The Wholly Family: Terry Gilliam’s New Film Has a Facebook Page

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 26, 2011 in Cinema

Terry Gilliam's - The Wholly Family Poster

As an animation fanboy I’ve always loved Terry Gilliam since I came across his Monty Python work in my youth, however it was his directing work on the classic film Brazil which made me a true believer. Gilliam’s new film is called The Wholly Family and there is an official Facebook page that just went up for it, plus a trailer on his website. The film has a very Federico Fellini feeling to it and stars Cristiana Capotondi. Here are some still from the Facebook page and you can find the official trailer here: Read more…

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Time Bandits in 3D? You’ve Got My Attention!

Posted by Michael Sacco on Sep 7, 2010 in Cinema

Time Bandits

Visionary director Terry Gilliam recently visited the Deauville American Film Festival in France, speaking about the collapse of financing for his long-beleaguered project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. He says he still wants to do the film, and Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor are still attached to the project, but the film has been beset with so many slings and arrows  for so many years that I wouldn’t hold my breath to see it released. That wasn’t the only interesting bit of news that came from the panel, though — it turns out that the director is in talks to produce a 3-D conversion of his beloved film Time Bandits! I’m not sure I really think a 3-D conversion of a film like Time Bandits is strictly necessary, but when has Terry Gilliam ever stopped at “necessary”? Read more…

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Support Terry Gilliam: Make an Appointment with Doctor Parnassus

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 8, 2009 in Cinema

Hollywood thinks we’re idiots, and sadly for the most part they’re right. Oh sure some great films will do well from time to time but sadly it’s stuff like Transformers 3 that makes the big bucks. If we want Hollywood to make great films we’ve got to vote with our dollars. Shown above is the latest trailer for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and I don’t have to tell you how much grief Gilliam went through to make it. Send a message to the schlockmeisters and the bean counters that creativity counts for something.

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A Make-or-Break Film for Gilliam: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 7, 2009 in Cinema

At long last The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is starting to see the light of day! This first trailer looks amazing, it sort of reminds me of what Terry Gilliam was doing with Brazil in a roundabout way. Many folks are focusing on the fact that this was Heath Ledger’s last film, but for me th real story is that this is a make-or-break moment for Terry Gilliam. Read more…

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Hollywood Hates Terry Gilliam (and Smart Moviegoers)

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 2, 2009 in Cinema

The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus

You’d think that the Hollywood distribution companies would kill to get their hands on The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus — you’ve got Terry Gilliam one of the best directors of all time, then you have the final performance of Oscar winning Heath Ledger and add to that additional performances by Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp. The film only cost $20 million to make, yet distribution companies are afraid to touch it because the plot is too complex. These industry types point to the complexity of recent Gilliam efforts like Tideland and The Brothers Grimm, but to be blunt about it the marketing campaigns on those films were pretty non-existent. Sadly if a deal can’t be reached it looks like the film will go to DVD — now perhaps it’s not ready for the cineplex at the mall, but you’d think that this film at least deserves an art house run.

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