Steve Coogan is one of the funniest men alive in my opinion. While he has never caught on in North America to the same heights as in the UK, he is a versatile and hilarious actor, producer and writer and has been nominated for two Oscars for the brilliant film Philomena. Writer and director Michael Winterbottom (Wonderland, A Mighty Heart) created a BBC series entitled The Trip in which Coogan and fellow Brit Rob Brydon play fictionalized versions of themselves on a restaurant tour of England. The first two series were edited into feature films and the third film, The Trip to Spain, is now available.
Steve Coogan convinces Rob to accompany him on a trip throughout Spain on a new restaurant tour that retraces a journey Steve took as a young man. Along the way both men contemplate history, fame, family, relationships, fatherhood, culture and showbiz to hilarious results.
The Trip to Spain is not your typical movie. Both Coogan and Brydon play themselves but the way both men exaggerate their own personalities and lives is brilliantly played. The humor is dry but downright hilarious as the men trade stories, compare lives, sample amazing cuisine that will make you want to rush right out to a restaurant, perform dueling impressions, and try to sort through their pasts, presents and futures. The film is written by Winterbottom but the man must know these two very well because the writing seems so natural and flawless it is hard to believe the film is not entirely improvised. The Trip to Spain captured me and endeared the two men to me instantly. If you are a fan of dry British humor, try out The Trip to Spain, highly recommended.
Bill has always been a movie lover. But when he got a full sized theatrical movie poster for The Terminator in 1984, he was officially obsessed.
Bill spent many years seeding his film knowledge by working in independent video stores where he took full advantage of free rentals and soaked up as much film history as time would allow. For over 15 years after that Bill managed a retail entertainment store and further cultivated his film knowledge and expertise.
Today he is a firm supporter of Blu-ray with over 2000 films in his collection and he hopes to pass his love of film on to his five year old daughter, who is already showing signs of turning to the dark side.
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