Terry Gilliam
Tideland (2005). Directed by Terry Gilliam.

On the Tideland DVD, Terry Gilliam introduces his film:

Hello. I’m Terry Gilliam and I have a confession to make. Many of you are not going to like this film. Many of you, luckily, are going to love it. And then, there are many of you who aren’t going to know what to think when the film finishes, but hopefully, you’ll be thinking.

You can view the full Tideland Intro on YouTube.

Terry, I didn’t like your film.

By the end of Tideland I was still thinking. I was thinking how disappointed I was after waiting so long to finally see it. The last Terry Gilliam I saw was The Brothers Grimm (2005), another disappointing film. Where is the genius that we saw in Brazil, The Fisher King, and Twelve Monkeys?

Jeff Bridges has an interesting role as a drugged-out psychotic version of Jeffrey Lebowski and the cinematography is first rate. I found it to be similar to The Fisher King in many ways but the fantasy world of Jeliza-Rose, the young girl at the centre of the film, just didn’t appeal to me.

I am dying to see what Gilliam did with The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) which is Heath Ledger’s last film. It also stars Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law and Christopher Plummer!

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