A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
for the first half hour of this movie i was like "wow this is really good" and i thought i was going to love it and then i got really bored really fast :/
Watching this with a first-timer is a wonderful experience.
I just... I don't.... I mean... I can understand why people hold this film in such high esteem. Certainly it's a masterfully imaginative and visually original film. Oftentimes its hilariously funny, bleakly tragic. Monty Python's 1984 and all that. I just found it on balance to be an unpleasant experience, beyond the ways I imagine it's supposed to be. It lost me pretty thoroughly during the battle of the vanishing metal samurai. And I've read too much good, actually prescient dystopian fiction to appreciate the cultural/political themes here.
BLOODY HELL. I'm not sure I've ever had more fun watching a "1984"-esque dystopian film. It's funny, it's witty, it's strangely optimistic, it's wonderfully imaginative, and it's just clever as hell.
And to top it off, Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" has one of the most brutal rejections I have ever seen in cinema. Just absolutely savage.
I get it - 1984 reinterpreted as a comedy. Too bad none of it hits (the recording of the "non-recorded" call was the only worthwhile gag). Dystopian comedy is a done thing, and Brazil might have been one of the first ones to do it, but in a sea of commentary that has been made over and over it is too blunt to make the cut. Compound this with the classic cop-out ending(s) and a plot that meanders until the lead finally meets his weak love interest and the entire thing seems pointless but for enabling dumbass redditors to point out that "real life is becoming more like this!!"…
There's so much going on in this damn movie to really know what to say or think but I love it and I will continue to watch it and have more divulged to me over time.
This scene, really really really gets to me. It's just so technically brilliant and beautiful and I can't get enough. I remember the first time I saw it, I had to rewind and watch it at least 5 times. I even have that youtube link in my favorites. I just, am floored, even still. The movie is 31 years old and I am amazed. Not that age has much to do with it, or is a prerequisite of my linking, I just, wow.
Anyway, watch this muvi.
In some distant time in some unspecified place, we meet Sam Lowry, who works happily within an inept bureaucracy that thoroughly runs (and ruins) its subjects' lives. An exercise in absurdity, but also in paranoia, romance, and even sci-fi, Gilliam did succeed in making a particularly original world, here. Seeing De Niro in such a small role when he was arguably the biggest movie star on the planet is a little odd, and the rest of the acting is pretty good but nothing to really write home about. Pryce's character alternates between the only sane person in the room and a frustratingly clueless and hopeless romantic. All that said, there's nothing in this film that feels out of place (even…
Saw again on a big screen with entertaining Jonathan Pryce Q&A afterwards. Just a spectacular film and one of the most visually dynamic, darkly humorous, and amazingly prescient films of that era.
A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.