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    There is no comedy like that of Monty Python. They are the pure embodiment of the absurd. They are brilliant and hilarious. Meaning of Life is perhaps the greatest comedy ever to grace the world of cinema.

    Of course, the troupe couldn’t last, and eventually they dissolved, each going on to do their own things. Perhaps the most interesting career of any former member is that of Terry Gilliam. Director of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the animator for various sequences in said film as well as in Flying Circus, Gilliam carried on with such Pythonesque films as Time Bandits and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. He got more philosophical with such films as Brazil and 12 Monkeys; most recently he has tried to answer the question of everything with The Zero Theorem before returning to his enduring dream of adapting Don Quixote for the screen.

    Nestled in there, in the early 1990s, is a more-than-usually realistic work: The Fisher King. Jeff Bridges stars as Jack, a radio shock jock who made a terrible mistake and is now on the verge of suicide. Robin Williams co-stars as Parry, a homeless man affected by Jack’s actions. Within Parry, Jack finds a hope for redemption, and he makes it his goal to help him.

    The Fisher King is playing tomorrow, Saturday, April 4 at Baxter Avenue Theater as part of the Midnights at the Baxter series. The screening takes place at: midnight, of course. Baxter Avenue Theater is located at 1250 Bardstown Road. Complete details can be found at the Baxter Avenue Theater website.

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    There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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