“Bad Lieutenant” at the Orpheum

Just thought I’d let y’all know that “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” which I wrote about in my column this week, is now playing at the Orpheum. Good thing, too: The film’s week-long run at Sundance ended on Thursday.

“Bad Lieutenant” is a lot of fun and a harmonica-backed hallucination covered in Herzog’s unmistakable fingerprints. It’s interesting how Herzog’s recent American productions have done little to diminish the distinctiveness of his directorial touch; yet, I also wonder whether idiosyncratic figures such as Herzog are somewhat problematic in that they too easily inspire the formation of “auteur cults,” effectively downplaying the significance of their collaborators, materials and milieus.

Anyway, “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” is highly recommended.

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