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




Release Date:

23 September 1998 (USA)  »

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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The tongue piercing of the reporters was a prop made from half-dome pierced earrings from the local Wal Mart. The backs were cut off and denture glue was used to stick them to the tongue. See more »


Simon Geist: They've been making the same car since 1986. It's called The Car.
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Queen of the Last Call
Written by Cole Coonce (as C. Coonce), Icky Shivers
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The Greatest Film Ever Made....
3 January 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA United States) – See all my reviews

This film is as good as it is difficult to find. The film's hero (and writer and director) is Simon Geist- a man "with an agenda." He creates a fake magazine just to have the authority to interview the swine of Los Angeles- the actors, the models, the musicians- who believe that their own defecation doesn't smell. With clever dialog, Zucovic succeeds in doing this. Sure, the budget for this film was probably what he paid for a used car, but this film is so solid and so well written that it works very well. Any person who can reenact Edward Munk's 'The Scream' in the reflection of a silver trashbin at a local coffee house should be nominated for some type of award. Give this film a chance and listen to what it says... because they HAVE been making the same car since 1986... it's called 'the car.' Bravo, Zucovic, bravo!

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