Required Reading: The Terry Gilliam Problem and the MPAA’s Homophobia

By  · Published on August 22nd, 2014


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“The Wonderful Problem with Terry Gilliam” – Matt Patches at Playboy profiles an outsider who’s ebbed and flowed with the industry while maintaining his own psychotically magical vision.

“At once rebellious and classical, vicious and airy, imaginative yet ready to snap his audience back to harsh realities whenever he damn well pleases, Gilliam is a singular stylist who speaks the blockbuster language with a hallucinogenic cadence. Each of his films – including his latest, The Zero Theorem – feels like the pinnacle of his Gilliamness: oppressed commonfolk fighting “the man” in alternate universes filled with doohickies and creepy ideologies. And settled against Hollywood product, each film feels like a revelation. Idiosyncrasy means box office bombs outweigh the successes – yet he’s never really failed. Not at concertizing dreams, the director’s modus operandi. The movie business doesn’t have room for Terry Gilliam. Like the characters he’s wrangled in the last 40 years, that’s only made him fight harder.”

“This Film Could Help You Understand How Some People Experience Autism” – Lauren Davis at io9 speaks with filmmakers Marisabel Fernandez and Alexander Bernard about their experimental/experiential short film.

“Why great comics don’t always make great movies” – Noel Murray at The Dissolve looks at the competition forms and the problems of translation.

“MPAA accused of homophobia over R-rated sex-free gay romance” – Ben Child at The Guardian offers a diplomatic view on yet another situation where the MPAA displays its double standard for gay love. See also: “Fire accused of being hot.”

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