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Schools are closing, absentee rates are high and graduation rates are plummeting. Let's face it, folks, education in America is failing.
How do we know this? Because we watch a lot of news. We mean movies.
Here at NextMovie, we're usually all about making you forget about the harsh realities of the world in favor of providing entertainment as a diversion, but we couldn't resist involving ourselves in this vital issue, especially in light of this Friday's new release on the subject, "Won't Back Down," starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis.
Please enjoy the public service announcement above, and pass it on. The children are counting on you.
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- Kevin Polowy
A whole mess of casting news blips itself onto our radar every day. It's often interesting, sometimes unexpected. But almost never is it the possibility of Robin Williams becoming a television actor again, 30 years post-Mork & Mindy. David E. Kelley — the Emmy-winning creator/writer behind L.A. Law, Ally McBeal, The Practice, Boston Legal, and even more shows than that — is working on a new series with Williams attached. The show, being eyed by CBS at the moment, is a single-camera comedy set at an ad agency (The Office meets Mad Men?); Williams would play an executive operating in the same workplace as his daughter. (How about real-life daughter Zelda Williams?) This raises so many questions. Why now? Why not after the double feature of meh that was 1998's Patch Adams and '99's Bicentennial Man? Or the back-to-back blahhh of 2006's Rv and '07's License to Wed? Why didn't Williams »
- Zach Dionne
Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait made the dark comedy World's Greatest Dad with Robin Williams in 2009. He returns now with a bloody revenge comedy fantasy about a middle-aged divorcee, Frank (Joel Murray), who goes on a killing spree, joined by teenager Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr).
Their targets are, basically, annoying people: rightwing talk radio hosts, reality TV stars, judges on "American Superstarz" (particularly the one with the British accent), members of the Tea Party. Roxy would like to widen the range to include Twi-hards, Diablo Cody and some Kardashians. It sounds like a funny idea, a sort of satirical Falling Down, but somehow the shoddiness of the film-making and the flatness of the writing dilute the anger and inspire a numbing tedium.
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- Jason Solomons
The film-maker and actor on celebrity, why he loves guns, and his resentment towards youth
Hi Bobcat! We'll start with an easy one: what's wrong with America today?
Jeez, I don't know. People think I'm crabby having seen the new movie, (1) but I'm not this misanthrope who sits in a dark room, smoking, writing comments under YouTube clips.
People get that impression from your protagonist, Frank (2) – he's that kind of guy.
Yeah, but he's also a murderer. No one thought I was having sex with animals when I made Sleeping Dogs Lie. (3)
But this film is rooted in day-to-day annoyances. Whereas most people aren't fellating dogs.
Maybe it strikes a chord because this film is not vague. There are real people and things that are singled out. (4) I guess in most comedy they don't name names.
It has prompted a fair bit of rightwing ire …
I did have a more »
- Henry Barnes
After recent successes, Bobcat Goldthwait disappoints with this weak reality-tv satire
Robert "Bobcat" Goldthwait scored real successes as a director with two recent movies, Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006) and World's Greatest Dad (2009) – each a subversive yet subtle black comedy of manners. But his latest is a disappointingly broad and obvious satire, a casual drive-by, spraying bullets at the most obvious of targets. The title itself hits a deafening irony klaxon. The star is Joel Murray, brother of Bill; he plays Frank, a divorced loser living in a scuzzy apartment. All around him idiots are listening to reactionary shock-jocks and watching stupid television shows. He is infuriated at the national dumbing-down – or is he just rationalising his own depression? On one terrible night, Frank has an epiphany and winds up befriending an alienated teen called Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr) for some violent adventures together. The big beef is with reality TV, which »
- Peter Bradshaw
So I just spent part of my second Independence Day in London watching Bobcat Goldthwait’s sarcastically dubbed God Bless America on a screener. I figured this was appropriate: I’m an American disillusioned with America and now with some longterm firsthand experience of how other countries do the whole life thing better... and yet I still cannot get behind this tedious soapbox of a movie. Oh, I sympathize with its attitudes: reality TV is a horror (this is true in the U.K., too); the U.S. is being misled by professional right-wing blowhards; crudity and violence rule American infotainment; general rudeness, selfishness, and even outright sociopathy has become a way of life. Our “hero” Frank (Joel Murray: Mad Men) laments that “no one has any shame anymore, and we’re supposed to celebrate it,” which I would be happy to wear on a T-shirt every day. But Goldthwait »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This week on DVD and Blu-ray: Bobcat Goldthwait's violent and very funny attack on reality TV; a moody psychological thriller starring Willem Dafoe; Jane Fonda's sexy space outing; a BBC romance sure to make you swoon; and some black-and-white silent oldies. # 1. "God Bless America" "God Bless America," the latest from comedian turned button-pushing filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait ("Sleeping Dogs Lie," "World's Greatest Dad") is one angry movie. Goldthwait (who also penned the screenplay) takes aim at America's narcissistic culture by centering his story on Frank (Joel Murray), a divorced, recently fired and possibly terminally ill man, who takes it upon himself to rid America of dumb, bigoted people by buying a gun and hunting said people down with the help of high-school student Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), who shares his rage. Given that this comes from the mind of Goldthwait however (he played Zed in a string »
- Nigel M Smith
The trailer and premiere ticket details are below.
