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Terry Gilliam’s second solo directorial effort, Time Bandits, remains an oddly hilarious bridge between his work with the Monty Python gang and his subsequent dystopian solo films like Brazil, Twelve Monkeys and even last year’s The Zero Theorem. Drenched in English dry wit and warped by the cartoonist’s soul that pervades all of Gilliam’s work, the film sees a gang of little people abandoning their posts as the creator’s right hand men to leap through the corridors of time pillaging as many treasures as they can drag with them, while a child gets wrapped up in the mischief along the way. Of its period in more ways that one, it feels a bit like a valiant attempt at emulating Spielberg with Gilliam-Goggles on.
With a stolen map of all time and space in hand, the little gang of burglars, led by Randall (played by a »
- Jordan M. Smith
In this monthly column we spotlight new Blu-ray/DVD releases by interviewing directors about the scenes that stood out most for them while making their movies. This month, we talk to Terry Gilliam about his bizarre fairy tale Time Bandits (available for the first time on Blu-ray through the Criterion Collection). After making his mark penning the outlandish animations for Monty Python’s Flying Circus in the early ’70s, Terry Gilliam transitioned to live action: first sharing directing credit with his Python mate Terry Jones for the classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, then with his debut solo effort, Jabberwocky. But it would be his next project, Time Bandits, which would solidify Gilliam as one of the major moviemaking talents of the next decade. Coming...
- Jason Guerrasio
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the most popular films of the year, a wonderfully odd movie starring Michael Fassbender in a mask, the latest season of a sci-fi favorite, a Criterion upgrade for a Terry Gilliam film, and more. Briefly: Guardians of the Galaxy (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Copy) - $19.99 (50% off) Guardians of the Galaxy (1-Disc Blu-ray) - $14.99 (55% off) Time Bandits [Blu-ray] - $29.99 (25% off) Frank [Blu-ray] - $12.99 (57% off) Calvary [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (46% off) Doctor Who: Season 8 [Blu-ray] - $64.96 (35% off) I Origins [Blu-ray] - $19.96 (29% off) Dolphin Tale 2 (Blu-Ray + DVD) - $19.99 (44% off) When the Game Stands Tall [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (51% off) Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead [Blu-ray] - $11.99 (66% off) Night Moves [Blu-ray] - $15.49 (48% off) Under the Dome: Season 2 [Blu-ray] - $42.99 (43% off)
- Adam Chitwood
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, an outlaw who stumbles upon a special orb that it seems everyone in the galaxy is after. He inadvertently teams up with a few other alien misfits (Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Vin Diesel as Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket) to save the world from some super bad dudes. The Blu-ray looks great, and it's full of cool little details, like the graphics that pop up when you pause the movie, as well as the regular old featurettes, commentaries, and so on. And, if you think the cast has amazing chemistry in the movie, just wait until you watch them go Unscripted.
- Jenni Miller
Yes, it’s that time of the year again. That hectic time when you suddenly need to buy gifts for all your loved ones. Fear not! Cinelinx is here to help you with our holiday gift suggestions for both cinephiles and gamers.
The holidays are fast approaching and you need some suggestions as far as what gifts to give movie and game lovers. We admit, movie and game lovers are not always the easiest type of people to shop for, but you’re in luck! Our talented staff of cinephiles and gamers have come up with a Movie Buff Wish List of awesome movie and game related gifts we’d love to receive this holiday season. Allow us to help you find the ultimate gift for that media-obsessed person on your list!
Gifts For Cinephiles
Time Bandits Criterion Edition Blu-Ray - Any cinephile worth their salt knows that the »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Jack O'Connell, who is the star of Angelina Jolie's upcoming World War II survival movie Unbroken, is set to star in Terry Gilliam's long awaited passion project, Don Quixote. I've been following this movie for years, and it's really good to see that this movie is actually moving forward and that Gilliam has found an actor to star in the film.
Even though it's not mentioned in the report on Variety, John Hurt is expected to play Miguel de Cervantes, the hero of the story. Last month in an interview with the Daily Mail, Hurt talked about O'Connell's potential casting, saying, "Jack's Derbyshire born and bred, so it will be fun to work with him." Hurt is also from Derbyshire.
