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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans

Released 2009
Distributor First Look Pictures

Werner Herzog’s weird 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 bizarre, 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?

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.