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(Entertainment Weekly)   Terry Gilliam is tilting at windmills again   (insidemovies.ew.com) divider line 43
    More: Unlikely, Terry Gilliam, literary characters, Johnny Depp, Don Quixote, Robert Duvall, quests, Ewan McGregor, Jean Rochefort  
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2014-08-07 10:51:30 PM  
Lost in La Mancha is fascinating.

I was greatly saddened that the film was never finished as I completely fell in love with the actor that was playing Quixote (perfectly I might add) Jean Rochefort.  If you see his performance in The Hairdressers Husband you will fall in love with him too.  He's absolutely adorable.

I would love to see a well-curated retrospective of his films.
 
2014-08-07 11:10:18 PM  
I suddenly feel that I should be delivering some kind of message to a bleak and unbearable world.
 
2014-08-07 11:12:06 PM  
cool.
 
2014-08-08 12:04:41 AM  
Well, at least his horse gets a starring role in the new "Expanse" TV show. Sort of.
 
2014-08-08 12:32:22 AM  
With this much fervor to make a movie, you'd think there's be a white whale involved.
 
2014-08-08 12:50:31 AM  
Whenever I hear the phrase "tilting at windmills", I immediately picture Don Quixote standing before a windmill: stern-faced, he sets his jaw, and then leans toward it.

I should probably read that book. If only there was a good epic film version I could watch afterward...
 
2014-08-08 02:34:58 AM  
I hope he doesn't blow his entire paycheck from his London gig on this.
 
2014-08-08 04:50:32 AM  

brap: Lost in La Mancha is fascinating.

I was greatly saddened that the film was never finished as I completely fell in love with the actor that was playing Quixote (perfectly I might add) Jean Rochefort.  If you see his performance in The Hairdressers Husband you will fall in love with him too.  He's absolutely adorable.

I would love to see a well-curated retrospective of his films.


Jean Rochefort is a national treasure, and altough I haven't seen "Lost in La Mancha", I've perfectly willing to believe he would have been perfect in the role.
Unfortunately, he's now 84 year-old, it seems unlikely he will reprise the role.
 
2014-08-08 05:22:21 AM  

brap: Lost in La Mancha is fascinating.

I was greatly saddened that the film was never finished as I completely fell in love with the actor that was playing Quixote (perfectly I might add) Jean Rochefort.  If you see his performance in The Hairdressers Husband you will fall in love with him too.  He's absolutely adorable.

I would love to see a well-curated retrospective of his films.


I want to see a crappily-curated retrospective of his films.
 
2014-08-08 05:47:00 AM  
I find that when watching Terry Gilliam movies, it helps your persective considerably if you tilt your head slightly to one side (7 degrees to the left, or 8.42 degrees to the right).
 
2014-08-08 05:50:57 AM  
I love Terry Gilliam. His The Crimson Permanent Assurance short at the beginning of 'Meaning of Life' is nothing short of comedic genius. That said, I wonder how modern movie audiences will react to Don Quixote film. Twenty years is a long time to wait for a green-light on a film project. Heck, I've been waiting 34 for a good version of 'A Confederacy of Dunces' to be brought to the big screen. (Don't even THINK about it Tim Burton/Johnny Depp) Dang, now I want a 'Lucky Dog'

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"Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the city limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins."
 
2014-08-08 06:20:06 AM  
Eh, I say the one with John Lithgow was good enough. Terry Gilliam needs to do a big budget sequel to 'Eric The Red' or 'The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen' instead!!!!
 
2014-08-08 06:57:43 AM  

kling_klang_bed: Eh, I say the one with John Lithgow was good enough. Terry Gilliam needs to do a big budget sequel to 'Eric The Red' or 'The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen' instead!!!!


Every Movie Gilliam has made has been one of Munchhausen's tall tales.
 
2014-08-08 07:18:37 AM  
Zero Theorem was great, so I hope he has the funding to do it now. :)
 
2014-08-08 07:21:24 AM  
I only recently learned that "Quixotic" is actually supposed to be pronounced "kwik-sa-tik". That just seems so wrong to me.
 
2014-08-08 07:21:51 AM  

Leishu: Zero Theorem was great, so I hope he has the funding to do it now. :)


Awesome.  I remember remarking to someone around Christmas about wanting to see this movie, and then it kind of faded out of my field of vision.  Hoping it gets around to Redbox or Netflix soon.
 
2014-08-08 07:38:27 AM  

Skyrmion: I only recently learned that "Quixotic" is actually supposed to be pronounced "kwik-sa-tik". That just seems so wrong to me.


Your post made me wonder if "Quixotic" is supposed to be capitalized.  Then I wondered if it was, how come "sadistic" is not.

It doesn't seem to need the capitalization. Not that I'm trying to correct you.  It's my way of saying that you gave me an interesting thing to muse about this morning.  Thanks!
 
2014-08-08 08:01:45 AM  
I keep hoping that Gilliam will bring Gaiman's Neverwhere to the big screen.  The BBC version was OK, but it always seemed to me the book was written with Gilliam in mind.
 