Gilliam's new vision of this story is a modern and satirical twist on the classic Cervantes tale. O'Connell will play Toby, "a jaded commercials director who travels to »
- Joey Paur
Jack O'Connell has signed on to star in Terry Gilliam's long-awaited Don Quixote, which will start shooting next spring for a May 2016 release. John Hurt is expected to appear as the title character, although he was not mentioned in Variety's article.
The project offers a modern-day satirical take on Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra's original novel, following a jaded commercial director named Toby (Jack O'Connell), who arrives in Spain for a shoot. There, a gypsy sneaks his student film, a "lyrical re-working" of Don Quixote set in a Spanish village, into Toby's possession. After watching the movie, Toby sets off on a quest to find the village where it was shot, getting in a series of misadventures along the way.
Pic marks Gilliam’s seventh attempt to bring Don Quixote to the bigscreen. “Seven is my lucky number so let’s break the curse and make it!,” quipped Gilliam.
“We believe this film will capture the essence of everything audiences loved in Gilliam’s unforgettable masterpieces such as ‘Brazil,’ ‘Time Bandits’ and ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,’” said Melin, who has been behind the project from the start.
A modern and satirical twist on the tale, “Don Quixote” stars O’Connell as Toby, a jaded commercials director who travels »
- Elsa Keslassy
John Cleese says movie casting directors should not be put off from hiring him by recent reports that the Monty Python comedy legend is retiring from films. "Sometimes you read these things and you say, 'I don’t remember saying that,'" explains Cleese, 74, whose acting credits include fellow Python Terry Gilliam's 1981 film Time Bandits, 1988's Cleese-written A Fish Called Wanda, and two of the Harry Potter films. "What I would say is, when you get to my age, the number of parts that you get offered is very, very small. They’re not looking for 75-year-old comedians most of the time. »
- Clark Collis
What a pleasure it is talking to Terry Gilliam. Not only he one of the founding members of Monty Python - a troupe I love more than words can describe - but this is the man who directed Time Bandits, Brazil, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas and 12 Monkeys. It's also not every day you get to meet a bona fide cinematic genius - who just happens to be a hell of a nice guy. I could have talked to Gilliam for hours, but alas I only has a scant four minutes available to me. We take what we »
- Eric Walkuski
I've given up trying to understand my own life," Terry Gilliam says. "I'm just trying to make sense of the world this life is taking place in." The movie director emits a high-pitched giggle.
At the moment, Gilliam's "world" is located in the trendy restaurant in Manhattan's Tribeca Grand Hotel, but, just as he's done for decades, the director is continuing to parse the meaning of life on film. His latest movie, The Zero Theorem, focuses on a discontented misanthrope, played by Django Unchained's Christoph Waltz, who attempts to »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 9, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
There's adventure and fantasy afoot in Time Bandits.
In the film, a boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson, The Four Feathers), they plunder treasure from Napoleon (Ian Holm, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery, The Man Who Would Be King)—but Evil (David Warner, Titanic) is watching their every move.
Featuring a darkly playful script by Gilliam and Monty Python’s Michael Palin (who also appears in the film),Â Time Bandits is at once a giddy fairy tale, a revisionist history lesson, and a satire on technology gone awry.
The film has been out in »
Criterion has announced their new list of releases coming to shelves December 2014 and it's definitely not the flashiest of line-ups and, in fact, a rather limited one as it contains only three new Criterion titles along with one new edition to their Eclipse brand. First off we have Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits arriving on December 9. Previously released by Criterion on Laserdisc, the film now makes the jump to DVD and Blu-ray with a new 2K digital restoration and a new piece exploring the creation of the film's various historical periods and fantasy worlds along with previously released features such as an audio commentary and interviews. In this fantastic voyage through time and space from Terry Gilliam, a boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they plunder treasure from Napoleon »
- Brad Brevet
Sometimes it’s a wonder he gets any movies made at all. Over the course of his legendary career, Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Time Bandits, 12 Monkeys) has built a reputation as a director who likes to try for the impossible — be they shots, scenes, or entire movies. This is, after all, a man who made a romantic comedy about homeless people, madness, and death (The Fisher King). A man who made a microbudget, absurdist, effects-laden coming-of-age fantasy (Tideland). A man who made a film of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that's just as nutty, if not more so, as the original book.Sometimes his job is difficult because he sets impossible challenges for himself. Sometimes it’s difficult because fate doesn’t cooperate: His attempted filming of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was famously scuttled due to horrid weather and an ill lead, as depicted »
- Bilge Ebiri
Charles Dickens once called procrastination the thief of time. Respectfully I must disagree with Ol’ Charlie, because clearly the Time Bandits are the real thieves of time.It’s right there in their name. Continuing on our journey across the temporal map of great sci-fi comedies, Cargill and I splashdown into a dark and wonderful Terry Gilliam film that’s supposedly for children. We will recount our favorite scenes, discuss the film’s turbulent production and completely change the way you hear the movie’s closing song. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #21 Directly On This Week’s Show: Pre-Ramble [0:00 - 2:10] Traversing The Map [2:11 - 40:37] Denouement [40:38 - 43:18] Films Discussed: [Click to buy, help us keep the lights on] Get In Touch With Us: Email Junkfood Cinema Follow the Show:
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- Brian Salisbury
In the latest of our Close Up series we look at one of HeyUGuys’ most treasured directors. Currently killing the Python (for the last time) on stage Terry Gilliam’s vibrant imagination and brutal humour has gathered him up a legion of fans who follow his every cinematic move with delight.
