Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky (1977): Criterion Blu-ray review

The king's champion finally meets the monster in Terry Gilliam's Jabbberwocky (1977)

Terry Gilliam began to forge an identity separate from Monty Python with a film which seems superficially Pythonesque, but on closer look is a darker, richer and more dangerous view of an absurd world. Criterion’s new Blu-ray of Jabberwocky draws out every detail of a richly imagined Medieval world of blood, filth and horror viewed through Gilliam’s comic lens.

Summer viewing: the serious stuff

O (Buster Keaton) scurries through ruined streets trying to evade E (the camera Eye) in Samuel Beckett's Film (1965)

Two recent releases uncover fascinating fragments of cinema history: G.W Pabst’s dramatically powerful and technically innovative early sound films Westfront 1918 (1930) and Kameradschaft (1931) from Masters of Cinema and Samuel Beckett’s sole foray into movies Film (1965) paired with Ross Lipman’s “kino-essay” about the production Notfilm (2015) together in a dual-format release from the BFI.