Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
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.
Fails miserably by taking the side of the ‘protagonist’ unconditionally and, as a comedy, by being inherently unfunny. Sickening.
A perfect bite out of the current state of pop-culture, "God Bless America" not only says and does what a majority of the population is thinking, but it does so in a realistic and justified manner. Following a similar progression to the classic "Bonnie & Clyde", this social statement film does fall off into inexplicable rants to get its point completely across, but never wavers into the deranged or psychotic, and leaves the motives strictly surface level.
The characters were likable, the speeches about the downfall of society we're right on the nose, and as a left-wing liberal myself, I agree with the basic intent, everyone's trash. Fuzzy on whether the killing is justifiable but really into the idea.
Some very mixed reviews bounding around about this film.
I thinks it's great. Great script, great leads and a great chemistry between them.
Pitch black comedy that might lose its point about the awfulness of American culture in the volume of complaints the characters have: why high fives, for example? And I think it's not sure whether it agrees with its characters or not, so the focus at times seems a little broken. Still, good dark satire is hard to come by, and Goldthwaite is successful more than he's not.
[...] Nun zum Problem dieses Films. So wahr dessen Kern definitiv ist, so unbeholfen, plump und nah an der Verbitterung ist leider die Darreichung der Kritik an diesen Zuständen – sofern man, was Bobcat Goldthwait hier abliefert überhaupt als Kritik bezeichnen kann, denn Kritik beinhaltet eigentlich Reflektion – etwas was hier in keinem erkennbaren Maße stattgefunden hat. Stattdessen wird im großen Stil Frust abgelassen und dabei in einem grob undifferenzierten Rundumschlag auf ALLES, was nicht mehr wie vor 40 Jahren in den „good old days“ ist eingedroschen, bis das Blut in Fontänen spritzt. [...] Aber kann man Stumpfsinn mit Stumpfsinn bekämpfen? [...]
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Very funny movie.
this movie is a hidden gem honestly within the first 5 minutes i was in love
It's funny that a movie that attacks so much the current state of American cultural manifestations has such a by-the-numbers narrative. So formulaic is the story that the sardonic impact of its statement as a whole is lessen and diminished. The point of some scenes, like when the main character is watching the TV shows, is so painfully obvious and the execution so perfunctory that those scenes become as dull and derivative as the media they are supposedly mocking.
Well, at least the girl steals the show, and some of the executions are cool.
Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
These 100 films will be updated as I continue watching stuff.
In no particular order.