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2013-09-17 05:55:01 PM  
 
2013-09-17 05:55:19 PM  
I love his movies, but Terry Gilliam is a complete dick. The last star in the universe will burn out before he apologizes for anything
 
2013-09-17 06:01:27 PM  
I saw Time Bandits in the theater, so I must have been 10 or 11. I remember not exactly understanding what I was seeing, but loving it.
 
2013-09-17 06:01:43 PM  
 I do love Time Bandits. It's such a fun movie with a lot of great quotable one liners but has such a neat
overall message. It's a shame that battles over money and power fractured the people behind it.
They really lost the whole message they put in the movie. That people are more important than the
latest high tech kitchen appliances..
 
2013-09-17 06:08:14 PM  
I saw TB in the theater as a reward for winning a track meet in the 7th grade.
Still one of my favorite films.
A long article, but I ate up every word.
/Thanks, Subby.
 
2013-09-17 06:09:39 PM  
such a great film. a madcap epic made for (and by) a child.
 
2013-09-17 06:10:30 PM  

Confabulat: I saw Time Bandits in the theater, so I must have been 10 or 11. I remember not exactly understanding what I was seeing, but loving it.


Same here. Looking back on it now, it's a kid's film, but it doesn't go out of its way to explain much. Most kids films are full of characters recapping the plot or explaining what just happened to each other, in case the kids watching didn't get how the last couple of scenes fit together. TB doesn't really do that. It all hangs together (relatively speaking) when you see it as an adult and understand how the story plays along, but it's very easy for kids to lose track of what's happening and the film doesn't do them any favors in catching up. Fortunately, the episodic nature of it and art design are both good enough to keep kids' attention, even if they're not quite sure why something is happening.
 
2013-09-17 06:18:14 PM  
Oh yeah when I was a kid movies seemed like 16 hours long, there was no way I could keep up with something like Time Bandits. But you don't need a long attention span when a giant is wearing the orge people's boat as a hat.
 
2013-09-17 06:22:23 PM  

Mega Steve: I love his movies, but Terry Gilliam is a complete dick. The last star in the universe will burn out before he apologizes for anything


George Harrison saying "You remind me of John Lennon" is so completely telling on that score.

/If Gilliam could work on time or on budget, he could have made four times as many films as he has, and a number of them (Münchhausen, Brothers Grimm) would be better for it.
 
2013-09-17 06:26:31 PM  
it covers the whole story of ex-Beatle George Harrison's production company, which started to fund Life of Brian and wound up funding Time Bandits, Withnail & I, and some other movie classics.

Like Shanghai Surprise?
 
2013-09-17 06:38:33 PM  
The headline makes it seem like it will be a nice short and interesting article.  Very interesting, true, and I now know more about Time Bandits than any other movie because the article is roughly 600,000 words long. And about 10 words concern Harrison and music.
Still, the more you know...
 
2013-09-17 06:39:12 PM  

CarnySaur: it covers the whole story of ex-Beatle George Harrison's production company, which started to fund Life of Brian and wound up funding Time Bandits, Withnail & I, and some other movie classics.

Like Shanghai Surprise?


    •    Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
    •    The Long Good Friday (1980)
    •    Time Bandits (1981)
    •    Tattoo (1981) (UK distributor)
    •    Venom (1981) (UK distributor)
    •    The Burning (1982) (UK distributor)
    •    Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)     
    •    Scrubbers (1982)
    •    The Missionary (1982)
    •    Privates on Parade (1982)
    •    Bullshot (1983)
    •    A Private Function (1984)
    •    Water (1985)
    •    Mona Lisa (1986)
    •    Shanghai Surprise (1986)
    •    Withnail and I (1987)
    •    Bellman and True (1987)
    •    The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)
    •    Track 29 (1988)
    •    Five Corners (1988)
    •    The Raggedy Rawney (1988)
    •    Checking Out (1988)
    •    How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
    •    Powwow Highway (1989)
    •    Cold Dog Soup (1989)
    •    Nuns on the Run (1990)

All in all, I'd say it wasn't a bad run.  There's a couple of really great films and a bunch of minor classics there.  It's a shame no one today has the guts to risk money (and the house!) on small movies they want to see made.
 
2013-09-17 06:48:26 PM  
Loved Time Bandits.
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I had that Micronauts ship.
 
