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Harry has entered Gilliam's THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS & never wants to leave!

Holy Fucking Wow. That’s what I twittered upon the end of THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS. If there is a tortured artist of film. The “Job” of film. It has unfortunately been Terry Gilliam. He’s directed some of my favorite films of my childhood. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, TIME BANDITS and BRAZIL. The last film of that run was THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN, which has always felt slightly underwhelming to me. But then Terry’s style changed. He continued to do great work I loved like THE FISHER KING, TWELVE MONKEYS and FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS. When THE BROTHERS GRIMM was announced, I was so hopeful – Gilliam returning to the fertile minefields of fantasy sounded like a rebirth for me. Sadly – he was trying to make it with the Weinsteins constantly attempting Prison sodomy. And the end result showed it. Next he made TIDELAND – which is, without a doubt, the most despair filled work of his career. In between those there were other projects – we all know them, but one thing or another stopped those films dead in their tracks. Then he announced he was making THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS – and in the midst of shooting – his lead matinee idol, Heath Ledger died. However, the powers at be decided to soldier on with the production. Some how recasting Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp as the same character – and a fear went out. A fear that the integrity of the film was going to be garbled through some bit of bizarre Stunt Casting. When I got up this morning to see Gilliam’s latest and possibly greatest film yet, I was deeply concerned about how Heath’s character was going to be handled. Honestly. Upon leaving the theater, I couldn’t imagine it being told any other way. Even if Heath were alive, this is how I would have wanted the story handled. It isn’t the slightest bit jarring and is handled perfectly. But let’s get straight to what this film is – and I’ll get to the details shortly. THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS is the very first full fledged unfettered Terry Gilliam fantasy since the advent of digital effects – and folks… Gilliam is about to blow your mind. What is the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus? This won’t be easy to explain. You see, in this universe / dimension / level of existence… God is essentially a storyteller, and if he ceases to tell stories, existence will cease existing. Or at least that’s what He thinks. The world exists through the imaginings of Dr. Parnassus – who has the astonishing ability to unlock your imaginings into a vivid and limitless reality. At least, that’s how I see him. Dr. Parnassus is played by Christopher Plummer, who feels to me like a decadent, worn version of his own Rudyard Kipling from THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING. But again. I’m getting ahead of myself. The film opens in modern day London as a horse drawn turn of the last century amusement called THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS is being pulled through the streets. There are homeless littering the sidewalks. The Imaginarium pulls up outside of a tavern called MEDUSA. Drunken British assholes pouring out. When the Imaginarium begins to unfold… its flashing lights and painted banners unfurling… a figure takes the stage, looking like a turn of the century Mercury, this is Andrew Garfield playing Anton, a lovesick grown up Puck, serving as the Imagnarium’s Barker. Enticing the drunken street rats to watch this Victorian attraction. But these are drunkards, intoxicated into a stupor of self-amusement. Hurling bottles, screaming unintelligible BS. Meanwhile, the Imaginarium is showing us more. There seems to be a comatose bearded man with some marks on his face sitting in a lotus position on a clear Plexiglas thing with a pillow atop – to give a not so convincing version of a levitated stoop. Then the strangest 2 legged smoke shooting creature that reminded me briefly of Jeremy Hilary Boob, Ph.D. When it stands erect and turns around – we realize it is Verne Troyer, who later we’re introduced to as Percy, Dr Parnassus’ anchor to reality… kinda. The last member of the Imaginarium we’re introduced to is the utterly stunningly beautiful Valentina (UK’s stunning fiery redheaded Lily Cole) - she is Parnassus’ daughter. The Imaginarium performance was lacking. It wasn’t connecting to the drunken rats. Things begin to get out of hand when a real bold ass of a drunk, who looks like a grown version of Francie Brady from THE BUTCHER BOY, but isn’t. He marches on the stage, throwing Anton and Percy off the stage. Parnassus is still in a trance, and the drunk starts chasing Valentina around – threatening to rape her. Back stage of the Imaginarium is dark and scary. Cut out trees. Then they go through this split mylar mirror thing – and suddenly there seems to be an unnatural amount of space. An endless distance of cut out painted trees, but in a real earthen landscape. He’s chasing after Valentina, who is teasing and drawing him in further. He trips and lands face first into a mud puddle, and as he wipes the mud from his face, his face is no longer his face. He’s an idealized version of himself. Next the Drunk ends up in an impossibly large pile of beer bottles… and he looks about – and suddenly the cut-out trees are no longer cut out, but fantastically intricate veiny trees – impossibly large. That’s when the hand-monkeys swinging on bioluminescent vines begin buzz bombing the fella. Once the hand-monkeys grab him he’s lifted up above the trees, above the Earth itself, the bioluminescent vines are actually the enormous beautiful tendrils of space-borne jellyfish shooting their way through the cosmos. Turns out the hand-monkeys are the drunk’s friend – and he is dumped at the base of an impossibly large amount of steps up the mountain of some impenetrable greatness – which to ascend would give you the culmination of your very existence itself. Fulfilling the very meaning of it all. The drunk stumbles in the vague direction of this thing, when suddenly this Bowler Hat pub forms behind him – promising one last drink before his ascent… No sooner does he enter the establishment than it explodes. And Parnassus snaps from his trance, yells at his daughter – and the cops begin searching for the missing man, who, of course, is nowhere to be found. 