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'Blue Iguana' director plots Terry Gilliam documentary (exclusive)

Hadi Hajaig plots feature in which Gilliam will ”open the contents of his stomach”.

Hadi Hajaig, the filmmaker behind Sam Rockwell thriller Blue Iguana and Sean Bean and Charlotte Rampling action film Cleanskin, is making a feature documentary about the life and work of Terry Gilliam.

Hajaig will conduct several interviews with Gilliam, beginning in the next two weeks, and the pair will discuss his career across the films Jabberwocky, Time Bandits, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, The Fisher King and Tideland.

Gilliam’s latest film, the long-gestating and troubled The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which premiered in Cannes this year,
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Derrick O’Connor, ‘Lethal Weapon 2’ and ‘Time Bandits’ Actor, Dies at 77

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Derrick O’Connor, ‘Lethal Weapon 2’ and ‘Time Bandits’ Actor, Dies at 77
Derrick O’Connor, famed Irish character actor who collaborated with Terry Gilliam on some of the director’s most famous films, died last Friday in Santa Barbara, CA, at the age of 77.

O’Connor starred in three of Gilliam’s films: “Jabberwocky” in 1977, “Time Bandits” in 1981, and “Brazil” in 1985. After his work with Gilliam, O’Connor had his most famous role as Pieter Vorstedt, the villain in the 1989 action sequel “Lethal Weapon 2.”

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Later in his career, O’Connor appeared on hit TV shows like “Alias” and “Monk,” and also had a role as a member of Capt. Jack Sparrow’s crew in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” In Britain and Australia, he starred in several shows like “Stringer,” “Fox,” “The Sweeney” and “Knockback.”

O’Connor’s career also extended to theatre,
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Character actor Derrick O’Connor who played villain in 'Lethal Weapon 2' dies aged 77

Character actor Derrick O’Connor who played villain in 'Lethal Weapon 2' dies aged 77
Irish-born stage, film and TV actor’s credits included Brazil, The Sweeney.

Derrick O’Connor, the Irish character actor who played the villain Pieter Vorstedt in Lethal Weapon 2, has died in Santa Barbara, California, from pneumonia. He was 77.

O’Connor was born in Dublin in 1941 and grew up in London. He had lived in the United States since 1990 and most recently lived in the Santa Ynez Valley, north of Santa Barbara, with his wife Mimi.

O’Connor was perhaps best known in the UK and Australia for starring roles in TV shows Stringer, Fox, The Sweeney, and Knockback, and
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Derrick O’Connor Dies: ‘Lethal Weapon 2’, ‘End Of Days’ Actor Was 77

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Derrick O’Connor Dies: ‘Lethal Weapon 2’, ‘End Of Days’ Actor Was 77
Irish character actor Derrick O’Connor, who portrayed the villain in Lethal Weapon 2 and appeared in three of Terry Gilliam’s films among numerous other credits, has died. O’Connor died Friday of pneumonia in Santa Barbara, his publicist Jane Ayer announced. He was 77.

O’Connor’s decades-long career included memorable film performances in Lethal Weapon 2, roles in Gilliam’s films Time Bandits, Brazil and Jabberwocky, as Thomas Aquinas opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in End of Days, as an aspiring buccaneer in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and in John Boorman’s Hope and Glory.

Widely regarded as a superb actor, O’Connor was noted for often paring down – or fully eliminating – his lines in a scene in order to emphasize the physical aspects of his role – a skill that earned him the admiration of many who directed him, especially Terry Gilliam. In Gilliam’s Time Bandits,
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Irish Character Actor Derrick O’Connor Dies at 77

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Irish Character Actor Derrick O’Connor Dies at 77
Versatile Irish character actor Derrick O’Connor died from pneumonia on June 29 in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 77.

O’Connor was born in Dublin and raised in London. He had lived in the U.S. since 1990 and was most recently living in the Santa Ynez Valley, north of Santa Barbara with his wife, Mimi.

The actor starred in three of director Terry Gilliam’s films: “Time Bandits,” “Brazil,” and “Jabberwocky.” He played the villain Pieter Vorstedt in “Lethal Weapon 2” and worked opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in “End of Days.”

He also appeared in John Boorman’s “Hope and Glory and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” One of his first movie roles came in the 1973 British science-fiction film “The Final Programme.”

His notable U.S. television appearances include “Alias,” “Carnivale,” “Tracey Takes On,” “Monk,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “Ghost.” In the U.K. and Australia, he was best
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Criterion Collection: Jabberwocky (1977) | Blu-ray Review

It was rather a rough start for Terry Gilliam’s solo directorial career. While 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which Gilliam co-directed with Terry Jones (whose next film was 1979’s Life of Brian), became an iconic, seminal film of the decade, he would follow it up with the less well-revered Jabberwocky in 1977, a haphazard medieval comedy inspired by the famous Lewis Carroll poem, the adaptation co-written by fellow Help!

