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It was on my Top 10 Best Films of 2009 list, and with good reason. This film from director Robert Siegel (writer of THE WRESTLER) showed the world that funnyman Patton Oswalt could play it serious, and play it well. BIG FAN explores the life of a sports fanatic who takes his obsession a little too far. It is a mesmerizing film that absolutely must be seen. Patton is incredible in his layered and impressive performance. Last year I had a chance to talk with him at the AFI Dallas Film Festival, where he attended the red carpet and screening for a Q&A. The following video is from my red carpet time with Patton. I had found out just before that he had visited my favorite comic book store earlier the same day, Zeus Toys & Comics. Clearly he could see why I like that shop.
Patton Oswalt (King Of Queens) stars in this darkly funny film from the writer of The Wrestler that Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times calls "exceptional." In the world of football, there are fans... and then there's Paul (Oswalt). Living with his mother and working as a parking lot attendant, he lives for game days when he can cheer on his beloved New York Giants. But when a chance encounter with his favorite player goes seriously awry, this devoted fan will find himself at odds with his family, the media, and the authorities, putting his allegiance to his team to the ultimate test. CBSSports.com raves that viewers are "glued to the outcome, and you just gotta know what happens next as the suspense ratchets to the point of no return..."
Q&A with Robert Siegel and Patton Oswalt
Kevin Corrigan Recalls His Own Big Fan Experience
Siegel and Oswalt Interview with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air
Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Con and Sci-Fi Expo conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.
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