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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Herzog's Beautifully Bizarre 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call -- New Orleans'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood April 19, 2013 at 2:01PM

Overlooked and Underrated Week concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Werner Herzog's beautifully bizarre Nicolas Cage-starrer, "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call -- New Orleans."
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Nicolas Cage in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call -- New Orleans"
Nicolas Cage in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call -- New Orleans"

Overlooked and Underrated Week concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Werner Herzog's beautifully bizarre Nicolas Cage-starrer, "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call -- New Orleans."

Herzog's non-sequel to Abel Ferrera's Bad Lieutenant is one of the wildest flyers a director has taken with someone else's material, especially considering it's completely divorced from the original. It's certainly weird, and not since star Nic Cage devoured a cockroach in Vampire's Kiss has he gone so far out on an acting limb--even sawing it off as you watch. And has anyone noticed that Val Kilmer's co-starring role seems to have almost vanished in the editing room?


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.