ULTRA-INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING: Back in May, I posted some kind words for Nikc Miller's dada comedy Robot-ussin. Miller then sent me a DVD of some more films made by himself and his friends under the label Better Hollywood. There's a lot of good stuff here, and even the parts that don't quite work out still have an infectious energy to them: These guys are happy to try anything, from an abstract experimental short to a parody of dog-training videos. My favorite of the bunch is probably The Skitters: (causes and cures), an anything-goes comedy in the mold of Robot-ussin, but there's something to be said for A Special Message from C.C.A.Q.Z. -- part instructional film, part zombie movie, part gay sex comedy, and part deeply hilarious Wilfred Brimley impression.
Many of the films can be downloaded at the Better Hollywood website. If you'd like a copy of the DVD, drop them a line; last I heard, they'll send you one for free, though they'd appreciate it if you'd give them a few bucks for their trouble.