“Everything I take is prescription – except for the heroin.”
Cagefest – our (unofficial) Nicolas Cage Film Fest (aka, NIFF), a solid 5 days’ worth of our fave performances from one of our all-time favourite contemporary actors – wraps up on Monday, October 5 with a screening of Cage’s rightfully manic performance in Werner Herzog‘s 2009 crime drama THE BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL – NEW ORLEANS.
Cage stars here as Terrence McDonagh, a New Orleans Police sergeant who… Isn’t doing so well. Despite receiving a medal and a promotion to lieutenant for heroism during Hurricane Katrina, he has a nasty painkiller addiction (courtesy of a bad back injury he sustained while rescuing a prisoner during the hurricane). Plus, there’s his alcoholic father (Tom Bower), boozy wife (Jennifer Coolidge) and prostitute girlfriend (Eva Mendes). And, he’s just been saddled with a rookie partner (Shawn Hatosy). Now Terence must pull himself back from the edge of insanity to investigate a series of African immigrants that has the city on edge. With Val Kilmer, Brad Dourif, Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner, Fairuza Balk, Vondie Curtis Hall, Michael Shannon.
“Is redemption possible for this bad lieutenant? At one point, he orders that a dead man be shot again because “his soul is still dancing.” If you find God in that line, then welcome to your movie heaven.” (Rolling Stone Magazine)
“I’d rather rot in a New Orleans jail than watch it again. And yet its epiphanies are outrageously sharp, it is beautifully shot by cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger and the ending is a joy.” (London Evening Standard)
Monday, October 5
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
**Minors permitted. (Language warning.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service
PLEASE NOTE: All of the Rio Theatre’s screenings are operating at a sharply reduced capacity. We can’t guarantee availability of tickets at the door, so advance tickets for all screening events are strongly recommended. Our online box office can be found at www.riotheatretickets.ca. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.
THE BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL – NEW ORLEANS (Werner Herzog, 2009 / 122 mins / 14A) Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.