2013-09-17 07:00:33 PM  
The song in question: http://youtu.be/H2wrte1ijlY
 
2013-09-17 07:29:47 PM  
I loved time bandits. my kids thought it was meh

/stupid kids...
 
2013-09-17 07:58:07 PM  
Great story! I have that song on my iPod and was always puzzled by that "All you owe is apologies" line. I assumed it referred to the bandits but had no idea what they were supposed to be apologizing for...
 
2013-09-17 08:40:51 PM  

Shenanigans!: Great story! I have that song on my iPod and was always puzzled by that "All you owe is apologies" line. I assumed it referred to the bandits but had no idea what they were supposed to be apologizing for...


They did "steal" the map..Well Supreme Being let them have it..But they did do bad things..But that was
Supreme Beings plan anyway..So..Well.. That is a conundrum...
 
2013-09-17 08:58:42 PM  
I was 11 when I saw this in the theaters, I still love it. Sooo unique in its style, and so memorable in content. I think I'll watch it again soon.
 
2013-09-17 08:59:39 PM  

Dwight_Yeast:

...very nice list...

All in all, I'd say it wasn't a bad run.  There's a couple of really great films and a bunch of minor classics there.  It's a shame no one today has the guts to risk money (and the house!) on small movies they want to see made.



Totally agree with this. And I forgot they made Powwow Highway.
It always warms my heart that people (farkers in particular) seem to know about Withnail & I. But The Long Good Friday, Bellman & True, and Mona Lisa are woefully obscure for such great films. Same goes for Water and A Private Function.
The old, but not quite dead, theatrical distribution mafia has a whole four-million-screen cineplex waiting for it in hell.
 
2013-09-17 09:18:28 PM  

Mega Steve: I love his movies, but Terry Gilliam is a complete dick. The last star in the universe will burn out before he apologizes for anything


Then again, he's had to deal with people who should have had no business interfering with him (Time Bandits, Brazil) and the deaths of his stars (Quixote, Parnassus), so I can see why he would be snippy.
 
2013-09-17 09:30:22 PM  

dennerman: I was 11 when I saw this in the theaters, I still love it. Sooo unique in its style, and so memorable in content. I think I'll watch it again soon.


I watched it everytime it was on HBO.Back in the 80's.Just happened upon it maybe a month ago.I was in my happy place.
 
2013-09-17 09:44:15 PM  
Great piece and I must have this book.

I believe I read in one of the many pieces after George died that someone said he could be credited with singlehandedly saving the British film industry at the time. Remember, he was in both the Grammy and the Oscar obit reels.

That said, I feel badly for him that something he loved (making movies) came undone by someone he loved working with (Gilliam). He went through that already.
 
2013-09-17 10:09:02 PM  
I saw Time Bandits in the theatre with my neurosurgeon uncle, who (mistakenly) thought I'd be into this. I truly did not understand the film, and just wanted to have the kid get back to his family. Then, when he finally does get home and his parents blow up after touching the crap in the toaster oven, I was like wtf?

I'd have to see it again and try to see if I get it...
 
2013-09-17 10:24:59 PM  

dennerman: I was 11 when I saw this in the theaters, I still love it. Sooo unique in its style, and so memorable in content. I think I'll watch it again soon.


Same here.  Just watched it again a couple of weeks ago.  Didn't hold up.

And I'm a huge Gilliam fan, and have re-watched most of his movies and found most of them better with repeated viewings.  Not this time.

...but that's just me...
 
2013-09-17 10:28:40 PM  

StopLurkListen: The best part of the Time Bandits.


This is my personal favorite - has been for years....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmS_hMnFNVM&t=0m26s
 
2013-09-17 10:31:00 PM  
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2013-09-18 12:24:15 AM  
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2013-09-18 01:39:30 AM  
I saw it in the theater as a kid, and yeah, the ending threw me.  'They're ending it now?  What did I just watch?'

I just realized, I very likely had no idea who Sean Connery was at the time.  Or pretty much anyone else in the movie.
 
2013-09-18 02:51:39 AM  

Alphax: I saw it in the theater as a kid, and yeah, the ending threw me.  'They're ending it now?  What did I just watch?'


Terry Gilliam does not know how to end movies.  For some bizarre reason he is proud of this.
 
2013-09-18 03:37:15 AM  
This and Buckaroo Banzai are two of my favourite "quirky" adventure movies.
 
