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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Gilliam's best movie?

I think in High School I would have said "Brazil," but today I'm going to say "Time Bandits."



At 1:43 PM, Blogger Lorrimer said...

I really, really love Fisher King, Brazil (uncut version), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Holy Grail, Baron Munchausen, and Meaning of Life (though I haven't seen it in years).

I only saw Twelve Monkeys and Jabberwocky once apiece. I remember liking Twelve Monkeys, but that was eleven years ago.

Haven't seen Brothers Grimm.

The last couple of times I watched Time Bandits, I found it almost unwatchably tedious and annoying. Not sure what that's about.

At 4:30 PM, Blogger lia said...

12 monkeys. or that scene in baron munchausen where uma thurman is botticelli's venus. mmm, uma.

At 5:01 PM, Blogger Zachary said...

FIsher King is a great script. The film is *very* dated now, almost so much so that its hard to watch some. But it's still not as dated as Ladyhawke

Time Bandits could have only been made once. It was and for that we should all be thankful. I can however understand Josh's point. Though my main criticism of it - and many of Gilliam's films - is that their is void of believable human feeling.

Brazil is so smart it should be criminal. in fact, soon enough it likely will be, along with all dissenting theatrics.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is Gilliam's only film where his directing does not overpower his storytelling, and this is remarkable considering how insane that film is.

Baron Munchausen was just not a great script, and for it to really sell and be his best film, it has to be great. it is however still very entertaining

Twelve Monkeys, interestingly enough being Gilliam's big "hollywood" movie, is also his tightest, most under-directed, and most emotionally impactful film I think he's made. I don't know however if its his best.

Haven't seen Brother's Grimm as well.

I don't consider the Monty Python movies to be Gilliam films, so I exclude them from my assessment.

If I had to pick my personal favorite, it'd be a toss-up between Brazil and Time Bandits. TB is such a good idea, but Brazil is the kind of piece of work I'd like to make -- though now in thinking more about it, some of Brazil's elements are now seeming dated in a way that alot of Gilliam's film's seem to suffer. I wonder if this is a byproduct of his hyper-reality -- you know a hyper-dating or something?

I wish he'd remake the Fisher King now and maybe that'd be my favorite movie then?.


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