2014-08-08 08:09:29 AM  
This is good news!+
 
2014-08-08 08:11:34 AM  

LonMead: I find that when watching Terry Gilliam movies, it helps your persective considerably if you tilt your head slightly to one side (7 degrees to the left, or 8.42 degrees to the right).


Everybody knows that!
 
2014-08-08 08:45:43 AM  

Six_By_Nine: Leishu: Zero Theorem was great, so I hope he has the funding to do it now. :)

Awesome.  I remember remarking to someone around Christmas about wanting to see this movie, and then it kind of faded out of my field of vision.  Hoping it gets around to Redbox or Netflix soon.


According to the article it should be available this month.
 
2014-08-08 08:51:36 AM  

Six_By_Nine: Skyrmion: I only recently learned that "Quixotic" is actually supposed to be pronounced "kwik-sa-tik". That just seems so wrong to me.

Your post made me wonder if "Quixotic" is supposed to be capitalized.  Then I wondered if it was, how come "sadistic" is not.

It doesn't seem to need the capitalization. Not that I'm trying to correct you.  It's my way of saying that you gave me an interesting thing to muse about this morning.  Thanks!


Yeah, you're right. I was just looking at the first sentence of the article.
 
2014-08-08 09:10:57 AM  

Skyrmion: I only recently learned that "Quixotic" is actually supposed to be pronounced "kwik-sa-tik". That just seems so wrong to me.


I'm curious, how did you think it was pronounced? I never thought about it before as I probably encountered the word in movies before I ever read it.
 
2014-08-08 09:11:49 AM  
Oh like ke-ho-tic. Got it.
 
2014-08-08 09:19:26 AM  
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-08-08 09:22:47 AM  

dennysgod: [imgs.xkcd.com image 726x969]


Nice. Will he also attack sheep and barbers and his own bed?
 
2014-08-08 09:33:17 AM  
I intensely dislike just about everything Gilliam has ever done, but Lost in La Mancha was amazing. Don Quixote was also a pretty good book, although you have to settle into it. So I hope this actually succeeds.
 
2014-08-08 09:35:14 AM  

Dahnkster: Heck, I've been waiting 34 for a good version of 'A Confederacy of Dunces' to be brought to the big screen.


I just read that, I wasn't terribly impressed, but it was amusing. If anyone could do it, I think Gilliam would actually do a pretty good job with it, like he did with Fear and Loathing.
 
2014-08-08 10:15:27 AM  

theorellior: I intensely dislike just about everything Gilliam has ever done, but Lost in La Mancha was amazing. Don Quixote was also a pretty good book, although you have to settle into it. So I hope this actually succeeds.


theorellior: Dahnkster: Heck, I've been waiting 34 for a good version of 'A Confederacy of Dunces' to be brought to the big screen.

I just read that, I wasn't terribly impressed, but it was amusing. If anyone could do it, I think Gilliam would actually do a pretty good job with it, like he did with Fear and Loathing.



very contrary
 
2014-08-08 10:20:41 AM  

theorellior: I intensely dislike just about everything Gilliam has ever done


Gilliam has made some stinkers, but I'm baffled how anyone could hate Time Bandits, Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Baron Munchausen, etc.

I mean, do you just suck at understanding good movies? Fear & Loathing is fine but it's barely a Gilliam flick.
 
2014-08-08 11:36:17 AM  

karnal: very contrary


Did you notice I said "just about everything"? Than means there are a couple of his movies I liked.

Confabulat: Gilliam has made some stinkers, but I'm baffled how anyone could hate Time Bandits, Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Baron Munchausen, etc.
I mean, do you just suck at understanding good movies? Fear & Loathing is fine but it's barely a Gilliam flick.


LOL. [stopnotlikingwhatilike.jpg]

It's equal parts art direction and preachiness that puts me off of Gilliam. He's always got lots of tattered fabric billowing around, and everything is gross and squalid. His core concepts are fine, but he gets so wrapped up in making sure you get the idea that it gets tiresome. Time Bandits and Munchausen were good in spots, but he ultimately undermined his own message by beating you about the neck and shoulders with it. Brazil and The Fisher King I hated. I've never seen 12 Monkeys.

This is why Fear & Loathing and Lost in La Mancha were refreshing changes. He actually put the story and the time period front and center, worried about directing his actors, and kept the very very Terry Gilliamness to a minimum.
 
2014-08-08 12:26:53 PM  

Two Dogs Farking: I hope he doesn't blow his entire paycheck from his London gig on this.


He earned every penny for his part in the Crunchy Frog skit.
 
2014-08-08 12:43:03 PM  

good_2_go: Two Dogs Farking: I hope he doesn't blow his entire paycheck from his London gig on this.

He earned every penny for his part in the Crunchy Frog skit.


Aye, and for getting shot out of the sky with a shotgun.
 
2014-08-08 02:01:45 PM  
I've only read half of Don Quixote. (Or is it two books? I don't know)

The first half is wacky fun, but it was really a chore to finish it. By then end, I had no interesting in reading the second part.