15 minutes in, my mind was blown! Those two paragraphs have a lot of detail crammed in, and do not touch the beauty of what was beyond that split mirror. It was simply breathtaking. However, I still had no idea what I was in for. Essentially, when you step through the mirror while Parnassus is in his trance, his mind and powers present you with a blown up stylized version of your dream. The results are amazing. I can honestly say you have NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE what is on the other side of Parnassus’ mirror. There are many trips through the mirror and many varied imaginings. Some beautiful, some silly, some fantastical and some frightening. But each with such a wonder of existence and imagination that it feels like everyone else in the world is playing with Legos and those over-sized crayolas. The detail and the vision are simply mind-blowingly exquisite. We always knew that if you gave Terry Gilliam the tools and the money and the freedom that he could do something like this, because even against the brutal ass rapists that tried to kill BRAZIL, he still made BRAZIL. Now the big question that’s on everyone’s minds is… What is left of whatever Heath Ledger shot on Doctor Parnassus? Heath has a complete role. It is eerie. It is wonderful, but he is not necessarily a hero or a good person. Heath plays Tony. As the Imaginarium is crossing a bridge in London, Anton spots a shadow dancing on the Thames – Valentina and Percy figure out that it is a man hung off the side of the bridge by the neck… most likely dead. They attempt to rescue him, and this hanging dead man off the side of the bridge is Heath Ledger’s Tony. It is a very haunting image, but that image is his character. He is the Hanging Man. A sacrificed man. When the dead hung man is retrieved, he is brought back to life, then promptly knocks himself out. He’s placed in the rear trunk of the Imaginarium and the story continues. There’s two sides of Heath’s Tony. The one in the perceived real world that we exist in – and the Tony that ventures to the other side of the mirror. The first time he goes, it is after an older rich woman, who was invited to venture through the magical frame. When he takes his mask off, he is no longer Heath, but Johnny Depp… the imagined fantasy of the woman, it is still his intelligence and character, but we see him as she sees him. The second time, he goes through the mirror as himself… where we see his imagination – and in his imagination, he’s Jude Law (who was actually the initial actor Terry approached to play the part of Tony). The last time he goes through, it is after Valentina – and this time he’s Colin Farrell – giving root to all of the worst aspects of Tony. The reality of Tony, the Heath side is absolutely complete – and as this story is told, it is completely perfect. Heath’s final role is a triumph. He’s a man on the run from mafia investors in his children’s charity – and he’s the sort of man that would go to the mafia for the money. The cheap and easy road to success… but without its own damnations. And the overall film, THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS is a brilliantly realized metaphor for Gilliam’s artistic experience. As a storyteller you have infinite possibilities, but to realize that vision you may be tempted to go the easy way, which will lead to personal and eternal torment. Whereas the road to realized vision is hard and tough, but it is in that journey that you earn that accomplishment. Through all of this, I’ve yet to mention the brilliant Tom Waits as Mr. Nick. He is Satan in a bowler hat and a John Waters moustache. He plays Satan as a character that loves the game he plays with Parnassus. Tricking him into immortality, so that Satan has eternity to play with the dear Doctor. Tom Waits is brilliant in the role – reminding me of the best Satans we’ve ever had, my favorite of which you see shadowy in my animated avatar above which is Walter Huston’s eternal Mr. Scratch from THE DEVIL AND DAN WEBSTER. Here, Waits plays Mr. Nick as the tempter, tormentor and old friend. For a creature like Satan, it has to get boring on Earth – there really aren’t a lot of permanent folks around to reminisce with. Dr Parnassus is one of them. Is he the creator of dreams, the Governor of out Imaginations, or just a really weird monk from another dimension of existence? I don’t know. But I love it. I love Verne Troyer as dressed monkey. I love Verne Troyer as the Boob. I love Verne Troyer in his very best role ever. Most of all, I love Verne Troyer as the… the… No, I can’t spoil that. It’s too many kinds of awesome to spoil. I’m purposefully being vague about the Imaginarium visions, because honestly – I feel you need to walk into this film curious about Heath’s last performance, and how Johnny, Jude and Colin furthered that already great last performance. The wonderful thing about this is that this is really the grandest and most accomplished Gilliam work since BRAZIL, it is filled with things that will delight all of us, but most of all – the Imaginarium is the promise that movie theaters gave us. We would enter their doors and see sights and hear tales unlike anything we could imagine. This is the dream we have when we see Gilliam’s name above a film. It is in the vein of his very best – and months from now when it is released this Fall… It will delight everyone that gives it a chance to. Truly, this is Terry Gilliam’s Imaginarium – and that is something beyond our wildest dreams. Can’t wait to hear the response at Cannes! To have a great new Gilliam film, well… I know I can’t wait to see it many more times!





