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Eric Idle and Randy Newman - Wednesday 2nd June 2010 at Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Los Angeles, California

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Randy Newman and Eric Idle
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Eric Idle and Ringo Starr Monday 8th February 2010 Former Beatle, Ringo Starr receives a star at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Walk Of Fame Hollywood, California

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Eric Idle Friday 13th November 2009 The opening night of 'Baby It's You' at the Pasadena Playhouse Pasadena, California

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Eric Idle Thursday 15th October 2009 Monty Python 40th anniversary event at the Ziegfeld Theatre New York City, USA

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John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones
John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones
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Eric Idle - Eric Idle and wife Los Angeles, California - Champagne Launch of BritWeek 2009 at the Consul General's Official Residence Thursday 23rd April 2009

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Eric Idle and George Harrison - Eric Idle and Paul McCartney Tuesday 14th April 2009 at Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Los Angeles, California

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Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Complete Series Review


Essential
In the history of sketch comedy, Monty Python's Flying Circus stands as The Beatles of humor. Not only were members Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam geniuses at the short skit format, but they redefined the configuration and expanded its realm of possibilities. Celebrated like rock stars and elevated to the status of gods, such success begs the question: does the origin of this myth --- i.e. the TV show from several decades ago -- still hold up. The answer, without a doubt, is a resounding yes.

Spread out over four series (the UK answer to seasons) from 1969 to 1974, the group created 45 fantastic installments of pure British lunacy. From slapstick to scathing satire, the ridiculous and the surreal, the former Oxford and Cambridge grads took the British Broadcasting system by storm and the maelstrom is still going strong almost 40 years later. By now, fans all have their favorite bits -- the "Dead Parrot" sketch (a customer returns to a pet shop to complain about his lifeless purchase), the "Spanish Inquisition" (in which members of the famed Church torture tribunal use such horrific devious means as the comfy chair and the soft pillows to elicit confessions), and the "Ministry of Silly Walks" (pure physical comedy greatness in motion). While the troupe would go on to create three of the greatest big screen comedies of all time, the TV show equally illustrates their range as well as the reasons for their longevity.

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Eric Idle and Tania Kosevich - Eric Idle and Tania Kosevich Los Angeles, California - Champagne Launch of BritWeek 2008, held at the British Consul General’s Residence - Arrivals Thursday 24th April 2008

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Eric Idle and Tania Kosevich
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Eric Idle and David Beckham Monday 26th November 2007 'Foxtel Is Football' party in honor of David Beckham held at Café Sydney Sydney, Australia

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Eric Idle - Wednesday 6th June 2007 at Gala For The Christopher And Dana Reeve Foundation Los Angeles, CA

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Monty Python And The Holy Grail Review


Essential
Python is... and always has been... laugh out loud funny. But this is the kind of thing that everyone says. I am at a sort of a quandary as to what to write to someone who has never seen Python. Part of the job is to attempt to describe a movie to someone who has never heard of it or seen it, and with Python films this is probably the hardest part of the job. One of the Python movies, And Now For Something Completely Different, basically expresses the essence of their entire career in a single phrase. Python is completely different. Even years later, when people have tried to be Pythonesque, Python is still something completely different.

They are so different that only one film has accomplished the kind of humor since, and that is Being John Malkovich. BJM, however, has a tragic side to it that makes it completely different from Python films. So, in the end, Python is still completely different.

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Splitting Heirs Review


Weak
No really, that is Catherine Zeta-Jones as the wife of Rick Moranis, an ersatz duke across the pond.

It's not as bad as you're probably thinking. Don't get me wrong -- it's as bad as any Fish Called Wanda/King Ralph wannabe/homage can get. But Idle still has some of his Monty Python instincts, and even if he does sing the songs for the film off-key, it honestly could have been a whole lot worse.

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The Transformers: The Movie Review


Weak
By any sane criteria, The Transformers is a terrible, terrible movie. It has some of the worst feature film animation ever passed off on audiences anywhere, and its plot (Autobots vs. Decepticons by way of a planet-munching giant robot called Unicron) is as threadbare as anything Saturday morning has ever delivered.

But The Transformers has earned a cult following, for a couple of reasons. First it's the only Transformers-themed movie ever made. In case you weren't a kid in the '80s, Transformers were immensely popular toys that could change from some common item (usually a truck or a plane) into a robot. With lasers. Cartoons followed, then the movie.

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The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen Review


Good
Before he made The Brothers Grimm, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen was arguably Terry Gilliam's least popular film. The story is slow to start, takes too long to finish, and meanders almost irredeemably until finally paying off in the end. The story is adapted from the "tall tale" book of the same name, which gives us a self-proclaimed baron (John Neville in a career-defining role) who regales anyone who'll listen with story after story, each more absurd than the last. The highlight is the film's first major storytelling sequence, a flashback that involves Munchausen and his band of misfits trying to win a bet -- and doing so in amazing style. But so much of the film is so irrelevant that these feel like huge highlights lost in a sea of mediocrity and bad editing.

