A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Gambler. Thief. Junkie. Killer. Cop.
While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness.
Mr. White as a cop living on the mother fucking edge. Blow. Bo fuckin' Dietl. A smart bet. Baseball. A street pharmacist. Crack is whack. Naked dancing. Flaccid Harvey. A convenience store shakedown. A despicable-horrific-sad-face act of violence. Darryl fuckin' Strawberry. Stealing from the dead. Chicks in penguin suits. A nude nun. Jersey bad girls. A serious question. Extreme-chicken-chokin'. Fuck you cassette player! Holy communion. Yummy wafers! Sad confessions. Not giving a flyin' fuck who you snort coke in front of. Nightclub action. Playing dumb. Uncontrolable laughter. An empty threat. China fuckin' White. Real fuckin' justice. Holy fuckin' hallucinations. Some real good shit. The way Harvey says cocksucker. The bus. Checking out for good. Harvey fuckin' Keitel blows it out…
Ferrara at his rudest and crudest best. It goes without saying that this isn't for everyone. Keitel's character has no redeeming virtues - he's everything you don't wanna cop to be - and he's only going downhill further. Yet you care about him and can't take your eyes away even if Ferrara takes him deeper and deeper into despair. This is certainly one of Keitel's best performances, brilliantly embodying all the physical and spiritual pain life has to offer.
Bad Lieutenant is a crime drama that follows the story of a cop who, while investigating a nun's rape, tries to straighten out his life. Ferrara builds an excellent character study on an unlikeable man who leads a life of corruption (by abusing his authority as a lieutenant) and who finds himself cornered with his addictions (drug and gambling) that threaten to destroy his life.
Instead of trying to establish a real 'story', director Abel Ferrara insvests in a controversial study on a man who tries to find redemption after a life of corruption and bad choices, in a detailied examination of a man's nihilist life, a cop who abuses of his social position to lead a semi anarchist life.…
For some reason I've always remembered Bad Lieutenant as a 70s film. There's something about its detachment and struggles with morality that harks back to early Scorsese, especially with Harvey Keitel in the lead role. It becomes more than a mere homage to Mean Streets as Abel Ferrara mirrors Scorsese by weighing down Keitel's boots with Catholic guilt and having him commit a series of unforgivable sins.
The Lieutenant in question is more than a corrupt cop, he's a pervert, a drunk, and a drug addict. He's the sort of guy John Doe and Jigsaw would have a field day with as sin oozes from every pore of his body like thick black tar. His actions are not mere indulgences,…
Less a narrative than an examination of the depths of redemption, Bad Lieutenant takes an unlikable asshole and asks us how much we can take before we want him dead. Harvey Keitel's Lieutenant is a complete monster, a walking pharmacy cabinet, and, besides a strikingly inane suburban side-life, has nothing redeeming about him. We're treated to increasingly detestable episodes that showcase his brutality, hubris, and utter nihilism until there's seemingly no deeper he can sink.
The showcasing of his banal domestic life seems to be director Abel Ferrara's indication that most, if not all, of LT's woes are of his own causing. He mistakes self-destruction for pride. He thinks himself untouchable, even as he becomes more and more erratic. It…
"Leave it to the Catholic Church, man. Girls get raped everyday, and now they're gonna pay 50 G just because these chicks wore penguin suits."
I fuckin' adore Werner Herzog's version of Bad Lieutenant, it's a hilarious dark comedy with an actual heart and message and Nicolas Cage at his best.
So obviously I was interested in watching Abel Ferrara's original controversial classic.
This film is in every way the antithesis of Herzog's companion piece.
Herzog's film suggests that there is hope, that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that people at their core are decent.
Ferrara's film suggests that humanity is fucked, people are scum, and organized religion is awful.
There is no light, everything…
The Lieutenant: Show me how you suck a guy's cock.
The Lieutenant: Leave it to the Catholic Church. Girls get raped every day, and now we're putting up 50 Gs just 'cause these girls wear fuckin' penguin suits.
The Lieutenant: I'm sorry, Lord. I've done so many bad things.
Io un film così malato e schifosomente marcio, intriso dal degrado umano che scava fino a raschiare il fondo, non lo avevo mai visto. Che pompa atomica, che meraviglia!
Ah...mi inchino a Harvey Keitel!
Going from dark humor to simply dark, "Bad Lieutenant" is a crude and often unerving study of character. Full of inconsequent violence, explicit heresy and an endless pain suffered by Harvey Keitel's protagonist, the film leaves us with a sense of resolution.
Some people can achieve this resolution through religion, some through drugs, and some only through death.
I won't say that this is one my favourites films. But this is one of those films that you keep thinking about it days after seeing. And this is the best praise for any filmmaker. However the film could be a MASTERPIECE if the story didn't have the baseball element on it. It was very have for someone that don't like or understand it. Baseball is popular in the USA and practically unknown to rest of the world. And this film make me hate baseball forever!!!!
Sheer unadulterated brilliance, both from Harvey Keitel and Abel Ferrara. A doomed character utilizing vice as a back-door into Heaven.
Easily my favourite Ferrara, next to 'King of New York', and my favourite 90's work by anyone, next to 'Carlito's Way' and 'Heat'.
After watching this back-to-back with its in-name-only remake, I can only say one thing: They don't make them like this any more...and that's a crying shame.
NY SIGHT & SOUND CONTROL; The Inapplicability of Resolve; Religion And Understanding Gets You Nowhere; Other People Might Get You Somewhere; But You Do Not And Never Have And Never Will Trust Them. R.I.P.
There's way more Warhol in this than I remembered (those beautiful long takes of faces and hard drug use, the final lock-off).
Fantastic seeing this on an old 35mm print that revealed far more of the underlying beauty in the film's rough textures.
Also nice to hear "Signifying Rapper" throughout, though I do miss Ferrara jamming during the credits.
Bad Lieutenant is a miserable and dirty experience and an expertly built one that strikes at the heart of Ferrara's particular brand of New York City Catholicism.
From the opening we're dropped into a world in contention with itself - a place where the outcome (of loss) is already assured, at least for our home side. In a series of sharp cuts Ferrara immediately shows us exactly who our guiding light in this neighbourhood is:
- he's a man first seen snorting cocaine only to reveal he's a cop;
- this cop is more interested in the breasts of the murder victim and then hedging bets with his co-workers than actually finding the murderer;
- this cop sees a robbery,…
An early scene of this film involves the protagonist neglecting his police duty to talk about baseball. This summarises the plot of the movie.
It's films like this that remind you why Tarantino is well regarded, because through pastiche and parody, he managed to make something interesting out of the aesthetic of New Hollywood that Scorsese, Coppola and Friedkin created, and films like this stagnated. I went into this expecting a pulpy, exciting Hollywood poliziotteschi, with maybe a little juicy religious allegory for seasoning. What I got was a film about a drug addict struggling to win a bet on baseball. I'm not joking, almost the entire runtime is either based on drug taking or baseball, making for one of the most boring viewing experiences all year. If you want a satirical, incisive and exciting film about shady policemen, watch Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, and steer well clear of this derivative, stupid and above all tedious garbage.
Bring me down, I beg of you.
AKA 80% of movies in existence.
Please give suggestions, and please give me the name of the character along with…