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Ghost World

Released 2001
Distributor United Artists

One of the best literary adaptions in many a moon, director Terry Zwigoff finds just the right tone for Daniel Clowes’s sweet and sour graphic novel about two teenage misfits (deftly inhabited by Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson) and their oddball friendship with a misanthropic record collector played to a T by Steve Buscemi. The parade of oddballs who flesh out the story are a memorable lot including Bob Balaban and Illeana Douglas as a moonstruck art teacher.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.