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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
Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.
Boy do I love me some crazy. I’m such a fan of enormous, garish spectacles. Movies like David Lynch’s Dune that are just so wildly over the top that you wonder how they ever came to be. In the final scenes when Kyle MacLachlan if riding a giant worm into battle to a smooth rock soundtrack provided by Toto, you just marvel at all the insanity you watch unfolding in front of you. Or any of the big budget works from the warped mind of Terry Gilliam. I could watch The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen or Time Bandits a thousand times. We are given »
- Gary Collinson
Tom Jolliffe on the lost art of scaring children witless...
There comes a time in every person’s life when the phrase “in my day” starts to gradually creep its way into your vernacular. The older you get the more common its usage becomes. Well, having crossed the threshold of 30 a couple of years ago, I’ve found myself saying it on a few occasions, and just recently I remembered that “in my day” kids films were often pretty dark and disturbing. Giving young 'uns nightmares seems to be a thing of the past.
So have modern kids films become more sanitized? A lot of films aimed toward the younger markets are decidedly tame. Pixar at its best has the good sense of introducing themes about life and death and growing up. The beginning of Up for example, which had grown adults in cinemas crying like babies, didn’t shy »
- Gary Collinson
Terry Gilliam may be a national treasure but that doesn’t preclude him from making films which can at times sink a little too much into his fertile imagination at the expense of being particularly absorbing. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen was a late 1980’s financial disaster which found him being given a lot of toys to play with but not being able to make a film which really connected with the heart or head and his last effort The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus is a film which seems to get by almost on the good will of the viewer alone. He is a man to be admired certainly, any man who makes Brazil must be, but he is also one prone to palpable flaws. »
- Ian Loring
Before we start here’s a confession. I’m a fan of Terry Gilliam’s work. Unashamed, bordering on (but never becoming) an apologist. From the bedtime anarchy of Time Bandits to the dark satanic future of Brazil, from the dizzying false heights of Munchausen to finding myself washed up on the Tideland – each and every one of his films has connected with me, some inextricably so.
The more of them I saw, the more I became hooked on his dreamatic musings; a new Gilliam film is a big deal in my world. He was also my first film teacher with the BBC’s long forgotten series called The Last Machine taking in a whirlwind tour of the first century of cinema from sideshow contraption to documentarian to a gateway to other worlds. Gilliam knew cinema, and came across as a man possessed with a love of ideas and visual poetry. »
- Jon Lyus
Interview Ryan Lambie 14 Mar 2014 - 06:29
In person, Terry Gilliam's every bit as mischievous, funny, generous and entertaining as you'd hope. The director of some wonderful science fiction and fantasy films, from Jabberwocky to Time Bandits and Brazil to The Fisher King and 12 Monkeys, he's one of the most imaginative and individual filmmakers working - and then there are the wonderful animated short films he created, which came to international prominence thanks to Monty Python's Flying Circus.
When we meet Mr Gilliam on the fifth floor of a London hotel, the sun's shining through the window and the director's positively beaming. He's encouraged because there's plenty of light and fresh air in the room - a stark contrast, he says, to the sometimes dark and claustrophobic rooms he »
Debbie is a bored Birmingham housewife whose life is turned upside down when she discovers an elf in her pantry. He leads her through a portal into Yonderland, a magical realm ruled by harmless idiots. And then she makes another startling discovery: her arrival has been prophesied. She is, Yonderland's elders explain, the Chosen One. Unfortunately, they can't actually explain why, since one of them lost the relevant scroll while drunk. But Debbie is more than happy to step up, as it's the first time anyone's noticed her in years.
Yonderland, which launched last year on Sky, is written and performed by the team behind the multi-award-winning kids' series Horrible Histories. And it shows. This endlessly inventive family comedy, set in a preposterous fantasy kingdom, follows Debbie as she battles to save »
If this is turning into a good, old-fashioned Hollywood feud, it’s one of the most bizarre ones in recent memory. While chatting with Coming Soon last week to promote Non-Stop, producer Joel Silver opened up about his failed attempt to make Watchmen with Time Bandits director Terry Gilliam, revealing the ending they would have preferred over director Zack Snyder’s version. If you’ll remember, Silver had none too many kind words for Snyder’s adaptation of the iconic graphic novel, calling it “too much of a slave to the material.” Now, in an interview with The Huffington Post, Snyder is hitting back.
The director, who won the admiration of many critics and the derision of others for making a painstakingly faithful adaptation of Watchmen, went with an ending very similar to author Alan Moore’s original version, simply trading out a squid-like alien (one of the more far-fetched »
- Isaac Feldberg
In a bizarro satirical vision of the future where ordinary human lives and society is even more technology-infused (and thus, alienating) than the present, an aging and socially-awkward genius named Qohen Leth (played by two-time Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz) is tasked with proving a theorem that – if indeed correct – will demonstrate beyond any doubt that “0 (zero) must equal 100%” and that existence therefore doesn’t have a purpose… or does it? Well, once he solves The Zero Theorem then Qohen will know the correct answer, apparently.
Confused? Welcome to the world of director Terry Gilliam, the mad genius (or madman, take your pick) who gave us those deliciously twisted Monty Python animations, as well as mind-bending cult films like Time Bandits, Brazil and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – with Twelve Monkeys being perhaps his most accessible ...
- Sandy Schaefer
The latest rumors about Marvel's big budget Doctor Strange adaptation have hit the interwebs involving mega-star Johnny Depp as the Sorcerer Supreme. It's an inspired bit of speculation and it got the wheels a turning. Is Johnny Depp the best choice for the dark, brooding mystic master of Marvel? He's certainly got the chops as an actor, but it seems kind of odd given his penchant for over the top characters and relentless mugging. Would Depp be a more restrained Doctor Stephen Strange, or would they rewrite the character to work more for his over the top sensibilities?
If history is any indicator, it feels like it would be the latter. Might as well sign Tim Burton, slap a "3-D" on the end of the title, and make some space in the Disney vault for the untold billion it could potentially reap. »
- Gary Collinson
EW has a pic from X-Men: Days Of Future past, featuring Wolvie and a 70′s era Beast in Brady Bunch clothes.
Lance Bass: The First Thing My Mom Did When She Learned I Was Gay … And The ‘Miracle’ That Occurred After.
Here’s the extended trailer for Lifetime’s Flowers In The Attic. Thankfully, I don’t see any powdered doughnuts. And Lifetime has just announced that they’re already planning the sequel Petals On The Wind. I read the first four books in the series when I was a kid, and I remember silently weeping in study hall when I got to the end of #4 Seeds Of Yesterday. »
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