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Film, "4:44 Last Days on Earth": How We Lived at the End

"4:44 Last Days on Earth": How We Lived at the End

In writer/director Abel Ferrara's vision of the apocalypse, Chinese joints deliver right up until the end. The media's "live coverage" continues almost as long. Sorry, haters: "Al Gore was right," says NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan, playing himself. The ozone layer,…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Beginning of the End of the Beginning

The Beginning of the End of the Beginning

S.F. Indiefest, with its ardor for shoestring films and no-illusions filmmakers, is the most pragmatic, eyes-wide-open festival in town. Paradoxically, perhaps, the fest also embraces a party-hearty ethos guaranteed to beat the blues out of the blackest nihilist. Both impulses…
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Film, New Orleans is breeding ground for Nicolas Cage's <i>Bad Lieutenant</i>

New Orleans is breeding ground for Nicolas Cage's Bad Lieutenant

The joke's on someone in Werner Herzog's awkwardly titled Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Possibly Abel Ferrara, who, exploding in fury when he learned that the German conquistador was planning to remake his 1992 career movie, opined that…
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News, Feature Asia Rising

Asia Rising

Audiences at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival might have been less surprised by a glimpse of Asia Argento's anus — the sole body part she has yet to bare onscreen — than by the revelation that somehow, somewhere, she had…
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Cannes and Abel

Cannes, France —"Whaddya love about it so much?" Abel Ferrara — director of the strip-club-set Go Go Tales, my favorite film at Cannes — is interviewing the interviewer. Well, I say it's consistent with the Ferrara oeuvre — King of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cain and Abel

Cain and Abel

Abel Ferrara is a relentless explorer of calamitous ethics, and thus the perfect companion for New Year's soul-searching. A low-budget Scorsese (complete with the Catholic underpinning), the controversial New York City filmmaker outfits his characters with malfunctioning moral compasses, then…
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Film, Reps Etc.

Reps List

Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to We're interested in your film…
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