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In defense of “Freddy Got Fingered.” (photo)

In defense of “Freddy Got Fingered.”

If you thought Tom Green had disappeared off the face of the earth, fear not (or, alternately, quit celebrating): he’s back on the stand-up beat and has a new movie, “Prankstar,” that’s sitting there until he figures out what to do with it. This is terrific news, because — seriously — his 2001 film “Freddy […]

A Head Without a Heart (photo)

A Head Without a Heart

When each successive film from a new, audacious talent seems richer and more rewarding than the one before, it can sometimes be hard to tell whether the director is steadily improving or it’s simply taking you some time and effort to learn how to watch his/her movies. Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel arrived on the international film […]

“Zed is Dead”: A Chat with Bobcat Goldthwait (photo)

“Zed is Dead”: A Chat with Bobcat Goldthwait

Comedian-turned-filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait is getting closer to shaking off his early career history, when his stand-up comic persona had a high-pitched, jittery growl (for the last time: no, that wasn’t his real voice), which also fueled his role as Zed, the loose-cannon cop from the “Police Academy” series. In 1991, he directed the now cult-legendary […]

Sundance 2009: “World’s Greatest Dad.” (photo)

Sundance 2009: “World’s Greatest Dad.”

Bobcat Goldthwait’s not what you would call a natural filmmaker — while “World’s Greatest Dad” isn’t half as clumsy looking as his 2006 Sundance bestiality-themed rom-com “Stay,” it’s still rough as all hell and reliant on handfuls of endless music montages. But as a screenwriter, he’s among the best in what’s its own subcategory these […]