Life of Brian
(1979, Terry Jones)
The perfect Easter movie for heretics.
What’s totally lost on the modern viewer is how outrageous this film was upon initial release. It was attacked by religious groups as blasphemous, banned in several countries and some American states, and there were protestors at many showings. Think about it: Can you imagine seeing the crucifixion sing-along with your token religious leader?
For those reasons alone, this remains my favorite Python movie. Like all things Python, it still suffers from a lack of consistent belly-laughs. Some favorites: The sermon on the mount (“Speak up!”), Brian speaking to the masses (“You’re all individuals.”), and the discussion of the People’s Front of Judea (“Splitters!”).