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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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Dan Zukovic

Writer:

Dan Zukovic
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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

Gross USA:

$22,731

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,731
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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

Purple Haired Girl
Written by Cole Coonce & Dan Zukovic
Published by Braindead Muzick, BMI
Lead Vocals: Tony Kinman
Bass, Stun Guitar: Todd Westover
Guitar: Cole Coonce
Tony Kinman appears courtesy of Iloki Records
Courtesy of Nitronic Research
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A Weird Acidic Cult Film
23 June 2011 | by santhurnrogerSee all my reviews

A weird acidic cult film outta the mid-90's, Dan Zukovic's "THE LAST BIG THING" is definitely the kind of indie film they aren't making anymore. Genuinely subversive and anti-mainstream, the film is a thorough bludgeoning of LA Pop Culture, a few years before the reality TV deluge hit in the 2000's (also coming several years before "Fight Club", and some of the other defining 90's indies). There is a nice turn by a youngish looking Mark Ruffalo, and some nice slightly surreal LA and outskirts cinematography by M. David Mullen, who went on to do "Northfork".

Saw this originally on the Movie Channel, and again recently on Amazon Instant Video Streaming. "THE LAST BIG THING" bears a repeat viewing well - a memorable low budget find with a punk rock edge to it.


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