by Scoobie Davis
Last night, the world premiere after-party for National Security was cool; however, I failed at my goal of successfully pitching my documentary film project there. Nevertheless, I met some interesting people there. I didn’t see the film itself last night (I saw it at an advance screening Tuesday). Essentially it is a buddy film starring Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn; unfortunately, as a buddy film, it was closer to Black Sheep than Road to Morocco. There was a scene filmed at the car wash a block away from my apartment building—the filmgoer can see a lot of my ‘hood in that scene.
In other film news, synchronicity. The Volkswagen “Bubble” commercial for the Beetle convertible is one of my favorite commercials of all time (see it here). It shows a young “organization man” in training going to his office job repeatedly and then having an epiphany when he sees the VW convertible from his office window. When I first saw it, it reminded me of the late 1960’s feel of Roman Coppola’s film CQ. When I checked out the director of “Bubble” (Mike Mills), I found out that he and Coppola founded a production company together. CQ should be on video now; I highly recommend it.