Saturday, December 5, 2009

Inherent Vice

The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (Werner Herzog, 2009)
*** (A Must-See)

Werner Herzog is really doing something interesting in The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans. This iguana-child film is somewhere between dream-like and high off of too much coke. The shift from realism to stylishness, heady camera movements, drug infused episodes (which are elliptic and brief, like the 15 minute euphoria you would get from doing cocaine), and with the blundering protagonist contribute to a dazed-like feeling. As well, Nicolas Cage camp performance provokes laughter and giddiness which is an element of being stoned after smoking marijuana.-David Davidson

(Bytowne Cinema, 324 Rideau Street, 4/12 - 10/12)

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