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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

I love it when Nicolas Cage goes bat-shit crazy. He can have this manic energy on screen that will slowly get your attention until he does something so outrageous that you will wonder how he pulled that off. In Bad Lieutenant: Port of Calls New Orleans he is directed by Werner Herzog, with whom I hope he will work again because the result is electrifying.

Cage plays the titular lieutenant, Terence McDonagh, who gets that rank after rescuing an inmate from a flooding jail cell during the landfall of hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately, he seriously injures his back and is told by his doctor that he will be suffering from back pain for the rest of his life. He is given prescriptions for Vicodin, the pain medication that Dr. House used to eat like M&Ms before he went into rehab, but that’s not enough for McDonagh. Soon he is using marijuana, cocaine, crack, and heroine, but the heroine was an accident.

Despite being on enough narcotics to give Keith Richards second thoughts, McDonagh is…

Clash of the Titans

Man that is one big Kraken. I thought the one in Pirates of the Caribbean was big, but the one in Clash of the Titans could challenge Godzilla and King Kong to a bare-knuckle fight and come out relatively unscathed.

This is the second time this year that I have seen Greek mythological gods and creatures chewing the fat on the big screen. Last time was with Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief, which featured Steve Coogan as Hades. Clash of the Titans is somewhat of an upgrade since this time Hades is played by Ralph Fiennes, a specialist in villainous roles. Joining him on Mount Olympus are Liam Neeson as Zeus and Danny Huston as Poseidon. My Greek mythology is a bit rusty, but this movie informed me that these three gods are brothers who rule heaven, the sea, and the underworld. The titans, which oddly enough for this particular movie are never seen, created them, but Hades’ enormous spawn, the Kraken, wiped them out.
The god’s now rule over man, who either fear Hades…