FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
1998, Universal, 118 min, USA, Dir: Terry Gilliam

Director Terry Gilliam’s psychedelic kaleidoscope of bad vibes as seen through the twisted prism of writer Hunter S. Thompson (Johnny Depp) and walking pharmaceutical factory Dr. Gonzo (a scary Benicio Del Toro) as they sojourn in Las Vegas circa 1971. Consumer culture and the gaudy artifice of middle class gaming resorts are mercilessly skewered in Gilliam’s trenchant adaptation of Thompson’s notorious book. Tons of great bits from a potpourri of stars including Tobey McGuire, Christina Ricci, Harry Dean Stanton, Lyle Lovett, Cameron Diaz, Gary Busey, Mark Harmon, Ellen Barkin, Penn Jillette, Flea and more.


TWELVE MONKEYS
1995, Universal, 129 min, USA, Dir: Terry Gilliam

Chris Marker’s “La Jetee” serves as the inspiration for this haunting and beautiful sci-fi film. Bruce Willis is a time traveler trying to save mankind from a global epidemic; unfortunately, upon arriving in 1990s Philadelphia, he’s immediately incarcerated as a madman and imprisoned alongside a particularly loony Brad Pitt.


TIME BANDITS
1981, Janus Films, 110 min, UK, Dir: Terry Gilliam

When 11-year old history buff Kevin discovers a time-and-space portal in his bedroom wall, a band of dwarves takes him on a series of rousing, funny and scary quests, where they meet Robin Hood, Napoleon and Agamemnon and search for "The Most Fabulous Object in the World." As the Chicago Reader's Dave Kehr pointed out at the time of its release, "All the hidden themes of the Disney films…are made brutally, and often hilariously, explicit. The film is resolutely, passionately anti-adult, yet much of the humor has an adult sophistication and edge to it; this is one kids' movie that doesn't condescend."


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