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Werner Herzog likens Nick Cage’s performace to jazz improv

Werner Herzog likens Nick Cage’s performace to jazz improv (photo)

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I’ve been hating on Werner Herzog’s “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” for may months now, but hating something in theory without eventually seeing it for yourself feels cheaper than the ill-conceived title of this film. I finally saw it and there are some things to like. Still, as a huge admirer of Abel Ferrara’s 1992 masterwork “Bad Lieutenant,” I can’t excuse the title.

The producers, Alan and Gabe Polsky seem to think it’s a great one. “We have a great title,” they told IFC’s Stephen Saito. Really? I would hate to see this strip mall franchise treatment spread around. Next up, “Gone With The Wind: Port of Call Kandahar,” “Bladerunner: Skin Jobs of Miami?” And they wonder why a deal with a major distributor didn’t come about.

Well, titles are important for better or worse. Herzog says he never liked it and knew it would cause problems. Someone call do over, ditch this idiotic franchise idea, and just make a fun movie – cause that’s what this is. It’s hard to imagine Val Kilmer being more completely superfluous than he is in BLPOCNO, I can only imagine that Herzog and crew never saw his finer work, just as he supposedly never saw Ferrara’s film. This could have had some great buddy movie moments if they’d used Kilmer, but they didn’t. I could have played Kilmer’s role, that’s how unimportant it was. But Nicolas Cage does indeed shine after being dull for too long. As Herzog told WNYC’s Leonard Lopate, he “goez completely bonkerz” and likens his performance to a Jazz musician suddenly going off on his own brilliant improvisation (then goes on to talk about himself and how gifted a director he is).

BLPOCNO has absolutely nothing to do with Ferrara’s ’92 film nor does it rank even in the same realm as that film’s dark subject matter. The original “Bad Lieutenant” is funny in places because it’s so completely out of control, and as a human being you may find laughter a good way to deal with it’s disturbing horrors.. Herzog’s silly film is funny because it’s a comedy.

Listen to Werner Herzog tell WNYC all about it with his amusing Bavarian delivery.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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