Gilliam's 12 Monkeys introduced me to the world of beautiful, mind-bending cinema in the mid nineties. He's been one of my favorite directors ever since.
Thanks for this. He seems like a guy I'd like to have a beer with. It also started me on a fun little hyperlink adventure that ultimately lead me to the "Who is Harry Nilsson" documentary (Gilliam is in it) which I watched and thoroughly enjoyed. All roads worth travelling lead to Gilliam.
Hear, hear! I'll have to check that one out. I'm currently ignorant of Harry Nilsson, so I'm the perfect target audience for the film. Also, I just love rewatching Python with Gilliam's later work in mind. Not that there aren't loads of other pivotal players in that ensemble, but I know that especially where the films were concerned, Gilliam's influence was pretty substantial. Any good comedy works best when laced with a healthy dose of the grim, and the inverse could be said of horrific dystopias. In some ways, Gilliam's films contain the same ingredients as Python's -- just in inverted proportions. Oh, and I would sooooo have a beer with Gilliam! What do you think he drinks?