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'Bad Grandpa became the first narrative feature to include a documentary flashback sequence in which its protagonist sucks off an anthropomorphic fish'
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In documentary circles (the haughty, wine-sipping ones that invariably form in the foyers of west London arthouse cinemas) 2013 was hailed as something of a banner year for movies that blended fact and fiction to strange new effect. Stories We Tell illustrated the family history of director Sarah Polley with a blend of real and fabricated archive footage; The Act Of Killing caused outrage in certain quarters by offering an Indonesian mass-murderer the chance to re-enact his crimes; and Bad Grandpa became the first narrative feature to include a documentary flashback sequence in which its protagonist sucks off an anthropomorphic fish. The latter film went largely ignored by critics upon its initial release, but was rightly rewarded with an Oscar »
- Charlie Lyne
★★☆☆☆There are many charming discrepancies in Terry Gilliam's creative output but one miscalculation lingers; is it us or him who's lost the plot? Are we too wired into our own pragmatic nightmares to appreciate his homegrown brand of sociopolitical lampooning? Or is his genius simply burning out? A decade of 'hmmms' have left us craving for something altogether undeniable. In The Zero Theorem (2013), possibly the most conspicuous dead ringer to his faultless Brazil yet, hermetic number-cruncher Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) undertakes menial corporate tasks in a pre-Blade Runner dystopia as he waits for a call from an unknown celestial deity.
- CineVue UK
Looking for any excuse, Landon Palmer and Scott Beggs are using the 2012 Sight & Sound poll results as a reason to take different angles on the best movies of all time. Every week, they’ll discuss another entry in the list, dissecting old favorites from odd angles, discovering movies they haven’t seen before and asking you to join in on the conversation. Of course it helps if you’ve seen the movie because there will be plenty of spoilers. This week, they get lost in the whirling modern wonder of Jacques Tati‘s fictional Paris to revel in whimsy, caprice and noisy angst. In the #43 (tied) movie on the list, the doofy Mr. Hulot (Tati) bumbles around the labyrinthine steel and concrete of a tech-addled city while tourists bounce around station to station and the background eventually comes to the foreground. Honestly, writing a plot synopsis for Playtime is a self-defeating purpose. But »
- FSR Staff
It feels like work on Terry Gilliam’s existential sci-fi flick The Zero Theorem has been underway for ages now, so fans of the director will likely be relieved to learn that the film will finally hit theaters this summer after being acquired by Amplify.
For a while, it was uncertain whether the odd, high-concept flick would find a company brave enough to handle its distribution. Following confirmation of the deal, Gilliam stated:
“The Zero Theorem is a very unique film that I’m especially proud of, so it is a relief to be distributed by a company that is not afraid to push the boundaries.”
Amplify was formed earlier this year when digital distribution company Go Digital, Inc. and Variance Films decided to merge. GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey and Variance Films President Dylan Marchetti have been working with Kent Sanderson, formerly of Focus Features, since January to acquire films for Amplify, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment have teamed up to acquire the U.S. rights to acclaimed director Terry Gilliam’s science-fiction opus,The Zero Theorem. The partners will release the film to theaters across the Us in late summer, with a home video release to follow. Amplify will handle theatrical and digital distribution rights, with Well Go USA releasing the film on DVD and Blu-ray.
Directed by Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, Monty Python and the Holy Grail), The Zero Theorem stars two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglorious Basterds) as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life – or the lack thereof – once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn’t fully trust, »
- Michelle McCue
Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment have teamed up to acquire the U.S. rights to acclaimed director Terry Gilliam's science-fiction opus, The Zero Theorem. The partners will release the film to theaters across the Us in late summer, with a home video release to follow. Amplify will handle theatrical and digital distribution rights, with Well Go USA releasing the film on DVD and Blu-ray.
Directed by Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Monty Python and The Holy Grail), The Zero Theorem stars two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds) as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life - or the lack thereof - once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn't fully trust, »
Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment have acquired the rights The Zero Theorem, from Monty Python and the Holy Grail writer and director Terry Gilliam. Amplify will handle The Zero Theorem’s theatrical and digital distribution rights, with the film being released across the U.S. in late summer, and Well Go USA will release the film on DVD and Blu-Ray. Directed by Gilliam -- also known for Brazil, Twelve Monkeys -- the film stars two-time Oscar winner Chistoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, an isolated computer genius who obsessively works on a project delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon). The
- C. Molly Smith
Terry Gilliam's long-awaited next film, "Zero Theorem," is finally going to hit the big screen.
Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment announced that they acquired the domestic distribution rights to Gilliam's sci-fi movie and will release it in late summer. "Zero Theorem" debuted at last year's Venice Film Festival, and the director has been looking for a buyer since then.
Gilliam has said that "Zero Theorem" completes a dystopian satire trilogy that began with 1985's "Brazil" and 1995's "12 Monkeys."
The movie stars Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as a reclusive, brilliant computer programmer tasked with coming up with a formula to determine whether life holds any meaning. Waltz is joined by an all-star cast including Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Melanie Thierry, and David Thewlis.
[Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images] »
- Kelly Woo
Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment have today announced that they are teaming up to acquire the U.S. rights to acclaimed director Terry Gilliam.s The Zero Theorem . The partners will release the film to theaters across the Us in late summer, with a home video release to follow. Amplify will handle theatrical and digital distribution rights, with Well Go USA releasing the film on DVD and Blu-ray. Directed by Gilliam ( Brazil , Twelve Monkeys ), The Zero Theorem stars two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz ( Django Unchained , Inglorious Basterds ) as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by »
It began last week when producer Joel Silver took the film to task, claiming in an interview that "Zack came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material." He went on to praise an earlier incarnation he was involved with, boasting a script by Sam Hamm (1989's "Batman") and Charles McKeown ("Brazil") along with director Terry Gilliam.
In that version, Doctor Manhattan went back in time to stop himself being created. The ending sees him succeeding, with Rorschach, Nite Owl and Silk Spectre appearing in Times Square - the events of Watchmen had become a comic and they were now like those people who dress up in character on the street.
Snyder has now hit back at the comments whilst out doing »
- Garth Franklin
Last week producer Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon, Non-Stop) spoke about his previous plans to bring Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal comic book tale Watchmen to the screen, during which he stated that his and Terry Gilliam's (Brazil, The Zero Theorem) adaptation would have been "Much better" than what we ultimately got from Zack Snyder in 2009 [read Silver's comments here]. Well, Snyder has now taken a break from publicity on 300: Rise of an Empire and pre-production on the Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman to fire back at Silver stating that he made his version of the movie "to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world."
"It's funny because the biggest knock against the movie is that we finally changed the ending, right? And if you read the Gilliam ending, it's completely insane [or, as Deborah Snyder interjects - "The fans would have been thinking that they were smoking crack"]. The fans would have stormed the castle on that one. So, honestly, I made Watchmen for myself. »
- Gary Collinson
It’s been four years since the film version of Watchmen disappointed everyone, but the past week has seen a sudden and rather unexpected burst of Hollywood infighting among various parties attached to the movie. Last week, Hollywood uber-producer Joel Silver revealed to ComingSoon the crazypants ending that Terry Gilliam was planning when he was attached to the movie, and also accused director Zack Snyder of being “too much of a slave to the material.”
In a new interview with the Huffington Post, Snyder hits back, accurately describing Gilliam’s ending as “completely insane” and explaining that his whole purpose »
- Darren Franich
Written by Pat Rushin
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Though writer Pat Rushin scripted and conceived the story of The Zero Theorem, one can be forgiven for assuming Terry Gilliam came up with the narrative himself, being that it comes across as the work of someone who either saw every film Gilliam’s ever made or just happened to direct them. Indeed, The Zero Theorem sees Gilliam very much in his storytelling and thematic comfort zones, though sadly to diminishing returns. It openly scrounges scraps from earlier efforts, especially Brazil, but has little idea how to develop its ever so slightly different ideas beyond thin sketches.
Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is the jittery, button-pushing outsider of The Zero Theorem’s particular near-future dystopia. Eager to become a work-at-home employee, his attempts at a disability claim see him assigned to work on the titular theorem by the mysterious, »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Thanks to awards season, it feels as though everybody has been talking about the same old films forever. Well, that period of cinema will be done and dusted for another year following tomorrow night's Oscars ceremony, which makes it time to talk about some new titles! This month welcomes a variety of films; from Wes Anderson's newest release to Scarlett Johansson as both a sexy alien and Marvel's Black Widow - no matter what you fancy watching, there is sure to be a March release suited to you!
Digital Spy rounds up the five must-see movies for March below...
