I’ve seen two of Bobcat Goldthwait’s films: Sleeping Dogs (2006) and World’s Greatest Dad (2009). I enjoyed both, so can Bobcat make it a trifecta, with his newest film God Bless America?
Frank (Joel Murray), an average American, has had enough of American society and decides to take matters into his own hands, dishing out street-justice, wherever and whenever he feels it like it. Without a loved one to stop him, or a job to worry about losing, Frank sets out on a mission to ‘off’ the dumbest, cruellest and most obnoxious Americans he can find. But, on his journey he finds an unusual accomplice in the form of the 16-year-old, Roxy, who shares Frank’s fury.
The film bares a certain similarity to Super (Gunn, 2010), what with its vigilante protagonists and specifically the pairing of a middle-aged man and a teenage girl, but that’s not a bad thing. [Read the review, and watch the trailer]
Ping Pong is an intriguing documentary about pensioners from all around the globe, competing in the over 80s World Table Tennis Championship. The documentary focuses upon eight players, presenting a candid view of their lives at home and on the road. The most intriguing thing about the documentary, is how the film examines societies’ perception of what it is to grow old, which is an important question to raise with an ever increasing, ageing global population. It also looks fairly funny and heart-warming, which doesn’t hurt.