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Features

Sunday, January 8 2012

The Best DVDs of 2011

With the continuing rise of Blu-ray, this year sees a lot of repeat entries. Just because they're here again, however, doesn't mean they're any less special.


Wednesday, June 20 2007

Part 4: Challenging Convention

As cinema went completely commercial, abandoning art for artifice, true aesthetic acumen was hard to come by. Luckily, for the movies included herein, it was their difference, as well as their diversity, that helped them stand out from the rest of the high concept hackwork.


Monday, May 28 2007

Future Shock: The Death of Serious Science Fiction

The serious Science Fiction film genre is dead or at least on cinematic life support. As the new millennial marches forward, and an omnipresent production paradigm that substitutes spectacle for smarts, futurist filmmaking is definitely gasping for breath.


Columns

Sunday, March 23 2014

Dissident Imagination: The Relentless Persecution of Terry Gilliam

The release of The Zero Theorem provides yet another opportunity to appreciate Terry Gilliam's untrammelled genius. Yet some would prefer his towering talents were cut down to size.


Monday, August 27 2012

Terry Gilliam's 'Brazil' and the Essential Struggle Between Chaos and Order

As Brazil's Sam Lowry learns, the truth shall make you free -- but you may not like it.


Reviews

Tuesday, January 15 2013

'Brazil', So Very Gilliamiest

Brazil is wonderfully, unavoidably Gilliamesque not just because of its superficial tropes, but because of its mad, personal too-muchness. A simpler Brazil would be easier to watch, but it wouldn't be Terry Gilliam.


Wednesday, May 25 2011

In Gonzo Spirit I Ingested Vodka, Beer & Pills Before Watching 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'

Hunter S. Thompson asked us to invest fully in his sometimes extreme ideas. I tried to follow his lead while reviewing Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.


Monday, August 30 2010

Deft Wit and Commentary on Conformity Abounds in 'Time Bandits'

Terry Gilliam’s eccentric fantasy film Time Bandits is a shining example of the director’s ability to materialize storybook adventures.


Tuesday, December 22 2009

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

As The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus deals with the loss of Heath Ledger, it is at once inelegant, oddly touching, deeply tragic and respectful.


Sunday, January 8 2006

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

'This is why I love DVDs,' says Terry Gilliam. 'I can completely destroy the illusion of my film.'"


Blogs

Sunday, February 7 2010

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998): Blu-ray

When it comes right down to it, 1971 was mired in chaos. The Beatles had disbanded, the Kennedys were either dead or hip deep in career


Friday, January 8 2010

'Dr. Parnassus' is Vintage Gilliam

Pity poor Terry Gilliam. It seems like every time he steps behind the lens (or even thinks about doing so), his motion picture plans are


News

Friday, January 8 2010

'Gilliam Curse' continues with 'Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus'

You'd think Hollywood would love a resourceful director who can salvage a movie after the star dies in mid-production. Especially if he recruits A-listers Johnny


Wednesday, January 6 2010

'Parnassus' director Terry Gilliam fights to keep 'freak show' real

TORONTO — Terry Gilliam is not someone you'd expect to see lounging poolside at a luxury hotel. For almost three decades as a director, and before


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