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Films from notables Nick Cave, Kevin Smith and Terry Gilliam, and another featuring Downton Abbey vet Dan Stevens are helping fill this weekend’s box office, despite studio blockbuster debuts for The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You.
In all, 14 specialty films are debuting this weekend, at the front edge of awards season and the time of year when “serious” films hit the screens left and right. We have The Guest, with Stevens; The Zero Theorem by Gilliam; Smith’s Tusk; Tracks, the latest from the producers of The King’s Speech; and Cave’s doc 20,000 Days On Earth.
And, like a TV informercial, there’s more: the doc Pump, boundary-jumper Stop The Pounding Heart; and Swim Little Fish Swim. Just to fill out the marquees, we also have Tribeca-winning doc Keep On Keepin’ On; Flamenco, Flamenco; Hector And The Search For Happiness; Iceman; Hollidaysburg; and Not Cool. »
- Brian Brooks
It’s been a rough couple of decades to be a Terry Gilliam fan. Not just because he hasn't been as prolific as you’d like him to be, with several false starts or projects that never made it to a greenlight—most famously “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” which actually made it to production before falling apart. Because the films we have seen, at least since the start of the 21st century, have felt compromised (“The Brothers Grimm”), muddled (“The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus”) or borderline-unwatchable (“ Tideland”). We’re always rooting for Gilliam, but the recent run of films had made us wonder whether it was becoming something of a fools’ errand to do so. Fortunately, his latest, “The Zero Theorem,” restores some of the faith. It’s not an unreserved return to form, but it’s an admirably ambitious and thoughtful sci-fi mindbender that movingly takes stock »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Black Holes and Revelations: Gilliam’s Cluttered Dystopia a Mixed Return to Form
In what stands as his best film since 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, director Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem still isn’t quite the dystopic juggernaut one might have hoped for, though it does slightly resemble one of his most noted works, 1985’s Brazil. However, this isn’t quite that state of mind, though it does in fact revolve mightily around the state of its protagonist’s conflicted existence and his unrequited search for meaning in a world that instead contends there absolutely is none. Being treated to a demure theatrical release over a year after its premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, it’s being handled as a boutique title, likely to wallow into the same nether regions as Gilliam’s last several titles, like the valiant exercise The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus »
- Nicholas Bell
Terry Gilliam's reputation as a filmmaker is one of great vision and great misfortune. His difficulties in attempting to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote filled the behind-the-scenes documentary Lost In La Mancha. And with the film still uncompleted, that 2002 doc could well merit a sequel. He hit an incredible obstacle with The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus when his leading man, Heath Ledger, unexpectedly died before production wrapped. And now, his latest, The Zero Theorem is facing a lawsuit over part of its set design. THR reports Terry Gilliam is being sued by three well-known street artists who allege The Zero Theorem violates the copyright of their collaborative mural titled Castillo. Argentinians Franco "Jaz" Fasoli and Nicolas "Ever" Escalada, as well as Canadian Derek "Troy Lovegates -- aka Other" Mehaffey -- are holding Voltage Pictures, Amplify Releasing and other distributors as responsible for what they call Gilliam's "repeated »
So…what do I mean by “What the F**k?” Movies? These are the films that, upon completing your viewing, you seriously worry about the director’s sanity. Or you can’t really comprehend what you just saw. Or you know what you watched was something magical, but can’t really put the pieces together in your mind. Or, worse, you know what happened, but certifiably it’s insane. But with this “definition” comes a few caveats: no horror films and no fully animated films. Those genres lean a little too crazy to begin with – it’s more fun to look at films that force a sense of realism, even if it’s just on the surface.
50. Southland Tales (2007)
Directed by: Richard Kelly
- Joshua Gaul
At this point, we should all be expecting nothing but insanity from zany director Terry Gilliam. The out-there filmmaker is the brains behind the drug-filled lunacy of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," and most recently he presented the fairy-tale-like "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."
A computer hacker (Waltz) whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management (Damon); their strategy is to send a teenager and lusty love interest (Thierry) to distract him.