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  • April 30, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST

    again!

    by frank cotton

  • April 30, 2009, 7:48 p.m. CST

    So you are twittering.

    by TheWrathOfSean

    It's funny how everyone catches onto these things at about the same time.

  • April 30, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST

    I saw the doc about his Don Quixote production.

    by TheWrathOfSean

    Made me eager to see a new film from him.

  • April 30, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Antepenultimate FIRST

    by MegaBaltar5000

  • April 30, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Don't Twitter

    by Toonol

    Don't Twitter

  • April 30, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    P.S. - Harry, please punch Herc

    by MegaBaltar5000

    If you ever see Herc, please punch him right in the dick. Not the balls, I want so Corona smashing fun. CHEERS>

  • April 30, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Most people quit Twitter after joining...

    by ManaByte

    That's what research shows!

  • April 30, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Awesome news! Brazil is one of my favorite films

    by future help

    Also: i want to create a T-Shirt that proclaims: "Live Your Life, Don't Twitter it away!" Fuck this fad...and fuck ego's like P Diddy and Ashton Kerstner (spelling?) who support the shallow vanity of it all. DULL.

  • April 30, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Regarding Don Quixote

    by DrSurvey

    Apparently Palin is going to be involved somehow - if so, would be amazing excited to see it.

  • April 30, 2009, 8:01 p.m. CST

    I guess I'll have to accept it.

    by MY_BLUE_PENIS

    I will never understand how everyone can get such a fucking boner for Terry Gilliam.

  • April 30, 2009, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Is it twittering or tweeting?

    by Amy Chasing

    Since the people who use twitter are called tweets. So I've heard. <P> Anyway I look forward to any new Gilliam. It's amazing how uncomfortable his films make me feel and yet I can't pull my eyes away from the screen.

  • April 30, 2009, 8:21 p.m. CST

    I hope you're right. I really do.

    by FlickaPoo

  • April 30, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST

    I love every one of these except MUNCHAUSEN...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...FEAR AND LOATHING...and hated BROTHERS GRIMM. I even liked TIDELAND a lot...kind of loved it even.

  • April 30, 2009, 8:26 p.m. CST

    AICN ignored TIDELAND when it came out

    by WhoDis

    yep.

  • April 30, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Another One

    by VWantsRevenge

    So Harry gets to see a movie early and he fawns all over it. Anyone surprised? Anyone? Because of the cast and Ledger's unfortunately early exit from this Earth, the film has a weekend in it, but more than likely because of Gilliam's style this will not hit. It should have stopped for Ledger with DARK KNIGHT, but here we have this performance as a coda, which most people will quickly forget.

  • April 30, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Heath Ledger wouldn't twitter.

    by Jesiah

    He'd bee too busy locked in self imposed solitary figuring out how to top his performance in The Dark Knight. When does this flick come out?

