Bobcat Goldthwait made a name for himself as a wonked-out supporting actor in movies like the Police Academy franchise and a funny-voiced stand-up comic who pulled no punches on stage. The unlikely canon he’s crafted behind the camera has been no less controversial and engaging. His latest film as a writer-director, the bold, ballsy, and darkly comedic social satire God Bless America, centers on Frank (Joel Murray), a loveless and terminally ill middle-aged guy who hits the road to wipe out a snotty, entitled teenager he glimpses on a reality TV show, and in the process crosses paths with Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), a 16-year-old accomplice who turns out to be even more murderously motivated than him. I had a chance to speak to Goldthwait one-on-one recently, about his movie, American cultural decay and how he’s decidedly different than his protagonist. The conversation is excerpted over at ShockYa, so click here for the fun read.
A slight but amiable prison-set satire that mines the thawing relationship between a hardened Ku Klux Klansman and a Mexican farmhand, festival-minted Cellmates, starring Tom Sizemore and Hector Jimenez (above), surfs along mostly on the good fortune of its casting and sly peculiarity of its forced-odd-couple premise. If writer-director Jesse Baget’s movie ultimately doesn’t seem to burrow down and fully comedically exploit its conceit, it’s at least pleasant to see Sizemore back and robustly engaged in something other than Eastern European-produced genre tripe. For the full, original review, from ShockYa, click here. (White Knight Films, unrated, 85 minutes)