2013-09-18 03:42:44 AM  

Ghastly: This and Buckaroo Banzai are two of my favourite "quirky" adventure movies.


I've seen Buckaroo Bonzai many, many times on cable, but rarely from the start.
 
2013-09-18 04:28:06 AM  

catzies: That said, I feel badly for him that something he loved (making movies) came undone by someone he loved working with (Gilliam). He went through that already.


He made movies (maybe not as hands on, but still) for another nine years after Times Bandits.  What really soured him on the whole thing was his partner, Denis O'Brein. They spent 1989-1994 suing each other, which is what ended HandMade Films.

syrynxx: Terry Gilliam does not know how to end movies. For some bizarre reason he is proud of this.


Read TFA: he knows how to end films, it's just that he's usually run out of money by that point. So he has to bodge something together
 
2013-09-18 05:01:47 AM  
That movie defined my later childhood, I was about 13 when it came out and it bridged the gap between being a kid and being a very psychedelic teenager.
I watched it maybe 100 times over the years, still watch it now, the last time was about six months ago.
Great article, thank you Subby!
 
2013-09-18 07:18:30 AM  

Mega Steve: I love his movies, but Terry Gilliam is a complete dick. The last star in the universe will burn out before he apologizes for anything


Sadly, I think the entire MP cast are assholes. Still enjoy their work though.
 
2013-09-18 07:34:20 AM  
Simply one of the most fantastic movies ever made.

Its is a crying farking shame studios don't have the balls to do more movies like this.
 
2013-09-18 07:54:56 AM  

Omahawg: I loved time bandits. my kids thought it was meh

/stupid kids...


Put them up for adoption. It's the only answer.
 
2013-09-18 08:00:19 AM  

Nemo's Brother: Mega Steve: I love his movies, but Terry Gilliam is a complete dick. The last star in the universe will burn out before he apologizes for anything

Sadly, I think the entire MP cast are assholes. Still enjoy their work though.


Long-dead Graham Chapman loudly objects to your characterization. He may just be pining for the fjords though
 
2013-09-18 08:04:17 AM  
I met Graham Chapman once by the way. Unlike that bit with Woody Harrelson that didn't involve much say no more, nudge nudge.
 
2013-09-18 08:34:34 AM  
Michael Palin is extremely nice by most accounts, not so much John Cleese.

Confabulat: Nemo's Brother: Mega Steve: I love his movies, but Terry Gilliam is a complete dick. The last star in the universe will burn out before he apologizes for anything

Sadly, I think the entire MP cast are assholes. Still enjoy their work though.

Long-dead Graham Chapman loudly objects to your characterization. He may just be pining for the fjords though

 
2013-09-18 01:18:29 PM  

Ghastly: This and Buckaroo Banzai are two of my favourite "quirky" adventure movies.


God help me, I still sometimes shout "Laugh-a while you can-a, monkey boy!" at the TV.

John Lithgow, who is very large in real life, has the face of a child's stuffie. That plus the inadequate Italinate accent equals comedy for me, pretty much on the same level as John Malkovich here.

Yes, I am an antique in need of a buffing.
 
2013-09-18 01:23:13 PM  

Nemo's Brother: Mega Steve: I love his movies, but Terry Gilliam is a complete dick. The last star in the universe will burn out before he apologizes for anything

Sadly, I think the entire MP cast are assholes. Still enjoy their work though.


I find it curious that people even think of this. The assholery of an artist or scientist (Descartes was a total douchebag, Einstein a big-time adulterer and Newton a religion-crazed Aspie, by all accounts) should only matter if you live with them or work for them.

Personality, short of criminality, is irrelevant to achievement. "You know, I would have laughed more at "Cheese Shop" if only I didn't know that John Cleese had zero judgement in women and was a vain, grasping sort of depressive whose fortune has been frittered away on alimony and hair plugs."

Me, I just laugh at "Cheese Shop". Still. It's the only part of which I need concern myself.
 
2013-09-18 01:24:08 PM  

groppet: Omahawg: I loved time bandits. my kids thought it was meh

/stupid kids...

Put them up for adoption. It's the only answer.


Surely you meant "sell them for medical experiments".
 
2013-09-18 05:46:05 PM  
Great article. Definitely buying the book.

The Fisher King is in my top 5 all time favorite films.

/Strangely enough I'm watching Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on Sundance right now.
// Cue eerie music...
 
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