Goldthwait (pictured) is a New York comedian whose first major film role was in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, in 1985. He went on to appear in the next two films in the hit franchise.
Among other roles, he played Merlin in TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch and has lent his voice to many small-screen projects.
Loveless, jobless, possibly terminally ill, Frank (Murray) has had »
- David Bentley
With "Young Adult" barely out of our minds, lensing is excitingly already underway on Jason Reitman's next directorial effort, an adaptation of Joyce Maynard's coming-of-age story "Labor Day." The project has now added a trio of talent with Alexie Gilmore ("World's Greatest Dad"), Lucas Hedges ("Moonrise Kingdom") and Brooke Smith ("Grey's Anatomy") all joining in unnamed supporting roles. The story centers on an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) who is taken in by a depressed single mother (Kate Winslet) and her teen son (Gattlin Griffith) over a Labor Day weekend with Clark Gregg, Tom Lipinski, Maika Monroe, Brighid Fleming and James Van Der Beek also co-starring. [Variety]
Jena Malone's career has kinda been all over the place with the actress most recently finding herself with a starring role in the History Channel's "Hatfield & McCoys." She'll now lead the L.A. noir thriller "The Go Getters" playing an actress »
- Simon Dang
With "Young Adult" barely out of our minds, lensing is excitingly already underway on Jason Reitman's next directorial effort, an adaptation of Joyce Maynard's coming-of-age story "Labor Day." The project has now added a trio of talent with Alexie Gilmore ("World's Greatest Dad"), Lucas Hedges ("Moonrise Kingdom") and Brooke Smith ("Grey's Anatomy") all joining in unnamed supporting roles. The story centers on an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) who is taken in by a depressed single mother (Kate Winslet) and her teen son (Gattlin Griffith) over a Labor Day weekend with Clark Gregg, Tom Lipinski, Maika Monroe, Brighid Fleming and James Van Der Beek also co-starring. [Variety] Jena Malone's career has kinda been all over the place with the actress most recently finding herself with a starring role in the History Channel's "Hatfield & McCoys." She'll now lead the L.A. noir thriller...
- Simon Dang
"God Bless America," the latest from comedian turned button-pushing filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait ("Sleeping Dogs Lie," "World's Greatest Dad") is one angry movie. Goldthwait (who also penned the screenplay) takes aim at America's narcissistic culture by centering his story on Frank (Joel Murray), a divorced, recently fired and possibly terminally ill man, who takes it upon himself to rid America of dumb, bigoted people by buying a gun and hunting said people down with the help of high-school student Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), who shares his rage. Given that this comes from the mind of Goldthwait however (he played Zed in a string of "Police Academy" films back in the eighties and is best known for his high-pitched comedy act), "God Bless America" is also hilarious. You might be shocked to see how far Goldthwait and his game cast takes it, but you'll also be hard pressed not laugh most of the way. »
- Nigel M Smith
Former shrill-voiced comedian turned acidic writer/director/satirist Bobcat Goldthwait may just be one of the most simultaneously electric and frustrating indie filmmakers working today. When it comes to deliciously wicked and acerbic premises, there might not be a better conceptualist. A devilishly arch comedic mind, Goldthwait has thus far come up with three succulently mordant, often morally taboo narrative inventions: a girl who tries to repair her relationship after she reveals to her partner she's engaged in sexual acts with her dog ("Sleeping Dogs Lie"); a struggling and untalented author who parlays his son's fake suicide note into a writing career ("World's Greatest Dad") and his latest, "God Bless America," a pitch black societal missive about a disenfranchised man and an all-too-willing and fed-up teenage girl who go on a cross-country killing spree aimed at the shallow, the insipid and the repellently vacuous.
