A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.
Terry Gilliam always makes shit movies.
He made this movie.
Terry Gilliam is a lofty director if ever there was one - yes, he makes Fellini even seem grounded and constantly realistic and focused. This is hardly bad, though. He's a man with a vision primarily, but when he lets his drifty and floating storytelling take hold it's often more exciting and enveloping than even the most clean, straight and by-the-books of narrative methods. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is his traveling side-show if ever he made one, a foray, sweet and vibrant, into his world and deeply artful beauty.
There is a story that Gilliam has to tell, so make no mistake in the often flighty and playful spins he takes to draw us in. In this case it's…
I didn’t enjoy Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus all that much, but damn it, I respect it a great deal. First, the star of the film, Heath Ledger, died tragically of a prescription drug overdose in the middle of the production. Second, at the end of principal photography, that which included three of Ledger’s friends substituting for him to complete his role, Producer William Vince succumbed to cancer. Finally, during post production, Gilliam himself was hit by a car. It’s a testament to his tenacity that he just wouldn’t let go, that he just wouldn’t give up on the movie.
I adored many things about the film; the sumptuous visual spectacle, the classic ‘deal with the devil’ conceit,…
Here's a chance to indulge in Terry Gilliam's masterpiece! A film that's made to tickle one's fantastical mind and maximize all possible spaces of human imagination.
If I had continued on with my life not having watched this film, I'm at a great disadvantage. This film doesn't only have a fantastic ensemble of actors, it also has a very fresh and clever plot that is only made more engrossing by its quality CGI and visualization.
What I especially loved about this film are the subtleties in each spectacle, and the thickness of the theme all throughout.
God, okay! Fine! I just love it. Period.
***Dinner with Gilliam - 11th Course***
If I didn't already know better, I would swear that The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was Terry Gilliam's final film. Throughout his career he has espoused the merits of imagination, and by the time this film ended, it almost felt like he had said everything he wanted to. The story, co-written by The Adventures of Baron Munchausen writer Charles McKeown, whose influence is quite apparent, follows the titular Parnassus and his band of poor stage performers as they travel around London attempting to outwit the Devil himself.
The main thrust of the film is about the dichotomy between imagination and modernity, with Parnassus acting as a stand-in for Gilliam himself as he travels around…
Bonkers, lovely to look at, and despite the threat of a potentially fatal production disaster, it overcomes it and makes the film better than it could have been anyway.
What absolute nonsense.
Gilliam always makes films that are different visually. They have flair and style. Sometimes they have a good script and turn out quite well, other times it just feels like Gilliam has decided to dive in the deep end and just film stuff with no idea how the film will end up. This is one of the "other" times. It is visually stunning and has good actors doing good jobs, however it makes very little sense and doesn't really lead anywhere.
Another visually striking flight of fancy from Gilliam. Sadly the unavoidable death of Heath Ledger makes it more gimmicky and episodic than it was intended to be; the first transformation into Johnny Depp is a delight, the later switches to Jude Law and Colin Farrell feel more forced and mannered. Nevertheless there's a lot of interest going on here, and Christopher Plummer's the real star with a solid performance than holds Gilliam's bag of ideas together.
This was Heath Ledger's last film. He died, and then Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law had to come in a fix it.
It is a weird film that comes across as very artistic and chaotic. Cole is a good lead. The whole of the cast is great and the additions of Farrell, Depp and Law are smooth and feel like a natural part of the film. As for Ledger, he is absolutely great in his last film.
This is a mess, but it mostly has good reasons for being the kind of mess it is.
The movie is stolen by the two younger leads, but Christopher Plummer and Heath Ledger are pretty interesting too, Tom Waits is fun, and the story takes a while to come together and shows the signs of hasty post-Ledger-death revisions but then somehow ends up making more sense than it has any right to. And in the dreamland scenes, Gilliam is totally self-indulgent with his favorite visual obsessions, because that's the kind of thing he does, except he manages to make them serve different functions than they have before; for instance there are some things that are totally blatant Monty Python homages,…
Terry Gilliam did it! It looked like Alice in Wonderland went to Moulin Rouge for few days and found love and fun! This is the most unusual movie I watched recently with enjoyment.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Bottom line: The only reason I am glad I watched some of this movie was that I came to the understanding that, not only do I not have to finish a movie but I shouldn't waste time watching a bad movie (unless it is a fun-to-watch-bad-movie).
Dr. Parnassus was a monk who bet with the Devil. The devil let him win and granted him immortality. The crux of the plot is that he made another bet with the devil and needs the help of Heath Ledger/Jude Law/Johnny Depp's character, Tony, to win and save his daughter. This is the movie which which Heath Ledger was filming when he died. The different actors play Tony as he enters the Dr's Imaginarium…
Given Ledger's death it was a surprise to many that this film was made at all, but Gilliam's earlier Adventures of Baron Munchausen supplies a more robust fantasy world full of Gilliamisms than Parnassus can manage. Like the difference between Jackson's LOTR and The Hobbit, less CGI tends to win over more.
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