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slime gets him every time

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

This weekend Jim and I finally got to see The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. For weeks it appeared it would not be playing in St. Petersburg or even Tampa FL. As surrounding cities and small towns had it listed and we still did not, I was getting ready to move. Well, okay maybe not but I was really disappointed and a bit disgusted.

I mean it’s a new Terry Gilliam film that happens to have Tom Waits playing the devil and Heath Ledger starring in it despite passing away before the film’s completion. If that weren’t enough Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell step in as Heath Ledger’s character with ‘altered appearances’. This deserves at least a little hype, no? Yet, so many people haven’t even heard of it let alone know it is in cinemas now. I just don’t get it.

So, I’m making it my job tonight to implore you to go see this film. It’s brilliant. A masterpiece, even. Seriously. I had a huge grin and a dropped jaw through much of this visually stunning, highly amusing, imaginative, well acted film, just-go -freaking-see-it film.

I hear that Dr. P may have a couple of Oscar nominations, so perhaps after the Awards everyone will run out to see it or rent it when it’s released on DVD like they did with Pan’s Labyrinth. I hope so. It deserves some recognition and most of all to simply be seen. If it’s playing in your area I highly recommend seeing it on the big screen over waiting for the DVD. It’s that kind of movie. To those of you that trusted me and rented or even went and bought MirrorMask and loved it, trust me one more time. It’s in the same vein, I think.

Here’s an interview with Terry Gilliam on the film’s support site.





That’s all for now. Haiku away…

<3 calan

14 Responses to “slime gets him every time”

  1. Seraphine Says:

    the owl eats the snail
    collects newspaper and mail
    owl mafia

    never send a snail to do owl’s work. owl’s are much more bone efficient. owls also deliver letters and bring the morning newspaper in from the porch.
    snails are healers, let them crawl in your wounds.
    never misuse your pets and they will be your friends for life.

  2. matthew Says:

    I had heard of this movie when Ledger died but nothing since then. I forgot all about it really. Glad you mentioned it or it would have been ages before i remembered its existence. I hope its playing around here. I will have to check when i get home tonight. Thanks for the reminder.

    I love the comic this week. That snail is damn cute with its knitted hat and scarf.

    Instead of a haiku i will tell you a joke my friend told me the other day.

    A man is watching tv and hears the doorbell ring. He gets up and answers the door but there is no one there. He shuts the door and goes back to watching tv. Then the bell rings again and when he answers it he still sees no one and now angry he slams the door and goes back to the tv. A third time the bell rings and furious he charges to the door and opens it quickly looking everywhere for the culprit but looking down he sees only a snail looking up at him. Angry he picks up the snail and throws it as far as he can. Five months later he gets another ring at his door and opening it he sees the snail again. The snail looks up at him and yells “what your problem!” 🙂

    Hope you have a good week. I will chime in if i get to see that movie.

  3. Gabe Says:

    Sneakers isn’t slow!
    He just needs motivation
    Wield a salt shaker

  4. matthew Says:

    Lol, i made him an Asian snail. It was supposed to be “Hey, what’s your problem?!” That’s what i get for rushing through it this morning.

  5. calan Says:

    gabe and matthew – you both made me laugh today. i’m home sick and cranky too, so that means you’re extra awesome.

  6. Seraphine Says:

    no dog don’t get dog
    get asian snail who love job
    bring bone learn patience

  7. Jerus Says:

    If you think a pet snail is bad at fetch I had a Pet rock that took 3 months to fetch a bone i threw

  8. matthew Says:

    Good news is the movie is playing in my area, bad news is its in one theater in the middle of down town. Now that wouldn’t be so bad in most city’s but San Jose has over a million people with a good chunk of them looking for fun down town on the weekend. Guess i will have to wait till monday or tuesday to see it. But see it i will.

  9. Jim Says:

    Sneakers got held up
    Chatting with ol pal French fry…
    Reouxf ate Jimbo whole!

  10. calan ree Says:

    oooh yay matthew! let us know how you like it!

    jim – lulz i miss all but one of those characters.

  11. Andrea Says:

    Saw it last night (2/18) – just as great as you said it would be, and maybe even more so. First movie I’ve gone to in 15 years . . . thanks for the heads-up!

  12. calan ree Says:

    andrea – i’m so glad you went and weren’t disappointed. it is a tiny thing to get a few extra people to see a film that may have slipped by unnoticed, but it makes me feel really good all the same. 🙂

  13. Andrea Says:

    I brought along a friend who’d never seen a movie like this – I call it a ‘fantasical’ genre. We were mesmerized (there were only FOUR of us in this showing).

    I wish it was still playing in the Tampa/St. Pete area so my hubby could see it; perhaps it’ll still be playing here (Wisconsin) SOMEwhere when he gets home in March.

    I also purchased ‘MirrorMask’, at your suggestion. Already have ‘Labyrinth’.

    I remembered how much I like Waits’ music and purchased all his CDs (I’d never gotten around to replacing my LPs), two DVDs of live performances, and three books about him (Amazon.com loves me) . . . I saw him in Chicago in 1979 . . . actually spoke to him. His age and lifestyle certainly showed on him in this movie . . . .

  14. coraline Says:

    haha where i used to live, we had a whole bunch of snails everywhere!

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