Tag Archives: Michael Palin

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

SETS THE CINEMA BACK 900 YEARS! King Arthur (Graham Chapman) is riding all over medieval Britain, trying to find men who can join his Knights of the Round Table. The first Monty Python film, And Now For Something Completely Different (1971), was a series of skits. You could arguably say the same about this one, … Continue reading Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The Death of Stalin

EVERYBODY WANTS A PIECE.  Moscow, 1953; the sudden death of the all-powerful Joseph Stalin sets off a panic among those closest to him. Based on a French graphic novel, this comedy takes real-life events and turns them into an absurd, icy farce. Fans of the director’s TV shows (The Thick of It, Veep) and movie … Continue reading The Death of Stalin

Life of Brian: In Christ’s Shadow

A MOTION PICTURE DESTINED TO OFFEND NEARLY TWO THIRDS OF THE CIVILIZED WORLD. AND SEVERELY ANNOY THE OTHER THIRD. Modern audiences are not likely to find Monty Python’s most controversial film terribly daring or blasphemous. But back in 1979 it was a big deal. Several British town councils banned it, and so did a few … Continue reading Life of Brian: In Christ’s Shadow

Arthur Christmas

ALL ELF BREAKS LOOSE.    Delivering Santa’s presents is a huge hi-tech operation involving hundreds of elves, but when Santa’s youngest son discovers that one of the presents was mistakenly not delivered he sets out on a mission. An animated 3D adventure that combines the financial and creative powers of one British studio and one … Continue reading Arthur Christmas

The Meaning of Life: A Mixed Blessing

IT TOOK GOD SIX DAYS TO CREATE THE EARTH, AND MONTY PYTHON JUST 90 MINUTES TO SCREW IT UP.  Sketch movies are not easy to judge because of their, well, sketchy nature. They throw a bag of very loosely connected skits at us, hoping that some of them work and not too many of them … Continue reading The Meaning of Life: A Mixed Blessing

Fish Called Wanda: No Reason to Be Offended

A TALE OF MURDER, LUST, GREED, REVENGE, AND SEAFOOD. In the mid-eighties, John Cleese must have been pretty pleased with himself. He was still at the top of his game, a comedy superstar, and his latest film Clockwise (1986) showed him in good shape. That movie paired his uptight headmaster with a charming, young girl who was … Continue reading Fish Called Wanda: No Reason to Be Offended