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The Last Big Thing (1996)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Zukovic ... Simon Geist
Susan Heimbeinder Susan Heimbeinder ... Darla Hames (as Susan Heimbinder)
Mark Ruffalo ... Brent Benedict
Pamela Dickerson Pamela Dickerson ... Tedra
Andrew Falk Andrew Falk ... Chris
Sibel Ergener Sibel Ergener ... Magda
James Lorinz ... Comic
Yul Vazquez ... 1st Interviewer
Thomas Prisco Thomas Prisco ... 2nd Interviewer
Louis Mustillo ... Video Producer
Steven Kay Steven Kay ... Video D.P.
Blaine Capatch Blaine Capatch ... Band Leader
Mitch Mayer Mitch Mayer ... Band Member
Will Huston Will Huston ... Band Member
Yevo Yevo ... Band Member
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Storyline

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!

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Последняя важная вещь See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,165, 27 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,434, 10 January 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Simon Geist: Computers are evil.
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Soundtracks

Flaming Star
Written by Cole Coonce (as C. Coonce)
Performed by Braindead Sound Machine
Braindead Muzick BMI.
Courtesy of Nitronic Research
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The Punk Rock Apocalypse!
10 August 2007 | by mit-rrSee all my reviews

I caught this film in the mid 90's at a screening in New York and later on Showtime. Angry and hilarious, it's an unrelenting--and prescient--blast at where this culture was headed...straight into the celeb/fame/money vortex. A fringe anarcho-intellectual named Simon Geist creates an underground magazine called "The Next Big Thing" (which may or may not exist), which lures a bunch of LA fame wannabes into his weird, punishing "Agenda". This film had an intelligent confrontational energy that reminded me of 70's punk--translated into film. As the New York Press described it in a review/interview at the time: The Punk Rock Apocalypse!


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