Gigantic is the story of They Might Be Giants, a unique musical group centered on John Flansburgh and John Linnell. We're introduced to the duo's lyrical and melodic craft when, for example, well-known actors recite Giants lyrics, underscoring the dark words often coupled with bright tunes. We also catch a glimpse of the band's ideas about performance from the blend of footage from concerts, television, music videos, and other media. Running through the whole film is a portrayal of the Johns' friendship and ultimately, their view of the world, which we see in interviews with the Giants themselves, their colleagues, and their fans. Written by
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The documentary shows They Might Be Giants holding a release party for their CD "Mink Car" at a New York City Tower Records store. Left unstated is that this party took place at midnight on September 11th, 2001, slightly less than nine hours before the attacks on the World Trade Center several miles away. See more »
A lot of albums these days have ten or less songs on them, and that pisses us off. This new album of ours has nineteen songs. That's why ours is better.
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i saw this recently and was, to say the least, very dissapointed. im certainly not a TMBG fan, but i do appreciate some of their music. but having seen this, it seems that fans try to make much more out of TMBG than there really is. they try to pry some meaning out of songs, that are devoid completely of meaning whatsoever. but my biggest beef with the film is the lack of showing the john's lives outside the band, and how that may influence song writing. there was no mention of their families, with the exception of the scene with his son. and the single most concerning part, was the lack of naming other influential bands during TMBG's hayday. Yes, Frank Black was interviewed... but no where was it mentioned who he was! given, most viewers of the film probably know who he is, but the Pixies were only mentioned once, and very nonchalantly. no real comparison was made between them and TMBG and either's path further down the road, or how they inflenced bands nowadays. who knows, maybe i just wanted to see a documentary about the Pixies. but it was just pieced together poorly and was definately a last hurrah rather than a documentary. 6/10
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