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.
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…
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.
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.
Pretty good, but not great, movie which seems to have tapped directly into my own fantasies for some of its wish-fulfillment episodes. I derived four star enjoyment, but it's a three star movie.
La crítica se oye alto y claro, y en ambos sentidos. Tanto de la sociedad americana y su cultura contemporánea como de los psicópatas que crea (nuestros protagonistas). Es una crítica bastante evidente sí, pero a menudo ingeniosa como puede verse durante los excelentes primeros compases de película. Es difícil no sentirse identificado de un modo u otro con lo que piensa el protagonista.
Luego la película se transforma en una suerte de "Super" con la entrada del personaje de la chica. Y sé que algunos pueden no estar de acuerdo conmigo, pero creo que por culpa de ello la película pierde gran parte de su credibilidad. Mientras que en la cinta de James Gunn las ideas son claras (por…
Exactly the type of movie its criticizing, which is annoying; but it has some fun scenes
I love my comedy like I love my wom *ahem* coffee, the blacker the better and their are few directors in Hollywood these days more adept at creating good dark comedy and satire then Bobcat Goldthwait. God Bless America is a satire of modern American pop culture and the often lowest common denominators lurking within it's realms. The movie tackles homophobia, racism, shock jocks, reality TV stars, The Tea Party and other Conservative Right wings extremists. It is the story of Frank, a divorcee who's newly diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor mere days after losing his job. Only thing is Frank decides not to go out quietly but rather chooses to take down some of the more obnoxious celebrities…
Okay, while the idea of a guy murdering tea party douchebags, Fox News like anchors or even talkers at a movie theater is kind of funny, this movie was just stupid.
The fact these two kill people with tape and witnesses and the cops don't even appear to care was quite dumb.
The movie is way to preachy about hating on current pop culture.
The CGI blood was lame.
Just a bad movie.
What have we become? What have we become? Why do we laugh at people's tragedies? Why do we can't respect other people? What have we become?
God Bless America is a film que really made me wonder about our relationships, our coexistence, our interests. We are a really futile and superficial society, that treats people like objects, that kills for nothing but killing, that lives for nothing but money. We are the ugliest being in the world, and I'm sad saying this.
I hope we can be more than television rats, more than fame puppets, more than money ghosts. I hope we can be different someday.
I liked the movie, and I hope you enjoy too.
this film makes you really appreciate how subtle and nuanced the satire in south park can be
This was actually a real surprise. Not at all what I'd expected from the thumbnail of the cover. It was a bit slow and flat, but still, over all, quite enjoyable.
You know what really grinds my gears?
- The Super Inframan
- Cheap Thrills
- Enter the Void
- Evil Bong
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- Casino Royale
- If a Tree Falls: A Story of the…
- War Horse
We all had one review that began our Letterboxd addiction. I'm just curious what everyone else's was...
Some will be…
- In the Loop
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop…
- Thank You for Smoking
- Grosse Pointe Blank
Here are a few of my favorites, what about you?