  10. RobertI RobertI

    Shoot him again. HIS SOUL IS STILL DANCING

  11. I.G.Reilly I.G.Reilly

    that looks like a train wreck waiting to happen. I just might have to go see it.

  12. Seriously? SERIOUSLY?

    Take one of the darkest, most intense, most sad, moving and ultimately beautiful films no one’s ever seen (“Bad Lieutenant”) and remake it with Nicolas Cage? Was Samuel L. Jackson busy? Did Val Kilmer lose the didn’t-you-used-to-make-us-think-you’d-be-great-one-day leading man arm wrestling contest?

    First Cage rapes everything that was good and pure about “Wings of Desire” with “City of Angels.” Now he’s attached himself to this. It’s like he wants to piss on great movies by deliberately doing lowest-common-denominator remakes.

    Unbelievable. I want to stand outside the theater when this comes out and give people twelve bucks NOT TO GO IN THE THEATER FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.

  13. Rob Rob

    Yeah, I’m gonna watch it. Twice. Then get hammered and watch it again.

    Cult classic written all over it.

  14. Illogic Illogic

    How the hell did they get Werner Herzog to do this in the first place?

  15. jk jk

    jesus creeping fuck… Werner Herzog must owe bad people money.
    Is Nick Cage the new Klaus Kinski? Could he be the new muse to one of cinema’s great directors? I’d like to see Herzog remake a host of great films, including his own, with all the male leads replaced by Nick Cage. Imagine “Aguirre, Wrath of Cage”, “The Enigma of Kaspar Cage” or the classic “Beezy Man”.
    Interwebs, make it happen…

  16. Stephen G Stephen G

    “Shoot him again. HIS SOUL IS STILL DANCING” <- This line will live in infamy alongside NOT THE BEES.

  17. banathy banathy

    Werner Frakin’ Herzog!!! After working with Klaus Kinski, the man knows no fear! And he could squeeze a fairly good acting performance out of a a damn seal, so yeah, he has a chance with Cage to…

  18. Besselheim Besselheim

    You are all fucking idiots, this will rule.

  19. Edward Brock Edward Brock

    I am usually not a fan of cop movies, but this looks so fucked up–I have to see it.

  20. Devilroot Devilroot

    Whose soul doesn’t still dance after they die? Me, I am hoping to get to do the Robot when my time comes.

  21. Melissa Melissa

    “It’s like he wants to piss on great movies by deliberately doing lowest-common-denominator remakes.” Matthew Wayne

    Welcome to teh future of visual entertainment, people. We won’t know what is real, what is fake, parody or artistic vision anymore. Nick Cage is the harbinger. In fact, Nick Cage isn’t even himself anymore, he’s gone viral. Electronically, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

    I…I think I’ve suffered an existential break here from watching this. Sorry for the insane babble.

  22. J. J.

    “How can it be a remake when it’s a different character, in a different setting, with a different plot?”

    Same producer with the rights. He’s quite a guy, and you might have heard of some other films he’s done:

  23. Oh, fuck yes.

    See- I actually think this is where Cage shines. It reminds me of his performance in Leaving Las Vegas, which I loved.

    Maybe he’s just in his element playing tortured nihilistic addict roles. Also, his slow goofy speech pattrns make it really believable that he’s fucked up on prescription meds most of the time anyway.

  24. They had me at “There are no iguanas on your coffee table.” But “His soul is still dancing”? Fuck, now they own me.

  25. Ralph Ralph

    It looks completely ridiculous and has Nic Cage in it.
    Is he actually trying to channel Christopher Walken in some of those scenes?

    On the other hand: It’s directed by Werner Herzog, who did the best mindfuck movie I’ve ever seen. Precautions against fanatics / Maßnahmen gegen Fanatiker(

    This movie just needs another name.

  26. Kyle Kyle

    The gods have been kind to the people at Rifftrax once again.

  27. Val A Lindsay II Val A Lindsay II, just because the Mr. Ellis’s link is dead.

    It actually looks different enough from Bad Lieutenant I’m sincerely wondering why they didn’t use a different name…

  28. 2 “actors” that Hollywood insists on putting in movies:

    Nicholas Cage- the over actor

    Keanu Reeves – the under actor

    What will it take to stop this from happening?

    The Day the Earth Stood Still(1951)is one of my favorite Sci-Fi films ever.
    Why did they have to ruin it?

    Does Ghostrider warrant a sequel? Thats right Cage gets to rape this comic yet again.

    WTF? please make it stop…

  29. LW LW


  30. Rev. Bob: Now that you mention it, I would love to see a buddy movie starring the both of them. imdb states that they have yet to work together at all.

  31. james james

    Did anyone else notice the date of the last IMDB update being 1 April 2009? This is a joke. Directors make fake trailers like this to exhibit at Cannes and sometimes they end up online, like the Caligula 2 trailer.

  32. Yeva Yeva

    It’s a Herzog film so yes, I will be watching, Cage does alcoholics and druggies pretty well, there’s hope?

  33. Who can say no to the writer who gave us eleven episodes of Cop Rock?

  34. David David

    @Rev. Bob: You know, the films aren’t ruined. Go to your collection, your local library, your local video store–I guarantee you 1951’s The Day the Earth Stood Still is still there, in tact.

    Now, Star Wars? Different story.

  35. @David: Yes – I own a copy of the original and since the remake came out the 1951 version is more available on DVD. Its just the fact that today’s generation isn’t really aware of it, so when you mention the name they think of Keanu Reeves, which pains me. I often force people to sit down and watch the original (including my kids).

    George Lucas did rape our childhoods in the cinema (however the animated series of the Clone Wars I do enjoy).
    At least “Warren Ellis made tender, passionate love to our childhoods, and he had an enormous dick.”

    All Praise the Great and Powerful Interweb God!

  36. This is compelling yet I know it’s not going to end well. I want Harvey Keitel to show up at the 9th floor of 9000 Sunset with a riot gun to shoot shit up. But really all Harvey has to do is wait for National Treasure 3.

  37. It is a relief to see that Herzog has finally lost his mind. He’s been on the edge of it for decades. At last he can be in peace.

  38. Loveboat Loveboat

    This movie is fantastic. Stop hating on cage, just because he’s an easy target. Go back to your hentai torrents and shut the fuck up.

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