There’s a new film out from Terry Gilliam this week - The Zero Theorem. He’s one of my favourite filmmakers and here is my selection of his best films.

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  • Comment number 76. Posted by westcoastchris

    on 1 Aug 2014 14:54

    Mark, when you say, a film is not a particular director's best work, even though you had mentioned before the importance of having a good script, I still think you perhaps underestimate the magnitude of that truth.

    I watched The Zero Theorem and can only agree to your review of it. I too wanted to like it better. Why are Brazil, Twelve Monkeys and Tideland Gilliam's best work? Because he had great scripts to begin with.

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  • Comment number 75. Posted by Gav

    on 1 Jul 2014 14:53

    The only film I would swap out would be Tideland and I would put The Fisher King in its place. It's a far superior work. For me Time Bandits remains my favourite with Brazil coming a close second.

    Here's a question, would Lost in La Mancha count??

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  • Comment number 74. Posted by youngian

    on 28 May 2014 09:43

    Only a short film but the Crimson Permanent Assurance deserves a mention particularly how relevant it still is. Likewise Baron Machausen is worth another look alongside more recent high budget fantasy movies and it still has more flair and imagination.

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  • Comment number 73. Posted by Owain Parry-George

    on 14 Apr 2014 01:58

    1 Brazil (one of my most favourite films of all time.
    2 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Introduced me to Dr Thompson, in the best way possible)
    3 12 Monkeys (Outstanding story with a beautiful aesthetics.
    4 Time Bandits ( I didn't see this until I was 22 years old, my childhood suffered)
    5 Tideland (less ambitious Pans Labyrinth. I love it.)

    Apart from perhaps the Brothers Grimm Gilliam has never made a film I didn't at some level.

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  • Comment number 72. Posted by ADfilm

    on 11 Apr 2014 19:19

    first thing I'm going to say is that I respect Mark so much because he loves the films he loves and stands by them no matter what critics or audiences think, because Brazil is a film broken down in the middle, when I talk to most film lovers it either they love it or they hate it , but one thing you cant deny is that it is a visual gem. But all that said I agree you have to go with Brazil because its the film of Terry's that will be remembered 100 years from now.

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  • Comment number 71. Posted by Miss_Gerry_Gee

    on 21 Mar 2014 09:56

    You've missed out his 3 best films! The Life of Brian (We worship you, Oh Brian), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Fisher King. How could you?

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  • Comment number 70. Posted by Mick Bexon Death of a Fireman

    on 20 Mar 2014 20:44

    Brazil

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  • Comment number 69. Posted by Joey Manic

    on 18 Mar 2014 11:14

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for me. Captures the madness and psychedelic insanity of the book and features a career-best performance from Johnny Depp that should have won him an Oscar (but of course for the subject matter) and also one for Benicio Del Toro. In fact, especially the latter.

    A wonderful mind boggling trip of a movie that plays with the very structure of filmmaking (if there's a discernible plot I can't find it). But it's brilliant because of that rather than in spiite of it. Sheer class from start to finish.

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  • Comment number 68. Posted by Ian Schultz

    on 17 Mar 2014 10:29

    Terry Gilliam has always been my favourite director, nobody has the eye for detail Terry has and in the world of Michael Bays and Zack Snyders, a new Terry Gilliam film is also refreshing. I personally loved The Zero Theorem which I think is his best since Tideland which is probably the most underappreciated film in history and I consider it a rather sweet kids film.

    1. Brazil, my favourite film ever it's a brilliant satire of Britain but ever year becomes more and more relevant.
    2. Tideland, his most underrated film horribly misunderstood at it's release and the horrible distribution didn't help.
    3. 12 Monkeys, Gilliam goes Hollywood but it works perfectly and Brad and Bruce have rarely been better.
    4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Terry pulls off the impossible task of adapting Hunter's novel and does it pretty much pitch perfectly still prefer the ending in the book though.
    5. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, the Robin Williams moon scene should have been greatly reduced but it's the film that made me interested in film and still makes me giggle with awe.

    I personally liked Brothers Grimm, it's a fun fantasy romp but I like everything he has done. I think his worst is Jabberwocky which hasn't aged super well. Time Bandits and Fisher King are amazing as well.

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  • Comment number 67. Posted by edward

    on 16 Mar 2014 09:20

    All of Gilliam's work is creative, with a distinctive visual flair, but I could never place them within a 'Top 5' list. Anyway, the one I often return to, for it's all out balls-to-the-wall sheer audacity, would be 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen:' A sublime lead performance in the form of Mr. John Neville; impeccable production design (Like every other Gilliam movie, but this one encapsulates the scale of the man's vision); Michael Kamen's brilliant score transcends the film perfectly. A close second would be 'Brazil.' Why? Just for being 'Brazil.' And for the fact that the said movie kept (studio exec(?)) Sid Sheinberg up at night.

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