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Terry Gilliam, despite turning 75 this month and recently publishing “Gilliamesque: A Pre-posthumous Memoir,” has no intention of seeing the curtain fall on his career. He fizzes with ideas as he sits for an interview with Variety at the British Film Institute cafe in London, dressed in a samue — a traditional Japanese jacket worn by monks and craftsmen. He jokes that the fusion of the two reflects his approach to his trade.
When it’s time to move to the location of the photo shoot across town in Covent Garden, he spurns the offer of a taxi, preferring to walk.
The determination in his brisk gait is mirrored in his creative pursuits. Though his doomed attempt to shoot “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” documented in the film “Lost in La Mancha,” took its toll on Gilliam, he has not given up on the project. Amazon is backing a revived version of the film, »
- Leo Barraclough
Over the past half-century, Terry Gilliam has lived several lifetimes — first as the mastermind behind the surrealistically satirical animations on Monty Python's Flying Circus and then as a filmmaker with an unparalleled, singular imagination. His oeuvre contains everything from literary flights of fancy (Jabberwocky) and kid-friendly fantasies (Time Bandits) to dystopian epics (Brazil and Twelve Monkeys), kaleidoscopic romps (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and the occasional slightly warped drama (The Fisher King, Tideland).
Now 74, Gilliam looks back on his life achievements, as well as »
Someone who cracks open Terry Gilliam‘s Gilliamesque hoping for a comprehensive and complete portrait of the man’s career may be disappointed. The memoir from the director of Brazil, Time Bandits, and The Fisher King is akin to having a nice, long sit-down with an eccentric uncle who stories to tell and grudges to share. It’s a […]
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- Jacob Hall
Terry Gilliam is heading to television as, in a new interview, the filmmaker has revealed that he is developing a TV series adaptation of his cult 1981 fantasy film "Time Bandits" along with an original project that he's been talking about for many years.
Asked by The Guardian whether he'd be interested in bringing his filmmaking talents back to television. He says:
"Yes I am! We are involved in two possibilities - one, a TV series based on Time Bandits, another based on a script by Richard Lagravanese and I wrote after Fisher King, called The Defective Detective. We're currently adapting a two-hour film into a six-hour series. It's about a middle-aged New York cop who was once a hero who has grown fat and cynical and is in the middle of a breakdown, ending up in a child's fantasy world where the rules of the mean streets of New York no longer apply. »
- Garth Franklin
Terry Gilliam has been looking hard into the past lately, but I'm not just talking about "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," which I'll get to in a moment. A couple of years ago, the director's "Time Bandits" got freshly restored and did the rounds on the big screen again. Prior to that, there were talks of rebooting the movie into a family oriented franchise. That didn't happen, but it looks Gilliam's picture is being reconfigured for the place where all movie properties go to have a chance at a second life: television. In a webchat hosted by The Guardian (via Digital Spy), the director revealed he's got a couple of TV projects brewing. "We are involved in two possibilities — one, a TV series based on 'Time Bandits,' another based on a script Richard Lagravenese and I wrote after 'Fisher King,' called 'The Defective Detective.' " Read »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Every big name movie director has slowly, but surely, made the exodus to television. And next to fall in line is acclaimed filmmaker Terry Gilliam. He's not going to come quietly when he does, though. And he has some mighty big plans for the small screen. One of those plans is to turn his 80s cult hit Time Bandits into a TV show. He also has plans for a series that is likened to The Fisher King.
Time Bandits may be one of the most interesting and unique time travel movies of all time, and it certainly has no identifiable comparison. For years, diehard fans have wanted a sequel to the 1981 adventure, which follows a young boy who accidentally joins a band of dwarves as they jump from time-period to time-period looking for treasure to steal. For a while, it sounded like a remake might happen, but the original movie is so crazy, »
Speaking to The Guardian as part of a live webchat in honour of his new book, Gilliamesque: A Pre-posthumous Memoir, the much-loved former Python let the news slip in a delightfully casual manner.
Gilliam goes on to talk more about The Defective Detective - try saying that five times fast - but the important news is that Randall, Fidgit, Strutter, Og, Wally and Vermin Will return to muck about in history.
