Raid 71 Bottleneck gallery- The Fisher King

One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone takes a photo in terrible light. It’s dark, everything is quiet and then huge flash goes off. I think ” You just ruined that.”

Most people are blissfully ignorant to the importance of light in art, not just in photography, but anything visual. Which, I assume, is one of the reasons why artist Raid 71 is calling his latest solo show Illuminate. The pop culture art show features works from films like Blade Runner, Tron, The City of Lost Children, Akira, Mean Streets, Dark City, Midnight Cowboy, The Fisher King, Taxi Driver and more that focus on light, and light juxtaposed with architecture, in cinema. The show opens May 15 at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and below you can see a bunch of art from the show. Read More »


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Fisher King commentary

Tragic as the reason was, there’s been a muted pleasure in seeing people go back to The Fisher King in the wake of Robin Williams‘ death. The 1991 movie is among the least flashy of Terry Gilliam‘s films, and one that in the past decade or so seems to have taken a back seat to consideration of higher-profile films like Brazil and Twelve Monkeys.

The Fisher King is a great movie, and a strange one. But it grounds Gilliam’s quirky and excessive tendencies in a handful of really wonderful characters who are brought to life by great performances. Robin Williams, in particular, is at the top of his game as a man whose life has turned completely upside-down in the wake of his wife’s death. The film can be relentlessly brutal, but it is also beautifully funny, and full of life. At it’s heart, this is a musical, and it’s a pleasure to see Gilliam and the cast play.

There are a lot of treasures hidden on now out of print Criterion laserdiscs, and here’s one of them. This feature commentary from Terry Gilliam isn’t in print any longer, as it only appeared on the laserdisc release of the movie. But you can listen to the Fisher King commentary below. Read More »