Cowboy Pictures | Release Date: May 23, 2003
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ChadS.Aug 16, 2003
"Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns", unfortunately, reminded me why my infatuation with They Might Be Giants ended with their fifth album "John Henry". The film takes its own sweet time in stating their case about why the two Johns are worthy of "Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns", unfortunately, reminded me why my infatuation with They Might Be Giants ended with their fifth album "John Henry". The film takes its own sweet time in stating their case about why the two Johns are worthy of a full-length film because director Al Schnack holds back the songs that belong in anybody's notion of an alternative rock canon for far too long. But then you see the videos, and if you're a fan, you remember oohing and aahing over the printed lyrics for "Lincoln" and "Flood". "Birdhouse in Your Soul", "Don't Let Start", and especially, "Ana Ng" still sound breathtakingly catchy and smart. But even the most loyal fan must admit that they're better heard on record than live. This is why "Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns" fails to make its case about this seminal band's greatness. "Dad palindrome dad, I palindrome I," is my favorite lyric of all-time, but alas, "The Guitar" alone, represents "Apollo 13". If you're not a fan of the band, or know what the so-called underground was like before punk broke, "Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns" will baffle you as to the significance of John Flansburg and John Linnell. And that's not beautiful. Expand
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