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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 10:59 am
tideland

Watching a lot of movies lately. This was last night's viewing.


Intriguing but disappointing. Some freaky subject matter, but that wasn't it (actually, that's what kept me intrigued). Rather, the film was a huge visual letdown compared with Terry Gilliam's others, and this plot and story (and even the speech by Gilliam that directly preceded the film, advising that "this is a world through the eyes of a child") absolutely begged for it. The theme, if there was one, seemed to be that resorting to insanity is sometimes the only way to deal with insane circumstances ... but even on what you'd think would be familiar ground for Gilliam, this also fell short: the needle on the protagonist's character arc barely seemed to budge as events progressed.

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circumambulate
circumambulate
Circumambulate
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I didn't dig that movie at all.

Don't know if you saw that The Imagniarium of Doctor Parnassus is on Netflix streaming. Gilliam at his best, IMO.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)

I did! And I've started it twice now and can't stick with it for some reason.


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sistermaryeris
sistermaryeris
Bake, Love, Kickbox.
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)

That movie was WEIRD.


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peculia
peculia
bête noire
Thursday, November 18th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)

I liked it, but I think the film it was wasn't actually the film it was advertised to be. And perhaps even Gilliam wasn't sure what it was, if that's what he said.

To me, it was a horror film about a child who has experienced such trauma from the day she was born that she has retreated into her own fantasy world ... which puts her at an extreme emotional disconnect from any other human. Even the retarded man she makes friends with only exists, to her, as some sort of imaginary friend; and her way of dealing when it is shown to her that he, and his mother, have lives of their own, is to retreat even further to the point of perhaps psychopathy.

But you have to almost pretend it's not actually a Gilliam film.


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crimebystiletto
crimebystiletto
crimebystiletto
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)

I saw this when I was down with Swine Flu last November. Needless to say, it took on whole other dimensions in my delirium and overall it was a lot to take in.
The biggest part was that I don't remember liking the ending. The Duex Ex Machina aspects of it didn't really line up with the rest of the film's tone of Awful Strange Things.

Also, holy shit,'The squirrels made it seem less lonely' is a really terrible tag line, to me at least. I had no idea.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, November 25th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)

Ditto on the tagline. Perhaps squirrels played a more prominent part before it was edited, and the director's cut will include 27 additional minutes of squirrels.


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