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SamoaRowe
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November 15th, 2010, 9:00 pm #721

I loved Big Fan. It's about a man who blindly follows the NY Giants, even when it conflicts with his best interests. It works a metaphor for when people do that, but instead of sports will blindly support crooked policiticans or religious leaders.
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November 15th, 2010, 11:44 pm #722

Sorry, I don't really see it as a metaphor for following politicians and religious leaders. Not any more than, say, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (or any other random movie that I could concoct a connection with).

It spends the middle portion of the movie becoming darker and darker....then it ends with a goofy paintball gag. For that middle portion, it seemed like it had jumped away from "comedy" into "drama." If it had continued on that path, maybe it would've worked. I really couldn't find anything redeeming in the flick. Maybe Patton Oswald because he makes his character so believable. But even then, we're not given any reason to LIKE the guy...he comes off as a detached, miserable jerk.
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November 24th, 2010, 3:17 am #723

Both of the "Addams Family" movies. ...I don't know why either.
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November 24th, 2010, 3:35 am #724

First is understandable. Values not so much.
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November 24th, 2010, 9:22 pm #725

Erick Von Erich,Nov 15 2010 wrote: Sorry, I don't really see it as a metaphor for following politicians and religious leaders. Not any more than, say, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (or any other random movie that I could concoct a connection with).

It spends the middle portion of the movie becoming darker and darker....then it ends with a goofy paintball gag. For that middle portion, it seemed like it had jumped away from "comedy" into "drama." If it had continued on that path, maybe it would've worked. I really couldn't find anything redeeming in the flick. Maybe Patton Oswald because he makes his character so believable. But even then, we're not given any reason to LIKE the guy...he comes off as a detached, miserable jerk.
I stand by my belief the film serves as a metaphor. Paul is a NY Giants fanatic. His entire life revolves around being a fan and standing up for the team in any way whatsoever. His fandom of the team plays a part in preventing him from having anything resembling a life, as he still lives with his mother, has no interaction with women, and no career. He works in a parking garage and he spends his entire shift writing what he's going to say when he calls a talk radio station at 1 in the morning so he can glorify the Giants and trash talk their rivals. His worship of the Giants isn't getting him anywhere, much like people who put their eggs in the baskets of certain politicians or crooked religious leaders. NY Giants football is Paul's religion and idealogy. It doesn't matter when the quarterback puts him in the hospital, nothing is still more important to Paul than the success of the Giants. He feels worse about the team losing a game due to the quarterback's suspension than he was when his hero beat the living piss out of him.
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November 24th, 2010, 10:56 pm #726

I guess I don't see it that way, at all. Yes, he's a fanatic... but I don't think the film was meant to springboard into political or religious parallels. His sports mania is very real, especially among the world of radio talk show "clones". Or the losers who camp out at 5am in front of their team's headquarters, just to get a glimpse or autograph from some pro player (who is an even MORE miserable human being than his fans).

I can see where you're going with this; as perhaps Paul could be a martyr; but I don't feel that's a good connection, either. Not anymore than, say, Beloq was a martyr in "Raiders of the Lost Ark".


And FWIW, it wasn't the team's quarterback, it was a linebacker. But his initials were "QB" (for "Quarlton Bishop or whatever his name was) and he's listed in the newspaper as such. I'm pretty sure that's where the confusion comes from.
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November 25th, 2010, 2:09 pm #727

Ah, yes, I got confused on the position of the player.

Last night I watched The Last Airbender. It's every bit as awful as I heard it was. I just had to watch it because I couldn't believe it would suck that much. I might review it for the site, I haven't hated a movie this much since Transformers 2.

Afterwards, the wife and I watched How To Train Your Dragon. That was much better.
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November 26th, 2010, 1:01 pm #728

Skyline. Which just steals the plots of several other films, jumbles them up and spits them at the screen. Still it's not too bad to watch.
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November 26th, 2010, 4:51 pm #729

Skyline is interesting to me because the budget was only something like 10 million, but the clips in the previews look impressive. However, I've heard the story/script is garbage, Entertainment Weekly reported that it's average poll rating was D-.
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November 26th, 2010, 5:06 pm #730

SamoaRowe,Nov 26 2010 wrote: Skyline is interesting to me because the budget was only something like 10 million, but the clips in the previews look impressive. However, I've heard the story/script is garbage, Entertainment Weekly reported that it's average poll rating was D-.
The story is ok, but yeah as I said just recycled. The plot is not far from garbage mind.

It has scenes or ideas directly lifted from ID4, war of the worlds and Matrix.
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