AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
1971, Sony Repertory, 89 min, UK, Dir: Ian MacNaughton

A collection of sketches from the first two seasons of “Monty Python's Flying Circus” – all re-shot for this film - was the first taste most American viewers had of the iconic British comedy sextet. “Upper Class Twit of the Year,” “Nudge, Nudge,” “The Dead Parrot” and “The Lumberjack Song” are among the favorites seen here (along with Terry Gilliam’s trademark interstitial animation).


FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
1998, Universal, 118 min, USA, Dir: Terry Gilliam

Director Terry Gilliam’s psychedelic kaleidoscope of bad vibes as seen through the twisted prism of writer Hunter S. Thompson (Johnny Depp) and walking pharmaceutical factory Dr. Gonzo (a scary Benicio Del Toro) as they sojourn in Las Vegas circa 1971. Consumer culture and the gaudy artifice of middle class gaming resorts are mercilessly skewered in Gilliam’s trenchant adaptation of Thompson’s notorious book. Tons of great bits from a potpourri of stars including Tobey McGuire, Christina Ricci, Harry Dean Stanton, Lyle Lovett, Cameron Diaz, Gary Busey, Mark Harmon, Ellen Barkin, Penn Jillette, Flea and more.


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