This Thing is Not a Thing: Obsession with Artifice in Robert Siegel’s “Big Fan”

Robert Siegel’s Big Fan emulates the string of highbrow, intelligent mainstream American films from the 1970’s; gritty character studies of the American antihero, like Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. But Siegel’s character, a chubby, bumbling New York Giants fanatic and perpetual man-child (played by comedian Patton Oswalt), is pathetic in a different sense. Mentally unstable … Continue reading