THE BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL – NEW ORLEANS
2009, Millennium Entertainment, 122 min, USA, Dir: Werner Herzog

No choir boy to begin with, cop Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage) becomes addicted to painkillers after an on-duty injury and quickly descends into a mania of drug abuse and corruption in post-Katrina New Orleans. Not since Klaus Kinski has Herzog worked with an actor of such intensity, and costars Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer and Xzibit rise to the level of Cage’s mesmerizing performance. Ignore the “bad” title here (there’s little connection to the 1992 Abel Ferrara film) - PORT OF CALL is a wildly entertaining thrill ride, flecked with dark humor and bizarre flourishes.


THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
2013, Focus Features, 141 min, USA, Dir: Derek Cianfrance

When motorcycle stunt rider Luke (Ryan Gosling) discovers he’s become a father, he looks for a more lucrative line of work than the carnival circuit - and finds it in bank robbery. His crimes provide officer Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper) with the opportunity to rise above a corruption-riddled police force - but Cross has a son as well, and the two boys forge a fateful connection. Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta costar in this ambitious multi-generational crime drama. “A sprawling, engaging study in fathers, sons and sins.” - Mary Pols, Time Magazine


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