Monday, October 26, 2009

Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)

I've only watched two episodes of Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut), but this is quickly on its way to becoming a favorite documentary. The first episode alone is full of interview and archival material that I've never seen before, and is well worth the hour spent watching it on IFC. It also confirms a number of my suspicions about the indiviuals, including the fact that Terry Gilliam is probably the second luckiest man in the world (after Ringo Starr) for being in the right place at the right time even though he is completely talentless. Unlike Ringo, though, his ego is completely insane and out of touch with reality. Otherwise, a very enjoyable viewing.


Rufus Xevious said...

Let's hold on a second here. If you're going to call someone talentless, you've got to back it up with at least an iota of evidence. If you're going to contend that the guy who made Brazil and the Adventures of Baron Munchausen talentless, I think he deserves some analysis. Just a bit. Sweeping statements are all good and well for film critics who are given one or two paragraphs by their employer to write a review. But you've got your own blog and can write as much as you want. If you're going to be a dick about Terry Gilliam, at least justify your dick-i-tude. :)

Bondelev said...

Obviously it's a matter of opinion, but I don't feel like I have to justify my statement; you just did for me, by listing two of the worst films ever made. Don't get me wrong, they are beautiful visually, but that accounts for about .1% of what makes a movie good. It impresses film students, who are overwhelmed by technique, but for mature viewers, the movies lack any character depth or emotion.

If you disagree, you are welcome to provide your own analysis on your own blog.