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…
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…
I thought I'd like this movie more than I did, meaning that so far, the Gilliam films I've liked are Twelve Monkeys (I can hear a variety of pretentious ex's of mine sneering 'mainstream,' with italics here) and Tideland because this just didn't. I don't know. You grow up in a smaller town and people make you think that you must just be the weirdest, oddest duck and then you go somewhere else (which I don't have to because facebook) and have it pointed out to you that you are not weird enough, like 'sorry, no fitting in anywhere for you, ever.'
Actually, when I saw The Double which had the same kind of rapid-fire nonsensical dialogue, I was like 'this is what I wanted to like about Brazil.' But I didn't. It was long and weird and the ending depressed me. I will probably give it one more try at some point, but it's going to be a while.
This film makes me proud to be an anarchist.
This movie together with the "totally unauthorized commentary" by Adam Savage together with the guys at Tested.com was a fantastic experience. If there is anyone that can sell his passion for beautifully crafted movies like this, it's Adam.
I prefer movies that are focused on telling a story. This movie is style over substance and it works great from that perspective.
Una película excesiva y desordenada. Atiborrada de imágenes y conceptos. Un delirio para los sentidos y el cerebro (el alma, no).Todo el rato una comedia triste, con un final desolador, ya desprovisto de toda comedia. Imagínativa y ácida (la mujer de "la complicación de la complicación" y la madre de la protagonista (que son de tal actualidad tras tantos años, que parece incluso premonitorio) están retratadas de modo esperpéntico y cruel).
Tengo una amiga de gustos bastante parecidos a los míos que, sin embargo, no la soporta. La encuentra desordenada. Claro, desordenada sí que es. Pesadillesca y revuelta en imágenes y conceptos, pero un derroche de imaginación en clave de comedia ácida, que deviene en tragedia desoladora e inapelable. Con…
Brazil es de esas películas que cuando acaban no entiendes realmente qué coño viste, no sabes hacía donde iba dirigida la misma, pero que a su vez no será fácil olvidar. Simplemente creo que es imposible.
Me gustaría leer muchas cosas sobre ella, aunque ya tengo mi teoría (creo) de todo lo que sucede en ella. Sencillamente todos la tienen que ver y dejarse maravillar por ella. Espero yo volver a verla pronto.
Eso es todo lo que puedo decir, por ahora....
"Mistakes? We don't make mistakes."
I watched the Love Conquers All cut. What an incomprehensible mess.
Brazil is a crazy ride of love, fantasy, giants, monsters, dystopian society, and grotesque people. However, the ride was a little too long and forcibly constructed.
Ending was great though.
I go back and forth on whether Brazil or The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is my favorite Gilliam film. Brazil is certainly the better-made movie, sharper and more precise, with its goosebump-inducing tracking shots and astonishing production design. Munchausen is a movie that frequently threatens to completely fall apart, and yet it has heart and a sense of sense of wonder. By comparison, Brazil is a cold, hopeless movie with a bitter sense of humor - it's perfect filmmaking, but a purely clever, cerebral kind of perfection, the kind of great movie that appeals to nerdy, above-it-tall teenage boys. Last week I was in more of a Brazil mood, and while I'd rather be in a Munchausen mood, it remains a masterpiece.
- 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!