SHORT TAKE: “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” (**)

Posted by · 5:19 am · September 4th, 2009

Venice Film Festival Keen students of the MTV Movie Awards will be aware that the ceremony added a highly necessary and prestigious award to their lineup for “Best WTF Moment.” I like to imagine that Werner Herzog is aware of this, as his new film “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” (that “The” […]

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8/28 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:13 am · August 28th, 2009

• “Avatar”-izing James Cameron’s past characters. [MTV Movies Blog] • Following “The Hurt Locker,” Kathryn Bigelow aiming for a similar visceral style for “Triple Frontier.” [The Playlist] • Joseph Gordon-Levitt: the new Heath Ledger? [The Guardian]

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What have ye done, indeed

Posted by · 4:40 pm · August 19th, 2009

He may be one of our greatest living filmmakers, but these are strange days in the career of one Mr. Werner Herzog. First he finally cops his first Oscar nomination this year for an immaculately executed middle-arthouse documentary that nonetheless stands deep in the shadow of his greatest work. Then he goes to the opposite […]

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Werner Herzog talks ‘Bad Lieutenant’ remake

Posted by · 8:47 am · August 17th, 2009

Old news but I wanted to share:

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Venice lineup includes ‘The Road,’ ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’

Posted by · 8:01 am · July 30th, 2009

(UPDATE: For whatever reason, my initial source failed to mention that George A. Romero’s latest zombie opus, “Survival of the Dead,” is also in competition.) In years past, the Venice Film Festival has unveiled several titles that went on to figure significantly in the awards season ahead — “Brokeback Mountain,”The Queen,” “Far From Heaven” and […]

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Herzog, Moore, Coens plan a stop at TIFF

Posted by · 11:05 am · July 28th, 2009

Some exciting announcements out of Toronto today (still no “Road”).  The festival is shaping up to be very, very cool this year. The film I am most excited about, announced today, is Werner Herzog’s remake “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” with Nicolas Cage in the role that Harvey Keitel made legendary. No in […]

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“Drowning out all birdsong.”

Posted by · 10:05 am · July 3rd, 2009

A vision had seized hold of me, like the demented fury of a hound that has sunk its teeth into the leg of a deer carcass and is shaking and tugging at the downed game so frantically that the hunter gives up trying to calm him. It was the vision of a large steamship scaling […]

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Werner Herzog’s ‘Bad Lieutenant’ trailer

Posted by · 5:42 pm · May 27th, 2009

Wow. Just…wow.

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Winslet, Cruz, Herzog crack 2009 TIME 100

Posted by · 3:02 am · May 1st, 2009

Given the debate currently active on these pages over what does and does not merit the term “influential” in the film world, there couldn’t be a better time to link to Time magazine’s list of (supposedly) the world’s 100 most influential people. Time slightly sidesteps the inherent comparative silliness of such a list by breaking […]

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How did ‘Man on Wire’ become the favorite in a field of superior documentary features?

Posted by · 10:46 am · February 11th, 2009

It often seems that when there isn’t an obvious, populist pick in the Academy’s documentary feature category (such as “Bowling for Columbine,” “March of the Penguins” or “An Inconvenient Truth”), the field is rife for an upset.  Last year a number of awards watchers were sure that either “No End in Sight” or “Sicko” would […]

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‘4 Months’ takes BBC award

Posted by · 3:02 pm · January 31st, 2009

The BBC Four World Cinema Award is an endearingly unassuming, low-fi ceremony — so unassuming and low-fi, in fact, I’d forgotten it took place until I happened upon the TV broadcast earlier this evening. (It seems nesting on a Saturday night has the odd advantage.) It’s a simple enough prize. UK critics elect a shortlist […]

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INTERVIEW: Michael Shannon

Posted by · 9:53 am · December 24th, 2008

If you’ve seen James Marsh’s “Man on Wire,” then you know of Philippe Petit’s dazzling tight-rope walk between the towers of New York’s World Trade Center on the morning of August 7, 1974.  What you probably don’t know is that while Petit was criss-crossing back and forth between the towers for roughly 45 minutes, Michael […]

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The docs you aren’t considering

Posted by · 7:56 pm · November 23rd, 2008

Whenever an awards shortlist is announced, people will inevitably spend as much time, if not more, pondering its omissions as they will its inclusions. And so it has been this week, in the wake of the Academy’s announcement of the 15 titles shortlisted for Best Feature Documentary. Some are curiously kvetching that Bill Maher’s sporadically […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Grizzly Man” (**1/2)

Posted by · 8:09 pm · August 30th, 2005

Werner Herzog’s “Grizzly Man” is an amazingly rich film, and an indefinably important one for those who have a vested interest in artistic showcases of man’s position in his natural world. That Herzog, a madman in his own right, would be drawn to the life and times of Timothy Treadwell is hardly surprising, but what […]

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