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Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2002)

Documentary about the music group They Might Be Giants.

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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 Andy Zimolzak <zimolzak@jcisd.k12.mi.us>

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10 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$6,411 (USA) (23 May 2003)

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$160,621 (USA) (3 October 2003)
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Trivia

Annette O'Toole narrates a letter in the film during one of the film's "history" sequences, and did the research herself. She had been out of town filming Smallville (2001) when the director came to film her husband, Michael McKean. See more »

Quotes

John Linnell: [about "Flood"] 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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Connections

Features The Daily Show (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Lie Still, Little Bottle
Written by John Linnell and John Flansburgh
Performed by They Might Be Giants
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Likable Documentary About Two Likable Guys
5 November 2004 | by (Des Moines, Iowa) – See all my reviews

Nicely paced movie about two likable and talented friends whose band is the ultimate partnership. There's a reason the subtitle is "A Tale of Two Johns," as Linnell and Flansburgh are interlocking essential pieces of this quirky, inventive group. Director Schnack does an outstanding job capturing their relationship, their integrity, and their love for what they do.

I would like to have seen a little more Janeane Garafalo and a little less Sarah Vowell, but that's quibbling. The interviews with friends, fans, and fellow musicians were insightful and complimentary. I'm trying to think of good word for Syd Straw, though, and I keep coming back to "a little flaky."


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