  • April 30, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Mr. Magorium's Wonder Imporium?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Gave us another shitty Natalie Portman performance.

  • April 30, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST

    WhoDis...I think you're right. TIDELAND was one...

    by FlickaPoo

    of the few films in recent years that took me completely by surprise. Couldn't believe what I was seeing and had no idea what would happen next. And the mood was like GHORMENGHAST meets LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.

  • April 30, 2009, 8:35 p.m. CST

    But does Steven Seagal fight a bear?

    by OGoncho

    Come on, Harry!

  • April 30, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST

    When I saw LOST IN LA MANCHA I was stalled on a...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...big work project and that movie nearly gave me a stress induced heart condition.

  • April 30, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    And, LOST IN LA MANCHA gave us the definition...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...of the great Italian term "sfiga"...meaning bad luck...or literally "the absence of all things pussy"

  • April 30, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    I started reading this

    by CherryValance

    and then when you started to summarize it I realized I don't want to know. I'll wait.

  • April 30, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Tideland = Misunderstood Masterpiece

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Yep.

  • April 30, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST

    HARRY!!! This needs a spoiler warning!

    by Laya Maheshwari

  • April 30, 2009, 8:51 p.m. CST

    In a perfect world...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ... everyone would be as excited about this as they are transformers.

  • April 30, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't call Tideland a masterpiece but

    by Larry of Arabia

    It was daring and original and fearless when most films are sad and safe and routine. I don't want to see it again, but I'm glad I saw it once.

  • April 30, 2009, 9:17 p.m. CST

    people that twitter are TWITS.

    by zom-bot.com

  • April 30, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Dear Terry, please make a film that I can understand

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Thanks.

  • April 30, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    "Gilliam is about to blow your mind..."

    by Daytripper69

    Will I need a cigarette afterward?! <P>Welcome back, Terry.

  • April 30, 2009, 9:26 p.m. CST

    another TIDELAND fan

    by frank cotton

    can't understand the hate for it or BROTHERS GRIMM

  • April 30, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I don't know, twitter can be kind of convenient.

    by TheWrathOfSean

    It's how I found out his Trek Imax list was up.

  • April 30, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Oscar-nom for Sir Terry?

    by MaxTheSilent

    Hopefully. And he's surely deserving of a knighthood by now.

  • April 30, 2009, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Brothers Grimm wasn't terrible

    by Tin Snoman

    just very, very underwhelming. This sounds just perfect, though. Tom Waits FTW.

  • April 30, 2009, 10:05 p.m. CST

    I wish we got to see Terry's

    by Series7

    Watchmen, with Robin Williams, Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner. It may have been nothing like the book but it would've been awesome.

  • April 30, 2009, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Brothers Grimm did suck

    by Series7

    It was just fucking boring.

  • April 30, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST

    BROTHERS GRIMM was boring and it managed to...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...un-hot Monica Bellucci. And for that it must pay the ultimate price.

  • April 30, 2009, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Brothers Grimm had a great premise

    by m_reporter

    But the finished film is just disappointing. I love Gilliam, he really has a distinct style, just like Tim Burton. Only that Burton sucks. <P> Can't wait for The Imaginarium.

  • April 30, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST

    BROTHERS GRIMM had a PERFECT premise...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...great cast, and a perfect director. It's complete failure is a mystery that will be pondered in perpetuity.

  • April 30, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Don't blame Brothers Grimm on Weinstens It's Mistly Terry's faul

    by Proman1984

    And I say it as big fan. I am very excited for the flick. Shame it's couldn't have been reviewed by a real reviewer.

  • April 30, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    i loved MUNCHAUSEN

    by BMacSmith

    it was just batshit crazy enough to work.

  • April 30, 2009, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Again with the gushing over overrated movies!

    by Citizen Sane

    Fisher King is a masterpiece. Holy Grail is now a classic. Time Bandits was clever and fun. Twelve Monkeys was compelling but compromised by both Brad Pitts and Bruce Willis' very limited acting skills. But the sums of Brazil and Munchausen were a pale shadow of each of their respective parts; While Fear & Loathing and Brothers Grimm were both wretched messes. Do you see a pattern here? I can only hope that Imaginarium will be worth the trouble. BTW - WAKE UP and quit worshipping mediocrity!