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Criterion Now – Episode 40 – Othello, Alexander Payne, Tales of Hoffman

After a short break, Aaron returns with Will Remmers’ debut appearance. We discuss a lot of the news that we missed from the past few weeks, including potential Criterion titles like Hard Eight, Margaret, The Virgin Suicides, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. We get a little deeper into Orson WellesOthello and his final documentary, Filming Othello. Will is an opera expert, so a few topics are steered towards that topic and we briefly get into The Tales of Hoffman.

Episode Notes

6:30 – New Releases and Criterion News

48:30 – Short Takes (Jim Henson, Jabberwocky)

53:30 – Othello

1:09:00 – FilmStruck

Episode Links New York Times – Women in Love Restoration Alexander Payne Closet Video Ask Jim Jarmusch Questions Why Barnes & Noble Wants Smaller Stores Kristopher Tapley Tweet About Hard Eight The Beguiled – Sofia Coppola Actor from The Breakfast Club Opens Up About John Hughes Why Billionaire Charles Cohen Believes He
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Blu-ray Review: Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky on Criterion, Vital, Promising, More Quirky Than Funny

Surprise! The delightful, self-deprecating audio commentary by Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin is what sold me on Jabberwocky, a very British film loosely inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem. Released in the U.K. and the U.S. in April 1977 -- two months before Star Wars -- the film was savaged by critics, as Gilliam recalls, though it did better in territories where Monty Python and the Holy Grail had not been released, such as Germany. Indeed, the original release did not leave a mark in my memory, though I recall it frequently playing on the lively repertory circuit in Los Angeles in the late 1970s and early 80s. Of course, I was a latecomer to the entire Monty Python phenomenon, since the show was broadcast on...

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Terry Gilliam's Man Who Killed Don Quixote Is Almost Ready After 20 Years

Terry Gilliam's Man Who Killed Don Quixote Is Almost Ready After 20 Years
More than 17 years after first trying to get his passion project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, off the ground, director Terry Gilliam is finalizing his cut of the movie, and it may be ready to hit theaters next year. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote wrapped production in June, with one of its cast members, Oscar Jaenada, revealing in a September interview that they're planning a world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. While that debut has not yet been confirmed, director Terry Gilliam revealed in a new interview that he has almost finished assembling the cut. Here's what he had to say below.

"Well, we've almost finished the cut. We're just fiddling now, figuring out a few things here and there so it's pretty much what it is. We've got still months of work to do on visual effects, sound, music. But as far as the tale, it's
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New Us Home Video Releases for the Week of November 21st, 2017

This week we are seeing some incredible releases from the various Us distributors. The Criterion Collection is releasing the new restoration of Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky, Kino has a massive new set of Fritz Lang films, and Bertrand Tavernier’s new documentary, My Journey Through French Cinema is finally out from Cohen.

Beach Rats (Blu-ray) $24.41 8 new from $22.78 6 used from $19.99 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping Cease Fire - 3D [Blu-ray] $21.75 $34.95 11 new from $21.73 4 used from $21.72 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping Driftwood [Blu-ray] $17.49 $29.95 14 new from $17.47 4 used from $17.46 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping Fritz Lang: The Silent Films [Blu-ray] $89.95 9 new from $89.95 4 used from $77.46 Buy Now Amazon.com Good Time [Blu-ray] $14.99 $24.99 12 new from $14.99 5 used from $15.99 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping Hangover Square [Blu-ray] $18.39 $29.95 12 new from $14.88 4 used from $14.39 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping Jabberwocky (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] $23.80 $39.95 12 new from $19.97 2 used from $29.16 Buy Now Amazon.com Free shipping Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth: Special Edition [Blu-ray + DVD] $17.67 $39.95 12 new from $17.67 3 used from $27.68 Buy Now Amazon.
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‘The Philadelphia Story,’ Terry Gilliam’s ‘Jabberwocky’ & More Coming To Criterion

November is still a ways away — who knows what the hell will have happened in our collective Twitter feed by the time good ol’ Nov. comes around? In the event that we’re all still here in three month’s time, here’s what to expect from Criterion in the penultimate month of 2017.

For starters, Criterion is releasing a 4K restoration of “The Philadelphia Story,” the 1940 screwball comedy starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart (Stewart ended up winning an Oscar for his performance — the first and last Academy Award of his career).

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Criterion Collection Announces November Titles, Including Seminal Lesbian Drama ‘Desert Hearts’ and ‘The Philadelphia Story’

Criterion Collection Announces November Titles, Including Seminal Lesbian Drama ‘Desert Hearts’ and ‘The Philadelphia Story’
November over at The Criterion Collection may look a smidge slim, offering up just four new titles, but each new addition to the collection is a seminal selection well-deserving of the Criterion treatment. Of most interest, however, is Donna Deitch’s feature debut “Desert Hearts,” a seminal lesbian drama that’s been going through something of a resurgence as of late, thanks to last year’s 30th anniversary and a continued adoration for its forward-thinking subject matter.