Terry Gilliam is a cinematic genius, but he’s also a cinematic genius who wronged a sorcerer in a past life or something. His battles with movie studios are the stuff of legend. The movies that have literally fallen apart around him are too many to count. And then the internet went and falsely reported his death. If […]
- Jacob Hall
You may have heard that Terry Gilliam is dead. That is, according to Variety who released news of the director's demise on September 8, 2015. Not surprisingly, this came as a bit of shock to the director of such films as Brazil, Time Bandits and, most recently, Zero Theorem (review), who later made an apology to fans for being dead.
Never one to miss an opportunity, Gilliam took advant [Continued ...] »
The year that gave us Gremlins, Ghostbusters and The Temple Of Doom also gave us these 20 underappreciated movies...
It's been said that 1984 was a vintage year for movies, and looking back, it's easy to see why. The likes of Ghostbusters and Gremlins served up comedy, action and the macabre in equal measure. James Cameron's The Terminator cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's star status and gave us one of the greatest sci-fi action movies of the decade.
This was also the year where the Coen brothers made their screen debut with the stunning thriller Blood Simple, and when the Zucker brothers followed up Airplane! with the equally hilarious Top Secret! And we still haven't even mentioned Beverly Hills Cop, This Is Spinal Tap, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and the unexpectedly successful romantic comedy, Splash. Then there was Milos Forman's sumptuous period drama Amadeus, which »
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
Shooting straight to the top of any self-respecting fantasy fan's must-watch list should be Matteo Garrone's (Gomorrah, Reality) latest, Tale Of Tales, which has just been announced as debuting in competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival. Brimming with kings & queens, monsters & magic, blood, gore and sex, The Tale Of Tales is a classic medieval fantasy that looks to out-crazy even the likes of John Boorman's Excalibur and Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits. With an all-star cast including John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and Toby Jones, Tale Of Tales is based on the writings of 17th Century Italian author Giambattista Basile, and judging by this slightly unsafe for work trailer, looks absolutely fantastic. Check it out for yourself....
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Quick…name a favorable film where the landscape is run by (or at least partially include) the demographic of little people as part of the instrumental storyline? C’mon…it should not be that difficult, okay? If you want to mention say Darby O’Gill and the Little People then that would fine. How about Bad Santa or Poltergeist for that matter?
In That’s Good Enough, Short Stuff: Top Ten Films Featuring Little People we will take a look at some of the mini megastars that inhabited these movies and contributed their fair share of entertainment value to the on-screen proceedings. The debate as to whether some of these selected films featuring these pint-sized performers are considered positive, exploitative or dismissive are not up for discussion (although one of these considerations could apply in the minds of a few folks). Instead, we want to celebrate the inclusion of »
- Frank Ochieng
Time Bandits (1981) is often called Terry Gilliam's most accessible film, which has always seemed like a back-handed compliment to me. Is there a more neutral term than accessible? Gilliam's work is characterized by anything but neutrality. It's a narrative resume full of strong points of view and a nose-thumbing, even middle-fingering, disregard for authority. His films are often the epitome of high concept, a term that's always made Hollywood bean counters cower. Thematically, especially, Gilliam doesn't settle for challenging adult authority. He demolishes it, rebuilds it and sends it back out into the world with a whack on the bottom. Least neutral of all is his absolute dedication to a singular, if visually sprawling sense, of innocence trapped in the land of evil. In Brazil (1985)...
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Any occasion where we see the union of two talents like Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent is reason for celebration. Hawkins absolutely blew me away in “Blue Jasmine,” giving that film’s most un-affected, resolutely human performance, and dutifully managed to tread through the veritable sea of bad dialogue and questionable character motivation inherent in the script for Gareth Edwards’ not-entirely-terrible “Godzilla” reboot. Broadbent, meanwhile, is a man who needs no introduction. He’s one of our finest living actors, having lent his chameleonic quality to varying films like Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits,” Mike Leigh’s “Topsy-Turvy,” Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York,” and Edgar Wright’s “Hot Fuzz.” They are two of our most considerable working actors and in this new short film—an emotionally brutal piece of minimalist storytelling called “The Phone Call”—we get to see them square off against each other, even if Broadbent »
- Nicholas Laskin
15 items from 2015
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