  • April 30, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST

    ...and TWITTER IS LAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Citizen Sane

  • April 30, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Gilliam in top unfettered form with Waits as the devil

    by pipergates

    far out!!!!

  • April 30, 2009, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Citizen Sane - what the fuck are you talking about?

    by BMacSmith

    how is he overrated? just because you dont like them, that doesnt make them overrated. "Overrated" has got to be the most over used and wrongly used term in geekery. most of his movies were commercial flops and generally ignored by most audiences, so again, what, other than the fact that you dont like them, makes them overrated?

  • May 1, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    no spoiler tag? hmmm

    by Jubba

  • May 1, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Flickapoo

    by white_vader

    I know what you mean. I was on a film for a first-time director and having just watched it myself made some sort of exclamation when I saw it on his desk. Shooting started on Monday and he was feeling the stress. When he asked me if it was good, I said yes. When he asked me if he should watch it before starting the movie, I said under no circumstances, absolutely not.

  • May 1, 2009, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Thank goodness for Gilliam...

    by CENOBITE

    Still a genius making a beautiful shining gem in this dead, festering, brainless morass that has become Hollywood.

  • May 1, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST

    psyched

    by Ogmios_the_Eloquent

    looks spectacular

  • May 1, 2009, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Ginger cunt, ginger cunt, ginger cunt

    by yodalovesyou

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  • May 1, 2009, 2:12 a.m. CST

    yoda

    by Fortunesfool

    I assume you're talking about Lily Cole?

  • May 1, 2009, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Ledger's death is the best what could happen to Gilliam.

    by DerLanghaarige

    I'm sure the movie is great, but just because of Ledger's death it has the potential to also become a massive Box Office hit! And this will probably open some doors for futre Gilliam projects.

  • May 1, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST

    THis film won't come out for about eight months or so.

    by GQtaste

    Maybe longer in the US. Why review something that wont' come out for a long ass time? And then you basically give the whole damn thing away! I feel like I don't need to see it now after the through review sadly.

  • May 1, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Terry Jones directed Holy Grail.

    by theirrefutable

    Gilliam just directed the animation portions.

  • May 1, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Munchausen is a beautiful film

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • May 1, 2009, 2:34 a.m. CST

    FINALLY, a film worth giving a shit about.

    by alucardvsdracula

    I cannie fuckin wait. You can shove your ghey PG13 kiddy porn of Terminator and Transformers up your shit box. Mr Gilliam nice to have you back.

  • May 1, 2009, 3:06 a.m. CST

    @theirrefutable

    by fishrgreat

    I'd like to refute that claim, since it's a load of balls. They jointly directed it, and came to blows many times over shots, hence why each terry then directed one film each, rather than together again. Try reading their autobiography, or in fact thinknig before you post.

  • May 1, 2009, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Wait. It isn't a comic book adaption, remake or sequel?

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    Isn't this going to confuse the hell out of the Twatter..erm, Twitter generation?

  • Finally a Gilliam film that seems like a fully satisfying cinematic experience. Apparently Kermode was told by Gilliam himself that he is very happy with the film, someone who is known to be quite self-critical. Judging by the Cannes line up and considering Avatar and Shutter Island are also coming out, 2009 could well turn out to be a great year in cinema. 2008 was very poor

  • May 1, 2009, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Baron Munchausen

    by lonniebeale

    Has become my favorite Gilliam (except Holly Grail, which he did co direct!) The Criterion laser disk commentary sold me on it, I have really come to appreciate it over the years it is a great film

  • May 1, 2009, 5:15 a.m. CST

    I dearly want this to be good

    by PaulSC

    Frankly given the unavoidable compromises involved I'll be surprised if this doesn't end up being a bit all over the place. But I really hope Harry is right on this one.

  • May 1, 2009, 5:23 a.m. CST

    THANK GOD!!

    by blakindigo

    Terry Gilliam—back in our minds eye, right where he should be.

  • May 1, 2009, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Citizen Sane - did you just..

    by Youngdog

    ..accuse Terry Gilliam of mediocrity?<Br>He may not be the greatest manager of a set the world has ever seen and I agree that his stuff is not for everyone. I think sometimes his big ideas cause him to overextend himself<Br>But mediocre?<P>Never

  • May 1, 2009, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Cool. Hope it does well at the box office for once.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • May 1, 2009, 7:07 a.m. CST

    lucky as fuck!

    by Lemure_v2

    to be shooting a film that enables more than one actor to take on a role when one of your leads die. As for the film, me thinks Avatar's eyeball-fuckingness has strong competition.

