This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss Bobcat Goldthwait’s newest film, God Bless America (available now on VOD) and reflect on what the imminent death of physical film means for filmgoers and for the movie industry.
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The Independent Film Festival of Boston gets under way this week, and as I’ve mentioned in my past coverage, it’s probably my favorite film-related event of the year. Given that I’m moving out to Seattle within two weeks, this’ll probably be my last IFFB for awhile, but it looks like it will not disappoint. After the jump, find the five movies that I’m really looking forward to this year, and feel free to share your own in the comments.
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Attendees of South by Southwest 2012 are in for a treat. 130 feature films will screen at the Austin, Texas festival taking place March 9-17. Among them are 65 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres and 10 U.S. Premieres. The organization already announced Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods would open the festival (the movie is phenomenal) and today the majority of the remaining line up has been revealed. One of the highlights is the unbelievably smart and hilarious 21 Jump Street, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. Both of those are World Premieres.
Other highlights include The Hunter, Killer Joe, The Babymakers, frankie goes boom, God Bless America, The Imposter, The Raid, Bernie and Casa de mi Padre just to name a few.
After the jump, read descriptions of all the films that have been announced so far. Read More »
Have you ever felt a flash of murderous hate for someone who regularly behaves like a total dickbag? Have you wanted to live in a world free of reality-TV personalities who, through their perverse celebrity status, have a greater effect on behavior than do people whose lives are truly upstanding? Have you wanted to just slap the living shit out of someone who wouldn’t stop texting in a movie?
If you answered ‘no’ to all of those questions then I don’t believe you. If you answered ‘yes’ to any of them, and especially if you answered ‘yes’ to all of them, then Bobcat Goldthwait‘s new film God Bless America is the movie for you.
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Back in September, Bobcat Goldthwait‘s new film God Bless America premiered at TIFF, where Peter called it “a biting deconstruction of American culture” and “a pitch-black comedy that is crude, violent and intelligent.” Magnolia picked up the film almost immediately, and now we’ve got premiere info and a new poster.
God Bless America, in which a guy named Frank snaps just a little bit, leading him to go on a cross-country killing spree aided by a 16 year-old girl (Tara Lynn Barr), will hit VOD and digital platforms on April 6 and then open in some theaters starting May 11.
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The latest buy out of TIFF is a good one: Bobcat Goldthwait‘s new black comedy God Bless America has been bought by Magnet for release in 2012. This is the same company that got behind Goldthwait’s last film, World’s Greatest Dad. So once God Bless America got a great reception at TIFF it was, if not a given, then certainly a pretty good bet that the company would get behind this new film, too.
God Bless America will be released theatrically and on VOD at some point next year; hopefully we’ll have a trailer and full scheduling info soon. Meanwhile, the press release from Magnet is below. Check out what Goldthwait said about the film not long ago, and read Pete’s rave review of the film from TIFF, too. Read More »
Bobcat Goldthwait has been pushing the line of political correctness over the years: Sleeping Dogs Lie told the story of a guy who learns his girlfriend has had sexual relations with a dog, World’s Greatest Dad was about a man who uses the freak accidental death of his son to gain local fame as the ghost author of his son’s posthumous journal. His latest film, which Bobcat said completes a trilogy of sorts, pushes the line even further.
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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 »
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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 »