Though with a director such as Gilliam choosing a ‘best of’ list could easily be solved by pointing a link to his IMDb page I have chosen the elements of his work which I like the most. There are many, many more excellent moments and themes from his films, but as we near the release of The Zero Theorem on Blu-ray and DVD (out on Monday the 21st of July folks) we look back at those moments which made us fans.
The Kids are not what they seem.
A young boy holds his mother’s hand and watches silently »
- Jon Lyus
Christoph Waltz + Terry Gilliam = The Zero Theorem, also known as a movie we've been aching to see for nearly a year now! The latest from the deranged but brilliant mind behind 12 Monkeys, Brazil and Time Bandits is back with a movie that is sure to be as mind-bending as it is uniquely beautiful to behold. The latest trailer promises much weirdness, many character actors, and a bonkers adventure. Two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained) stars as Qohen Leth, a computer genius seeking to uncover the purpose for human existence. However his quest is again and again derailed by The Management, which sends a lusty teen girl (Melanie Thierry) to seduce him away from his search for meaning. The trailer up top is the first official trailer for the film's long-awaited U.S. release, brought to us by the new distributor Amplify. The Zero Theorem made its world »
After a successful festival run, Richard Ayoade's film "The Double" is making its way to screens this weekend. This "Gilliamesque" take on Fyodor Dostoyevksy's 1846 novella sees a man come to terms with his doppelgänger, where a far more confident and aggressive version of himself makes his life quite a chore.
What the hell does "Gilliamesque" mean?
Terry Gilliam established with a number of movies (including the much-lauded "Time Bandits," "Brazil," and "12 Monkeys") a particular style of film, one that mixes time periods with quirky retro props and a darkly comedic ethos. At their best, films of this type create an incredibly rich world, one that feels lived-in and inviting while at the same time appearing oblique.
So who's this Ayoade fellow, then?
- Jason Gorber
The trailers teased glimpses of Sleeping Beauty's iconic villainess, accompanied by a gothic cover of "Once Upon a Dream." Gone were the 1959 animated film's Technicolor wonders, replaced with shades of blacks and blues, while Lana del Rey's vocals enveloped Mary Costa and Bill Shirley's airy duet with jazz-club smokiness. Even when the sneak peek appeared to throw a bone of sympathy towards the titular evil character, it brooded with the faux-angst of 9th grade poetry. This was what you could expect from Maleficent — Disney's early bid for summer-film dominance, »
We all know history is written by the film producers. After all, the past is big bucks for Hollywood, what with all its ready-made stories and epic happenings. And luckily for us Vesuvius erupted in 79 Ad, spewing out lava, pyroclastic flows and poisonous gasses. Some in nearby Herculaneum died instantly, others in Pompeii had a more drawn out affair and even the dog got it (noooo, not the dog!). Whatever – it’s good cinema right?
So to celebrate the release of new historical disaster movie Pompeii, let Thn take you on a magical history tour into the past. Yes, it’s time to pull the annals of antiquity down from the shelf, dust them off and explore ye olden times with five historical renditions from cinema and television.
It’s hard being on the side-lines isn’t it? Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Milos Forman’s biopic of l’enfant terrible of Classical, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
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