"The Zero Theorem" is set to hit theatres in two Canadian cities for "By Popular Demand" openings:
August 1, 2014: Toronto, The Royal
August 8, 2014: Calgary, Globe Twin
Check out the poster, below. Click for full size.
- Chris Jancelewicz
To mark the release of The Zero Theorem on 21st July, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray
From visionary director Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), 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 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, including the flirtatious Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry), Management’s wunderkind son Bob (Lucas Hedges), his unpredictable colleague Joby (David Thewlis), and would-be digital therapist Dr. Shrink-Rom, it’s only when he experiences the power of love and desire that »
The release of any Terry Gilliam film is a big deal. More so than any living filmmaker of lauded repute, Gilliam’s work has been unusually burdened by outsized circumstances that render it astonishing that he’s even accomplished the work he has, from Universal’s re-cutting of Brazil to his lead actor dying during the production of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to his doomed “Don Quixote” project, documented in the film Lost in La Mancha. Not since Orson Welles (who famously pursued his own uncompleted Quixote film) has a respected filmmaker had such an endlessly difficult time bringing his ideas to screen. That makes the announcement of a late summer release date for Gilliam’s newest feature, The Zero Theorem, all the more remarkable. The film looks like prime Gilliam territory, with its dystopic representation of a certain future burdened by blinding consumerism and Kafka-esque bureaucracy reminiscent of the director’s most notorious battle for »
- Landon Palmer
Billed as a complete reimagining, SyFy's serial take on Terry Gilliam's post-apocalyptic "12 Monkeys" retains it's dark imagery, but will Gilliam's frenetic underlying messages ultimately be lost in the mix?
The fictional worlds of director Terry Gilliam (The Fisher King, Brazil, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) are beautifuilly profound and gorgeously bizarre to say the least, always combining the harsh grit of reality with the sublime wonders of the imagination. The famed director's 1995-outing 12 Monkeys was no exception.
Set in a distant future, 12 Monkeys saw Bruce Willis in the role of convict protagonist Cole, who is (messily) sent into the past by a shady government group with the task of seeking out and stopping the cause of mankind's current dilemna: a life underground in the dark to escape a worldwide pandemic that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction.
With his unique directorial style, Gilliam brought forth a haunting »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jarod Warren)
It’s director Terry Gilliam’s first film since The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus in 2009, and that one was barely released. His newest, The Zero Theorem, looks like vintage Gilliam with its eye-popping design and strange humor. Will Gilliam’s tale of a computer programmer in a dystopian futureworld city be his first hit since 12 Monkeys? That remains to be seen and while he didn’t cast any of his fellow Monty Python alums this time, any movie featuring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, and Tilda Swinton certainly has potential.
Check out the new trailer for The Zero Theorem:
Acclaimed director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) returns with the visually stunning sci-fi epic The Zero Theorem, starring Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz as Qohen, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius. Living in isolation, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to »
- Tom Stockman
Ahead of its U.S. release, a new trailer has arrived online for The Zero Theorem, the latest film from Terry Gilliam (Brazil, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), and you can check it out below after the official synopsis…
Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is an eccentric and reclusive computer genius who lives in an Orwellian corporate world and suffers from existential angst. Under the instruction of a shadowy figure known only as “Management”, Qohen works to solve the “Zero Theorem” – a mathematical formula which will finally determine whether life has any meaning. Qohen’s work in the burnt-out chapel that serves as his home is interrupted by visits from Bainsley, a seductive woman, and Bob, the teenage son of Management.
The Zero Theorem sees Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) leading the cast alongside Melanie Thierry (Babylon A.D.), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Matt Damon (Elysium), Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Peter Stormare »
- Gary Collinson
It’s a project he has tried to make twice before, once with a catastrophic shoot that went down in history alongside Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and the second time with a star cast in place but no funding. Now director and ex-Python Terry Gilliam has revealed he is meeting with actors this week for the latest attempt to nail The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
The story concerns a director who is drawn into the fantasy world of Quixote, a deluded figure obsessed with the age of chivalry who roamed Spain getting into adventures with his assistant Sancho Panza. The source is 17th century Cervantes but the modern treatment was pure Gilliam. The original production became the subject of a documentary, Lost In La Mancha (2002), which chronicled the troubled weeks that saw the cast and crew beset by ill health, freak weather conditions and the military. Gilliam »
- Steve Palace
Ian Hall’s UK sales outfit Genesis Film Sales is to launch two intriguing titles at this year’s Cannes marché: comedy-romance SuperBob, produced by Robert Jones, and drama Winter, executive produced by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and starring Stacy Martin in her follow-up to Nymphomaniac.