  • May 1, 2009, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to this...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Sounds like it doesn't disappoint. But I do find it somewhat ludicrous that we've gotten to the point where a person can start a sentence with "That’s what I twittered" and not end up in the loony bin.

  • May 1, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    where was the spoiler alert ?

    by livingwater

    ?

  • May 1, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    the commentary for Brothers Grim

    by Right Bastard

    Terry basically says it was a "paycheck movie".

  • May 1, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    THIS is cool news.

    by Fixthe Fernback

    I also hope too that Terry sees some love at the box office. Cant wait for this.<P> Man I sooo wish I was going to Cannes this year :(

  • May 1, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Gilliam is overrated

    by alienindisguise

    he and his stupid little rattail are like Michael Bay without a budget. Cram a bunch of bullshit on screen and call it a movie. No thanks.

  • May 1, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Gilliam still best filmmaker on the planet.

    by venvariants

    Very excited by this news - a new Gilliam film of this scope would certainly be like a B12 shot in the arm, I must say. None better.

  • May 1, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Who cares? Harry has no credibility.

    by whitty

    At this point, I couldn't give a crap what Harry likes or dislikes.

  • May 1, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST

    I dunno...

    by scaryskeleton

    Brothers Grim was pretty bad, and Tideland was interesting in parts but just well, not very entertaining. Hope this is good, and even his failures are better than most successes, but this film is a big pile of 'wait and see'.

  • May 1, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Gilliam is over rated but still a genius.

    by knowthyself

    If that makes any sense.

  • May 1, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Harry When Is This Coming Out?

    by MANNZILLA

    Your a lucky man for seeing this:)You would think they would release it asap after the dark knight was such a hugh hit.

  • May 1, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine linked to outbreak of swine flu

    by SLY_STALLONES_COCK_VEIN

    Mexico City: Scientists attempting to uncover the source of the swine flu outbreak have hit a promising lead. A young boy caught an advance screening of the film and was so disappointed that he immediately went out and fucked the nearest pig. This human-pig fuckfest is believed to be how the virus crossed over to humans.

  • May 1, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Twitter is retarded...

    by gringostar

    That's right, I said it!

  • May 1, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Twitter is retarded...

    by gringostar

    That's right, I said it!

  • May 1, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Portman?

    by floggy bottom

    I read this title and kept thinking it was a sequel to Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium.

  • May 1, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST

    harry did you go see wolverine yet

    by danguy54321

  • May 1, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Harry why did you fire McWeeny?

    by danguy54321

  • May 1, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Get this for FF09!!

    by Xionsmith

    That's if it doesn't come out first.

  • May 1, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Gilliam is a true artist...hit or miss he deserves respect.

    by FleshMachine

    he's not over-rated at all. he's UNDERrated.

  • May 1, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Harry didn't fire him...

    by zacdilone

    ...he left.

  • May 1, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Augh! I just got Rick Rolled!

    by Royston Lodge

    Damned YouTube link to the "official trailer"...

  • May 1, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Using big words...

    by Rakafraker

    To call Terry Giliam "mediocre" makes me wonder if that TBer truly knows what mediocre means. <p>Go ahead and Google it right now.<p>See? <p>It doesn't decribe Terry Gilliam in the slightest.<p>Whether you get his films or not, I'm sure that if you knew what that word meant, and have watched TG's films, I'm sure that you'd agree that 'mediocre' is not a fitting descriptor.<p>Rant fini<p>I cannot fricken wait for this film. But I guess I'm gonna have to.

  • May 1, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    MaxTheSilent

    by Cap'n Jack

    A knighthood...?? Terry Gilliam is American. The only American member of Monty Python I believe.

  • May 1, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Great Teaser!

    by FleshMachine

    old school yo!

  • May 1, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    EVERYONE here should see this film.

    by FleshMachine

    SUPPORT REAL ARTISTS LIKE GILLIAM!

