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…
When you watch a black comedy you still expect the odd laugh or two among what is essentially a satire on the changing face of modern American culture. Director Bobcat Goldthwait instantly goes for shocks here with the opening fantasy scene where our protagonist Frank (Joel Murray) takes a shotgun to his noisy neighbors and their crying baby. I must admit from there on I expected more of the same, but what we got was more sermonizing about the ills of modern America focusing on easy targets that instill our annoyance.
When a middle-aged man loses his job, gets diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, he sees suicide as the only way out until he has an epiphany. After watching…
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…
Schade - es hätte so grandios werden können. Die erste halbe Stunde dieses Filmes ist wirklich spitze. Die Darstellung der kranken (Amerikanischen) Gesellschaft welche falschen Werten hinterherhechelt ist unglaublich gut in Szene gesetzt. Man kann jegliche Abneigung gegenüber der überstrapazierten Popkultur nachvollziehen und ich war richtig gebannt weil diese 30 Minuten viel meines inneren Grolls widerspiegelten.
Doch dann leider verliert sich das ganze. Handlungen wiederholen sich und verstricken sich in einer Aneinandereihung von nicht nachvollziehbaren Momenten welche in einem unwürdigen Ende des Filmes gipfeln. Schauspielerische Leistungen sind leider auch unterer Durchschnitt.
Der Film hatte durch den Stil, den Humor und vorallem der Message wirklich potential - welches aber im Endeffekt leider nur bedingt genutzt wird. Mhh :(
Es una peli ideal para ver cuando el mundo nos parece el septimo circulo del infierno y queremos matar a todos.
Hacía tiempo que no me identificaba así con unos antihéroes. Frank y Roxy llevan a cabo lo que a muchos nos gustaría hacer con algunas "celebridades".
Me gustó el gore exagerado que le da un toque serie B, que siempre es bien recibido.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This follows the story of a man who wanted to kill some brat that was spoiled with daddy money but had his motives shifted to "Correcting" America to be like it's glory days. So the duo of Frank and Roxy go around America killing TV Stars to straight up killing contestants on an American Idol copycat.
Edgy: The Movie
It tries to be something it's not when in reality it is simply an idiotic film and the worst thing about it is the fact that it's preachy.
Uma premissa interessante, mas abordada de maneira bem superficial.
Atuações competentes de Joel Murray e Tara Lynne Barr, que assumo nem lembrava de nenhum outro trabalho.
Não sei se julgaria exatamente fraca a direção de Bobcat Goldthwait, o filme é simples e sincero. Talvez simples demais, e aí Bobcat acho que falha no roteiro.
A idéia é interessante, entregue de forma direta, sem rodeios. Mas atacar o american way of life, usando uma das principais características dos americanos, violência desenfreada, etc, acho que acaba por banalizar um filme que apresenta boas críticas, tornando-se justamente o que condena.
Não sei se merecia 3/5, mas me diverti, apesar de tudo.
Verrassend goede satirische actiefilm, waar ik met plezier naar heb zitten kijken.
Started with a great premise, but in the middle it started to lose focus and discuss other things.
I think it has a comment on american culture that's very similar to what Idiocracy did a few years before.
One of the best movies I've ever seen.
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