This Sceptred Isle

Kenneth Branagh is on course to slap on a goofy wig for This Sceptred Isle, a new five-part drama that will see the actor playing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The series, which will air on Sky, comes from The Trip series director Michael Winterbottom, and “will chart the events surrounding the U.K. Prime Minister, the government, and the country in the face of the first wave of the global pandemic.” Winterbottom will direct the entire series from a script he co-wrote with Kieron Quirke.

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the trip to greece

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: The Trip to Greece

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu

The Pitch: UK actor/comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reunite for the fourth entry in this long-running franchise to travel across another country, eat incredible food, drive through gorgeous landscapes, and constantly quip along the way. This time, they trace the mythical steps of Odysseus from Troy all the way to Ithica. In Homer’s The Odyssey, the journey takes Odysseus ten years to complete; these guys are doing it in a week.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Despite some people trying to claim that the pandemic is essentially over and things are back to normal, we are not out of the woods yet. Far from it, in fact. So with that in mind, and knowing that many of us are still trying our hardest to stay isolated whenever possible, this column will continue to sprinkle in films which allow you to live vicariously through their protagonists and travel the world. Enter: The Trip to Greece. Read More »

the trip to greece review

Few could have guessed that a simple BBC travelogue series that followed two British comedians riffing and doing Michael Caine impressions would take off, but the Trip movies have been a comforting part of our pop culture landscape for the past decade. Like a warm blanket. Or a nicely grilled scallop. For 10 years, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have been traveling across Europe, feasting on local delicacies while exchanging hilarious banter and ponderous musings about life and aging. It’s a formula that has worked for the past three movies, and which director Michael Winterbottom repeats again with a heavier dose of melancholy in The Trip to Greece.

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the trip to greece trailer

Gentlemen to bed! For the hilarious semi-fictionalized food tour led by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon is coming to an end. Coogan and Brydon reprise their roles as fictionalized versions of themselves for the last time in The Trip to Greece, the fourth and final film in Michael Winterbottom’s comedy series following the two comedians as they eat and joke their way through Europe. Watch The Trip to Greece trailer below.

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The Trip to Greece clip

Since 2010, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have been playing versions of themselves in director Michael Winterbottom‘s The Trip franchise, cracking wise and eating their way across some of the world’s most beautiful countries. Now, ten years after their journey commenced, the unlikely series continues with a brand new sequel called The Trip to Greece. IFC Films has released a new clip from the upcoming movie version, in which Brydon takes a musical approach to the duo’s location. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we catch up with Olivia Wilde, take a trip to the farm, kidnap a bride-to-be, spend some time with drag queens and evangelical Christians, and fight our way to a better life. Read More »

The Trip to Spain trailer

While The Trip movies often include a couple of melancholic moments and some pontificating about getting older, the majority of these films are an absolute pleasure to watch. Director Michael Winterbottom has locked in on a simple but effective formula: stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon cruise across various countrysides eating delicious-looking food and incessantly bantering back and forth.

After a three year hiatus, they’re all back for a new set of adventures. IFC Films has unveiled the first full-length trailer for The Trip to Spain, the third and latest entry in this unlikely franchise, and Coogan and Brydon pay homage to late James Bond actor Roger Moore with more impressions.
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The Trip to Spain trailer

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon will make more impersonations and maybe have another personal revelation or two in The Trip to Spain. They’re once again again playing versions of themselves for director Michael Winterbottom, who directed them in The Trip and The Trip to Italy. For their next adventure, they’ll perhaps get on each other’s nerves now and then (and make us laugh) while drinking some fine Spanish wine.

Below, watch The Trip to Spain teaser trailer.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we get the band back together with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, ponder what it takes to be a domestic terrorist, put another notch in the bedpost with one more zombie movie, be a teen girl coming of age in front of the camera, and get with the co-creator of Chappelle’s Show for a novel way to tell a joke.  Read More »

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