Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life.

... you can learn from:

Brad: What do you mean by birds?
They're my eagles in drag!

One of my absolute favorite Werner Herzog movies came out ten years ago today, and I feel like nobody but me ever talks about this flick anymore. We cannot let that happen! I mean this thing could coast on its cast alone, which might just be my favorite batch of weirdos ever assembled in one place -- Michael Shannon, Grace Zabriskie, Udo Kier, Chloë Sevigny, Irma P. Hall, Willem Dafoe, Michael Peña, Lorette Devine, Brad Dourif... oh and apparently (I don't remember this, I'll have to check my disc later) Dave Bautista has a cameo as a SWAT member???

But it's not just a tremendous group of freaks... excuse me, risk takers... all gathered up in one place and let loose. Herzog and Shannon and all the rest manage to make an operatic new American Myth out of a random tabloid story they snatched from oblivion. Here's my original review of the film, and here's what I wrote up when I called it my 5th favorite movie of 2009. I recommend you see this if you haven't, or watch it again if you have!

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