Time Bandits

“If you’re wrong, Benson, my revenge will be slow and unpleasant. I will turn you inside out over a very long period of time.” ... “Oh thank you, Master! Thank you!”

Getting out from under the shadow of Monty Python proved difficult for Terry Gilliam early in his solo career — no one in America would finance any films for him — so while he waited to get his big movie, “Brazil,” off the ground, he wrote a script for an idea he’d been kicking around that would appeal to the whole family. “Time Bandits” proved to be a box office success and still is one of Gilliam’s most profitable movies, allowing him to make “Brazil” immediately afterward and continue in the business. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we dig into his 1981 film. We talk about how this film struck us at an early age and how we find it now, thrilled that Gilliam made a children’s film that didn’t need to gloss anything over for kids but kept it raw and edgy. We chat about the slew of actors running all through it — from the brilliance of the kid and six dwarfs in the titular roles to all the fantastic cameos and bit parts scattered through it (and, of course, most notably the brilliant David Warner playing Evil in the best way possible). We discuss the theological views of the story and how these views don’t really affect the film, which can be viewed as simply a children’s film still. And we look at the amazing world building done by Gilliam in this film and how he couldn’t have done it without the help of his brilliant costume designer, production designer and art director. It’s a film that holds up incredibly well for us and holds a special place in our hearts. We have a great chat about it, so check it out and tune in!

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Trailers of the Week

Andy’s Trailer: Coldwater — “The idea of these reform boot camps frightens me because of the possibility for abuse. Put a thriller in this world and I’m hooked. Plus it gives me serious bad guys to hate on. My buddy Jayson Crothers shot this film, so even another reason to see it! And you should go too!"

Pete’s Trailer: All is By My Side — “I was introduced to Hendrix with “Little Wing” recorded sometime in the late 60s. When I saw this trailer, I was smashed back to that moment, standing under posters of Skinny Puppy, The Breeders, AC/DC… I think there was a Rush poster in the mix… and there I was wondering why no one makes music like that anymore? What has taken so confounded long to make a Jimi movie that becomes canon?"