by Jim Nintzel
This week's preview of Gone Girl and the upcoming Loft Film Fest seems like plenty at the Loft this month, but the programming staff over there has more fun on tap with "And Now for Something Completely Python," a Monty Python tribute in October.
It kicks off tonight with Monty Python's The Meaning of Life at 7 p.m. The Loft's description of one of our favorite films:
Tired of questioning the meaning of life? Let the twisted minds of Monty Python explain it all to you in what is, without a doubt, the most tasteless and outrageous of the Python feature films - a cinematic miracle in which the cast merrily sing, dance and vomit their way through the mysteries of the universe. In Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (the Grand Jury Prize winner at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival), loyal Pythonites Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin push comedy boundaries to the extreme as they attempt to answer some of life’s most burning questions: Why are we here? What’s it all about? Why do people who don’t speak your language want to hurt you? And why do we all have to bite the dust just when things are getting interesting? Starting with Terry Gilliam’s gorgeously surreal opening short “Crimson Permanent Assurance,” The Meaning of Life whisks through a series of hilarious and shocking vignettes involving everything from a team of National Health doctors who try to claim a healthy liver from a still-living donor to perhaps the greatest musical number about birth control in film history. And of course, who could ever forget what has been called “one of the grossest bits of film comedy ever conceived,” in which the world’s most voracious glutton raises the art of regurgitation to spectacular new heights of horror before his explosive demise? Yes, we all have to die, but who says we can’t enjoy ourselves a little along the way?
The rest of the Python tribute's schedule is here.