DVD Review: The Trip

The Trip
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Starring Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon
IFC/MPI Home Video
Release Date: October 11, 2011

Nothing screams cinematic awesomeness like two people’s vacation.

Joking aside, that’s exactly what the team of Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, and director Michael Winterbottom have done with their latest collaboration, a docudrama entitled The Trip. Telling the story of Coogan, who, asked by The Observer to tour the UK’s best eateries, teams up with Brydon after his then-girlfriend passes on the short little vacation, the film finds our lead at his wits end when his long-time friend, Brydon, takes the vacant slot on the trip.

However slight the narrative may indeed sounds, the film that we ultimately get is both charmingly entertaining and intellectually delectable, more so than it frankly has any right to be.

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Michael Winterbottom Helming Beatles Film ‘Longest Cocktail Party’

Michael Winterbottom is to music what Michael Bay is to supermodels. No one is better at inserting it into a motion picture.  Steeping each of his films in a great sense of style both visually as well as sonically (see 9 Songs), it should come as no shock that the filmmaker is looking to direct a picture revolving around one of music’s most iconic entities: The Beatles.

The Playlist is reporting that Winterbottom (who last helmed The Trip, a film that will be the subject of a DVD review coming to GoD early next week), is set to helm The Longest Cocktail Party, a film based off of a Richard DiLello book of the same name.

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