All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
"Doesn't it bother you the sort of things you do at Information Retrieval?"
"What? I suppose you'd rather have terrorists!"
Brazil is a science fiction black comedy from famously idiosyncratic director Terry Gilliam, and even though I don't consider myself a fan of the director's work in general, to me the film is a masterpiece. It is so richly textured both in terms of its visual presentation and its thematic construction that it's hard to know where to begin (the film almost belongs as part of the German Expressionist movement). Perhaps it is Gilliam's penchant for detail which draws me to the film, as there's a part of me that wants to go through and take screenshots of every one…
This was the second time I viewed this complex Science-fiction film directed by the Monty Python member and eccentric genius Terry Gilliam. I can't really say if my taste and how I view movies has evolved or if I was just able to grasp this cryptic dystopian nightmare better on my second viewing, but the two years that have passed since I last saw it, proved enough to make it grow on me from a weak 4 star to a strong 5 star movie. Brazil follows Sam Lowry a competent clerk, who is content with his position at the records of a huge government agency known as the Ministry of Information, but is thrown into a sea of odd occurrences…
"Hi there. I want to talk to you about ducts."
This is a review for the "Love Conquers All" version of Brazil, a cut of the film made by Universal during their conflict with director Terry Gilliam. They wanted the film to be shorter and have a different ending; Gilliam refused. So the studio made this abomination, which is two-thirds the original length and attempts to offer almost the exact opposite message of the original film (if this one tells us "love conquers all," the original could be understood as telling us "all is conquered by love/fantasy).
There were not only massive cuts which eliminate certain characters entirely, but also alternate takes of certain performances which emphasize Sam's supposed heroism…
Think Ikiru meets 1984 and you have an idea of what to expect.
Boundless imagination expressed with reckless abandon results in manic chaos. I feel like, in some ways, this is what cinema is all about.
I was more impressed with this film than I remember being the last time I watched it.
He won the victory over Big Brother. He loved himself.
This is the 2nd film of Gilliam's imagination trilogy and this time it follows a man with a big imagination or at least his dreams are.
The film takes place in a dystopian future that's heavily consumer driven and also relies on poorly maintained machines. The film's lead is desperately trying to find the woman in his dreams while working a mundane job and living in a tiny apartment.
I think this film's satirical portrayal of a consumer driven world is quite hilarious at times. Especially, the scenes with the older rich women who are constantly getting their faces stretched and tucked through plastic surgery.
The dream sequences of the lead character flying around on angel wings were very impressive.…
This is a film that I first saw as a teenager and while I really liked it, I didn't fully understand the genius at play. In short, this film is awesome. It's a wickedly brilliant satire which makes some great points about society, surveillance, bureaucracy, and technology. The film is also hilarious and has a manic energy which carries it through. Brazil is over two hours, but that runtime flows by. Terry Gilliam's visual style is put to great use as it not only gives the film a unique vision, but also help accentuate Gilliam's point regarding excess, consumption, oppression, and anarchy.
I don't wanna spend too much time on Brazil since it will be featured in an essay I'm…
Started out great, but as the film progressed so did my dissapointment as nothing meant anything and the plot fell apart. Brazil could of been a masterpiece, but it becomes to crazy to take seriously. Great concept, poorly executed though and the ending was incredibly depressing, like holy shit.
I had high expectations for Brazil and I wanted to love this film but I just couldn't. I could see why it is so beloved but it just didn't do it for me.
This does not hold up on re-watch. Motivations are suspect. The romance is COMPLETELY UNEARNED, and the unearned nature of it is not used to any end. I like the visual effects a whole bunch and the last trippy sequence is far and away the most interesting part.
To think I liked this one so much.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…