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Five Movies We Will Not Be Showing On Christmas

Article: Five Movies We Will Not Be Showing On Christmas

You’ve been warned that Santa knows when you are sleeping and knows when you’re awake. But based on the above image, you may need to include David Hasselhoff on that list, too. Sadly, I can’t find a point of origin for the David Hasselhoff image above (do you know? do tell in the comments), but…

Harvey Keitel, Not Nicholas Cage, Is The ‘Bad Lieutenant’

Article: Harvey Keitel, Not Nicholas Cage, Is The ‘Bad Lieutenant’

Abel Ferrara’s 1992 cult film, Bad Lieutenant, is a bleak, dismal, and punishingly grim film. In a good way. The New York City of Ferrara’s movie is filled with all of the venial and most of the deadly sins. Harvey Keitel delivers a showstopping performance as a brutal corrupt cop so dirty he has started…

Seven More “Remakes” We’d Love Werner Herzog To Direct

Article: Seven More “Remakes” We’d Love Werner Herzog To Direct

Controversy has followed Werner Herzog’s “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” right from the start. When word got to director Abel Ferrara that his original “Bad Lieutenant” film was being remade by Herzog and star Nicolas Cage, the outspoken director wished the other outspoken director would “die in hell.” Herzog’s response? “I have no…

Dancing Souls

Article: Dancing Souls

Envy me, because Werner Herzog’s “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” is more fun to write about than it is to watch, and it is barrel-of-monkeys fun to watch. Everything about it is wrong, so wrong that categorizing it that way is meaningless, but wrong nonetheless, down to its title (that awkward “the”…

The brothers who brought you “Bad Lieutenant.”

Article: The brothers who brought you “Bad Lieutenant.”

Alan Polsky wanted to tell me a story about how Werner Herzog held a gun to his head and shattered his brother Gabe’s eye socket with the butt of the pistol in the middle of shooting “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” but that was just wishful thinking. “We wanted things to go crazy…

Toronto 2009: “Bad Lieutenant” On Duty

Article: Toronto 2009: “Bad Lieutenant” On Duty

The last shot of “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” has Nicolas Cage with his back against the wall of an aquarium tank, letting out a slight guffaw before the screen turns black. Werner Herzog’s explanation? Clearly, it’s a reference to the final self-portraits of Rembrandt and Goya, who immortalized themselves laughing at their…

Werner Herzog declares war. Again.

Article: Werner Herzog declares war. Again.

No content to simply pick a fight with Abel Ferrara, whose 1992 film may or may not have provided source material for his own, Werner Herzog is now using the press kit for “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” to launch barbs at the academics in the audience who dare to compare the two.…

Werner Herzog and Abel Ferrara want to know who’s “Bad.”

Article: Werner Herzog and Abel Ferrara want to know who’s “Bad.”

So the long-awaited “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” — the Werner Herzog movie whose absurdist trailer has been an Internet favorite for months now — is finally dropping at the Venice and Telluride festivals and, predictably, people are generally underwhelmed. This is what happens when people more familiar with Herzog’s reputation than his…

Herzog/Lynch > Herzog/Ferrara.

Article: Herzog/Lynch > Herzog/Ferrara.

The cracktastic footage and ongoing directorial snippiness have made “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” Werner Herzog’s maybe remake of Abel Ferrara’s 1992 drama, one of the most anticipated films set to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival (though it’ll first premiere at Venice). And who could outdo Bavaria’s finest but the man…

Gretchen Mol Indulges in “An American Affair”

Article: Gretchen Mol Indulges in “An American Affair”

When model-turned-actress Gretchen Mol first arrived on the scene in noteworthy ’90s films like “The Funeral” and “Rounders,” lazy journalists started whistling “It girl,” that hyperbolic phrase given to all ingénues who fulfill three criteria: (1) they’re pretty, (2) they’re charming and (3) they have multiple projects being released around the same time. Some actresses…

Versus: Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood, Werner Herzog and Abel Ferrara.

Article: Versus: Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood, Werner Herzog and Abel Ferrara.

In the left corner, you have the highly quotable, controversy-courting filmmaker Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee. In the right, the generally taciturn but sometimes just as headline-quote worthy actor-director Clinton Eastwood, Jr. At stake: the accuracy of the racial makeup of the casts of “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima.” Lee threw the…

More Cannes: Un Certain Regard, midnight and special screenings.

Article: More Cannes: Un Certain Regard, midnight and special screenings.

Here’s the official announcement from the festival. (See this previous post for the competition line-up.) Another addition to the big out-of-competition premieres: Korean director Kim Jee-woon’s western “The Good, the Bad, and the Weird” — “The Host”‘s Song Kang-ho is “the Weird.” You can find the full line-ups for Un Certain Regard and the midnight…

Article: Abel Ferrara on “Go Go Tales”

By Aaron Hillis IFC News [Photo: Left, Willem Dafoe and the ladies of "Go Go Tales"; below, Abel Ferrara, Bellatrix Media, 2007] In the tradition of Charles Bukowski, Samuel Fuller and other two-fisted, hard-living poets whose work bares teeth, Bronx-born auteur Abel Ferrara (“King of New York,” “Bad Lieutenant”) seizes the gritty, often violent beauty…

Article: Cannes Dispatch 3: A Good Year For The Americans

By Dennis Lim One easy conclusion to draw so far: the Americans are having a good year. The films of David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino and the Coens have been among the most warmly received competition entries. Down the Croissette, the Quinzaine is screening two of the best films from Sundance 07 — Robinson Devor’s “Zoo”…

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