Winner of Best Narrative Feature at the 2012 Austin Film Festival.
Essentially a filmed play, this story of an agoraphobic actress and the plumber who strikes her fancy is anchored by two excellent performances with ample chemistry, delightful charm, and inventive, stylish direction to make the most of limited space.
Perhaps the most underappreciated Hollywood film of the last several years. A brilliant realization of a novel on the level of Gatsby, Lolita, and Sirens of Titan with career best performances from DiCaprio, Winslet, and the remarkable Michael Shannon. I've seen it only once since it's such a hard experience to relive, but it shook me to my core and hasn't left my thoughts for long since. In short, a masterpiece.
What would happen if you gave an angsty, misanthropic 14-year-old with no storytelling experience the opportunity to utilize sixth-rate community theater actors to act out his adolescent revenge fantasies and serve as a mouthpiece for his obnoxious rantings for nearly two hours? I reckon it would be indistinguishable from God Bless America.
Neither a dark comedy nor a satire (since both require some degree of humor), GBA is instead little more than being told things everyone already knows (Reality TV…