Actor: John Cleese

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)

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Day 8 of the Tokyo International Film Festival. Today was another busy day for me, and although I was able to attend a short Q&A with Paul Gordon, the director of The Happy Poet, my personal favorite in the festival, I didn’t have time to watch a film today. So arriving home late and tired, […]


The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

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Every now and then I am struck with a case of cinematic childhood regression, and I have to rewatch movies I liked as a kid. It happened earlier this year when I revisited Super Fuzz and They Call Me Bruce? after more than 20 years. Part of this is from a psychological interest in exploring […]


Time Bandits (1981)

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After watching Terry Gilliam’s Tideland for the second time yesterday, and still feeling somewhat ambivalent about it, I wanted to go back and revisit one of his films which I have always enjoyed. Time Bandits was my favorite film when I was a kid, and I caught it every time it was on TV, which […]


Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

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Today was the first day of the Tokyo International Film Festival. I am covering the festival for a couple of publications this time around, and I was too busy running around getting photos of the opening ceremony and sorting through press releases to see a film. The festival’s opening film was The Social Network, which […]


Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)

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The first Monty Python film, And Now for Something Completely Different… was little more than a collection of their Flying Circus skits, only slightly adapted for the big screen. With their second film, they created an autonomous script that works on its own, although they did carry over some of the trappings of their TV […]


Random Quote

“Hell's going to be ass-deep in snow before you guile me into that place again.”
-Abner Meecham (Hal Holbrook)
from That Evening Sun