Archive for tag: Michael Palin

Blu-ray: The Definitive ‘Brazil’

5 December, 2012 (22:38) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Terry Gilliam’s Brazil (Criterion), a dark, dense science fiction fantasy, is like “1984” rewritten by Monty Python, an absurdist nightmare of Kafka-esque dimensions. Jonathan Pryce is the dreamer trapped as a worker bee in the bureaucratic maze as deadly as it is indifferent, until he falls in love with a woman (Kim Greist) he thinks […]

Review: Jabberwocky

24 November, 2010 (09:10) | by David C. Chute, Film Reviews | By: David C. Chute

[Originally published in Movietone News 56, November 1977] We sometimes say that comedy is a very serious business, and we’re right; but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t make us laugh. Comedy is serious when it makes us laugh in an important way, at something—whether big or dangerous or overrated—with which we can deal more easily […]

Review: The Life of Brian

19 November, 2009 (17:10) | by Robert C. Cumbow, Film Reviews | By: Robert C. Cumbow

[Originally published in Movietone News 64-65, March 1980] Ordinarily, nothing would be further from the point about Monty Python’s Life of Brian than the film’s reverence or lack of same toward the Christian faith. But with the film widely condemned, and even cancelled, on the basis of “blasphemy” and “sacrilege,” the issue becomes germane. Personally, […]