5 and 4.5 star films
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…
Pretty sure I disliked this at the time, probably for the same reason I like it now: Nothing but downward spiral, plus one agonized act of forgiveness. The early, iconic scene in which Lt. Bad staggers around naked, his face a mask of pain, arguably does more harm than good—it's certainly arresting and memorable (so much so that it became the primary marketing image), but it overwhelms what's otherwise a remarkably flat, almost procedural portrait of ingrained vice. I liked Herzog's "remake," too, but try to imagine Nicolas Cage just zipping up his pants and silently walking back to his car after forcing those two girls to perform for him; that there isn't even a sardonic "You ladies drive…
Heheh, yeah, as if black people would perform at Trump Plaza
It was great in so many ways.
Harvey Keitel, crime, religion, drugs and New York, no this isn't a Scorsese movie but in a way it almost felt like it, that's the biggest praise I can give this film.
Not a film you can recommend to just anyone, but I find value in the character's desire and failure to elevate himself from depravity. The scene with the two women in the car is audacious within the context of filmmaking and unbearably uncomfortable in every other context.
One of the 'realest' films ever made. As raw and painful as watching someone else rip their own heart out. A masterpiece.
Watched this on the same night as Sister Act which indadvertedly made for a rather unusual 'Harvey Keitel and Nuns' double bill.
96 minutes de perfection.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
hadn't seen this before and i thought it was brilliant.
many variations on a theme. no linear plot, just continuing bleakness. complex, insufferable bleakness.
where does he live? does he even have a home? maybe.
day slips into night and the only marker of time is the NLCS.
how about those mets.
he gets killed in front of a TRUMP PLAZA advertisement. that was a moment of 2016 bleakness.
"Show me how you suck a guy's cock."
This controversial film is about a Police Lieutenant who struggles with drug and gambling addiction while investigating the rape of a nun. Harvey Keitel stars as the title character and he gives a terrific performance that was worthy of awards recognition in my opinion. The film features a good soundtrack, it's well shot, and there are some great scenes present. Unfortunately I felt the story lacked focus and the gambling part of the plot took up too much of the running time. It's well made and Keitel is great, but it really could have used some work on the script. A missed opportunity in my opinion. 6/10
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