All posts tagged: Terry Gilliam

DVD Review: Monty Python Returns (Sort Of) in “Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy)”

While the other members of Monty Python have drifted in and out of the fold throughout the legendary comedy troupe’s 40 years, Eric Idle has almost single-handedly kept the legacy of Python alive in recent years with his Tony Award winning musical, Spamalot, based on the classic Python film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Idle has now come up with another ingenious way to take an existing classic Python property and mold it into another medium. Not the Messiah, He’s a Very Naughty Boy is a musical interpretation of the Python’s notorious 1978 film, The Life of Brian. However, instead of writing a new musical with dance numbers and show stopping songs, Idle and his musical partner, John Du Prez, present an orchestral concert modeled after Handel’s Messiah. As Handel’s monumental work was based of the life of Christ, Idle and Du Prez’s work is about Brian, the main character from the film who is most definitely not the messiah, nor does he want to be. With Du Prez directing the BBC Orchestra and …

No Concessions: Plummer Plays “Parnassus,” Then Arrives at “The Last Station”

Over the holidays I read Robert Sellers’ Hellraisers, whose subtitle, “The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, and Oliver Reed” pretty much tells you what to expect. Making a guest appearance or two in various all-star pub crawls is Christopher Plummer, who lived to tell the tales of hedonism and hangover in his 2008 autobiography In Spite of Myself. But he’s hardly closed the book, and may need to add a chapter or two before he’s really finished. At age 80 he’s in the prime of his career, lending his voice to the animated Up and 9 and starring in two new films, The Last Station and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Plummer is a great stage actor. His King Lear, on Broadway in 2004, was a magnificent shambles. Barrymore (1997) was even better, and is among the great theatergoing experiences of my life. Playing John Barrymore at the tail end of his inebriated times, Plummer gave a dissipated, hilarious, and heroic performance, for which he won Tony and Drama …

Farkakte Film Flashback: It’s Not Personal, It’s Just Business Edition

Michael Moore’s latest, Capitalism: A Love Story, opens around the country today, and if the early reviews are any indication, it’s yet another cleverly executed and scathing reminder of how we’re all … wait, let me check my notes … ah, yes — majorly screwed. Taken as a whole, the Moore oeuvre seems dedicated to the concept that before we die we’ll all be laid off, betrayed by our government, shot, burdened by lousy, expensive heath care, and cheated out of our tax dollars and retirement funds, possibly all at once. Moore’s latest is of course aimed at the business titans of Wall Street who let us have it twice, first by ruining our economy, then by wheeling and dealing the government into ponying up billions in public money so they could get started on ruining it again. I’m sure Capitalism is well executed but no doubt depressing, at least for those of us not on the receiving end of the aforementioned billions. I prefer my cinematic big business to be the fictional kind, where …