The other day I recieved a wonderful little treat in the mail, Wholphin No. 2 – the new DVD magazine of rare and unseen short films brought to you by the lovely people of McSweeney’s. If you’re not familiar with the world of McSweeney’s, it is a publishing company headed by Dave Eggers that is mostly known for their semi-quarterly literary journal ‘Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern’. They’ve started a new DVD magazine named after the hybrid species of a dolphin and false killer whale (not really a whale) that lives at Sea World. Wheeeee! No. 1 is definitely worth picking up for Patton Oswalt alone, but the frightening 1950’s educational film suggesting you can survive a nuclear war by cleaning up the trash in your yard is the icing on the cake.
I haven’t even finished watching all of No. 2 yet, but I’m too excited about it not to blog. Some highlights:
“The Movie Movie (An Excerpt)” from one of my favorite documentary filmmakers Errol Morris (Mr. Death, The Fog of War) featuring Donald Trump talking about Citizen Kane.
“The Pity Card” directed by Mr. Show’s Bob Odenkirk and featuring the always amazing Zach Galifinakis who interrupts a conversation about foot rot stating “I had foot rot once… on both feet… I had feet rot”.
“American Storage”, a hilarious 15 min short film with Steve Carell that IMDB alludes is in development as a feature length film.
“More” the academy award nominated animated short featured in The Animation Show (see my other post My Head Is Now A Giant Egg) theatrical release but not the DVD. A haunting stop motion piece set entirely to New Order’s Elegia.
“The Mesmerist” – a tripped out reinterpretation of some old anti-semitic Boris Karloff film set to the music of the renowned guitarist Bill Frisell. The film has naturally decayed in such a way that the images take on a ghostly nature as they morph and distort on the screen.
As I said, I haven’t even finished this yet, but man I want to skip work to do so cause according to the cover we have: The Daily Show writers re-invent the Japanese “Bewitched”, squids being born (?), and apparently Andy Richter shows up somewhere. Plus the bonus disc – The most explosive documentary you’ll see this year – The Power of Nightmares. “The film US TV networks dare not show” – UK Guardian. Hooray for cool stuff!