The theme for this month – Appetite for Conversation
“Despite the beautifully sunny Spanish landscapes our heroes cross, there’s an autumnal feeling about this outing, the comedy glancing into more serious matters as the film goes along. There’s always been an undertone of competition between the two principals, with Coogan rubbing it in about his theoretically superior credentials. (He delights in mentioning his Oscar nominations for writing Philomena.) Both men are talented impersonators, and anyone who’s seen The Trip, with its on-the-nose Michael Caine imitations, will know.” Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
“Raising a glass to all that is Winterbottom, the director of The Trip to Spain, the third in his successful series of gastro-comic road trips with duelling impressionists Coogan and Brydon. They’ve been to Northern England and they’ve been to Italy and now, it’s apparently time to take their semi-fictional comic-actor characters, improvised scenes and competing Michael Caine voices to the Iberian Peninsula. The itinerary for a working vacation and coastal tour calls for a week of pretentious cuisine, chic pastoral hotels and mid-life ruminations.” Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail
Written and directed by Jûzô Itami (Minbo: The Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion.) Starring Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Koji Yakusho and Ken Watanabe.
“The film’s writer-director, Mr. Itami, who’s also an actor (he played the father in The Family Game), seems to have a special fondness for the solemnity of the prose used by connoisseurs. His principal characters and even the bit players converse by exchanging the sentiments of food critics. Noodles that aren’t great are described as ‘sincere,’ and when Tampopo is on the verge of a noodle breakthrough, her admirer must say, in all frankness, that ‘they’re beginning to have substance, but they still lack depth.’ ‘Noodles,’ says a man searching for the perfect phrase, ‘are synergetic things.'” Vincent Canby, New York Times
Written by Stanley Tucci and Joseph Tropiano. Directed by Tucci (The Impostors) and Campbell Scott (Off the Map.) Starring Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Minnie Driver, Isabella Rossellini and Ian Holm.
The TFC Discussion Night for these three films is Wednesday, September 13 in the CSL.