Re-Watch: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Writer: Graham Chapman, John Cleese , Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese , Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Carol Cleveland, Connie Booth
Seen on: 14.10.2015

Plot:
King Arthur (Graham Chapman) is on a quest, as knights are wont to do. First he looks for other knights to join him at the round table. Which sounds easier than it is, and it doesn’t sound easy at all. But Arthur perseveres and when he finally has put a decent group together, God himself appears and gives them all their next job: to go and find the Holy Grail.

It’s been years and years that I last saw Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so when they offered an anniversary cinema screening of it, I knew I had to go. I was surprised by how much of the film is still incredibly fresh in my mind, but whether I remembered it or not, the film is entirely hilarious.

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[SPOILERS] [If the film can still be spoiled for you, you need to watch it immediately.]

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Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Ascending
Director: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Writer: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Cast: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Christina Cole, Maria Doyle Kennedy, David Ajala, Doona Bae, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, James D’Arcy, Terry Gilliam
Seen on: 10.02.2015

Plot:
Jupiter (Mila Kunis) and her mother (Maria Doyle Kennedy) work as cleaners for rich people. Russian immigrants themselves, they can only dream of the riches they are cleaning. But there is something about Jupiter that catches the attention of some very powerful people who are not from earth. Former soldier and wolf/human hybrid Caine (Channing Tatum) is only one of a few people trying to get Jupiter. But he makes it his mission to protect Jupiter, whatever may come. And so Jupiter finds herself whisked from earth and crowned space royalty – and that’s only the beginning of the adventure.

I went into Jupiter Ascending armed with vodka and about 50 extremely negative reviews at the back of my head, expecting the worst. And it is true that it is not a particularly good film. But I had so much more honest to goodness fun in the film than I’d ever thought I would have, I can only recommend it.

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[Slight SPOILERS]

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The Zero Theorem (2013)

The Zero Theorem
Director: Terry Gilliam
Writer: Pat Rushin
Cast: Christoph Waltz, Lucas HedgesDavid ThewlisMélanie ThierryMatt DamonGwendoline ChristieRupert FriendRay CooperLily ColeSanjeev BhaskarPeter StormareBen WhishawTilda Swinton

Plot:
Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) works as an entity cruncher for a huge corporation. The hours away from home are torture for Qohen as he is waiting for a call, so he has been trying to convince the corporation that he could work from home. When his supervisor Joby (David Thewlis) tells him that Management (Matt Damon) will be at his party, Qohen decides that he has to go there and talk to him. And he actually succeeds in that plan and a little while later, he starts working on the Zero Theorem from home.

Gilliam knows how to make a world look cool and a film look pretty. The cast is wonderful, too. Other than that though, the film is a boring, sexist mess.

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Monty Python Live (mostly)

Monty Python Live was a special reunion show from the comedy group Monty Python, consisting of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman (who died a while back and therefore was only there in spirit) and Eric Idle, plus for a lot of sketches Carol Cleveland. They performed it a few times, one of which was streamed to a cinema in Vienna, which made me very happy.

The show basically was a Best of – of The Flying Circus and of their films. There were sketches and songs and general hilarity, mostly performed live, but some things also on video. It was a great evening full of nostalgia and fun.

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George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)

George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Director: Martin Scorsese
“Cast”: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Jane Birkin, Tom Petty, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector, Ravi Shankar, Pattie Boyd, Dhani Harrison, Olivia Harrison, George Martin, Jackie Stewart, Astrid Kirchherr, Klaus Voormann

Plot:
George Harrison: Living in the Material World is a documentary about the Beatle George Harrison. Through interviews with his friends, family and colleagues, it looks at his role in the group itself, but also his life after the Beatles, his search for meditation and inner truth, his career as a solo-artist and his family life until his death in 2001.

They showed the two parts of this documentary at once – altogether 208 minutes – and admittedly that got a little long. But it’s a fascinating piece of film with interesting perspectives.

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is the newest movie by Terry Gilliam, starring Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer, Tom Waits, Lily Cole, Peter Stormare, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Andrew Garfield.

Plot:
Doctor Parnassus (Christopher) has a travelling “circus” which he operates together with his best friend Percy (Verne Troyer), his daughter Valentina (Lily Cole) and Anton (Andrew Garfield). Unfortunately things aren’t going too well. A long time back, Parnassus made a deal with the devil (Tom Waits) and promised his daughter to him on her 16th birthday, which is fast coming up. That’s when they stumble upon Tony (Heath Ledger/Johnny Depp/Jude Law/Colin Farrell) who is hiding something but quickly turns their whole word upside down.

Ideas! Ideas! Ideas! Terry Gilliam must have gotten them wholesale some time ago… While the movie isn’ t perfect, it lives from the stunning visuals, from the multitude of ideas and the great performances.

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