…Terry Gilliam’s “little” movie upset, confused and annoyed a lot of critics. I even failed to see it in the cinema during its very limited run. However, I saw it tonight. It is odd, disturbing, gruesome, funny, surreal, sad, bombastic and fucking brilliant. I was going to buy a new pair of shoes this weekend but shall be picking up my own copy of DVD instead. It blew me away. I don’t know that it is for everyone. It taps into some dark corners of childhood. …and humanity. But, it also sheds lights into those places. Survival. Working one’s way through those very grim moments of childhood — and making the horrible into beautiful. And the insane into family. Accidents into myth.

“…I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”


March 3, 2007. Uncategorized.


  1. joe replied:

    terry gilliam is wacked. but brilliant. .. despite Brothers Grimm. I’ll definitely go and get a copy to see this.

  2. matty03 replied:

    Joe! Yes! Rent it and let me know what you think!! Oh, THE BROTHERS GRIMM. …Well, every artist will have more than a couple mis-steps. …that was sort of a fall down. But this film got me to thinking so I could NOT fall asleep!!!!

  3. Daniel replied:

    Ever since the waltz scene in The Fisher King, I’ve loved Terry Gilliam’s work.

  4. matty03 replied:

    Daniel – Yeah, I think he is fairly close to brilliant a good part of the time. He first got me with BRAZIL. But this film, really blew me away. I picked up the DVD — now I just need to watch it with the commentary. I’m not sure I want to read the novel or not. I need to think about it.

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