Though he does a great job reporting on all things film, Brendon Connelly at the film ick blog is particularly obsessed with Terry Gilliam. And apparently it has paid off.
I haven't seen Gilliam's "Tideland" yet, but it's steadily rising in my Netflix queue and might even get here this weekend. Meanwhile, Connelly managed to get his hands on Terry Gilliam and Charles McKeown's script for "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus."
I don't want to give too much away, since after all it's not my scoop, but this one sounds just deliciously bizarre, even by Gilliam's standards. Dr. Parnassus is apparently a traveling magician/snake oil salesman. His trick is that lucky (or not-so-lucky) volunteers can enter and explore his mind, hence "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus." Just to give you a few more details, it turns out that Dr. Parnassus has made a bet with the devil himself, about whether people are more likely to choose the power of the imagination or the lure of material things, so when they enter the "imaginarium" they come to a fork in the road and have to make that choice.
There's a lot more crazy stuff going on that I don't want to reveal, but it all sounds like vintage Gilliam. If you want to learn more, and be warned that there are some more spoilers, you can read Connelly's full script review here.
A look at Pixar's "Wall-E"
Just as Connelly is obsessed with Gilliam, Jim Hill has a singular obsession with all things Pixar and Disney, which has landed him early word about what's going on with Pixar's 2008 release "Wall-E."
Though there are many promising movies coming out this summer, I have to say I'm most excited about Brad Bird's "Ratatouille." Following that on Pixar's slate will be "Wall-E," being directed by "Finding Nemo" helmer Andrew Stanton, and then "Toy Story 3," with a script by "Little Miss Sunshine" scribe Michael Arndt.
According to Jim Hill's spy, "Wall-E" begins in the year 2700, with humans having abandoned the planet Earth after turning it into an orbiting toxic waste dump. As Earthlings circle their former home aboard a giant spaceship, robots are dispatched to clean up their mess. It turns out, however, that the robots were extremely inept, and all except one, our hero Wall-E, has stopped operating.
Over the many years he is the only robot on Earth, Wall-E develops strange powers of curiosity about the planet's former inhabitants. Eventually, an advanced model called EVE is dispatched to Earth to find an important object, and Wall-E, of course, falls in love (remember folks, it's a cartoon, so there's nothing wrong with a little robot love.) When she's recalled to her mothership, Wall-E latches on for a wild ride.
The rest of the movie has Wall-E encountering the remaining humans, who are now just fat blobs, and travelling through space. Hill describes it as a sci-fi/satire mix, and therefore definitely has me intrigued. To read all he had to say about the flick at Jim Hill Media, click here.
Already an "Others" remake?
The Weinsteins have done little to impress me since severing ties with Miramax, but now they're getting downright frightening.
Even before most Americans (including me) have gotten the chance to see Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner "The Lives of Others," the bros. Weinstein have renewed their deal with Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella's Mirage company. Included in this deal will be immediate work on an English-language remake of "The Lives of Others."
Did I miss something here? Are we really so scared of subtitles that we need to have every great European movie dumbed down for us? Probably so, but that still doesn't keep me from getting mad as hell.
First Ron Howard gets his hand on "Cache," and now this. Where and when will this madness stop?
Thursday, March 01, 2007
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