The Zero Theorem
If you're a fan of Terry Gilliam's unique style of filmmaking, then this under-the-radar picture is for you. It is full of Gilliam eccentricities, such as the director insisting the lead actor shave his eyebrows to challenge his facial expression, recasting Jennifer Biel's role with an actress who had a more "real body," and rounding the screen edges when the film is watched on certain devices as part of a plan to make sure every device shows every detail of every shot.
It's also just fundamentally thrilling for us to have Gilliam do his take on science-fiction again, as in this clip. It's something we haven't seen since Twelve Monkeys eighteen years ago. We're especially appreciative of the time Gilliam put into making sure that scenes could be seen in full, no matter what technology is being used to view the film. There are usually four or five extra "things" going on in each scene, and it thrills us each time we spot one, even if we have no idea where that piece of the puzzle fits (or if it fits, at all).
Sadly, this film turned out to be more of a Baron Von Munchausen that one of his "hits" (Twelve Monkeys, Time Bandits, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Fisher King, etc., etc., etc.) In fact, The Zero Theorem failed to take in even a measly million dollars at the box office, a paltry figure compared with its ~$10 million budget. Many critics praised the film as a masterpiece, but this did not translate into theaters. The film streams on Amazon, iTunes, and Google, so be sure to give it a chance if you love Gilliam's works. Please note that when we say "if you love Gilliam's works," we're not referring to Monty Python, which everyone loves, so there's not point in even qualifying that.