Posts Tagged ‘Terry Gilliam’

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New Zero Theorem trailer is out.  I can’t see Generation Tap flocking to see this one, but I’ll be there.

 

 

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“Above a certain level, it’s all dirty money.”

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Such a great assault on the brain, Terry Gilliam returns to confront the audience with either time travel or madness.  The performances clinch the deal.  This is probably Bruce Willis’ best work, ever, and possibly Brad Pitt as well.

Some films are so off the wall, unexpected and anti-formulaic, that they become the best loved of all.  Brazil is like that, a film that studio suits won’t understand, ever, and yet change people’s lives upon viewing them.  With 12 Monkeys, we saw things that we hadn’t seen before, and the jigsaw puzzle pieces fit together so well it felt like an elevated level of existence, where more is possible.

Combining science fiction, romantic notions and pure brain damage, Gilliam managed to tell a story that nobody expected.  It’s the whole greater than the sum of its parts thing that defies explanation.

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The aesthetics are pure cinema.  This looks like film, like classic film, beautiful hypnotic images often with ultra wide lenses distorting reality in the service of emotion.  Some films remind me how movies are supposed to look, in a perfect world.  This is clearly one of them.  Gilliam, Kubrick and Jean Paul Jenet just always capture a lush cinematic image quality that mesmerizes, unlike a lot of the video camera produced imagery today.  The noir lighting, lenses and film stocks define, for me, what movies have been and should be.  They’re like the gold standard to aspire to.

The Hamster Factor is on the Bonus Features of the 12 Monkeys DVD:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN5XoI_BzW4&list=PLPV3nUyTvwwplSshZ3uSf1sDwwme6D3ab&feature=player_embedded

Welcome to the Future

Posted: September 2, 2013 in -
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First Zero Theroem clip:

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It’s a wacky business.

PART TWO

 

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Zero Teorem is highly anticipated, and to release after the Venice Film Festival.

Terry Gilliam on Directing Zero Theorem

 

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Terry Gilliam’s documentary about shooting 12 Monkeys.

 

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This is a great making-of documentary, and so I’m promoting it to the Featured section, so it sticks around a little longer.

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Terry Gilliam is back to bend your brain.  New trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jQKFqXBwoao

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Posted: December 25, 2012 in -
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A Terry Gilliam Christmas card…

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

DVD: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Blu-ray: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (Director’s Cut)

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 drug frenzied diary is brought to the screen care of Terry Gilliam, with Johnny Depp in the role of Thompson.

Thompson’s twisted prose and Depp’s narration are what make this descent into madness so completely hilarious. Thompson was a force of nature, his own rogue state provoking and challenging everyone everywhere he went. In the words of Tom Wolfe, each encounter with Thompson was “an event.”
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