Yes, this hurts me. Yes, I’m bitter. And no, I didn’t lose a bet. It’s the right thing to do. And if there’s one positive (for me) thing that comes out of the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl, it’s that I don’t have to run a Top Five Movies Filmed in Indiana cause it’s, like, Hoosiers and Natural Born Killers and that’s about it.
So here you go, folks. The Five Best Movies filmed (though not necessarily set) in New Orleans. Congrats to the Saints and the city of New Orleans.
Bug: People, Bug is weird. It is a motherfucking trip. Brought to you by William Friedkin, Bug is an interminably long, slow-winding, suffocating descent into tripped-out paranoia. It is psychologically terrorizing, and really a fantastic, under-appreciated horror flick.
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans: There was a lot of skepticism regarding Werner Herzog’s remake of Bad Lieutenant (which was really only a remake in title and premise), but Nic Cage is flat-out floor-dropping batshit in this movie. It’s the best thing that Cage has done in years, and will teach us not to doubt Werner Herzog.
JFK: Oliver’s Stone’s brand of crazy at its best — it was a three-hour plus long movie, full of ridiculous conspiracy theory, but JFK was turned out to be a solid mystery thriller. It’s solid, riveting, and intriguing as long as you can ignore Stone’s bullshit.
Dead Man Walking: What I remember best about seeing Dead Man Walking in theaters was the complete, stunned silence of the audience as we walked out. No matter your political persuasion, it was devastating to see an up-close-and-personal look at the death penalty, and both Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon turned in outstanding performances.
Miller’s Crossing: Miller’s Crossing is the Coen Brothers’ not-very-often-talked-about masterpiece — an engrossing mobster film with a beautifully stylish look. Miller’s Crossing is smart, suspenseful, witty, and brilliantly written, and perhaps the best cast film of the Coens’ oeuvre.