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Wholphin: Issue 8

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This quarterly DVD magazine includes shorts, animated & live action, comedies, dramas, and more. Highlights of this volume include: James Franco explors his outer psyche and trashes a bedroom; Lauren Greenfield's documentary Kids + Money; 2009's Sundance

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  • Actors: Creed Bratton
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Mcsweeney's
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001WB6NI4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There is some stuff here that can try a person's patience. Watching James Franco spend a half hour wreaking violent damage on a bedroom as performance art will no doubt provide humor &/or catharsis for some. Frankly I just found it tiring. McSweeney's impresario Dave Eggers conceived and directed this, and companion versions with comic Maria Bamford and actor Creed Bratton.

I actively loathed the short written by and starring indie rock star Carlos Dengler from Interpol. Was it because it seems like a third-rate David Lynch knockoff? The written intro accompanying the disc makes a point of declaring "Carlos is no dilettante," and maybe you, too, will find his film "exquisite" and a "meticulously crafted, surrealist dreamscape." Oh, well. I still like his band.

While these left me cool, I found myself warming to other films in the collection. "Short Term 12" is set inside the world of residential treatment for "at-risk youth" or "troubled teens" or some such catch-phrase. Written and directed by someone who worked in just such a facility, it feels realistic and intimate. Maybe especially as a first-generation Buzzcocks fan, I was charmed by the humor and tart sweetness of the teen story in "Love You More." I guess I should warn that this contains nudity and "frank sexuality." North Korea's politics and propaganda provide genuine, real-world surrealism in "Great Man and Cinema."

I was most affected by two shorts examining poverty, wealth, and class structure from a child's perspective. One of these -- "kids + money" -- may make you feel ill as adolescents from different economic backgrounds in Los Angeles discuss their views on wealth and belonging. Sobering as a hard slap in the face, it reinforces your worst fears about the world we've created.
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