Mind Blowing Movies: Brazil, by Tiffany Lee Brown


26 Responses to “Mind Blowing Movies: Brazil, by Tiffany Lee Brown”

  1. musesum says:

    I am stunned; this is a judo flip of a story. Ok then, time to ride my bike across town. I think I’ll wear a helmet. 

    Will be thinking of the both of you.

  2. Stunned… Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. To better days.

  3. Always wear a helmet.  

    • Jim Saul says:

      While that is advice one should always follow, I believe this young man was wearing a helmet, from the additional details available at their site.

      Best wishes for a full recovery. I hope we’ll get an update from Josh’s perspective as well, in restored health.

  4. I loved Brazil, its my favorite movie ever. This Essay was better. Best wishes for a quick and easy recovery.

  5. voiceinthedistance says:

    What a Boing Boing bonanza to have two Brazil related posts in only a few days, and what a poignant story, Tiffany.  Just like the post about Blade Runner here, I found a synergy between the story and movie that brought out a surprisingly emotional response in me.  

    All the best wishes for a speedy recovery for Josh.  With such a great partner at his side, he is certain to face his trials with far greater strength than if going it alone.  With any luck, it’s only a couple of brief siestas in that mental hammock until his brain mends its bruises and scrapes.

  6. Brad Gall says:

    First time I’ve ever welled up from a movie review.

  7. Rosin Ffield says:

    i’ll give u ideas about mindblowing movies:

    “They Live”
    “Wild Palms” (miniseries) (Bruce Wagner)
    “White Dwarf” (Bruce Wagner /Coppola)

  8. Finnagain says:

    These movie reviews are beginning to take their toll! Best wishes to Josh.

  9. dean jordan says:

    Thank you for sharing this.  All the best, and may you come out on the other side, some how, some way, goats or not.

  10. semewew says:

    thank you for sharing this movie review.

  11. first movie review to make me cry. ever.

  12. RedShirt77 says:

    The role of fantasy in escaping the oppression of the mundane.
    Great film, and a great question.

  13. MartinR says:

    Thanks, Brazil, what a crazy intimate movie.
    Brazil wreaked havock on my comfort. My heroes Robert deNiro, and the mechanics of venting were spot on. I clung to them for hope. I was rooting for them every step of the way. I know I was clenching my gut and holding the edge of my seat. I can still feel it. I think I still suffer Palin and the ending in the hyper-vent and the dolly moves on rails… I felt uneasy, desperate, empty much like when I was too little and watching, about the rabbits Of mice and Men,. Different, I know, but I just wasn’t ready to take it on the chin like that, santa clause was kinda still real for me, and plop wow, what another chunk of abandonment to feel..
    it’s a lot of Ouch, for any one

    Though, It’s nice to walk around and notice people. Like sharing a secret in the moment, I smirk and smile with them from the side. A little hello, hi, who, how maybe you too, know something I don’t… It gets my mind off having seen brazil in a darkened theatre with so many others, maybe even a lot of them not feeling to different and unlike me.

    Thanks for sharing your story’s events woven with the flows and crazy menace we find in Brazil.

    Keep venting and breathe. You’ve got a good strategy with your moves on the ground. I hope somebody pulls the whispering ear trick when I get lost, what a total brainer, I’ll share it with every one, feel free to use it on me.
    I’m glad you’re in Portland. I haven’t been home in quite a while. I’m bringing some sunshine Tiffany, Josh and company… A little like you have shared for me…

    Martin r

    Thanks to the crew at boing boing
    It’s been nice to unstick feelings from these Movies,
    some prime pivotal experiences, and many memories past.

  14. Alan Rorie says:

    TLB – You are billant. My heart is with you and your loved ones. When you need an extra boost, harness the power of our Rocket Engine!

  15. Gijs says:

    bjork made a tribute to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3biZkA-TNvs

  16. Daniel Carollo says:

    This is the first review of the series I read from beginning to end. I started because Brazil is my very absolutely best favorite movie. If there was only one movie I had to take away to a foreign planet, this would be it.
    I continued reading because your recount of the reality you’re living in right now is gripping. Thanks for sharing so much with us, may Josh recover speedily, to pursue the fight against all Ministries.
    “We’re all in it together.” – Harry Tuttle

  17. poe says:

     I am sitting here crying from your review of a movie I’ve never seen (but will most certainly check out now). Thank you so much for sharing; I wish you guys the best, from the bottom of my heart.

  18. ImmutableMichael says:

    I’m just gunna press the “like” button. I have no words that could do justice to this. Thanks.

  19. Jorpho says:

    If I’m not mistaken, there are two endings to the film.  (Or three, if you count the radically different “Love Conquers All” cut available with the Criterion Collection version.)   The original ends with a shot of Sam in the torture chamber while the wild Samba version of the Brazil” song incongruously plays in the background and the credits scroll.

    The other version I’ve seen ends with the same shot, but soft music plays as the torture chamber dissolves into clouds, in which Sam sits alone.  I kind of like that one better.

  20. SamSam says:

    As a semi-newlywed who thinks of himself and his wife as “semi-adult and still pretty damned cool” and who rides his bike across town with her at his side… this review was very painful, and made me extremely thankful for what I have.

    I wish you and your husband the very very best.

  21. zdislaw says:

    Having also sat bedside for several weeks just recently watching helplessly as a loved one underwent a horrifying experience, I am absolutely sure that we are not the only two who thought of Brazil.  I love the way you wove the two experiences together.  Best wishes for you and Josh.

  22. Millie931 says:

    Excellent music in Brazil!

  23. MattAtDoyle says:

    Great writing, great review. I’ve seen “Brazil” at least 30 times in my life, in various cuts and edits, and never had such a visceral connection to it. I’ve always just viewed the movie as a glove-slap to cold formality and repressive government (or corporate) regiment. Thanks, Tiffany, for opening another door. Good luck to you.

  24. dejoh says:

    It is a great movie.  One other movie to explore is the 1973 animated film
    Fantastic Planet.  I think you will like it.
    I saw it in a small theater in Las Cruzes N.M.

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