God Bless America
"Fridays After Dark"
“An oddball roadtrip comedy crossed with a furious social critique.” (LA Times)
A surprisingly poignant and humane film about a guy crushed by a pop culture that emphasizes smugness, cruelty, and debasement (Simon Cowell making contestants cry on American Idol, reality TV stars screaming at their parents, and so on). Outrageously funny, extremely foul-mouthed, and bracingly violent, but somehow also very sweet and sad.
Q&A May 1, 7:45: filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait, Joel Murray and NY Times critic Janet Maslin.
Bobcat Goldthwait, a stand-up comedian who was a staple in many comedy films of the 80's, wrote and directed his first film, Shakes the Clown in 1991. A dark cult comedy that lays claim to such fans as Martin Scorsese. Goldthwait's subsequent films have been festival darlings and critically acclaimed. Joel Murray, one of the Murray brothers, has appeared regularly on many popular television programs and films since the 1980's. His most recent credits include: AMC's Mad Men, Showtime's Shameless and this year's Academy Award winner for Best Picture, The Artist.
Bobcat Goldthwait. 2011. 99 m. R. USA . Magnolia Pictures.
Official Website / Trailer | LA Times review
Tues. May 1 7:45 PM
Q&A w/filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait, actor Joel Murray, and NY Times critic Janet Maslin
Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)