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Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
Try as imitators might, there’s no film quite like “Brazil.” Terry Gilliam’s dystopian sci-fi whatsit endures as a classic of more than one genre, which is typical of the “12 Monkeys,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “Time Bandits” director. A behind-the-scenes documentary features a series of interviews with Gilliam along with his cast and crew discussing the cult classic; watch it below.
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The 28-minute featurette begins with several principals being asked a simple question with few simple answers: “What is ‘Brazil’?” Star Jonathan Pryce (most recently seen as the High Sparrow “Game of Thrones”) has the most succinct answer: “It’s half a dream, and half a nightmare.” (Tom Stoppard’s is good, too: “It’s the myth of the free man in an unfree society.”) The rest of their »
- Michael Nordine
To celebrate the success of a variety of Game of Thrones merchandise, HBO is hosting a scavenger hunt for fans at Comic-Con starting on Wednesday, July 20th at 6:00pm! Also: Famous Monsters at Sdcc 2016, Tales of Poe DVD and Digital HD release details, and info on Spell on Wheels‘ first issue debut.
Game of Thrones Sdcc 2016 Scavenger Hunt Details: Press Release: “Wednesday, July 13, 2016 — HBO Global Licensing is excited to debut a wide array of new Game of Thrones products and convention exclusives at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, and to highlight some of its bestselling products released throughout the series’ run. To help celebrate, HBO is inviting fans to participate in a Comic-Con Scavenger Hunt, sending them on a quest to find some of the coolest Game of Thrones products available on the Comic-Con floor.
Starting Wednesday, July 20th, at 6 p.m. Pt when the convention floor opens for Preview Night, »
- Tamika Jones
A complicated curiosity about a reclusive actress.
Two of the most intriguing characters in Robert Altman’s Nashville are Tricycle Man and L.A. Joan. When considered together, it’s a wonder Shelley Duvall didn’t wind up becoming the female equivalent of Jeff Goldblum. She should have had a long career playing eccentric but charismatic women, just as he has done (in male roles). But that kind of thing works out better for actors than actresses. So instead, he wound up starring in movies where he fought fictional aliens, and she wound up a recluse gossiped to be living in fear of aliens that are in her body.
It’s been a while since I thought a lot about Duvall, outside of regularly enjoying her in many of Altman’s films, including 3 Women and Popeye, plus Annie Hall, Roxanne, and of course The Shining. I hadn’t seen her in anything new in forever, but »
- Christopher Campbell
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King (1991) is playing from June 1 - June 30, 2016 in the UK.In an overview of the accomplished, fraught, tumultuous career of Terry Gilliam, The Fisher King (1991) can look like not just an artistic turning point, but an economic one. Gilliam had just finished a loose trilogy of comic fantasies—Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)—each visually baroque and laced with a kind of surreal, dark, absurdist humor that marked them as a natural extension of his time as the lone American in Monty Python. Time Bandits was a head-turning left-field hit, and Brazil, the subject of a legendary battle with Universal over final cut, is often cited as Gilliam's masterpiece. But Munchausen, though held dear by a cult following, was a blow to Gilliam's career. It went quickly over-budget (wildly so, »
Park Circus has snapped up rights to the famous Handmade Library.
The deal, confirmed in Cannes, gives Park Circus the rights to handle worldwide in all media to more than 100 titles, including several British classic.
Many of the films are available in new digitally restored, high definition versions.
Founded in 1979 by ex-Beatle George Harrison, Handmade is one of the most celebrated brands in recent British cinema history.
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Terry Gilliam’s first film as solo director was 1977’s Jabberwocky but Time Bandits, a mix of absurdist fairy tales and Ashcan realism, established his style for years to come. He’s helped considerably by a remarkably high profile cast including Sean Connery, Ralph Richardson and, memorably, John Cleese as a petulant, self-absorbed Robin Hood. Michael Palin co-stars and co-wrote the Python-like script with Gilliam.
- TFH Team
Tired of stupid sword 'n' sandal costume pictures? Robert Rossen's all-star bio-epic of the charter founder of the Masons is a superior analysis of political ambition and the ruthless application of power. Yeah, he's wearing a blond wig, but Richard Burton captures the force of Alexander without camping up Asia Minor. Alexander the Great Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 136 min. / Ship Date March 15, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Richard Burton, Fredric March, Claire Bloom, Danielle Darrieux, Barry Jones, Harry Andrews, Stanley Baker, Niall MacGinnis, Peter Cushing. Cinematography Robert Krasker Art Direction Andrej Andrejew Film Editor Ralph Kemplen Original Music Mario Nascimbene Produced by Gordon Griffith, Robert Rossen Written and Directed by Robert Rossen
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
An ongoing series looking at fantastic prologues from classic and contemporary horror movies. Though we think of Terry Gilliam today primarily as the visionary director behind such celebrated, opulent and arch cinematic confections as Brazil, Time Bandits, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas and so many more great pictures.…
- Chris Alexander
9 items from 2016
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