Thursday, February 17, 2011

Which Is Better?

Which is Better?

Pre-1990 Terry Gilliam
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Time Bandits
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen


Post-1990 Terry Gilliam
The Fisher King
Twelve Monkeys
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The Brothers Grimm
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments section.


  1. This is very, very hard to answer...

    My favourites of his are Brazil, The Fisher King and Twelve Monkeys. They are far above all the rest of his work in my opinion.
    But Brazil is before 1990 so I don't know what to choose...

    I think I'll just go with Pre-1990 Terry Gilliam, because I've seen and enjoyed all his films from that era even if two of my favourites are post-1990...
    Still, The Brothers Grimm was really quite, much worse than anything he did Pre-1990.

    Anyway, great question, sorry if my answer was a bit muddled. It's a hard choice for me.

  2. I enjoy everything made by the pre-Fear-and-loathing Gilliam.

    Brothers Grimm and Tideland were quite weak in my opinion, and PARNASSUS is great but not as much as His famous trilogy (Bandits-Brazil-Munchausen)

    But if he really gets his Quixote movie made, I will love everything from his post-Parnassus era :)

  3. I love The Fisher King, LOVE it, but there's no beating the Holy Grail/Brazil combo. Great question, can't go wrong with Gilliam no matter the time frame.

  4. I would go with pre-1990 Gilliam though I also enjoy his post 1990 work as well (with the exception of the messy The Brothers Grimm.

    My all-time favorite film of his is Brazil which is in my list of my all-time favorite films ever. I also love Baron Munchausen.

    Fear & Loathing was something that freaked me out when I first saw it and it's been a long time since I've seen it. I did enjoy The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. I which more people could go see his work.

  5. @Jack – This one stumped me as well. Depending on the day I could make an argument for each side being better.

    @Abel - I have to agree with you on Brothers Grimm. I think it is Gilliam’s weakest film to date.

    @Aiden R - The Fisher King was a great film. I have had a desire to re-watch that one again recently…sadly I only have it on VHS.

    @thevoid99 - Baron Munchausen is a film that I rarely hear people talk about when reflecting on Gilliam. I really enjoyed that film when I was younger.

  6. Its a toss-up for me I like 3 movies from each era.

  7. Clearly, the answer is '85 - '95.

  8. I think I prefer not to compartmentalize him. My "favorite" Gilliam film can change on any given day depending on what I'm in the mood for. I have "favorites" both pre and post 1990.

    I suppose Gilliam's films reflect his particular stage of life at the time he made each of them... but I don't think there's a clearly definitive pre/post dividing line.

  9. @TMB – Both periods do have their gems.

    @jlavs – That is the answer to a different question. LOL

    @RealGillliamFan – You make a good point about each film represent the stage Gilliam was at in his personal life. There has been an interesting progression from the whimsical to the serious to his current in between state.


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