by Scoobie Davis
1. I went to see Art School Confidential last night. The reviews were mixed so 1) I didn't have high expectations; and 2)I also figured that the reviewers might not appreciate Dan Clowes' and Terry Zwigoff's quirky styles. I enjoyed the film but didn't like it as much as Clowes' and Zwigoff's previous collaborative project Ghost World. Quick notes on Clowes and Zwigoff: the other day, I was at On Comic Ground in Hillcrest and got a copy of Clowes' Eightball # 17. I then went to the used bookstore next door and found a copy of Weirdo #12. The cover for Weirdo #12 was featured in Zwigoff's doc Crumb.
2. The other day I got a copy of The Independent. One of the things that caught my attention was an article about the subscription DVD magazineWholphin, that showcases short films. Wholphin No. 1 (available with the Dec/Jan 2006 issue of McSweeney's The Believer contains a short film that I love: Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody? When it was shown at the LA Film Festival, I was in a fit of uncontrollable laughter while viewing it.
3. Before the screening of Art School Confidential, there was a trailer for the one-night-only re-release of The Boondock Saints scheduled for tomorrow (5/22). I've seen the film on DVD (and not impressed with what I saw). However, I strongly recommend a film associated with it and its writer/director, Troy Duffey: Overnight.