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“The Trip” is slower, but smarter than most comedies

Impressions can be funny, yet most fall flat. But “The Trip” feautures some of the best and funniest impressions I have ever heard. Who does them you may ask? Enter Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan. These two friends make you roll with laughter as they transverse northern England in one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time.The story deals with the real life people of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as the travel northern England in in search of  great restaurants. Coogan, a famous actor, is working with a popular English magazine for a while to do restaurant reviews. He planned on bringing his girlfriend along on his restaurant escapades, but she bailed, and he was left with his short Welsh friend, Rob.As the two amble through the hills and fields of Northern England, they do impressions of Michael Cain, Sean Connery, Liam Neeson, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, along with others (my favorite being Woody Allen). Not only do you die from the impressions, but their constant banter back and forth is just as good.

Although the film is hilarious it also features a sad picture of an aging actor struggling to find work and worth in a tough climate. Rob Brydon is famous for his impressions but was never much of an actor. Where as Coogan was, and in some regards still is, a huge actor, though struggling to come to terms with his age and the horrible movies and shows that are pitched to him. Not only that, if he is ever to make it big again, says his agent, he will have to move to LA, leaving behind his children from a previous marriage.

This film is surprisingly beautiful. The landscapes of Northern England are lush and green, yet with a muted palette of colors. The score is not much  but is quite content to sit idly by in the background.

If you are looking for a film with loads of unintelligent humor “The Trip” is not for you. If you know nothing of the actors aforementioned, then you will also not enjoy this movie either.  But if you are ready for a trip through England, filled with humor and spot on impressions, than this film may just be worth seeing.


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Preview: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (american)

Pulse pounding is the only way to describe the trailer for the American adaptation of the worldwide phenomena that is “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series by Stieg Larson. This American version of the novels will be directed by David Fincher (The Social Network, Fight Club) and will feature Daniel Craig(Casino Royale, Layer Cake) as Headman Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara(The Social Network) as the new embodiment of Lisbeth Salander. Trent Reznor ( who did the Social Network soundtrack) and Karen Oh (“Where the Wild Things Are” soundtrack) re-imagine Led Zeplin’s classic “Immigrant Song”  for the perfect heart pumping background music in the trailer. This will not be an independent movie by any stretch of the imagination considering the amount of talent that is in this movie, but I am extremely excited for this film. The Swedish version of the novels did a great job, yet I still felt a yearning for the more grittier and darker side that the novels did so well. And according to the actors, this film features a great amount of that dark content that really drove the message of the books home. The film comes out late December.

Preview: Drive

Intense. That’s the only way to describe the new trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s new film “Drive.” This film is based off the 2006 murder mystery novel of the same name by Jame’s Salis. The novel, and subsequently the script, revolves around the nameless character of Driver, played by Ryan Gosling. Coming from a troubled family and drifting most of his life, he eventually lands a job in Hollywood as a stunt driver. He quickly becomes a hot commodity among the Hollywood crews as he performs stunts thought impossible among other drivers. His talents, unfortunately, are not only being sought after by Hollywood, but by criminals as well. Driver is very careful to not join in on the crime, or carry a weapon–he drives plain and simple. For a while, Driver’s moonlight activities go on without any repercussions until one day a job goes out of control. To protect himself and the one he loves he must go on the offensive. The movie hits theaters September 16, and hopefully it will provide us with all the thrills we need. And as always I hope it gets the attention it deserves.

Preview: The Women in Black

My hair stands on end as bells chime in a bleak English moor as each doll twitches erratically and with truncated chimes. Daniel Radcliffe’s new film shows his character investigating an abandoned house in a small village. As any thriller trailer it cuts between scary eerie scenes as small girls recite a foreboding rhyme about “the house in the marsh.” As the final moments of the trailer come to an end, a familiar horror scene takes place. Radcliffe is looking out the window and something appears over his shoulder, yet instead of repeating the cliche and screaming the apparition hovers for a few moments and then the screen goes black. I’m not a huge fan of scary movies, but it will be interesting to see how this one plays out and see Radcliffe out of his Hogwarts robes.