Movie Time: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Can’t hide it: I’ve been an avid fan of Terry Gilliam’s work since his cutout animations for Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Sometime in the 1980’s, my college roommate Tim and I did a paper on Gilliam’s three latest movies at the time: Time Bandits, Brazil, and The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen. Regrettably, we lost that… Continue reading Movie Time: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Movie Time: 63 Up

I am watching this movie as my first look at director Michael Apted’s “Up” series. I had been aware of it ever since Siskel & Ebert, in 1978, heaped praise on the “21 Up” segment of the series. So I had hoped to catch up on the now nine installments, but time and other issues… Continue reading Movie Time: 63 Up

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The Hobbit Condensed

Gene Deitch's "The hobbit"

Some months ago, the cartoonbrew blog posted a YouTube video that had unearthed a long-lost pilot for a Howdy Doody cartoon film series, made on spec for “Buffalo Bob” Smith and NBC by animator Gene Deitch (“Tom Terrific” among many others). That film was thought lost for many years until someone unearthed a copy and… Continue reading The Hobbit Condensed

Worst Movie ever? (At least physically)

Decasia

In one respect, yes. I saw Decasia over the weekend at Facets uptown. It’s kind of a “found film” project, compiled from film archives across the world, of old, unstable nitrate film in various stages of decomposition. It s indeed a little disturbing to watch. We see the images of people, sometimes barely discernible amid… Continue reading Worst Movie ever? (At least physically)