Between One Crazy Summer and Better Off Dead, it’s almost impossible not to pick the latter as the more satisfying of the two Savage Steve Holland and John Cusack collaborations. The ’80s comedies have both aged well, though. Neither film was a hit at the box-office, but time has been kind to them. Now, Holland wants to revisit some of the characters from One Crazy Summer in a sequel.
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Even if you call yourself a fan of stand-up comedy, there’s a good chance that you may never have heard of Barry Crimmins. The outspoken, sometimes controversial, and smart comic made waves in the 1970s and 1980s, and while his rage against the machine brought comedy, it eventually also helped bring about change and justice.
At a time when the internet was accessed predominantly by way of America Online, he uncovered a horrifying community online that was bolstering sexual abuse and child pornography, and used his voice, anger and personal horrifying experiences as a child to make a difference. And director Bobcat Goldthwait chronicles all of this in his documentary Call Me Lucky, and the trailer has just arrived.
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For his latest film as a director, Bobcat Goldthwait goes micro-budget with a found-footage story of the search for Bigfoot. That is, Willow Creek follows a couple as they trek out into the woods where Bigfoot was first caught on film, in order to satisfy the guy’s interest in the story of the monster. There are some real-life sasquatch enthusiasts who play minor characters in the film, but in the end the movie appears to lean towards real horror as the couple goes deep into the woods.
In presenting this trailer, Badass Digest also notes that there’s a lot more humor in the film than is represented here, and that the film’s “central set piece is a bravura piece of tension that is so protracted you could never fit it in a trailer.” Regardless, this is a great trailer that suggests Willow Creek could be a great piece os suspense. Check it out below.
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The Independent Film Festival of Boston is in full swing! While I’m unable to attend, I was thrilled to be able to grab some time with writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait, whose newest film, Willow Creek, will be premiering at IFFB. Bobcat chatted with me about the veracity of the Patterson-Gimlin bigfoot footage, the making of his films, and the benefits of impersonating him on Twitter. Listen to the podcast after the jump.
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Update: The broadcast is finished! Thanks to everyone who joined.
The 11th Annual Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFB) is just around the corner! Tickets are already on sale online, and their lineup looks incredible as always. Regrettably, I’ll be unable to make the festival this year, but I was able get actor/writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait to agree to a live, 1-hour Q&A with the /Film audience. Goldthwait’s newest film, Willow Creek, will be premiering at IFFB.
We’ll be broadcasting this conversation on Monday night (April 14th) beginning at 7 PM Pacific. Just bookmark this post and return to it at that time to see the live stream below (we’ll also bring it back to the top of slashfilm.com then). Feel free to submit your questions below in the comments, or use the hashtag #IFFBoston on Twitter. See you tomorrow night!
Even when his films aren’t fully successful, I really like what Bobcat Goldthwait is doing as a director. He’s making films that are funny and direct extensions of his own id, but that at their best channel more than simple anger and frustration.
So what can we expect from his next film, Willow Creek, which is evidently a found-footage movie that centers around the existence (or lack thereof) of Bigfoot? Read More »
We like Bobcat Goldthwait. In fact, we like him quite a bit. It’s great to see a guy who could have fallen into replaying one career moment take charge of his own path and make the stuff he wants to make. Goldthwait’s new film God Bless America is in some theaters now and also playing on VOD. The movie has been finished for a while — it premiered last September at TIFF — and so it isn’t unreasonable to hope that, in addition to promoting the film, Goldthwait has some new stuff in the works.
Jeff Goldsmith did a Q&A with Goldthwait after a screening of God Bless America, and the conversation is presented on Goldsmith’s Q&A podcast. During that conversation, which is initially derailed by Goldsmith’s questions about the 1988 film Hot to Trot, Goldthwait mentions a few possible follow-up projects that he wrote before making God Bless America. Some of them are nuts. Check out his comments below. 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 »