AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


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3/13/09

Gigantic Movie Review



Written and directed by Matt Aselton

Starring Zooey Deschanel, Paul Dano (Now shooting “The Extra Man” with Katie Holmes, “There Will be Blood”, “Little Miss Sunshine”)
Edward Asner, Jane Alexander & John Goodman

An unmarried, (and uninvolved) working class man of twenty something in search of his life's fantasy/mission/goal; to adopt a Chinese baby.

Gigantic is an empty fantasy style film that can proudly boast about its extraordinary acting. But why these great performers decided to take the job remains unclear.

For starters, what does the title signify? That an immediate comprehensible answer does not come to mind even after one lives through the film experience is a serious problem. The second problem is with the "attacker". Is he real, a fantasy, a product of drugs too many, a rip off of one of the brothers? That said.........

John Goodman is so so so funny! The Chinese baby at the end of the film is a delight, a wonderful memorable character. But what is the film about?

I loved Jane Alexander, how could I not? The only down moment was again the woman, the mother John Goodman's former wife who was so out of it, such a downer. Why is it always the women who miss the boat, who cause the real pain and irreparable problems in film plots.

What is wrong with this film is the private references and important personal memories that somehow never achieve public cognition. What is right with this film is the fun in the making that comes across the screen and the acting.

The acting and character stretches are well worth seeing

Release date: April 3, 2009

Linda Z
WBAI Women's Collective

3 comments:

  1. I saw this film on Friday and was a bit underwhelmed. I too loved John Goodman's character. I think he's a perfect for that type of eleclectic role.

    But I also thought the attacker was his one brother. And what was w/that scene in the "massage" place?!

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  3. I love Zooey Deschanel, but I have something to confess, his sister Emily Deschanel is in my personal opinion, one of the most sexy girls in the world, there's something that is true, both sisters have fire in their looks, and that fire is enough reason to drive me crazy.

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