Both films are currently in post-production.
Winter marks the feature debute of writer-director Heidi Greensmith and sees Sons of Anarchy star Tommy Flanagan lead cast as an artist who must come to terms with his wife’s death in order to save his relationship with his two sons.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Today, since I’ve sort of liked mixing and making this Tuesday slot, I’m going to be continuing on with another new-ish series for you all here at the site, one that I started a few weeks ago. Basically, it’s a spinoff of the Spotlight on the Stars series that I normally do here. As a quick refresher for those not in the know, each week I look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like in many of the cases so far, including today) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun all their own, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. Here, I’m going to »
- Joey Magidson
Feature James Clayton 25 Apr 2014 - 06:27
The arrival of Transcendence leaves James pondering AI computers in the movies and our post-human future...
Johnny Depp undergoes a metamorphosis and inhabits the persona of someone or something completely different. He does this frequently and is so renowned for it that he's come to be acclaimed and appreciated as a 'chameleon' actor. This very talented and charismatic man completely immerses himself in his roles, his essential Johnny Depp-ness very present but clothed in the form of someone or something wholly other than himself.
Flicking back through his varied and colourful career, we find that Depp has become real people like gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson, children's author Jm Barrie and transvestite B-movie director Ed Wood, Jr. He has become an artificial man with scissors for hands. He has become a rogue rock star pirate. He has become a Mad Hatter, a loopy Comanche, »
Few actors have been as adventurous or as weird, and few have risen to stardom so fast. Johnny Depp's filmography is as strange and varied as anyone's. With Transcendence hitting theaters this week, it's time to look back over the career of Johnny Depp and craft the definitive ranking of his performances. Here are our rules: only major roles are eligible (so no A Nightmare on Elm Street or The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and voice work in animated movies won't be ranked (so no Corpse Bride or Rango). The Brave is not ranked because it's still unavailable and unseen in North America. From worst to best, here are the 29 major Johnny Depp performances, ranked in quality. 29. Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland) This is it -- the nadir of Johnny Depp. No...
- Jacob S. Hall
Lily Rabe signed on in September to play this former Hunger Games victor from District 2, who emerged to become a leader of the rebellion in District 13. The actress was forced to drop out recently due to a previous commitment to the Shakespeare in the Park play Much Ado About Nothing.
Director Francis Lawrence began production in September on both The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 in Atlanta, with shooting scheduled to wrap later this spring in locations near Paris and Berlin. One of the locations in Berlin is the massive Tempelhof Airport, which was constructed in 1927 and used by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi's as a symbol of their supremacy. The facility closed down six years ago. The production »
Computer genius Qohen struggles to name things that bring him joy, while Swinton's character pushes him to elaborate on his feelings.
The movie centres around Qohen as he is hired to discover the meaning of existence (or lack thereof), but his work becomes more confused when he falls in love.
The movie is Gilliam's first since 2009 fantasy The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
The Zero Theorem will open on March 14 in the UK. Watch a trailer for it below: »
It is inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for Life magazine in 1955. The assignment took the pair on a journey across the Us, from La to New York and on to Indiana.
The project »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Terry Gilliam, the man behind such trippy, outlandish cinematic voyages as The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and 12 Monkeys is at it again. The trailer for his latest, The Zero Theorem, has hit the web…and it’s a doozy. The movie looks strange. I mean, really strange. Looks like Clockwork Orange by way of Cool World, with Verhoeven’s Total Recall thrown in, a bit of Blade Runner, a dash of Inception, and props and costumes that were on loan from the local porn studio.
But at least you can tell that it’s by design. Gilliam, with his eccentric eye, knows exactly what he’s doing with this bizarre mish-mash, even if the trailer struggles to summarize what the film is about. Go ahead, take a peak and see how you feel about it.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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