All worthwhile targets, frankly. But the »
- The Playlist
In the opening scene of God Bless America, our hero Frank (Joel Murray) has a detailed fantasy about murdering his obnoxious, right-wing neighbors, which includes shooting their screaming infant. The baby-murder might be some kind of violent middle finger to an audience, an invitation to get the hell out if you can't handle the blood and rage, but hang in there-- the new film from Bobcat Goldthwait is a sweet and crookedly optimistic movie that also happens to include baby murder, a cross-country killing spree, and a vicious skewering of everything vile that American pop culture has become. His previous two films, Sleeping Dogs Lie and World's Greatest Dad, have boasted a unique combination of dark black humor and genuine emotion, but the gonzo violence and pointed pop culture satire of God Bless America takes it to a new, confrontational level. At the same time, it's a kind of modern »
Bobcat Goldthwait has always walked the road of comedy right on the edge. From this early days as a member of the "Police Academy" ensemble, but his current work as a filmmaker which has seen him bring deliriously dark, demented and funny works like "Shakes The Clown" "World's Greatest Dad" and "God Bless America" (recently unspooling at SXSW) to the big screen. But his passion project may surprise you -- it's a musical based on the The Kinks album Schoolboys In Disgrace and it has been a project he has been developing for a while. The last we heard about it was nearly a year ago when it was reported that Jack White would be helping to re-record the music, with Warp Films throwing their weight behind the project as producers. But The Playlist member Aaron Hillis caught up with Goldthwait in Austin and he revealed a bit more about what we might expect. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While Sundance still gets the headlines, the last few years have seen the film strand of South By Southwest, the Austin, Texas cultural conference, become just as vital to the movie world as Robert Redford's baby. The past few festivals alone witnessed some of the best movies of their respective years debut, from low-budget indies like "The Puffy Chair," "Beeswax," "Tiny Furniture" and "Cold Weather" to more mainstream fare like "I Love You Man," "Adventureland" and "Bridesmaids," to international genre hits like "Kill List," "Attack The Block" and "Monsters."
It's certainly one of the highlights of our cinematic calendar, and there's no reason to think that the 2012 installment, which kicks off on Friday with the world premiere of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's eagerly anticipated horror-comedy "The Cabin In The Woods," will disappoint. From looking through the program, we could be here all day talking about the films that are piquing our interest, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Bobcat Goldthwait used to be known as that stand-up comedian/actor with the funny voice, but that all changed in 2009 when he directed World's Greatest Dad. A blacker than black comedy about a dad (Robin Williams) who capitalizes on his son's death and becomes rich and famous, the movie was a smash hit with critics and while it didn't make much of a dent box office-wise, suddenly Goldthwait became a director to keep your eye on. Now the filmmaker is back with another new comedy, God Bless America, and this one could be even more screwed up than the last. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and will be available OnDemand on April 6th before being released in theaters on May 11th. Now we have the first red band trailer for the movie, which comes to us courtesy of Hulu. Check it out! God Bless »
If you've seen World's Greatest Dad and Shakes the Clown, then you're well aware of comedian Bobcat Goldthwait's penchant for pitch-black satire. The actor/director pits his dark style against America's "stupidest, cruelest and most repellent members of society" in the upcoming God Bless America. Twitch shared the latest red-band trailer, and if you're a fan of Goldthwait's twisted temperament it'll be sure to please. A lonely guy down on his luck and just diagnosed with a terminal illness goes on a Falling Down-style rampage when he realizes he's got nothing to lose. He directs his rage at America's most annoying and unworthy, taking a similarly disillusioned 16-year-old girl along for the ride. It looks like a violent little...
- Alison Nastasi
After rising to fame as a stand-up comedian in the 1980s and starring in several '80s comedies including the Police Academy series, Scrooged, and Hot to Trot, Bobcat Goldthwait re-invented himself as a director in the early '90s with Shakes the Clown. He waited another decade before directing his next film, but now he seems to be focusing his career almost exclusively on being a filmmaker. His 2009 flick World's Greatest Dad starring Robin Williams was probably his most well-received film to date, and now he has returned with another dark comedy entitled God Bless America. The premise almost seems like a cross between James Gunn's Super and Mike Judge's Idiocracy. A 45-year-old man named Frank (played by Joel Murray) snaps one day after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. He has been witnessing all the stupidity surrounding him until finally his rage boils over and he »
Today we have a restricted trailer for "God Bless America," which is directed by Bobcat Goldthwait (World's Greatest Dad) and stars Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr. Check it out below. Plot: Loveless, jobless and possibly terminally ill, Frank (Murray) has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, Frank takes his gun and decides to off the stupidest, cruelest and most repellent members of society with an unusual accomplice: 16-year-old Roxy (Barr), who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement. "God Bless America" will be released on VOD on April 6th and then get a limited theatrical run on May 11th. Trailer (Nsfw): If you cannot see the player, click here. »
"Why have a civilization if we're no longer interested in being civilized?" Magnolia has unveiled the first official red band trailer on Hulu (via The Film Stage) for the crazy indie comedy God Bless America, the new film from Bobcat Goldthwait (Sleeping Dogs Lie, World's Greatest Dad). It's essentially the ultimate shoot 'em up catharsis film for anyone who hates selfish, arrogant American idiots and what our culture has become (you'll get a taste of it in this trailer). I saw this film at Tiff last year and it's downright hilarious, but be aware that it's very dark and violent, this is Bobcat. But if you're already intrigued, then take a look! Watch the new red band trailer for Bobcat Goldthwait's God Bless America, via Hulu: Loveless, jobless and possibly terminally ill, Frank (Joel Murray) has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, »
- Alex Billington
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