Is it any good?
 
2014-08-08 02:04:57 PM  

theorellior: karnal: very contrary

Did you notice I said "just about everything"? Than means there are a couple of his movies I liked.

Confabulat: Gilliam has made some stinkers, but I'm baffled how anyone could hate Time Bandits, Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Baron Munchausen, etc.
I mean, do you just suck at understanding good movies? Fear & Loathing is fine but it's barely a Gilliam flick.

LOL. [stopnotlikingwhatilike.jpg]

It's equal parts art direction and preachiness that puts me off of Gilliam. He's always got lots of tattered fabric billowing around, and everything is gross and squalid. His core concepts are fine, but he gets so wrapped up in making sure you get the idea that it gets tiresome. Time Bandits and Munchausen were good in spots, but he ultimately undermined his own message by beating you about the neck and shoulders with it. Brazil and The Fisher King I hated. I've never seen 12 Monkeys.

This is why Fear & Loathing and Lost in La Mancha were refreshing changes. He actually put the story and the time period front and center, worried about directing his actors, and kept the very very Terry Gilliamness to a minimum.


Brazil is one of the best movies ever made
 
2014-08-08 02:10:10 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: I've only read half of Don Quixote. (Or is it two books? I don't know)

The first half is wacky fun, but it was really a chore to finish it. By then end, I had no interesting in reading the second part.

Is it any good?


The second half gets even wackier, because Quixote and Sancho Panza start meeting people who have heard of Quixote because they read the first half.
 
2014-08-08 02:11:04 PM  

karnal: Brazil is one of the best movies ever made


I'm afraid we'll have to agree to disagree.
 
2014-08-08 02:19:31 PM  

theorellior: It's equal parts art direction and preachiness that puts me off of Gilliam. He's always got lots of tattered fabric billowing around, and everything is gross and squalid. His core concepts are fine, but he gets so wrapped up in making sure you get the idea that it gets tiresome. Time Bandits and Munchausen were good in spots, but he ultimately undermined his own message by beating you about the neck and shoulders with it. Brazil and The Fisher King I hated. I've never seen 12 Monkeys.


The problem with Gilliam is that he isn't interested in telling a human story. He's interested in creating interesting worlds and having wacky shiat going on, and there's an audience for that, but not a very big audience.
 
2014-08-08 02:24:43 PM  

theorellior: Big Beef Burrito: I've only read half of Don Quixote. (Or is it two books? I don't know)

The first half is wacky fun, but it was really a chore to finish it. By then end, I had no interesting in reading the second part.

Is it any good?

The second half gets even wackier, because Quixote and Sancho Panza start meeting people who have heard of Quixote because they read the first half.


Thanks. I may have to pick it back up then.
 
2014-08-08 04:25:42 PM  

brap: Lost in La Mancha is fascinating.

I was greatly saddened that the film was never finished as I completely fell in love with the actor that was playing Quixote (perfectly I might add) Jean Rochefort.  If you see his performance in The Hairdressers Husband you will fall in love with him too.  He's absolutely adorable.

I would love to see a well-curated retrospective of his films.


I was floored by how little it took to destroy an entire production like that. I had no idea it was such a precarious venture.
 
2014-08-08 08:57:07 PM  
Given Gilliam's track record, he should probably try to double the money he's got. Better to get it done right than get halfway and go broke. Again.
 
2014-08-09 06:08:02 AM  

Dahnkster: I love Terry Gilliam. His The Crimson Permanent Assurance short at the beginning of 'Meaning of Life' is nothing short of comedic genius. That said, I wonder how modern movie audiences will react to Don Quixote film. Twenty years is a long time to wait for a green-light on a film project. Heck, I've been waiting 34 for a good version of 'A Confederacy of Dunces' to be brought to the big screen. (Don't even THINK about it Tim Burton/Johnny Depp) Dang, now I want a 'Lucky Dog'

...

"Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the city limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins."



I wouldn't hold my breath on waiting for Gilliam or anyone else filming A Confederacy of Dunces in the near future.  Simply put, the project is jinxed.  Anybody who even discusses do a film version of the book is just inviting bad juju.  Case in point: nearly every actor who has been linked to playing Ignatius J. Reilly has died an untimely death.  Philip Seymour Hoffman (who probably would've been the best candidate) is the most recent example.

That being said, I like Gilliam and most of his movies and hope he finally gets his Don Quixote finally off the ground.

Also, I think it's too bad he didn't direct   Oz, the Great and Powerful.I would've really like to see Gilliam's take on the Oz mythos.
 
2014-08-09 07:51:07 AM  

NDP2: Also, I think it's too bad he didn't direct   Oz, the Great and Powerful.I would've really like to see Gilliam's take on the Oz mythos.


Honestly, I like Gilliam a lot, and I think his take would be fascinating, but I also think that his take would be so contrary to Baum's vision as to make it pointless to being called Oz at all.
 
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