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Now Shipping: Gigantic (A Tale Of Two Johns): A Film About They Might Be Giants (R1)

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Roughneck1, Nov 12, 2003.

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    Welcome to the surreal and poetic planet of They Might Be Giants, the Brooklyn-based musical duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell, who have spent the past twenty years crafting their singular alt-pop style -- cerebral, dark and humorous. Embracing the Do-It-Yourself ethos of true independent artists, They Might Be Giants has followed a unconventional path to cult stardom -- from John and John's first meeting in a Lincoln, Massachusetts grade school through the East Village performance art scene of the early '80s to their 2002 Grammy Award -- aided by stunning, low-budget music videos, trailblazing use of the internet and a truly groundbreaking utilization of the telephone answering machine.

    GIGANTIC (A TALE OF TWO JOHNS) is a comprehensive chronicle of the band's 20-year history, told through performance, animation, videos and hilarious commentaries from friends and fans. Reflecting They Might Be Giants' unusual and unique place in the pop music universe, the film features appearances and contributions from a wide range of fans and collaborators: Musicians Frank Black, Mark Hoppus and Syd Straw; This American Life's Ira Glass and Sarah Vowell; Authors Michael Azerrad and Dave Eggers; Journalists Gina Arnold and Robert Krulwich. In addition, director AJ Schnack called upon actors Janeane Garofalo, Michael McKean, Andy Richter and Harry Shearer to recite the band's lyrics. The film also features appearances by Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, Joe Franklin and actor/director Josh Kornbluth.


    FEATURE COMMENTARY with John Flansburgh, John Linnell, Sarah Vowell and director AJ Schnack

    - The Legendary 1990 Tonight Show with Johnny Carson "Birdhouse in Your Soul" performance with Doc Severinsen and the NBC Orchestra
    - 2001 Tower Records In-store performance
    - 3 Additional Songs Live at the Polish National Home in Brooklyn, 2001, the concert which was staged and filmed exclusively for the documentary.

    - Five classic videos with new introductions by John Flansburgh, John Linnell and director Adam Bernstein including:
    "Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head" (1986)
    "Don't Let's Start"(1987)
    "(She Was A) Hotel Detective" (1987)
    "Ana Ng"(1988)
    and "Birdhouse In Your Soul" (1990)

    - Rare Promotional Video made for their breakthrough 1990 album FLOOD
    - John and John hosting "Nick Rocks" 1987 Nickelodeon pop music show
    - Three videos created for the ABC News Nightline Primetime series "Brave New World" (1999)
    - Public Radio's "This American Life" Dial-a-Song segment by Sarah Vowell (audio only)

    Deleted scenes, raw footage, more performances, additional interviews with Conan O'Brien, Dave Eggers, Michael McKean, Sarah Vowell, Syd Straw, Ira Glass, a few surprises and MUCH MORE.


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