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November 30th, 2009

Why Not?

These may not be first choice, but why not see them anyway?

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus   **

Terry Gilliam is a bit of an untethered genius. Even in brilliant films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or The Brothers Grimm. He’s basically a huge talent who tends towards overload. Here, having had the privilege of directing Heath Ledger (whom he worked with in Grimm) in his last film, he had the dilemma of having to substitute his character when Ledger passed away so prematurely and tragically. So he replaced this immense talent with no fewer than three actors: Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. The film is a magical mishmash with Faustian undertones though it ends up quite frustrating, without any real form. But it’s still a must-see thanks to all these top talents and what Gilliam managed in the aftermath of tragedy.

Panique au Village **  (vo French)
In the same animated style as Wallace and Gromit, this Belgian tale of Cowboy and Indian is a hectic, wild ride that’s naïve, inventive and funny.

Neptune Ingwersen, Film Critic

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