Tag Archives: Terry Gilliam

Twelve Monkeys

THEY’RE COMING.  Baltimore, 1990; a mysterious man (Bruce Willis) ends up in a mental institution where he tells the doctors that he comes from the future, looking for a virus that’s going to wipe out billions of people. Terry Gilliam put his stamp on this feature film version of a French 1962 short called La … Continue reading Twelve Monkeys

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

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

Jupiter Ascending

EXPAND YOUR UNIVERSE. Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a Chicago janitor, doesn’t know that she’s alien royalty, but is soon dragged into an interplanetary battle over who inherits Earth. The Wachowski siblings’ worst movie to date is an extravagant 3D sci-fi adventure that borrows its themes from The Matrix (1999), among other films. Elaborately staged, including … Continue reading Jupiter Ascending

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

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

As a man (Heath Ledger) who tried to hang himself joins a traveling theater troupe in England, its ancient leader (Christopher Plummer) is worried about a deal he once made with the Devil. Just like the drunken idiot who in the film’s early scenes is sucked into the mysterious world on the other side of … Continue reading The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

FOUR DAYS, THREE NIGHTS, TWO CONVERTIBLES, ONE CITY. Sports writer Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) goes to Vegas with his “lawyer” (Benicio Del Toro) to cover a motorcycle race; they’ve packed the car full of drugs, so they’re ready for a walk on the wild side. Terry Gilliam’s film was based on one of Hunter S. … Continue reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

REMARKABLE. UNBELIEVABLE. IMPOSSIBLE. AND TRUE. An old man interrupts a rowdy theater rendition of baron Munchausen’s life to let the audience know who the real guy was. Do you dare challenge his words? A series of colorful vignettes follow this introduction; they are fast and funny, as the most notorious liar in all literature visits … Continue reading The Adventures of Baron Munchausen