The new Nicholas Cage movie is apart of a Bad Lieutenant series that I feel the general population doesn?t realize and really should see these originals to be able to fully appreciate this latest addition. In the original Bad Lieutenant, Harvey Keitel is a gambler, thief, junkie, killer, cop-fucking-badass. As he slips through the cracks of sanity, we watch him deliver an untouchable performance within the role of a lieutenant for the city of New York who is a bigger cockroach to society than the criminals themselves. Taking place during the course of a World Series between the Mets and the Dodgers, Keitel digs himself deeper and deeper into a gambling debt and even deeper into a drug binge that is completely inescapable. This film is done so well that I feel as if the camera views are no more than my eyes sitting shotgun to a man who can get stoned higher than humanly possible and have meltdowns hotter than a volcanic wasteland.
This is a movie that needs more of a personal viewing devotion than the average film to get a desirable bad taste left in your brains limbic system almost permanently. Keitel is one of the best character actors I have ever seen (typically portraying a criminal or a law enforcer, but in my opinion does his best as both) and in this film he does phenomenally great at interacting with everything from bookies, lackeys, prostitutes, petty dealers, gangsters, and fellow cops all as equals within his decrepit world so well that this easily fulfills one of his top 3 roles.
I really don?t understand this poor rating The Good Son (1993) gets. It is easily Elijah Woods best role, granted he is only about 11, he is completely convincing as a scared innocent boy faced with an evil beyond everyone else?s comprehension. The story is written so well that Macaulay Culkin can combine this character with the image everyone has from his career to give us chills when thinking of the possibilities that someone like this exists. I enjoy movies about bad kids because I can relate, one of my neighbors while I was growing up was so evil that some of the things that he would do and say were so demented that by the age of 13 his life got completely out of control and after committing a violent crime he was institutionalized up to this day. The internal drama Wood had with the grownups in this movie was not unlike the one that I developed from knowing my neighbor and this left me mesmerized when watching this movie.
Clint Eastwood actually disappoints with one of his movies, I couldn't believe it. I feel by 2002 we had standards high enough that would prevent this production. I guess everyone has to adhere to the demands of money hungry producers before they can do as they please.