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…
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…
"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…
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…
I can’t remember who it was, it may have been director Terry Gilliam himself or it may have been written in a review I read a long time ago, but I always remember someone describing Brazil as “the best adaptation of 1984 that isn’t called 1984.”
Brazil remains Gilliam’s finest hour, despite some strong competition from a few of his other movies. The main story mixes Orwellian themes with the surrealist nightmares of Kafka to provide audiences with a pitch black comedy that also tapdances very close to real horror at times.
Jonathan Pryce is Sam Lowry, a man discontented with the world around him, a heavily-monitored, near-future world that’s made up of equal parts fear and bureaucracy.…
Mad Max for paper pushers. The flights of fancy and surrealist visuals are marvelous. It's a wonderful ride which Gilliam just about manages to hold together. Pryce is superb but the support is on another level. Palin and De Niro especially seem to absolutely relish their scenes. They don't make 'em like this anymore!
Just... not really my thing. Yes, I'm ashamed. Young Jim Broadment was fun, though!
I really want to like this film, but I just can't stand it.
Perhaps the definitive Orwellian adaptation, Brazil oozes with disturbing subtexts, dark wit, and frighteningly relevant satire. It is perhaps even the greatest futuristic dystopian fantasy ever put to film.
Who would have guessed that a mere typo would cause so much chaos? Poor Archibald Buttle, cobbler, beloved husband and father, arrested and interrogated for crimes he didn’t commit. Meanwhile freelance heating engineer/terrorist Archibald Tuttle remains at large, left to cause anarchy among the bureaucratic Ministry of Information, the very institution that issued the wrong man’s arrest warrant. From this simple case of mistaken identity the plot of Brazil unravels into a surreal, sometimes completely fabricated Orwellian farce and if you think the Buttle-Tuttle mix-up sounds like an absurd catalyst for the plot of a dystopian sci-fi then wait until you see what follows.
Of course, the farce shouldn’t come as a surprise. By the time Brazil was released Terry…
Terry Gilliam's mind is wack.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!