All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
It's only a state of mind.
Brazil is a Terry Gilliam dystopic black comedy film that reflects the melancholy, dreamlike quality of a famous Brazilian song that’s been translated into English. The film parodies the mostly dysfunctional bureaucratic world we live in and takes us to a post-apocalyptic world in the future yet with our present day attitudes in mind.
What do you get when you mix Python with Kafka and put it in an Orwellian nightmare? You get Gilliam's unsung masterpiece that manages to be both dark satire and visionary piece of visual art.
It is in essence a fierce attack on bureaucracy and totalitarianism, told as a tale greatly inspired by 1984, but unique in its deep emotive layers and beautiful aesthetics. Gilliam is often a messy director, but here he is in perfect balance. He gives us his unique visual flair without losing sight of the story and its themes.
Gilliam's film sings a song for the individual, the romantic and for love. Struggling through a web of red tape and one clerical error we witness the…
Film #4 of Gustav's Recommendations
”Mistakes? We don't make mistakes.”
What is living under a totalitarian regime – where paranoia and anxiety are routine parts of everyday life - like? Where all your acts and even thoughts are controlled by the government and everything you do and everything you say can be seen as a threat for the state. It’s not a surprise that some people may try and change the way things are and of course it’s not a surprise to see government suppressing any kind of suspicious activity. In such a state many people will only dare to imagine things like freedom, happiness and joy in their dreams.
Terry Gilliam’s Brazil takes the above mentioned issue and turns…
The occasion for this watch was that my lovely wife was busy with some work chores, and I got to pick for our Thursday neighbour movie night. These occasions are always like me being in a candy store. I get a chance to validate ( or invalidate ) my cinematic taste by choosing to re-watch something on Lise’s He Says She Says list. Well, it suddenly struck me that my sweetie had given me the Criterion Blu of Brazil for a birthday present; Brazil was #1 on the He Says She Says List; Brazil it is!
Stanley Kubrick turned the source novel Red Alert on its head by turning it into a black comedy, so does Gilliam with his Orwellian…
It's a beautiful thing... Cinema. It gives our eyes, ears and soul something to feast on. When the world is cold and unwelcome, it's a friend we can turn to. One that will welcome us with warmth and full embrace. It comforts us in the dark days of our lives. It pats us on the back when no one else will. It's like an herb. Delicious. Reguviating. And healthy for our well being. It's like a home away from home.
Not all cinema is like this. Sometimes it can be downright cruel, depending on what film you're watching. But when you're watching something special. Magical. With depth. And meaning. Or simply something that is just plain fun...
That's when cinema…
In an attempt to avoid reaching the peak of my festive excitement too soon, I thought it was a good idea to begin the Buddy the Elf Challenge with a film that uses Christmas as its backdrop rather than its subject. Brazil isn't a pure elves-and-reindeer-type winter classic. Gilliam takes it upon himself to show everyone just how awful this time of year could be in a post-apocalyptic future as the unlucky Sam Lowry tries to find his bearings and pursue love of his life while stuck in the madness between dreams and reality.
My enjoyment of this film has waxed and waned over time. It feels natural to pay a visit to Lowry and his plasticine-faced mother at least…
"There is hope, but not for us."
"Look upon me! I'll show you the life of the mind!"
Dreams! Vast, spanning, endless. Fantastical. The ends of the Earth are no longer the ends but the very beginnings. Even in the dreariest of drudgery, in the muddiest trenches of tedium, imagination survives. Brazil is a film about hope, just a very perverted and odd brand of hope. It is also about the dangers of bureaucracy taken to its extremes. Nothing can be done in this hellishly wonderful dystopia Brazil takes place in without filling out hundreds of forms. At one point, a character gets literally swarmed with papers to the point of death. There is no escape, on Earth that is.…
It's Christmas! So what better way than to celebrate goodwill on Earth and peace to all men than to watch a dystopian black comedy?
Eric Idle (himself a veteran of Terry Gilliam's films) once said that watching a Gilliam film was great, but appearing in one was madness (see also: Herzog, Werner). Brazil was rather badly treated by its distributor Universal. Gilliam took out full-page newspaper notices to complain and even threatened to burn the print (I expect he would have done it, too). Gilliam was reacting in a rather lunatic way to a lunatic bureaucracy that didn't care about what he cared about. Well, it kind of suits the film. Brazil's society is nuts. From the first second, when…
Jonathan Pryce soaring through the clouds might be one of my new favorite cinematic images. As an actor he’s always escaped my radar, even though I've seen him in a bunch of things. Before this, I knew him best as Juan Peron. Yes. Yes, it's true. It seems like an insult to say he’s a perfect everyman when the everyman MO is being unremarkable and all too often registers as bland. But Pryce is perfect, and he isn't bland--he’s endearing in his naïve, romantic daydreams, his midsize ambitions, even in his moments of slightly pompous daftness. His crazy pursuit of a woman who doesn't exist and then, holy shit, she does exist, that shouldn't succeed! Being the unwitting manifestation of…
"It's my lunch hour. Besides, it's not my department."
This is a Kafka-esque expressionistic nightmare world of paperwork and omnipresent tubes set in the past's interpretation of the future where a typo brings down the Hammer of God and Robert De Niro is a guerrilla A/C repairman.
(There are also some salient bits about how much the government can justify in the name of stopping terrorism, which feels like a satire from the 2010's and not the 80's.)
The logic of the story and its structure lurches forward like Kafka's the Trial with the flourishes one sees from Terry Gilliam, like some madcap toy miniatures set come to life. The inspiration of the film can be seen in its infamous…
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It has been so long since I've seen Brazil, I treated it as if I had never seen it. I was a much younger person when I saw it 20 or so years ago. I liked it then, but I love it now. A masterpiece by any measure, I feel I cannot wait another 20 odd years to watch it again. An added pleasure was watching it with my 20 year old son, who loved it as well. I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. Brilliant film.
2/10: An artsy sci-fi by director Terry Gilliam that I feel is massively overrated. It is held in high regards by a lot of people, but certainly not by me. Dull pacing, weak storyline, and overacting. A small saving grace - Robert DeNiro, despite his little screen time and the dream sequence effects.
Man, the 'Real World' sequences of this movie are straight up true now, aren't they?
Quirky and dark, Gilliam presents a demented-Dr.-Seuss vision of the future in what is easily his best film. With themes ranging from the monotony of bureaucracy to the ridiculous nature of some progress, Brazil still manages to be endlessly entertaining and hilarious. An odd gem.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!