As we recently explored, in the early ’80s, Deitch was a film school grad with only docs under her belt, eager to make a different kind of feature about lesbians in love, and “without the help of Kickstarter or industry backing, she launched an unorthodox grassroots campaign that eventually gained the support of Gloria Steinem, Lily Tomlin, and Stockard Channing. The result was a hit at Sundance in 1986 that went on to become
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Criterion Now – Episode 25 – October 2017 Releases, Bergman Week, Straw Dogs

Aaron welcomes back Jonathan Laubinger, who has just returned from Bergman Week in Sweden. We talk about October announcements, the latest news and rumors, the polarizing nature of Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, and plenty of other topics.

Episode Notes

4:20 – Bergman Week

19:30 – October 2017 Releases

43:40 – News Items

51:30 – Straw Dogs

1:00:00 – Short Takes (Secrets of Women, Taipei Story)

1:07:30 – FilmStruck

Episode Links Criterion Now – Contest Thread Bergman Week Night of the Living Dead – Janus Tour Annette Badland Tweet about Jabberwocky Harold Lloyd Coming Back to the Collection Venice Classics 2017 Aubrey Plaza and Jeff Baena Closet Video Criterion on the Brain – Straw Dogs Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Website | Letterboxd Jonathan Laubinger: Twitter | Instagram Criterion Now: Twitter | Facebook Group Criterion Cast: Facebook | Twitter

Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.
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Poldark: a beginners’ guide

Louisa Mellor Jun 9, 2017

Poldark returns for series three this Sunday. If you’ve never had the pleasure, here’s what you’ve been missing…

Warning: contains spoilers for Poldark series one and two.

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Welcome to eighteenth century Cornwall, land of sumptuous landscapes, confusing personal pronouns and Captain Ross Poldark. The bearer of an ancient name and a tousled mane, Poldark’s the hero around this way. (Well, he is until series two episode seven, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves).

Known variously as Ross, Mr Ross, Mr Ross Sir, Cap’n Poldark, ‘that classless ruffian bringing shame upon his family name’ or ‘ee with t’alluring scar who can blast us tin-mine any time ee choose’, depending on who’s addressing him, Poldark is cut from typical Byronic cloth. He’s a gentleman rebel given to fits of
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10+ Years Later: Is Time Bandits Still One for the Ages?

Going back through the time portal, there was a point when Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits was practically an obsession. It had most everything to do with the director. For my close friends and I, Gilliam was part of an impeccable shortlist of directors whose work we would never miss in the theater, placing him right alongside Scorsese, Tarantino, De Palma and the Coen Brothers. His second bona fide solo film, Time Bandits, (following 1977’s Jabberwocky) was considered to be the epochal and definitive example of how one dodges the "sophomore slump," in this case establishing himself aside from his former career as the reclusive animator and sole American member of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python. The terminal bleakness that would characterize most of his later...

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Monster-Movie Mayhem: ‘Jabberwock’ Review

Stars: Michael Worth, Tahmoh Penikett, Kacy Barnfield, Raffaello Degruttola, Steven Waddington | Written by Raul Inglis, Rafael Jordan | Directed by Steven R. Monroe

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves, did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe. Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun, the frumious Bandersnatch!

Taking the classic nonsense Lewis Carrol poem Jabberwocky as its inspiration (the poem is referred to in the film as a song recited to children to frighten them) Jabberwock (orJabberwock: Dragon Siege to give the film its full title) is yet another in the line of low-budget dragon movies to be released straight to DVD in the UK (other dragon-based titles include Age of the Dragons, Dawn of the Dragon Slayer, Dragon Dynasty, Dragon Crusaders, and so on and so forth) and like
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12 expensive and eccentric modern Hollywood movies

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,
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Alice Through The Looking Glass Review

Disney’s first trip down the rabbit hole, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, made over a billion dollars globally six years ago, a staggering figure that has led some to surrender to the tide of popular opinion (combined, of course, with the haze of nostalgia) and start believing it was actually good.

A supremely confusing, color-blasted concoction, Alice exposed Burton’s biggest weakness – that is, basic coherence – more thoroughly than any of his previous cinematic outings, and did so whilst failing to infuse any of the director’s Gothic imagination or endearing weirdness. It was, at best, a great coffee-table book, overstuffed with resplendent visuals – but calling Alice in Wonderland even a decent film would be to do it a great kindness.

The problem with adapting Lewis Carroll’s lackadaisical, topsy-turvy stories for the big screen is that they defy storytelling convention by nature. Burton was right to delve
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Alice Through the Looking Glass movie review: a mirror cracked

Believes six impossible things — like implausible character motivations, or big emotions — because they’re in the script, without bothering to earn them. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): hated the first film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Alice Through the Looking Glass may bear even less resemblance to anything Lewis Carroll wrote than its predecessor, Tim Burton’s 2010 flick Alice in Wonderland, so perhaps it’s not surprising that it follows up on the adventure that Burton’s adaptation hinted was in store for Alice, something that Carroll would never have imagined for her. Glass opens with adult Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska: Crimson Peak, Madame Bovary), now captain of an English merchant ship in 1847, executing a daring escape from pirates on the high seas. It’s a thrilling sequence, not least because Alice’s all-male crew appears to have no
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Time Bandits

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.
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