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…
"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…
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…
A complete trip into a dystopian nightmare. The world feels 'lived-in', like the posters in the background, or the weird caps the air-conditioning technicians wear.
romantic subplot: 2/5
wonderfully absurd movie. lots of lovely little details. could've used a less forced romance though. liked the ending too, even if it was pretty confusing at first.
The plot isn't up to scratch all the way through - sometimes it gets lost in all the Gilliam weirdness - but there's plenty else here to give the totalitarian facets of the film's story an oddly adorable vibe. It's kind of like a piñata filled with mildly venomous snakes.
I want to watch it again to pay full attention to bits I was distracted from, though.
What. The. Hell?! This is 1984 if 1984 was written by someone doing the bad kind of drugs.
Quite something, quite exhausting, quite the Bob D performance.
Terry Gilliam's brilliant, comical and dark vision of the future (inspired by Orwell and Kafka)...
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This film explores themes like Orwell's 1984 with Gilliam's wit and his penchant for surrealism, and it is filled with vibrant characters fit for a bleak world. The ending gave me the chills.
Brasil, meu Brasil brasileiro, meu mulato inzoneiro
The peculiar poster to this film has had me interested time and time again, picturing this human-like person with the wings of an angel, escaping into freedom and away from the systematized and synthetic lifestyle of an average worker, a genuine slave to society, flying out from underneath the colorful contrast to the otherwise black and white scenario, spotting a huge neon sign reading the simple word, ‘Brazil’. But one could only speculate about the strange vibes of which this poster seemed to produce. Therefore, I was happy to see it being nominated for the Sci-Fi Hall of Fame and thereby giving me a forcing chance of finally watching this film, instead of…
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!