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Blu-ray Review: Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky on Criterion, Vital, Promising, More Quirky Than Funny

Surprise! The delightful, self-deprecating audio commentary by Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin is what sold me on Jabberwocky, a very British film loosely inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem. Released in the U.K. and the U.S. in April 1977 -- two months before Star Wars -- the film was savaged by critics, as Gilliam recalls, though it did better in territories where Monty Python and the Holy Grail had not been released, such as Germany. Indeed, the original release did not leave a mark in my memory, though I recall it frequently playing on the lively repertory circuit in Los Angeles in the late 1970s and early 80s. Of course, I was a latecomer to the entire Monty Python phenomenon, since the show was broadcast on...

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Blood Feast

Blood Feast

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1963 / Color /1.85 / Street Date October 9, 2017

Starring Mal Arnold, Connie Mason

Cinematography by Herschell Gordon Lewis

Written by A. Louise Downe (Ghostwritten by Lewis)

Produced by David F. Friedman, Herschell Gordon Lewis

Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis

1963’s Blood Feast, the infamous gorefest from director Herschell Gordon Lewis, is a pox on our culture; grossly stupid, comically inept and depressingly nihilistic. A perfect film for 2017.

Lewis’s movie was released the same year that Patsy Cline and John Kennedy died, George Wallace turned away black students from an Alabama college and Martin Luther King was jailed in Birmingham. Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique and Sam Cooke recorded ”A Change Is Gonna Come”. In an already fractured country, those seismic shifts only deepened the decades-old divide along the Mason-Dixon line.

Meanwhile, in southernly states from Mississippi to Florida, Lewis and his production partner David Friedman were busy
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The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Florida Project,” which has just started its platform release across the country, what is the greatest child performance in a film?

Jordan Hoffman (@JHoffman), The Guardian, Vanity Fair

I can agonize over this question or I can go at this Malcolm Gladwell “Blink”-style. My answer is Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon.” She’s just so funny and tough, which of course makes the performance all the more heartbreaking. She won the freaking Oscar at age 10 for this and I’d really love to give a more deep cut response, but why screw around? Paper Moon is a perfect film and she is the lynchpin.
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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese,
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John Cleese to receive honorary Sarajevo Film Festival award

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John Cleese to receive honorary Sarajevo Film Festival award
Monty Python star honoured for his contribution to film.

John Cleese will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award at the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival (August 11-18).

The prize is awarded for an extraordinary contribution to the art of film.

After the awards ceremony, the festival will screen Cleese’s comedy A Fish Called Wanda as part of its open air programme.

Monty Python member Cleese appeared in Monty Python And The Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life Of Brian and The World Is Not Enough.

Last year’s recipient of the honorary award was director Stephen Frears. Robert De Niro was given a separate lifetime achievement award.

The 2017 festival will also pay tribute to documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer.

The two-time Oscar nominee will attend the festival to participate in a masterclass and audience Q&A session.

His films The Act Of Killing and The Look Of Silence – both about genocide in Indonesia - will also be screened
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Great Job, Internet!: Here’s the story of Theresa May’s failed campaign as told by Monty Python

Earlier this month, British Prime Minister Theresa May lost the general election that she herself called. Both during and after the election, Twitter whipped itself into a frenzy, mocking everything from “protest vote” candidate Lord Buckethead to the “fields of wheat” that May admitted running through when asked about the “naughtiest” thing she ever did as a child.

Both of those make an appearance—as does lightning rod Boris Johnson as a bug-eyed dragon—in this latest video, which tells the story of May’s campaign and defeat by recasting her as King Arthur in Monty Python And The Holy Grail. Huw Parkinson of Australia’s ABC News gracefully inserts May’s head over Graham Chapman’s as she spews some of her most memorable soundbites from the past year. Whether you’re into British politics or not, the video’s worth watching.

Although Lord Buckethead is rightly analogized as
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Silver screen slots

In an ever-increasing desire to create the most exciting and immersive experiences possible slots designers are always on the lookout for new themes and concepts for their machines. In doing this they often take the example of video games developers as a starting point and this, logically, has led on to theming many of their slots around hit movies.

These are specifically designed to appeal to fans of the film in particular or the genre in general and often the film makers regard them as an additional piece of merchandise for the franchise.

So if you’re a movie fan here are some of the very best about and, more importantly, some handy tips about how to maximise your winnings.

One of the key aspects of success on the slots is knowing when to switch machine and the common wisdom is that when you’re on a run without many wins,
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The cliches of Disney dads

Andrew Blair Jun 16, 2017

As Father's Day approaches, we take a look at dads, through the eyes of Disney movies...

This article contains mild spoilers for The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Frozen, Moana, and Beauty And The Beast.

