The Great American Movie

By J. DeVoy

Remember Falling Down, where Michael Douglas goes on a rampage in LA, shooting up a McDonald’s, a phone booth, and attacking a construction project with a rocket launcher?  Cathartic, no?  This appears to be even better.

The thing about Falling Down is that it did not go far enough in its attack on the perverted state of America normalcy.  It expressed frustration at common daily difficulties, but failed to indict the metastasizing culture that produces these inefficiencies.  God Bless America appears to remedy these defects by glamorizing the wanton and gratuitous murder of reality television “stars,” famous-for-fame’s-sake celebutards and generic douches who talk in the theater, insist on recording everything via cell phone, etc.  Here’s hoping for a scene where the protagonist walks into a restaurant and blows away my latest disfavored class – people who take pictures of unremarkable food they order so they can instantaneously upload them to facebook (“they’re not french fries, they’re pommes frites!“).

As the Joker once said, “this town needs an enema!”  Swap “town” for “western civilization” and we’re making progress.  Surely the whiner crew will come out wringing their frail hands, warning of copycat acts of violence against famous people.  Even if these hypochondriac claims had merit, the only reasonable response is, happy hunting.  Will Brangelina get your backwoods joke of a state to enact a badly needed Anti-SLAPP statute with teeth?  Leonardo DiCaprio is on the record as caring more about polar bears than your rights.  Would it be so bad if they all… disappeared?

Obviously nobody’s seen the full film yet.  Even if it’s terrible, I suspect it will have a significant cult following, likely among the alternative right.  The fact that such a film was even made, though, reflects a recognition that enough people are meaningfully dissatisfied with the status quo that they would enjoy – and pay to see – its simulated murder.

8 Responses to The Great American Movie

  1. John Burgess says:

    Man, I want to see this. Seeing it would keep me just that much further away from perpetrating it.

  2. Jack B. says:

    That Magnet/Magnolia films is behind this is encouraging. Not everything they release is great, but most of what they release is a welcome break from the usual shit Hollywood produces, They also distribute a lot of top-quality foreign releases that eventually get the watered-down American remake treatment ([REC], Let The Right One In).

  3. blueollie says:

    “Here’s hoping for a scene where the protagonist walks into a restaurant and blows away my latest disfavored class – people who take pictures of unremarkable food they order so they can instantaneously upload them to facebook ”

    Uh…that is what unfriending is for, no?

    • J DeVoy says:

      You can unfriend them, but they still exist. That this trait exists among people is a problem. I can unfriend people all day long, but the world will still be full of people, things and behaviors that annoy me.

  4. Duderino says:

    “I’m an American, and you’re a sick asshole.”

    It would be great if that line was incorporated somehow. Really the high point of Falling Down for me.

  5. Kyle says:

    I stumbled across your blog searching for copyright info about file hosting sites.

    I have been reading your posts and I’m really enjoying them :)

  6. Bruce H says:

    Last movies were BLACK HAWK DOWN and the LORD of the RINGS. Resisted HURT LOCKER, glad to have only rented it.
    Might be time to go again…

    See you at BOOMERSHOOT, first time for us. Really looking forward to seeing the tube gun.

    Bruce H.

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