Release date: March 7
Why you should see it: Wes Anderson's long-awaited comedy tells the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge who teams up with his lobby boy, Zero Moustafa, to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder. If Anderson's distinct visuals and »
Back in 2009, Zack Snyder achieved what many thought impossible when he brought Alan Moore and Dave Hibbons seminal comic book Watchmen to the screen. However, things could have been different had Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon, Die Hard) had his way, with the producer spending much of the late 80s and the early 90s attempting to get his own adaptation off the ground alongside director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, The Zero Theorem). And, speaking to Coming Soon, Silver has spoken about his plans for Watchmen, stating that their take on the material would have been "Much better" than that of Snyder:
"It was a Much much better movie. Oh God. I mean, Zack [Snyder] came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material. [We were working from] a Sam Hamm script--who had written a script that everybody loved for the first Batman - and then [Gilliam] brought in a guy who'd »
- Gary Collinson
Every week, Indiewire chief film critic Eric Kohn singles out a movie available for free streaming from our parent company SnagFilms’ library and tells you why you should watch it now. This is the first installment. The perils of a drab office job have always been fertile ground for dystopian visions, with Terry Gilliam’s "Brazil" still the reigning king of a distinctly American genre that also includes everything from "Gattaca" to "Idiocracy." Last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival saw the premiere of British director Richard Ayoade’s "The Double," which stars Jesse Eisenberg as an alienated drone at war with a dehumanizing routine and an absurdist rivalry with his aggrandizing coworker who looks exactly like him. A dark comedy about bureaucratic pressures, "The Double" opens in early May, and if you find the hypnotic trailer compelling, just wait until you see the whole thing. In the meantime, the »
- Eric Kohn
On the promotion trail for his Agatha-Christie-at-altitude thriller Non-Stop, producer Joel Silver shared some fascinating Watchmen insights with Coming Soon into Terry Gilliam’s planned ending to the movie. Gilliam and his Brazil writer Charles McKeown were attached to the Alan Moore adaptation for a time in the ‘90s, with Silver producing, before circumstances conspired against them.It was Zack Synder, of course, who eventually brought a faithful version of the seminal graphic novel to the screen. “It was a much, much better movie,” Silver enthused of Gilliam’s version. “Zack came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material.”Synder’s major change, the ending, took some serious justification to Watchmen aficionados. Gilliam, explains Silver, had no such compunction when it came to jettisoning Moore’s third act: “What Terry did was he told the story as-is, but instead of the whole »
In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, Producer Joel Silver talked a little about his version of the "Watchmen" that he had worked on with Terry Gillian. About Zack Snyder's take on the film he had this to say; "It was a Much much better movie… Zack [Snyder] came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material." He went on to elaborate on the take himself, Gillian and Charles McKeown ( co- writer of "Brazil") had for the property. "What he did was he told the story as-is, but instead of the whole notion of the intergalactic thing which was too hard and too silly, what he did was he maintained that the existence of Doctor Manhattan had changed the whole balance of the world economy, the world political structure. He felt that That character really altered the way reality had been" "[McKeown] had the Ozymandias character convince, »
Will Terry Gilliam finally defeat his his metaphorical white whale by filming The Man Who Killed Don Quixote later this year? The Monty Python alum claims that he’s close to finally having the necessary funding to move ahead with the project, though coming after so many previous failed attempts to get his historical literature/fantasy back into production – including his original effort that got canceled due to a tumultuous shoot in 2001 (as was eventually documented in Lost in La Mancha) - it sadly wouldn’t come as a huge shock if the filmmaker’s plans fell through once again.
In the meantime, we call look forward to The Zero Theorem, Gilliam’s new vision of an overly-commercialized and technological-happy future – which, as it were, is arriving just short of thirty years after his 1985 sci-fi cult classic Brazil opened in theaters.
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- Sandy Schaefer
Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem still does not have a U.S. release date, and that makes me very angry indeed. Although we’ve already seen one trailer for the film, those of us still languishing across the pond will have to make do for now with only dreams and foreign previews. Today, the first UK TV spot was released, featuring a bald Christoph Waltz and an intriguing introduction to the potential meaninglessness of the universe.
In the film, Waltz plays a reclusive computer genius bent on solving the Zero Theorem, and thus establishing the purpose of existence. Locking himself up in an old church, he faces interruptions to his work in the form of love, desire, and friendship from the likes of Ben Whishaw, Melanie Thierry, and Tilda Swinton. The film has already played at the Venice Film Festival and Fantastic Fest and has earned fairly positive review. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
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