Of all the potentially great films showing at TIFF this year, perhaps the one I’m most excited for is Bobcat Goldthwait‘s God Bless America. There are good films and great films, and then movies that somehow seem made to tap directly into your own sensibilities and perspective. Goldthwait’s last film, World’s Greatest Dad, was one of those.
So I’m hoping that God Bless America, a comedy in which a middle-aged guy kills a teen reality TV star, might have some of the same appeal. (For me, at least.) In anticipation of the film’s premiere at Toronto, Bobcat Goldthwait is talking about what to expect from the movie and, to some extent, his own comic legacy. And there’s a poster for the movie, though it isn’t a great one. Read More »
Today the Toronto International Film Festival announced many new films, including the full feature documentary slate and the Midnight Madness picks. The latter is the suite of ten films that represents the festival’s genre offerings; the program is one of the best at any festival, period.
I was thrilled to see that one of the 2011 Midnight Madness offerings is God Bless America, the new film from Bobcat Goldthwait. His last picture, World’s Greatest Dad, is one of the best and most bleak comedies of the past few years. It can be so savage that it almost edges out of the comedy realm and into the lands of pure discomfort; that’s one of several reasons I love it. That movie has balls. I’m hoping for nothing less from God Bless America, in which a middle-aged guy and a young girl go on a killing spree inspired by hatred for the garbage glut of MTV ‘reality’ shows. Read More »
If Bobcat Goldthwait made more movies, he might be a real cinematic treasure. Simply on the strength of Shakes the Clown and World’s Greatest Dad — especially the latter — he can claim one of the darker corners of American comedy as his own. World’s Greatest Dad is that very rare thing: a seriously funny comedy with great characters that is also one of the darkest, ugliest portraits of human nature I’ve ever seen. Naturally some of us who love that film want more.
And now Bobcat Goldthwait is preparing to oblige. He has been working on a few different ideas (a film version of a Kinks album, and a western) but it seems like he and Darko Pictures have landed on one in particular. During a recent appearance on Adam Carolla’s podcast the writer/actor/director gave up the premise for the movie.
I’ll let Bryan Bishop, a crewmember on the show, do the setup, as he explains a conversation about the movie: “He proceeded to describe some of the most horrific, horrifying things ever, and ended it with, ‘and it’s called God Bless America!’” Want to know what that horrific stuff is? A bit is after the break. Read More »
I wasn’t planning to write about Gallery1988′s first annual “Is This Thing On” art show as it really has little connection to movies or television (or so I thought… the above piece featuring Judd Apatow mashed-up with the infamous Star Trek Tribbles episode is a fine example of this). The show, co-sponsored by FunnyOrDie, features over 100 artists, each creating pieces that are portraits of their favorite funny people, both beloved comics of yesteryear and emerging superstars.
The line up of comedians depicted include: Chris Farley, Will Ferrel, Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, Paul Reubens,Tim & Eric, Nick Kroll, Demetri Martin, Chris Rock, Whitney Cummings, Jon Lovitz, Sam Kinison, Bill Murray, Woody Allen, Colin Quinn, Bill Hicks, Howard Stern, Judd Apatow, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Scott Auckerman, David Spade, Andy Dick, Lenny Bruce, Adam Sandler, Amy Sedaris, Lisa Lampanelli, David Cross, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Guest, Mr. Show, Rob Corddry and Children’s Hospital, Gilbert Gottfried, Jeffrey Ross, Bill Cosby, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tracy Morgan, Roseanne, Patton Oswalt, Dave Attell, David Wain and Wet Hot American Summer, Will Forte, John Candy, Lilly Tomlin, Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Mel Brooks and Young Frankenstein, Chevy Chase, Louis CK, Norm MacDonald, Flight of the Conchords, Jim Carrey, Reggie Watts, Steve Martin, Larry David, Rodney Dangerfield, Mitch Hedberg, Ellen DeGenerous, Margaret Cho, Steven Wright, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, George Carlin, UCB Theater LA, Upright Citizen Brigade (TV show), Human Giant, Sasha Baron Cohen, Gallagher, Dana Carvey, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, Danny McBride, Carrot Top, Greg Giraldo, Donald Glover, Zach Galifiankis, Charlene Yi, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Chris Elliot, Jon Lovitz, Artie Lange, Doug Benson, Redd Foxx, Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Dave Chapelle, Chelsea Handler, Aziz Ansari, Eddie Murphy, SF Sketchfest, Cheech & Chong, Sarah Silverman, Stella, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Brian Posehn, Charlie Murphy and Kids In The Hall.
The show is ongoing until January 29th 2011 in the Melrose Gallery 1988 location. Hirt the jump to see some of my favorite pieces of art from the exhibition.
One of the best, weirdest pieces of news to come out of last summer was the fact that Bobcat Goldthwait planned to adapt The Kinks‘ concept album Schoolboys in Disgrace to film. At the time, Goldthwait had gained permission from Ray Davies of The Kinks, who is now an exec producer on the film, and was working on storyboards to help gain financing.
Evidently the financing came through, because now the film is officially moving forward. Read More »
I’ve very much enjoyed Bobcat Goldthwait‘s career thus far as a director, much more so than as a comic actor. His latest film, World’s Greatest Dad, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to critical accliam but was unable to find a big audience when it was released (likely due to the comedy’s dark subject matter). What is Bobcat up to next? Goldthwait is developing a “asskicking western” screenplay titled Rio Malo.
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Chud have scored my favorite news story of the morning if not the whole last week. In an interview with Bobcat Goldthwait, the writer-director of World’s Greatest Dad, Devin Faraci managed to squeeze out one piece of scoop-style reportage:
The comedian turned director told me that he was finishing up a spree killer script right now and that after that he would head into a new world: he would make a musical. And it would be based on a Kinks record. In fact, Bobcat had recently met with Ray Davies of the Kinks to get permission.
The album in question is Schoolboys in Disgrace. Spotify Users can access a playlist I’ve made of the album now and listen to it all, legally and for free and as many times as they want. Perhaps U.S. users could supply a Pandora equivalent via the comments?
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