Tuesday, August 18, 2009

NICOLAS CAJUN

******UPDATED on 8/19******

I don't care what any of you Nic Cage haters say, I think it's totally logical to be primally pumped for the upcoming Herzog/Cage Abel Ferrara-angerin', risk-ily titled havin' Bad Lieutenant : Port of Call New Orleans.

I mean, check THESE out!:



If you squint hard enough at the above still, you can even trick yourself into thinking that it's Asia Argento instead of Fairuza Balk. That's what I do, at least.






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UPDATE

In a timely manner for this post, Abel Ferrara recently weighed in (again) on this film vs. his original:

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Speaking of YouTube: at one point, Ferrara announced, “We got a special attraction.” He motioned to the projectionist, and soon we were watching the trailer for Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, the project that famously provoked Ferrara to comment that he hoped Herzog and his production team “die in Hell.” Ferrara’s post-trailer comments were still bitter, but more restrained.

Unfortunately, anyone involved in our film wasn’t invited for that film, but I was told I should be really happy that such great people are ripping off our ideas.” A voice in the crowd called out, “You didn’t see a dime off that?” Ferrara: “Well … I might have saw A DIME.” Another voice asked if Ferrara planned to see the remake when it comes out. He shook his head vigorously and gestured to the screen where the trailer had played. “That’s enough of that.”
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Abel Ferrara is one of my personal favorites, but I'm a fan of Herzog's as well, so I'm not gonna get into any who-said-he-when-where-to-whom-and-why bickering, I just find it kind of humorous. Plus, Ferrara and Herzog are two of the most quotable guys around. I would love to see them get into a war of words, even if it's all for show.

24 comments:

Ed Howard said...

I have to say, I'm totally psyched for this film, which from the trailers looks totally bonkers ("his soul is still dancing!"). Along with the newly released trailer for My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done, it seems like Herzog is on a kick of making utterly strange mainstream genre flicks, filtered through his unique sensibility. And it looks like he's brilliantly exploiting Cage's tendency to deliver campy, off-kilter performances.

That said, considering Jason's reservations about both Cage AND Herzog, I doubt he'll be won over by this one. Heh.

bill r. said...

I love that first still. I cannot wait for this movie.

Fox said...

Ed-

I didn't know that the trailer for My Son was out already. That's exciting! Can't wait to watch it tonight.

I think you're right about the "utterly strange mainstream genre flicks", or at least that's the impression that's left from the Bad Lieutenant: POCNO trailer. Maybe he sees that he has a small window to do this after the mild successes of Grizzly Bear and Rescue Dawn. I don't know if the American stage has ever been as open to him as it appears to be now.

It will be so fascinating to watch the reaction that both of these films get when they are released... if they get a 3000+ screen release, that is.

Fox said...

Bill-

I love that first still too. It's my fave... that's why I put it first! I love the tilt of the head in unison with Mary's, his hand covering his mouth like the light glare is on hers.

Krauthammer said...

I say this completely unironically, Nicholas Cage is one of the best actors we have. He and Herzog should be a perfect fit.

Fox said...

I agree with you Krauthammer.

On one hand, I can sympathize with fans who cringed at him in 8mm, City of Angels, or Knowing, BUT, I think in some years down the road, a closer examination of - specifically - his roles in late 90s-00s action films will a show a guy that was playing it just right. For instance, I think he provides exactly what films like Gone in 60 Seconds, Ghost Rider, and Next (films that were routinely panned) call for.

Lastly, I don't know many people who saw it since it's pretty much a straigh kids film, but his voice work in G-Force is pretty great. It's a combination of his voice from Peggy Sue and Vampire's Kiss. It's worth at least a sneak in somewhere to check it out.

Fletch said...

That's my Fox - always zigging when others are zagging. Panning District 9 one minute, praising (okay, I'm using that term lightly) Nic Cage action flicks the next. :D

The only reason I look forward to Cage flicks is the potential for unintentional comedy, which is always high. Working with a decent director ought to help, but shit, Neil LaBute was considered a good director once upon a time, and he made the comedy classic The Wicker Man...

Besides, are you really excited at the prospect of seeing Cage full frontal?

Fox said...

But Fletch... I even linked to you! You're the Nic Cage hater I love to hate, or hate to love. I don't know which one is better... whichever one means that I do love ya.

Besides, are you really excited at the prospect of seeing Cage full frontal?...

Not terribly, but if you screen capture it and use it for your profile avatar for 3 months straight, I will pay you $20.

Fletch said...

"Not terribly, but if you screen capture it and use it for your profile avatar for 3 months straight, I will pay you $20."

I don't know if that figure is high enough, considering I'll be shunned, silenced and escorted swiftly out of the Blogging Community. But the shock value just might be worth it...

Jason Bellamy said...

That said, considering Jason's reservations about both Cage AND Herzog, I doubt he'll be won over by this one.

Either that, or Cage and Herzog will cancel one another out and create some kind of vacuum that will blow my mind (or suck it, whatever).

Fox said...

Either that, or Cage and Herzog will cancel one another out and create some kind of vacuum that will blow my mind (or suck it, whatever)....

I thought the Bellamy-hates-Herzog comment by Ed was just some baiting, but apprently it's... true? Yes, my surprise means that I haven't read y'alls "conversation" piece yet, but I can't be everywhere at once, ok?

Jason Bellamy said...

No, Bellamy doesn't "hate" Herzog. Have "reservations about"? Yes.

Have "reservations about" Cage? Sure! "Hate" him? No ... well, OK, yeah, sometimes.

Fox said...

Jason-

I remember those reservations when we had that chat about Herzog's docs, or "docs".

Do you think Herzog and Cage have the same coversations on reservations about us?? I bet they do.

And not even, like, between takes or anything. I bet they full-on have it out at dinner with their co-stars and everything about the merits of our awesome commentary (I really hope Eva Mendes becomes a huge The Cooler fan).

bill r. said...

I saw the trailer for My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? today. I had to watch it without sound, but even so, it looks pretty wonderful.

RC said...

Interesting stills - I don't think I've seen them yet -

Who knows? right. Cage is up or down -- this looks like the role might fight great.

Rick Olson said...

I am so looking forward to this. Nic Cage haters beware!

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