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J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius (2019)

Slacking Towards Bethlehem: J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius (original title)
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The Church of the SubGenius has been called "the most aggressively preposterous theology the world has ever known!" But what is the Church? Filmmaker Sandy K. Boone explores the underground... See full summary »

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Vicki Amorose Vicki Amorose ... (as Vicki Amarose)
Susan Barrows Susan Barrows ... Susie the Floosie
Trevor Blake Trevor Blake
Gerald Casale Gerald Casale ... Self (as Gerald V. Casale)
Kelly Cash Kelly Cash
John Hagen-Brenner John Hagen-Brenner
Penn Jillette ... Self
Pope Sternodox Keckhaver Pope Sternodox Keckhaver ... Rev. Sternodox
Kurt Kuersteiner Kurt Kuersteiner
Richard Linklater ... Self
Paul Mavrides Paul Mavrides ... Lies
Margaret Moser Margaret Moser
Ken Narouski Ken Narouski
Nick Offerman ... Self
Harry S. Robins Harry S. Robins ... Dr. Howland Owll
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The Church of the SubGenius has been called "the most aggressively preposterous theology the world has ever known!" But what is the Church? Filmmaker Sandy K. Boone explores the underground movement that has galvanized the imaginative, the artistic, the nerdy, even the deranged - to examine the simmering dystopia in their culture, and do absolutely nothing about it - except, maybe, poke fun at it all.

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An important slice of counter culture history
21 October 2020 | by sethmoonracerSee all my reviews

Unlike most Church of the SubGenius content out there, this feels more honest and behind the scenes. Some good interviews of people out of character talking about success, failure and confusion.

The film does an excellent job of covering a sub-section of people in the 80s, 90s and beyond. It talks about the world of eccentrics who don't fit in, finding each other in a pre-Internet world. Music, video, performance art and alienation.

The movie shifts quite a bit post 1998, and it's easy to consider this an inferior section. However, the Church itself went into a sort of hibernation mode/existential crisis at that point and continues to do so. Yet it's still here. The film does a good job covering why, with real world events that forced the organization to reassess it's place in the world.

I would have liked to see a few more things mentioned. Like anything about the Arise! video. Or how the Church's clipart collage messaging likely helped shape Internet memes. But overall I think it's worth watching to see a little behind the scenes of something that impacted (and still does) the lives of some very interesting and often talented people.


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