The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

Rated R

Other than the name, this has nothing to do with the Harvey Keitel police drama in which he showed off his junk. Nicolas Cage is at his gonzo best as Terence, a New Orleans cop who, after getting injured on duty, suffers from major back pain. He gets addicted to painkillers and other drugs, and this starts to have a nasty effect on his daily routine. Cage here makes up for all of the crap he’s participated in over the last five years; this is his best performance of the decade. Director Werner Herzog gives Cage many moments to go batshit, and Cage does so with glee. (His stare-down with a couple of iguanas is a classic.) Eva Mendes (Cage’s co-star in Ghost Rider) is very good as Terence’s hooker girlfriend, while Xzibit gets his best acting work yet as a drug dealer. This is one of the year’s craziest movies.

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