May 22, 2009 |
Terry Gilliam went to the movies the other night, and this is what he saw. "Trailers from 'Transformers,' 'G.I. Joe,' 'Harry Potter'; they all had the same explosions, the same sound mix, the same rhythms, it was all the same film," the director says, still not quite believing it. "Hollywood's been doing this for 20 years. When's it going to end?"
April 6, 2008 |
Calling Terry Gilliam a liar isn't an insult. It's a job description. Gilliam is often referred to as a dreamer, but he casts his lot not with visionaries but with frauds and mountebanks, tellers for whom a well-spun tale is its own reward. It is hard to envision a more perfect match between teller and tale than the one between Gilliam and Karl Friedrich Hieronymus, the Baron Munchausen, memorialized as the greatest liar in history.
August 26, 2005 |
Like a character in a fairy tale caught between the forces of light and those of darkness, "The Brothers Grimm" attempts to serve two masters. No, there is not a happy ending.
August 22, 2005 |
There are some interesting end credits to be found in Terry Gilliam's fantasy "The Brothers Grimm," which opens Friday, more than two years after it began production in Prague. Coming in first place in the category of "star with the biggest entourage" is Matt Damon, who plays Will Grimm.
January 31, 2003 |
Standing in the midst of pre-production hell for his dream film, "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," filmmaker Terry Gilliam looked around and summed it up. "There is," he said, an actual gleam in his eye, "a lot of potential for chaos here." "Lost in La Mancha," the essential new documentary about the collapse of Gilliam's most cherished project, records that chaos and more.
January 26, 2003 |
Terry Gilliam, the maverick director responsible for such off-center films as "Time Bandits," "12 Monkeys" and "Brazil," met his match when he tackled Cervantes' Don Quixote. His 10-year battle to bring the character to the screen became an obsession -- one he was forced to suspend when his $32-million production had the plug pulled by the insurance company in October 2000 after just six days of shooting. Chronicling the film's decline and fall were documentarians Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, brought in to track the evolution of the project.
February 9, 2002 |
There was a certain inevitable logic that Terry Gilliam would attempt to make a film based on Cervantes' 17th century novel "Don Quixote." He is, after all, one of the most quixotic of directors. Visionary, impulsive and unpredictable, Gilliam, 61, is a man who chooses to dream the impossible dream.
April 27, 1997 |
The studio haggled over budget. The star stormed off the set and locked himself in his trailer. And that was just on the documentary that chronicles Terry Gilliam's tense production of "12 Monkeys," the surprise 1995 box-office hit starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt.
January 11, 1996 |
When an intriguing movie preview is perilously confusing, hope springs eternal that it will all become clear in the full-length version. Especially when the star of the preview seems to be Brad Pitt. But for most kids, it just didn't happen in director Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys." First, the story switches back and forth between 1996 and 20 or 30 years hence, when survivors of the disaster have been forced to live underground. Loose ends dangle throughout: Who are the bad guys?