Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) Reviews
October 20, 2013
This superb documentary recounts the twenty-year rise of one of rock's greatest duos: They Might Be Giants, in an oddball style as beguiling as the music of the men themselves, John Linnell and John Flansburgh. Clocking in at a 102 minutes and featuring top-notch interviews with the likes of Jon Stewart and Sarah Vowell, plus the duo's avant-goofy videos and concert and tv footage, makes this essential viewing for fan and non-fan alike, especially the duo's rendition of 'Birdhouse In Your Soul' on the Carson-era Tonight Show.
April 27, 2011
A really entertaining and fascinating documentary about a band that makes great music. If you love TMBG, see this doc!
March 17, 2009
Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns
June 30, 2008
The kings of nerd rock deliver a great documentry taht thank fuck doesnt dwel on malcolm in the middle.
February 25, 2008
Great documentary that chronicles They Might Be Giants from their beginning up to the millenium. Interesting not just for fans of group.
June 28, 2007
They Might be Giants was too college radio for my tastes.
July 13, 2007
Being a huge fan of TMBG I am obviously biased but I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! I admit that if you are not a TMBG fan you probably aren't going to be as impressed with it (though if you are not a fan I am not sure why you would want to see it.) I don't know that it would necessarily win new fans but it does seem to have what is needed to make those who are already fans happy. Long live the Johns!
Also, of great value to fans is the DVD extras which include some old promos and music videos and things. Quite a nice little treasure trove of TMBG-ness!
July 11, 2007
a good documenary for fans of the band
July 23, 2007
A good documentary about they might be giants
June 13, 2007
I'm not sure how interesting it would be for non-TMBG fans, but for those already in the fold, it's a real treat. A fascinating insight into songwriting, popular music, and of course, They Might Be Giants
March 16, 2007
A Documentary about one of my favorite bands, They Might Be Giants. If you like their music you must see this movie.
January 15, 2007
I've learned that this movie might turn away people who haven't heard of They Might be Giants before, but is a huge excitement for fans.
It's fun to see so many stars talking about/to my favorite band.
September 11, 2005
Well, I saw Sin City and seriously, the comics are much better. I thought there might be problems with this. Robert Rodrugiez got so involved in his hiptechnological advances he forgot he was making a movie. Transplanting a comic's dialogue to the screen isn't a good idea when what sounds good in print turns out stiff and unbelievable when said by actors. This thing was so obsessed with looking cool it never came to life. It acutally makes me wonder about the whole wisdom of this comic book movie craze. Can any movie effects match the wacked out grandeur of Jack Kirby's cosmic scenes, Steve Ditko's double-jointed bodies or Gene Colan's crazy-angled nightmares. Most super-heroes look downright silly when represented in the flesh and this proves that stylized noir cops are no fun either.
July 5, 2004
Ok, here's three real quick reviews:
Marathon Man: Great thriller. Lawrence Olivier is the scariest Nazi dentist diamond thief I can think of.
Drop Dead Gorgeous: Very good mockumentary spoof of a small town beauty pageant. Very funny.
Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns): Quite a well put together documentary chronicaling the history of the quirky college rock duet They Might Be Giants. If you're a fan of the band, definitely check the movie out. If not, you might get a little bored.
That's it. Straight 8's. Me need sleeping.
February 11, 2004
Big, big, gushing fan of They Might Be Giants. (The band, not the movie.) I found this documentary entertaining and interesting. It rekindled my love for them.
|C. Edward Poop||
January 12, 2004
[font=Century Gothic]Okay, while it may not be the best rock-dock ever made, I still thouroughly enjoyed Gigantic. Perhaps because I am a fan of TMBG, but I think that anyone who watches this wil fget a feel for why these guys have such a following, or it could just confuse them.[/font]
November 23, 2003
I haven't given out a 10 in a very long time, and I've never given one to a documentary before. But this is not just any documentary. We're talking about the They Might Be Giants bio-retrospective, GIGANTIC.
Best. Band Documentary. Ever.
GIGANTIC is a collection of concert footage, Q&A sessions with John Flansburg and John Linnell, interviews with journalists and celebrities, and strange spoken-word performances of Giants lyrics. Completely without narration, its loose structure advances through the band's history in mostly-chronological order. GIGANTIC has the best features, the most honest presentation, and the most satisfying insights of any documentary I've watched about a band.
As a caveat, I admit that They Might Be Giants are one of my favorite bands of all time. I was in junior high school when I called Dial-a-Song for the first time. I saw the video for "Don't Let's Start" on MTV's heavy rotation. I stayed up late for their appearance on The Tonight Show, when Jay Leno was guest hosting for Johnny Carson. And each of those milestones in their career is covered, both from the perspective of the band, and the perspective of fans like myself. Four and a half hours of extras, including 8 music videos, concert footage, deleted scenes and commentary with the Johns and director AJ Schnack. (I actually watched this entire disc - the documentary, the documentary with commentary, and all the extras - straight through.)
Anyway, for TMBG fans, this is a must-see - and you can have full confidence you won't regret a blind buy of it.