Picture the scene: King Triton and the Sultan are making their way through a bottle of Duty Free Glenlivet after a solid paintball sesh, having dinghied harmless crackpot Maurice due to his low social status and shan banter. At this point the Prince of the Forest walks in and they all bond over how difficult it is being a single parent powerful dude. It’s hard enough being a good dad and ruler without worrying about how dog memes are getting hecking incomprehensible these days. Can’t people see that they only want simpler dog memes and what’s best for their daughters? Maybe if they weren’t so headstrong and feisty...

Narrative Necessity
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Cannes Hidden Gem: 'I Am Not a Witch' Satirizes Sorcery in Modern-Day Zambia

Cannes Hidden Gem: 'I Am Not a Witch' Satirizes Sorcery in Modern-Day Zambia
“She turned me into a newt!” claims John Cleese’s muddy-cheeked peasant in the famed Monty Python and the Holy Grail scene in which a woman (his then wife Connie Booth, no less) is accused of being a witch by a bunch of rowdy medieval villagers. Looking a little shifty about his distinctly un-lizardlike appearance, he then adds: “I got better.”

First-time feature helmer Rungano Nyoni might not be aiming for Python-esque lunacy in I Am Not a Witch, a “present-day satire about beliefs in witchcraft” set and shot in Zambia that is one of the most eye-catching titles...
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Review: Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, Very, Very Familiar

There are countless films about the legend of King Arthur, from a Disney animation (The Sword in the Stone) to a hilarious satire (Monty Python and the Holy Grail) to a romance with Richard Gere (First Knight) to the epic that pretty much covers all the important happenings of the tale (Excalibur). King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, the newest version, is focused on the struggle of Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) to accept his destiny once he manages to pull out the sword from the stone and becomes the biggest threat to England's illegitimate king, the evil Vortigern (Jude Law). Unlike other film adaptations, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword gives a mayor weight to the protagonist's process to control the power of the sword that,...

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‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers Call Guy Ritchie’s Blockbuster ‘Boring,’ ‘Loud’ and ‘Exhausting’

‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers Call Guy Ritchie’s Blockbuster ‘Boring,’ ‘Loud’ and ‘Exhausting’
The reviews are in for “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” which opens in theaters this Friday, May 12. But critics aren’t raving about Guy Ritchie’s new take on the classic Excalibur tale, which stars Charlie Hunnam in the title role. In his C- review, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich describes the blockbuster as “part ‘Game of Thrones,’ part ‘Snatch,’ and almost all bad.” He adds, “If it weren’t so boring, it would almost be impressive how fast — and how comprehensively — Ritchie and fellow screenwriters Lionel Wigram and Joby Harold are able to make a mess of things.”

Read More: ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Trailer: Jude Law’s Villainous Vortigern Takes Center Stage in Final Look

In his C+ review, Entertainment Weekly’s Kevin P. Sullivan writes:

“There are too many phony-looking special-effects sequences of giant marauding elephants and magical eel creatures to get to. It doesn
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Brutal ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Reviews: Critics Fart in Film’s General Direction

Brutal ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Reviews: Critics Fart in Film’s General Direction
The legend of King Arthur has been used as the basis for many films throughout cinematic history. But aside from Disney’s “The Sword in the Stone” and the uproarious “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” few films have ever lasted long in the public consciousness. And critics think Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” won’t be a tale that endures through time either. Early reviews for Guy Ritchie’s latest film have been widely negative, panning the film for relying on a generic origin story formula to try to keep audience interest and for using a.
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Film Review: ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’

Film Review: ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’
Early on in his career, Guy Ritchie took rough-and-tumble streetwise hoodlums and elevated them to hero status. Now, he does the opposite, taking high-class literary heroes — first Sherlock Holmes and now King Arthur — and plunging them down to gutter level. The idea, one supposes, is to make these lofty cultural icons into relatable underdogs, but the effect is akin to slander. If there ever had been a real Sherlock or Arthur, they would surely be horrified to see themselves depicted as such commonplace thugs.

In Ritchie’s over-the-top, rock-and-roll “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” the less you know about the legend in question, the better. The brash British director has thrown out nearly all preexisting Athurian notions and come up with a smoking new riff on the famous sword-in-the-stone tale that makes “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” look like a work of rigorous historical scholarship by comparison.

It’s epic,
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BuzzFeed Hires Cinetic Exec for Original Documentary Push — Exclusive

BuzzFeed is betting that its newsroom is the perfect place to launch new documentary projects. BuzzFeed Motion Pictures has hired former Cinetic Media head of sales Linzee Troubh for the newly-created position of Senior Manager of News Development, responsible for working with BuzzFeed News editors and reporters to develop documentary features and series based on the company’s original reporting.

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Troubh will also work with outside producers to package upcoming and published news stories. Prior to joining Cinetic in 2010, she worked at the Tribeca Film Festival. Troubh’s first day at BuzzFeed was Monday.

