The Reek of Success (Part 2)

Recently I came across a dilemma of not knowing what I would do if I was sprayed by a skunk. Not that I was sprayed, mind you, but it occurred to me that if I was I wouldn’t know what to do to get rid of the smell.

I remembered a great deal of emphasis was given to a specific substance one was supposed to bathe in during my time in elementary school, but I couldn’t remember what it was. I remembered it was some sort of condiment like mayonnaise or mustard, but as it turned out I was incorrect and it is supposedly tomato juice.

Whether it’s supposed to be real tomato juice or ketchup I have no clue, but I can’t imagine taking a bath in either. I mean where are you going to get that many tomatoes? It’s sounds kind of unrealistic to me and at this point I can only tolerate bathing in water. Not milk, not mayonnaise and most certainly not tomato juice. However I guess I wouldn’t mind diving into a tub of chocolate.

Moving on I saw a movie called Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. It’s the latest film by award-winning director, Werner Herzog.

The movie itself is hard to pin down because it seems to be part crime drama, part dark comedy and part commentary on drug addiction and crime. It’s a surprisingly complex film with Nicolas Cage giving a good performance for a change. I’m glad to say he breaks his poor acting trend with this film, I would say it’s his best performance since Lord of War.

He plays an out-of-his-mind junkie New Orleans police lieutenant by the name of Terrence McDonagh. The film also features some other interestingly exuberant and spastic characters such as Big Fate played by Xzibit. All these crazy characters are thrown in a post-Katrina New Orleans with a flourishing underworld (a great setting for a movie). The city itself acts as a character in the film, influencing every dynamic of the movie. It’s a very unique picture with unforgettable characters and a solid and vibrant story. All in all it’s incredibly ballsy and in-your-face nutty but it doesn’t feature the mind bending action required to give you action junkies out there your movie high. In the end it won’t please the members of the frat house but for all you movie buffs out there its worth looking into.

In addition I must give one more movie recommendation, The Hurt Locker starring Jeremy Renner is one of the best dramatizations of the Iraq War in film today. It may even the best war movie out there (and yes that includes Saving Private Ryan). I tend to overhype things a bit but I can assure you there’s nothing I can say that can overhype this movie. Its cinematography, writing, soundtrack, and acting is spot on and make for a glorious crescendo of slick filmmaking. It’s a must-see for film enthusiasts if you aren’t afraid of depictions of wartime violence and profanity.

Before I go I have a trailer for what looks to be a very funny and fascinating film by the name of Black Dynamite, a humorous tribute to Blaxploitation films like Shaft and Superfly. It looks to be dreadfully funny, take a look.