Splitting Heirs Review


Weak
No really, that is Catherine Zeta-Jones as the wife of Rick Moranis, an ersatz duke across the pond.

It's not as bad as you're probably thinking. Don't get me wrong -- it's as bad as any Fish Called Wanda/King Ralph wannabe/homage can get. But Idle still has some of his Monty Python instincts, and even if he does sing the songs for the film off-key, it honestly could have been a whole lot worse.

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Monty Python's Meaning Of Life Review


Very Good
Don't pay too much attention or you may start to feel there's no meaning to it after all. A series of some of Python's most disgusting and raunchy vignettes -- from human butchery to a grotesquely obese man who explodes after his final nightly gorge -- the film purports to tell us about, obviously, the meaning of life. While a few moments are genuinely funny and the movie's musical numbers are quite memorable, most of the film is hit-and-miss. If you're Python-obsessed (like me), you'll find enough to overlook the flaws, but casual fans need not apply.

South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut Review


Excellent
I'll say it up front: This is not your classic four-star review. South Park is definitely an acquired taste, but it's one I've picked up, despite the series' lackluster performance over this season.

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut certainly makes up for it, taking the comic adventures of four boys in the "redneck town" of South Park, Colorado to new highs, er, lows, in their feature debut.

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Casper Review


Good
Girl meets ghost. Ghost wants to become real to get girl. The live-action version of the classic cartoon doesn't have much to mention aside from some nifty effects and a story lifted from Cinderella. Christina Ricci is always fun to look at, even when she's seen working in her Disneyesque postpubescent era. Fun for kids, I suppose, but hardly worth mentioning otherwise.

Monty Python And The Holy Grail Review


Essential
Python is... and always has been... laugh out loud funny. But this is the kind of thing that everyone says. I am at a sort of a quandary as to what to write to someone who has never seen Python. Part of the job is to attempt to describe a movie to someone who has never heard of it or seen it, and with Python films this is probably the hardest part of the job. One of the Python movies, And Now For Something Completely Different, basically expresses the essence of their entire career in a single phrase. Python is completely different. Even years later, when people have tried to be Pythonesque, Python is still something completely different.

They are so different that only one film has accomplished the kind of humor since, and that is Being John Malkovich. BJM, however, has a tragic side to it that makes it completely different from Python films. So, in the end, Python is still completely different.

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An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn Review


Terrible
How bad is An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn? Every bit as awful as you might have heard. This wannabe mockumentary tries to send up Hollywood in a tale that has director Alan Smithee (Eric Idle) hijacking his own film and destroying it because it's so bad, because he can't use the pseudonym Alan Smithee because (duh!) that's his real name! Har har! Joe Eszterhas is responsible (of course) for this mess, which is so unfunny the only laughs are during the outtakes that run during the credits. And that's the actors laughing, not the audience. Widely panned as one of the worst movies ever made, life imitated art when director Arthur Hiller took his name off this train wreck and used... of course... Alan Smithee.

Monty Python's Life Of Brian Review


Excellent
The year was 1979 and the world was threatened by fundamentalism. Following the end of a prosperous period, people had begun to become mistrustful again. Right-wingers were beginning to weed their way into the political landscape, and the hearts of men and the stupidity of the recklessly religious were creating the large voting bloc that we have today.

And a bunch of brilliant Brits had to do bugger with it.

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And Now For Something Completely Different Review


Excellent
Monty Python's feature debut wasn't much more than a reprise of some of its best-loved TV sketches -- refilmed, lightly touched up in the dialogue department, and presented with the usual bare bones, non-sequitur method of stringing it all together. It's basically a supersized clip show, before such a thing existed. At the same time, there is something new here for Python fanatics, as the reshooting of the skits lends them a slightly different character, while they retain their overall ribald excellence. Old-school fans will dig it, and Python newcomers will see what all the fuss is about.

Hollywood Homicide Review


Good

"Hollywood Homicide" is a sly satire of buddy-cop action-comedies that replicates the genre's trappings so precisely many moviegoers will mistake it for a genuinely bad buddy-cop action-comedy.

The vaguely ridiculous title and overtly assembly-line plot all by themselves had me dreading the press screening. A handsome, aging, grumpy detective (Harrison Ford) in a wise-cracking reluctant partnership with a handsome rookie detective (Josh Hartnett), both of whom are way out of their depths investigating the gunning down of a rap group in a hip-hop club? Talk about knee-deep in Hollywood pig slop.

But writer-director Ron Shelton ("Tin Cup," "Bull Durham") -- who wrote this film just after completing his for-hire helming of the genuinely cliché-riddled L.A. cop drama "Dark Blue" -- embraces this ostensible triteness and reshapes it into comedy of the absurd without being conspicuously ironic or self-aware. "Hollywood Homicide" is often authentically slapdash, shallow and hackneyed because its mockery of Hollywood's pre-fabricated blockbuster mentality is meant to sneak up on you.

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Monty Python And The Holy Grail - 40th Anniversary Trailer

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail Movie Review

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South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut Movie Review

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I'll say it up front: This is not your classic four-star review. South Park...

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Movie Review

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