Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking-garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described "world's biggest New York Giants fan". One night, Paul and his best friend Sal spot Giants star linebacker Quantrell Bishop at a gas station and decide to follow him. At a strip club Paul cautiously decides to approach him but the chance encounter brings Paul's world crashing down around him.
If you consider yourself a fan of sports, any sport - put this on your watchlist. Don't read much about it or watch the trailer, go in as cold as a nudist in alaska.
I watched Big Fan a few days ago knowing very little and I haven't stopped thinking about it since. It's a slight story but one told with tender, love and care for structure and pacing, character and plot.
It's one of those 'little gems' that may never have made your acquaintance but I feel it deserves to be met, enjoyed and treasured.
I really enjoyed this. As a man loves sports, real football, I totally related to Patton Oswalt and his obsession. Patton is awesome in this as the loser who gets beat up by his favourite player and struggles to deal with the fallout from this and begins to lose it.
I liked the way the ending was done. I really thought it was going down an especially dark route and the way it's handled is fantastic. The soundtrack is great and so is Patton's best mate, Kevin Corrigan.
Big Fan really encapsulates what it's like to be obsessed with your team albeit quite extreme. It's one of the best sports films of recent times and probably the best film ever done about American football.
Robert D. Siegel's 'Big Fan' is all about a football fanatic named Paul (Patton Oswalt). He's in his mid thirties, lives with his mother, works at a parking garage, doesn't even have internet and is the biggest fan of The Giants going around (most likely). One day, he and his best pal Sal (Kevin Corrigan) run into their favourite player, Quantrell Bishop. The pair follow him for a while until ending up at a nightclub. They eventually confront Quantrell, who in turn beats the living hell out of Paul after he is alerted that these two were following him.
I have no idea why I love this movie so much, but I do. The film is so fascinating and thought-provoking,…
Pretty solid. Oswalt's great. His character, however, becomes difficult to route for after thirty minutes or so, at which point we can do nothing but watch with fascination as he sinks further into his delusions and obsessions. Never entirely compelling, but worth a watch for the ideas and the strong screenplay.
Patton Oswalt is really great in this, unfortunately can't say the same about the directing.
When it comes to supporting the New York Giants, Paul is its obsessive leader. Even when his team aren't playing, he's thinking about them and scribbling notes in the occupational ticket booth - waiting for the dead night in which "Paul of Staten Island" owns a well-known sports talk show. He revels in a long-distance phone rivalry with Philadelphia Phil and spends all day longing for the moment when he can tell the host: "I can't tell you how SICK I AM." And when the Giants play? With his best buddy Sal, they can't actually afford to attend a game, but their next option is sitting in the car park with the television rigged to the car battery. Yes, illusions…
this isn't a sports movie, this is a sports fan movie. a sports fan whose very existence revolves around one sports team. if you've never been around people like this you would never believe that someone could be such a pathetic piece of shit, but they're out there. oswalt is brilliant in this, or he could be just playing himself, it's hard to say. either way it works and he's perfect. it's super depressing, but so is life.
I wasn't a huge fan of Big Fan the first time I saw it, but it's grown on me specifically because the world has gotten more crazy. Kim Davis is willing to go to prison for an archaic, idiotic belief that is morally in the wrong? That kinda makes Paul's decision to defend the man who beat him up pale in comparison. (Amazon VOD)
It wasn’t planned that way, but with “Step Brothers,” “Klovn,” to a lesser degree even “Being There” and now this one I had quite a week of male arrested development, of adult men who are not completely in touch with the real world, who struggle to find their real purpose in it. According to the internet this was originally planned as a comedy, one potentially starring Adam Sandler, but writer-director Robert D. Siegel changed directions during script-stage. And it’s probably for the better. It’s easy to see how this might work as a comedy, how there would maybe be a woman to get our lovable loser back on track. But Siegel opted to explore his story of an über-passionate fan…
Paul Aufiero's (Patton Oswalt) life revolves around the New York Giants. When one of the Giants star players, linebacker Quantrell Bishop, attacks Paul, his life spirals out of control and leads to a confrontation with a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles following the last game of the season.
Patton Oswalt is becoming one of my favorite actors. Too many comedians turned actors refuse to let a scene build, but Oswalt is patient and lets things develop naturally. His body of work is limited, but he makes his work count like his cameo filibuster on Parks and Rec or as Remy in Ratatouille (2011). I would like to see him branch out beyond the middle-aged loser who still lives at home,…
Ya me están empezando a cansar las pelis independientes-deautor con todos esos primeros planos que se ven hasta los granos de los actores, con ese color desvait que parece televisión cutre y encima que coño me importa la historia de un chalado sin pizca de gracia.
El guión puede estar bien escrito (joder escribió la fantástica "The wrestler"), el actor lo puede hacer de puta madre, pero esta claro que no me ha gustado. Y que cada cual se rasque donde le pique.
"You cheesesteak eating bozo." I am a big fan of this dark comedy. Dave and I saw this in the small theatre at the Music Box.
A brutally dark and hilarious comedy. Patton Oswalt is PERFECT as a schlubby sports fan beaten up by his hero.
I used to work with this guy who was a huge Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. He would have us all over the watch the game, get drunk, and then kick us all out when Nebraska lost. When he got his first Playstation, he bought the NCAA football game and played as Nebraska against some team that had beaten them the previous season. He lost and took his new Playstation and threw it over the deck of his house where it smashed on the driveway below. Had he been a dumpy New Yorker he would be Patton Oswalt's "Big Fan".
The term 'independent movie' doesn't mean anything at this point really, and is certainly not a particular genre. Most of…