Archive for tag: Terry Gilliam

Film Review: ‘The Zero Theorem’

9 October, 2014 (05:21) | by Robert Horton, Film Reviews | By: Robert Horton

Since creating the dystopian classic Brazil in 1985, Terry Gilliam has directed just eight more features—a disappointing total for such a feverish imagination. And those films have frequently been half-cocked or messed up, as though damaged in transit. His newest is signature Gilliam: visually exuberant and robustly cynical, it shows the director still circling the […]

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 […]

The Devil in the Details: “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”

7 January, 2010 (18:38) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

A rickety wedge of a gypsy wagon with walls a couple of stories high wobbles through modern London streets, pulled by a couple of tired horses and carrying a tired old souse playing out the role of the carny showman on pure instinct. These traveling players could have ridden right out of the medieval era […]

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, […]