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…
During the last Criterion sale, I took a gamble and bought the Brazil Blu-ray. A gamble because I had started watching it once before, several years ago, but abandoned it. But I reasoned, really, could it be any more up my alley? A visionary filmmaker, a world built from the scratch of our world, bold ideas and bold visuals. I’d heard bits and pieces about the troubles and the studio problems and everything else (looking forward to checking out the extra features), so I knew not to expect flawlessness.
More and more I’m coming to love films that aim high, even if they don’t fully succeed. Show me something imperfect, show me something messy, as long as it’s crazy or…
There are many reason why I love Terry Gilliam.
Brazil is probably the most prominent of those reasons.
This film carries all of Gilliam's trademarks, honed to perfection. The dark, Python-esque comedy; the elaborate visual style; the mix of light and dark tones are all synchronized into one incredible film. Not only is it though provoking and intelligent, but also incredibly entertaining; with its 142 minute run time just flying by.
The production design and production scales are immaculate, and the world is perfectly realized in a sense that only Gilliam could create. Despite having influences from Kafka, Orwell, and the director's earlier days in the Monty Python troupe; Gilliam's world feels completely unique - and eerily prevalent to our…
Constantly interweaving between potent satire, expressionistic fantasy, blazing science-fiction and inexplicably charming romance; Brazil is an utterly audacious and perfect piece of cinematic art. As I see more and more films, I find myself harder to please. So, when I find a film that completely blows me away like I'm seeing moving images for the first time, I take notice.
Truly I felt, as streams of images, sights, and sounds blasted across the screen, that I was experiencing something worth treasuring. Something beautiful. Something daring. Something wonderful....
I cannot phrase my adoration for this film in any simple way. It's an instant favorite, an instant top-10 favorite I may add; and it knocked me on my ass in…
A pleasurable experience.
Very disturbing and haunting. I like it.
(I'll write further review in the morning)
I don't know whether to praise its boundless imagination or hide under a rock and cry in fear.
Brazil is a film which even to this day remains an incredible mastery of film making. The set pieces are wondrous and in an age of limited CGI it's brilliant to see such detailed scenery look so real.
For those who are unfamiliar with the film think 1984 with more buffoonery and the obvious dash of Monty Python. It's odd that it can be described so easily in this way despite it's originality.
There's not much to add to what's already been said throughout the years but this is a piece of art that will age extremely well. Jonathan Pryce's performance is great and he is supported by a great cast of well renowned actors.
Interesting, beautiful to look at. One for all cinephiles. A Clockwork Orange and 1984 meet in a crazy hybrid.
Maybe I'm just older, but if you ignore the set design (and you can't ignore the set design) Brazil feels far more relevant and realistic today than it did in 1985. The absurdity Gilliam found in Orwell's dystopian future is the same absurdity that Jon Stewart and Colbert are mining for comedy today - only the things they're satirizing today are sadly all true, with Ed Snowden as a modern day Harry Tuttle.
Brazil was a fun film full of amusing social commentary. It had strong actors and an unsettling black humor, juxtaposing terrifying situations with the relative levity with which the characters treated these situations. There was an obsession with plastic surgery, a superficial desire to obey and work one's way up the corporate ladder, and a general lack of morals. Curiously, there was no "Big Brother" figure and therefore no real antagonist but the convoluted bureaucracy itself.
Still, the film fell short of expectations. The female protagonist, Carrie, served a questionable role in the story. Apparently this was due to poor performance from the actress herself, but it dragged down the whole story. There was nothing captivating about her. The story…
I went into Brazil not knowing what to expect. The trailer didn't help much in giving me a clue as to what the film is about which, I think, is a good thing. This movie is insane and it works. The film has a crazy science-fiction/noir/comedy kind of thing going on. Also, I like that, at 143 minutes it never feels like it's longer than it needs to be. It's really a blessing when you don't feel a movie's length. Present here, is a plethora of characters wonderfully played by their respective actors. It was nice seeing DeNiro in the role he had. Kind of different. Jonathan Pryce (as Sam…
- 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!