As we forge ahead into the new year and a 25th anniversary celebration like no other (that’s right–Enzian opened its doors in February of 1985!), 2010 promises to bring lots of surprises and unexpected developments to the big screen and in turn, the Central Florida film-loving community. And you can’t get started any quicker than this, opening a new film by one of our favorite directors, Werner Herzog, on New Year’s Day. To say this is unusual is an understatement–rarely does a film ever open on January 1, since most theaters are holding over their holiday fare and big Christmas blockbusters.
BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS is the latest mesmerizing slice of madness from the great Werner Herzog, the filmmaker responsible for such acclaimed works as AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD; FITZCARRALDO; GRIZZLY MAN; RESCUE DAWN; and ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD. It stars Nicolas Cage as an unbalanced, drug-fueled, corrupt cop in post-Katrina New Orleans, and co-stars Eva Mendes as his prostitute girlfriend and Val Kilmer as his sometime partner. We’ve been hearing the raves since it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and have been trying to bring it to Orlando ever since. From what I hear, fans of the original 1992 Abel Ferrara/Harvey Keitel cult classic won’t be disappointed, though this new film isn’t a sequel in any sense of the word. It just uses the title character, his profession, and an urban setting for its over-the-top crime drama laced with dark humor. As Justin Strout wrote in his 4-star review in the Orlando Weekly: “(Herzog’s) recent films have been disciplined and crafty. Knowing this frees the audience to enjoy his detour into Crazytown with no holds barred, and that makes THE BAD LIEUTENANT: POCNO a wonderfully trashy and participatory crowd-pleaser.”
Happy New Year everybody, and a happy 50th B-day to Paul Westerberg (when’s that TwinTone Replacements box set coming?)