Chicago International Film Festival surprise screening: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
I should apologize to the Chicago film festival: After I predicted that last night's surprise screening would be something completely uninteresting, it turned out to be Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, featuring Heath Ledger's final, uncompleted performance. The movie is slated for limited release on December 25. I saw it at Cannes and really didn't care for it—it's less aggressively off-putting than Gilliam's last miasma, Tideland, but just as undisciplined—but I have to admit that that's a pretty decent surprise. Good job, festival. I'll try not to mention RocknRolla again.