“This isn’t going to be for every story and isn’t going to be of interest to every reporter,” BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith wrote in a memo the company’s employees, “but it’s an exciting new direction for
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Robin Williams' Final Movie Finally Gets a U.S. Release Date

Robin Williams' Final Movie Finally Gets a U.S. Release Date
After coming out more than two years ago in the U.K., Robin Williams' final movie is going to get released in the U.S. The comedy Absolutely Anything, in which Williams voices a dog, has finally secured distribution from Atlas Distribution Co. Outside of the appeal that comes from Robin Williams, the movie also serves as something of a Monty Python reunion, which isn't likely to happen again on the big screen.

According to Deadline, Absolutely Anything will be given a limited release, with Atlas hoping to get the movie in theaters on May 12. Terry Jones, who directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian and The Meaning of life, directed Absolutely Anything from a script that he wrote more than 20 years ago. The movie also stars Monty Python alums John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. So comedy fans have several very good reasons to go see this movie.
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21 Interesting Facts About Monty Python and the Holy Grail

I’m not sure if I’ll get into hot water for saying this but I never liked Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Never for one minute did I ever laugh nor think one scene was even remotely funny. While I have tremendous respect for guys like Michael Palin and John Cleese I just never thought it was funny. The thing is, I even like slapstick and absurd situational comedy like the kind of stuff you’d see from Mr. Bean but when it came to Holy Grail I just thought it was stupid and way too over the top. I personally

21 Interesting Facts About Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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Annie Hall at 40: ranking the film's funniest moments

As Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning comedy reaches the end of its fourth decade, what are the lines that still cause the biggest laughs?

“I turned 40 and I guess I’m having a life crisis or something.” So states Woody Allen’s Alvy Singer in the opening monologue to his best film, Annie Hall.

Today Annie Hall itself turns 40, and it’s a good time to express just how influential this masterpiece was to New York, to fashion and film and the culture at large. It’s an important and insightful look at adult relationships, but before that it’s a comedy, and one that may only be matched by Monty Python and the Holy Grail in terms of the sheer volume of quality jokes.

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Coming Distractions: Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie are sisters of controversy in The Little Hours red-band trailer

The eightscore young blondes and brunettes of Monty Python And The Holy Grail’s Castle Anthrax have some serious competition in the red-band trailer for The Little Hours, the “unapologetically raunchy” medieval comedy that debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate Micucci star as sisters Alessandra, Fernanda, and Ginevra, three foul-mouthed nuns who wile away their days rolling their eyes in confession, hurling obscenities at the peasant who works at their convent, and fighting amongst themselves. That is, until the arrival of handsome new day laborer Masseto (Dave Franco), whose presence makes the convent explode into what the official description calls “a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.”

Based on a bawdy tale from the 14-century Italian collection The Decameron, The Little Hours has already been condemned by the Catholic League as “pure trash,” giving heathens yet another reason to
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Terry Jones Offers an Update on His Dementia Diagnosis: ‘My Frontal Lobe Has Absconded’

Terry Jones Offers an Update on His Dementia Diagnosis: ‘My Frontal Lobe Has Absconded’
The Guardian has an update on Terry Jones, the “Monty Python” member who last fall revealed he has dementia. Most of the news isn’t good, unfortunately, as Jones’ condition has worsened in the months since he went public with his diagnosis. Though still able to get around by himself physically, the once-verbose performer’s speech is now limited to just a few words at a time.

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Jones has frontotemporal dementia, which affects the language and social-control centers of the brain. In addition to reducing patients’ ability to speak, it may also make them appear less concerned with their loved ones. Though his speech is “now restricted to a few words, usually uttered to agree with those who are speaking to him,” Jones “remains an enthusiastic walker, likes his beer and wine, and watches old films compulsively. ‘Some Like It Hot’ is a favourite.
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What's Up, Doc? Our 10 favourite bunnies on film

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What's Up, Doc? Our 10 favourite bunnies on filmWhat's Up, Doc? Our 10 favourite bunnies on filmAdriana Floridia4/14/2017 9:00:00 Am

With Easter approaching this weekend, there is no better time to spread some love for our favourite bunnies.

Bunnies have made a major impression on film. Some of the most iconic cartoon characters we know and cherish are fun-loving bunnies. You can usually find them chomping on carrots, being unusually tardy, and a lot of the time they're up to no good.

As adorable as some of our favourite bunnies are, there have also been many instances where bunnies have given us nightmares, but it doesn't mean we have any less love for them.

Whether they're being creepy, sly, or sweet, here are ten of the best bunnies to hop, jump, and skip across the silver screen. Check out the list below!

Judy Hopps, Zootopia (2016)

The most inspirational bunny on this list,
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