The Last Big Thing (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  23 September 1998 (USA)
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From a bland tract house on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Simon Geist (with occasional help from his platonic girlfriend Darla) wages war against all of modern American popular culture. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Zukovic ...
Simon Geist
Susan Heimbeinder ...
Darla Hames (as Susan Heimbinder)
Brent Benedict
Pamela Dickerson ...
Andrew Falk ...
Sibel Ergener ...
1st Interviewer
Thomas Prisco ...
2nd Interviewer
Video Producer
Steven Kay ...
Video D.P.
Blaine Capatch ...
Band Leader
Mitch Mayer ...
Band Member
Will Huston ...
Band Member
Yevo ...
Band Member


From a bland tract house on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Simon Geist (with occasional help from his platonic girlfriend Darla) wages war against all of modern American popular culture. Geist starts up a magazine called "The Next Big Thing", which he uses to confront and insult upcoming actors, comics, models and rock bands. As Geist's mysterious Underground Agenda escalates, will he become the "last big thing", or be co-opted by the very forces he is railing against? Written by Van Film Fest

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The culture is going down on itself... go ahead, Scream!


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong language




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23 September 1998 (USA)  »

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$4,165 (USA) (25 September 1998)


$22,434 (USA) (8 January 1999)

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Ultra no budget commentary on the dumbing of America
16 March 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Zukovic's first (maybe "last") feature. Reportedly shot in the VERY low six figures. This rant against 90's postmodernism and America's self referential popculture tailspin contains some sardonicly hilarious moments wedged between selfconscious "Byronic Poses".

If you like all the Big Budget Lost In Space sitcom rehashes that pass for "A" movies this is not for you. If you are disgusted with the turn Hollywood has taken since the 70's it is worth a buck rental for sure.

Short on the human side and reaching for that epic gesture (a difficult thing to do even when you have a budget) Big Thing is flawed, but laying prostrate in the right direction.

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