  • May 1, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    SO Excited

    by fain88

    I so want this to be an amazing movie; I miss being amazed by TG films. Forgot about Waits! That's fantastic. <br> <br> Cherry, I'm with you, I started reading the synopsis and had to stop. I just want to watch it and let the majesty of crazy-ass Gilliam image/story seep into m'brain stem. *salivating*<br> <br> Seriously, anyone have an exact release date for US? Is it just getting limited release or is going nation-wide?

  • May 1, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    What is the Root of Twitter?

    by dumbpeoplesuck

    So how did all these twits come up with TWEET? I'll tell you how...it's part of an invisible terrorist plan to turn the entire world into a bunch of idiots. Just take a look around, and marvel at how effective it is.

  • May 1, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Even as the Twitter user that I am I gotta say that Twitter...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...is waaaaaaaay overrated these days. But isn't it strange that the same people who complain about it think that it's smarter and more acceptable to give themself a silly nickname and bitch about everything on message boards and talkbacks, as if the people who run Twitter would read it and decide to shut it down?<br> Internet rocks!

  • May 1, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST

    I WAS GREAT IN THIS

    by HEATH_LEDGERS_OOZING_HAPPY_MAGGOT_PENIS

    I WAS FUCKU=ING AWESOME IN THIS. F U C K I N G A W E S O M E

  • May 1, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Harry must have gotten free passes to this

    by Glory_Fades_ImMaxFischer

    just sayin

  • May 1, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    But does it rival The Fall's visuals?

    by Sith Witch

  • May 1, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Love Gilliam and..

    by DirKonkle

    hope he catches a break finally on this one See Safety Geeks: SVI at http://tinyurl.com/db688d

  • May 1, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Spielberg got a Knighthood. So can Gilliam.

    by MaxTheSilent

  • May 1, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST

    MUNCHAUSEN is my fav

    by George Newman

    all of his films have lagging narrative problems, but Munchausen's visuals puts it above the rest for me. I love the practical effects: Idle's dust trails as he zips over the hills, the dance with Uma in the air, the arrival at the moon, etc etc. I love it all so much. BRAZIL is right there too. I need to watch it more.

  • May 1, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST

    BRAZIL is

    by frank cotton

    the greatest film of all time. argue if you must, but you will be WRONG

  • May 1, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    I'm stoked for this

    by D.Vader

    Sounds like a fantastically creative endeavor.

  • May 2, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Definitely checking it out

    by Broseph

    Just to see heath's last performance.when does this hit theaters

  • May 2, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    If you don't get why Gilliam is brilliant

    by JohnRyder

    Watch one of his movies while high. I recommend Time Bandits or Brazil. You will thank me!

  • May 2, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Gilliam has mad some decent films.

    by Ozman X

    This one does look promising but it just may end up being cheesy.

  • May 4, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    Munchausen is...

    by Plathismo

    ...one of the best and most magical films ever made, and Gilliam's crowning achievement.

  • May 4, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    i <3 TIDELAND.

    by alice 13

    and i thought i was the only one. <p>this board had nothing but neg reviews .<p>when i watched it i was blown away by how precious tideland is.

  • May 4, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    ^ suppose to say- i love tideland.

    by alice 13

    fuckin 1990 forum software.

  • May 5, 2009, 1:37 a.m. CST

    The Brothers Grimm Had A Stupid Premise!

    by Willy_Idle

    it would have been better to interweave the actual grimm's fairy tails themselves into an interconnected story in my opinion

  • May 5, 2009, 2:39 a.m. CST

    OK. Terry

    by judderman

  • May 5, 2009, 2:40 a.m. CST

    OK, Terry's back, Guillermo's set for life, Tim's on a roll

    by judderman

    Anyone want to see Neil Jordan return to the fold? I'd love to see another film like "The Company of Wolves".

  • May 5, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST

    I just checked. Neil's directing "The Graveyard Book"

    by judderman

    all's well with the world.

  • May 6, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    My Gilliam Favs

    by David Assholehoff

    1. Baron Munchausen 2. Time Bandits 3. The Fisher King 4. Brazil

  • May 10, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST

    This looks Wicket like Warwick!!!

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    Can't wait to see this!

  • May 16, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    by slasherfatale

    just what we need. a movie that finally stirs our emotions.

  • May 31, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST

    language

    by lonreynolds

    "The powers at be..."??? Did you go to high school? Damn, dorks are bad enough, but illiterates ones, shit...