These are films reviewed on the cult movie podcast Junk Food Dinner ( www.junkfooddinner.com/ ).
God Bless America
Taking out the trash, one jerk at a time.
Fed up with the cruelty and stupidity of American culture, an unlikely duo goes on a killing spree, killing reality TV stars, bigots and others they find repugnant in this black comedy.
This piece of wank is incredibly similar to finding yourself trapped in a conversation about 'politics' with an 18 year old who's just stumbled across Chomsky, wears anarchy and Che Guevara t-shirts, and thinks Tom Morello is protest music...
... Its heart is sort of approaching the right place, and you don't really want to discourage it too much, but what you'd really love is for it to just shut the fuck up and go bother somebody else.
What a shitty little film this is. I was an admirer of Bobcat Goldthwait’s World’s Greatest Dad but this follow-up is utter drivel. If it is supposed to be a black comedy or biting satire then he sadly missed the mark as this is simply a rant-filled bore as two detestable shits wreak bloody vengeance on the easiest targets imaginable.
A man, diagnosed with a terminal illness, teams up with a precocious teenage girl to rid society of its most horrible citizens. Frankly they should have just turned the guns on themselves and done everybody a favour. Goldthwait’s targets are obvious and broad from reality TV stars, gay-hating Christians and right wing news anchors. All get their comeuppance but not…
Satire is a very difficult thing to get right. God Bless America manages to get it perfectly right for the first 30 minutes after which it unfortunately decides to go for the cheap shots and the easy way out. The predictable plot suffers because of it as it loses its crispness that had my interests peaked at the beginning of the film.
Bobcat Goldthwait's film tries to say a lot but does too little to say it cleverly. See, the problem is, when you turn satire into farce, drama into melodrama and reality into larger than life, it loses all of its power and the message it tries to convey gets lost in its own style. And it is a…
A media and political satire, a black comedy, and a story of an unlikely friendship, "God Bless America" is ultimately about noise. It is about the unending rivers of noise spewed by talk radio, bad television, demagogues, the miseducated, and the uneducated; and the film is built around what happens when people decide that they have had enough of this noise.
This is a violent yet funny film, and it is definitely not for everyone. Like most satires, it trades real heart and earnestness for comically stylized jabs at its target. The film clearly, effectively, and, sometimes, disturbingly makes its point, but fails to come up with a resolution that results in anyone turning down the noise.
There are only a handful of comedians who’ve successfully transcended their roles to become something much more important to society. The late great Bill Hicks was the master of satirising society’s ills and highlighting pop culture as a capitalist tool to keep the masses docile and subservient. The equally late and indeed great George Carlin would revile the religious and political ideologies of the world as the self-serving agendas they so often are with a level of bewilderment and world-weariness that was as thought-provking as it was hilarious. In fact, it’s these great comic writers that have often served as a much-needed reminder that life is “just a ride” – and we’d be much better off caring for our fellow…
"We no longer have any common sense of decency. No sense of shame. There is no right and wrong. The worst qualities in people are looked up to and celebrated. Lying and spreading fear is fine as long as you make money doing it. We've become a nation of slogan-saying, bile-spewing hatemongers. We've lost our kindness. We've lost our soul. What have we become? We take the weakest in our society, we hold them up to be ridiculed, laughed at for our sport and entertainment. Laughed at to the point, where they would literally rather kill themselves than live with us anymore."
It's a rant movie, but it's a fairly well-made rant movie I enjoy watching.
Película con una historia interesante pero personajes poco creíbles. El personaje de la chica que acompaña al protagonista es insoportable.
Frank is fed-up with new trends in America, internet, talk-shows and so on; but I don't understand whether in his good old days people would pick up guns this easy to finish off people who mock/ridicule them. Totally nonsense film. Just for the sake of peace-of-mind for oneself, doesn't simply differentiates you from the rest of those people. As a matter of fact this movie makes ME the Frank to kill all those engaged in making such movies.
A friend told me to watch it. He said I would really enjoy its dark comedy and the message it portrays.
I must be a detestable human being.
A little preachy and predictable, but fun to watch. Sort of a cross between Falling Down and Idiocracy. I liked that Goldthwait went out of his way to avoid any kind of sexual interaction between the two leads.
This black comedy has a lot to fulfilled since it's not only Bobcat's fantasy to burn all those crazy societies trashes. It's good. Unfortunately, the plot is predictable and you can even see what's coming next.
I'm a huge fan of Goldthwaite (especially World's Greatest Dad, which effected me deeply) and this is fine. I appreciate that this movie was made and definitely don't hate it or even regret watching it. Great satire needs worthy targets though. I perked up at sound of a longtime comedian taking potshots at the likes of inane shock jock radio stations, usually reserved to be discussed proudly as pinnacles of free speech and boundary shifting art when actually just being platforms for dicks. That's one novelty though. The rest of the stuff griped at (and loads of this movie is literally griping, as if directly through a laptop from Goldthwaite into the sympathetic characters' mouths) is not worth talking about.…
Murray and Barr make a good duo. They are essentially two messed up people trying to postpone the world of Idiocracy.
I could imagine that this movie won't be popular with most of the Americans... even if it claims that is a black comedy which combines elements of political satire. This film was written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, and stars Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr and Mackenzie Brooke Smith, and I have to say, it is an unusually honest view of the today's American society and its shallowness.
The story of Frank (Joel Murray) is not a rare one: after being fired from his job and diagnosed with a brain tumour he is about to commit suicide while watching TV... but decides to instead go on a killing spree and rid the world of rude and annoying people or "people…
Está bien, el personaje de la protagonista no es nada creíble, pero se marcan una serie de monólogos bastantr chulos. Se deja ver.
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