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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 has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits. The ten-part audio drama Bronzeville which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (The Game) recently wrote and sold the feature spec Trigger Warning, which is being produced by Thunder Road. Josh is the host of Trailers From Hell's official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!