1. Terry Gilliam
Most visually stunning films: Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), 12 Monkeys (1995), Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Even if Terry Gilliam happened to sell out and direct a traditional Hollywood romantic comedy, his product (most likely starring Gerard Butler) would look nothing like 27 Dresses, and that’s because the former Monty Python’s Flying Circus member sees the world through a uniquely animated lens. Spending his earlier days as a cartoonist, Python’s lone American participant sketched the bizarre moving pictures and irreverent animation seen in the British sketch show’s crazier bits, perfecting an offbeat sensibility that has since defined his many films.
Whether he’s messing with dystopian sci-fi (Brazil) or druggy hyper-realism (Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas), Gilliam channels his strange imagination into unhinged (big screen) imagery. If post-LSD dreams could manifest themselves into motion pictures, they’d surely have Gilliam’s name in the credits.