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…
I started the month with this venture. God I was blown away.
It had a lot of promise in the beginning and gradually it slowed down. I guess the idea could have been utilized more.
Tara Lynn aren't you beautiful!!!
Watch it for a different venture and moreover don't expect much. I did this mistake.
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Frank is disillusioned with a society that has become increasingly brainless, shallow, and rude. So he decides to do what anyone would- take a gun to the people he doesn't like. He meets disturbed teen Roxy, and together they depart on a quest to remove the blights of society.
Sounds weird? Well, the real weird thing is that this may well be the most important movie to come out in years. It perfectly encapsulates many of the issues that America faces- obsession with celebrities, exploitation of the weak, and mindless consumerism, to name a few.
The first half and hour is perfect satire and wickedly funny. When Frank flips through the channels, the content is pretty much real cable. Reality…
At first was a depressing satire that hit of lot of sad but true notes, then it turned into a dark comedy that just felt off. I appreciated the attempt though.
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Frank ist eigentlich ein armer Tropf. Seit elf Jahren in einem Bürojob gefangen und getrennt von seiner Frau und der gemeinsamen Tochter lebend muss er sich nachts noch das Geschrei der Nachbarn über Lindsay Lohans neusten Absturz oder den peinlichen Kandidaten bei American Superstars anhören, genauso wie das des Babies, das einfach keine Ruhe geben will. Wachgehalten davon und von seinen Kopfschmerzen bleibt ihm wohl nichts anderes übrig, als seine Zeit vor dem Fernseher totzuschlagen. Klingeltonwerbung, eine Doku über eine Frauen-WG, in der sich die Bewohnerinnen gegenseitig ins Essen machen und mit benutzen Tampons bewerfen, überzogene Lächerlichmachung des aktuellen Superstarskandidaten und verzogene Gören, die sich über den falschen Wagen zu ihrem Sechzehnten Geburtstag aufregen bestimmen das Medienbild. Seine Nachbarn…
This movie had it's moments. But mostly, it sucked shit.
Sharply satirical. Although it probably offends a lot of people, I find it has a lot of truth to tell - as inconvenient as that may be. Joel Murray gives a great, sad, performance. The pacing is really patient; it could so easily have been rushed, but Bobcat shows a mature restraint. Intelligent without being intellectual.
This is just brilliant. I loved most of the movie expect some parts where it drags on a little too much. I don't usually like the comedy genre but this was an amazing exception and it really makes you think how rotten some aspects of our daily life came to be.
A violent, dark comedy that puts our society under the microscope for all to see,than beats it with a hammer..think Natural Born Killers but there reason for there killing spree is Pop Culture and general shallowness and meanness of society..
Watched Bobcat Goldthwait's "God Bless America". The movie starts with Frank (Joel Murray) suffering with bad headaches & living in a duplex with shitty loud neighbors. His family sucks. Gets fired. Now he finds out he has a brain tumor. It's a tad bit of "Falling Down" but not really. Almost like a prequel to "Idiocracy".
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