Linda Stirling Unmasked: The Black Whip

: 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.



BIG FAN: The importance of hero worship over personal fame and fotune

Written and directed by Robert Siegel (“The Wrestler”) and long time editor of The Onion newspaper)
Starring Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, and Michael Rapaport
and equally important is
Marcia Jean Kurtz: an award winning actor, director, producer who holds a B.S in dance from the Juilliard School and might win another award for her performance as Big Fan's Mother

BIG FAN is a giant of a film about the little people in U.S.A. who live off the work and lives of the "giants" the heroes in our midst. Sports portrayed as a life fulfilling daily event where aggression can be fully vented without harm to anyone except when it gets out of control. The front and center importance of talk radio is a delight to the viewing audience who has heard their voices and always wondered how certain people get on the air when others have so much trouble getting their phone calls answered.

The Big Fan in this film(Patton Oswalt) is so addicted to sports, radio talk shows that nothing else seem to matter. He is ridged, unchanging even when fame and fortune of huge unimaginable proportion come knocking at his door.
He is the man we know because he bends the rules for no one. He is the person we choice to not dismissed as a nerd.

The mother(Marcia Jean Kurtz) is a wonderful character, a person almost a clique but the scene between our film's hero and his mother are priceless. And the use of dolls on the family sofa,reflected in the car's dashboard Madonna, the clothes bar separating the son and mother's bedroom, the expression of family values that make us remember what we chose to forget, are little touches of genius that make us laugh and cry.

The list of great visual, verbal moments keep adding up and it isn't just because I, like so many of the cast and crew and the Producers and Director, are well seasoned New Yorkers. i think with Big Fan, New Yorkers might set a trend, at least, I hope so.

Big Fan Opens August 28th
Angelica Theater
New York City

Linda Z
WBAI Women's Collective

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