I debated on just reviewing the 1st half of Terry Gilliams filmography because it reshaped how I view what is possible with film. I mean, cmon, Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Time Bandits, Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. That is one hell of a streak of incredible (and absurd) movies.
This is primarily what his films, and Brazil, are about: living with and within absurdity. In the film Brazil, a man named Sam Lowry is living in a wonderfully incompetent 1984 reality, where terrorist attacks are happening everywhere… but everyone is too busy with Christmas, plastic surgery, and bureaucratic paperwork. You have no idea what’s going on (at first), and that is what makes it so great. It’s hilarious, it’s strange, it’s insane, and it’s epic. Definitely one to watch over and over for years to come.