And God Spoke! It’s a proto-Guestian mockumentary about a bunch of wonderful hacks and the terrible movie they try very hard and nearly fail to make about the Bible. The whole time I was waiting for some sign of “oh, this is why no one ever talks about this movie”—by which I mean, I guess I was waiting to just not like it—but it never happened. The characters and narrative beats are pretty familiar if you’ve seen, say, Ed Wood—or if you know about moviemaking, b- or otherwise, at all—and it’s a bit subdued compared to what Waiting For Guffman, etc., would start getting at a few years later, but I loved it. Seeing it for the first time twenty years out, the cameos are all wonky: Lou Farigno and Soupy Sales are played up, but then there’s maybe only retroactively notable appearances by Andy Dick, Chris Kattan very briefly, Michael Hitchcock (I kept expecting Jennifer Coolidge to show up, but no dice). Strangely I recognized a member of the production crew as the host of one of the HGTV shows that played ambiently and perpetually in my family’s house in the mid-to-late 90s (what up, JoAnne Liebler!). And then of course God is R.C. Bates—”Sam the Keeper” in Werewolf, if you’ve gone down that road. I suppose it aids enjoyment to have an at least passing knowledge of “bad movie culture” going into it, especially once you get to the end, which seems to predict The Room, etc., by a few decades. Anyway, it’s great and on Netflix.
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