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God Bless America

Genre: Comedy

Director:

  • Bobcat Goldthwait

Writer:

    Cast:

    • Joel Murray
    • Tara Lynne Barr
    • Mackenzie Brook Smith

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    Critics Roundup — May 10

    Dark Shadows |Yellow||Green|Red|Green God Bless America (limited) |||Green|Green| I Wish (limited) ||||Green| Under African Skies (limited) ||||Green| Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish (NY) ||||Yellow| Where Do We Go Now? (NY, LA) |Green||Red|Yellow| Patience: After Sebald (NY) |||Green|| You Are Here (NY) |||Green|Green| The Cup|Yellow|||| Steve Jobs: Lost Interview|Yellow||||

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    Review: GOD BLESS THIS MESS

    The only thing worse than the sudden, crushing realization that much of American pop culture is vile, hateful, and stupid is watching a movie in which the main character has this sudden, crushing realization, then proceeds to lecture other characters on said realization. As a result, Bobcat Goldthwait’s “God Bless America” is pretty much doomed from the start, since our hero, Frank (Joel Murray), launches into his diatribe a few minutes after the movie begins.

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    DP/30: God Bless America, writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait

    Earlier with Bob…. after the jump….

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    TIFF ’11 Review: God Bless America

    Think of God Bless America, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, as kind of a mix of Falling Down and Super — but funnier than Falling Down, considerably more accurately satirical than Super, and relentlessly violent in a blackly comedic way, without being meaninglessly so.

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    “It’s a film festival’s job—and increasingly so—to create moments of recognition, of enjoyment, of shock, of learning. Not of consumerism. Not of implementing cultural policy. But moments without pretence, unclouded by vested interests, by intervention, by cynicism, by everyday business. Committed to nothing but the thing itself. Under obligation to nothing, to no one, not even to the filmmakers themselves. To basically seek access to a form that does not yet exist, a place no one has been to, a time that has not yet come. ’A form that thinks, and a thought that forms,’ as Jean-Luc Godard has it.”
    ~ Hans Hurch, late director of the Viennale

    “There’s a mass belief that if you’re texting, you’re somehow not interrupting the conversation—you’re not being rude. It’s an illusion of multitasking. I started filmmaking when people didn’t expect to have a phone on set, when it would’ve been seen as unprofessional to pull out a phone. Phones have become a huge distraction, and people work much better without them. At first it causes difficulty, but it really allows them to concentrate on what they’re doing. Everybody understands. I’ve had a lot of crews thank me. With a set, we’re trying to create a bubble of alternate reality.”
    ~ Christopher Nolan