A few nights ago I watched Brazil with a group of friends. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. It's a very black comedy, and very Monty Python-esque - which you would expect from Terry Gilliam. Michael Palin has quite the dark role in it. I hadn't seen this movie in eons and I'd forgotten how dark (but funny) it was. The reason why I'm posting about it here is because the surveillance aspect was over the top, over the top for 1985 when the movie was released - and yet, we're almost there today. The incident that sets up the whole story is surveillance + a government error + the government's refusal (until much too late) to acknowledge that they had made a mistake. Also, great homage to the Odessa Steps sequence from the silent film Battleship Potemkin.