Life Of Brian


The world is divided into groups of moviegoers. There are those who like Mel Gibson's passion play The Passion of the Christ and there are others who like Monty Python's satirical Life of Brian. Wait. Is that too simplistic? Where does that leave those of us who like both? Are we schizophrenic? Confused? Maybe.

I'm a big Python fan. This movie is their best. It has too many funny scenes to count. I think my favourite is the one where Brian paints an anti-Roman slogan in bad Latin. John Cleese comes along playing a Roman centurion who acts like an old-fashioned British schoolmaster. He starts correcting Brian's Latin grammar and then orders Brian to copy out the sentence so that the next day the city is covered with anti-Roman slogans. Another good scene is the one where Python uses Jewish revolutionaries to spoof the factionalism of left-wing British parties. (Hey, Python may be funny but there's some thinking going on there below the surface.) This movie is one funny moment after the other.

Life of Brian almost wasn't made because some religious groups objected to it. Ex-Beatle George Harrison eventually formed a film company to finance it. After the film came out, a religion columnist at the Toronto Star defended the movie saying it was more a satire of British society than of Christianity. I can't say I know that much about British society, but I think there's ***some*** truth in the columnist's comment. On the other hand, the final scene with Brian and the other men on the cross singing seems like a dig at Christianity to me.

>>By Mikey_Canuck   (Sunday, 29 Aug 2004 03:30)

Now come on we shouldn't be talking about how controversial the film is because anybody who thinks it is controversial should think about it. It's a film for fucks sake, it's a comedy "silly" film and its a bloody funny one at that.

>>By Mickalos   (Monday, 30 Aug 2004 01:39)

Anyway my favourite parts are.

Stan saying how he wants to be called loretta because he wants to have babies.

Pontius going on about his friend "bigus dickus".

The crowd telling him to welease wodge the wobber and weginald the wapist.

The bit were brians mum says, "he's not the messiah he's a very naughty boy"

And the ending with the people front of judea sucide squad and the singing.

>>By Mickalos   (Monday, 30 Aug 2004 01:57)

"Ok, ok, apart from irrigation, education, the aqueduct, order and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"

>>By Tchock   (Wednesday, 8 Sep 2004 22:20)

(in the bowels of the coliseum
a long line
of prisoners
await their turn to be questioned
by the sentry)

"crucifixion or freedom?"
"grab a cross from over there & wait by the gate"
"crucifixion or freedom?"
"grab a cross from over there & wait by the gate"
"crucifixion or freedom ?"
"freedom ?"
"yes, they've said i've done nothing wrong & i can go free"
"right then, down the hall, second door on the left"
"haha, just kidding, crucifixtion really"
"grab a cross from over there & wait by the gate"

look on the bright side of life

>>By Helmet   (Thursday, 9 Sep 2004 05:05)

"You are the Messiah & I should know - I've followed a few!!"

& we CAN'T forget

"Whatever happened to the Popular Front?"

"He's over there..............."

SPLITTER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

>>By Tchock   (Sunday, 20 Aug 2006 23:14)

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