My most anticipated movie of the summer is The Trip to Spain, the third film in my favorite ongoing franchise on the planet. Directed by Michael Winterbottom, and starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fearlessly unflattering fictional versions of themselves, The Trip series investigates middle-aged ennui (and the key to a great Michael Caine impression) better than just about any other movie I can think of. It all started with The Trip, continued in The Trip to Italy, and now resumes with this third installment.
The only thing better than watching people eat delicious food in gorgeous locations – besides actually eating it yourself – is watching two comedians do it. Michael Winterbottom launched what would become a beloved trilogy back in 2010 with The Trip, which began as a BBC Television miniseries with episodes edited into a feature-length versions. The first film found comedian-actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon traveling across Yorkshire devouring scrumptious meals and showing off their best celebrity impressions. After reuniting for a second course in The Trip to Italy in 2014, the two are back for a third excursion in The Trip to Spain, a delight that adds some introspective notes to the series.
Russ and Roger Go Beyond has been in the works for some time now — the film, which covers the working relationship between esteemed film critic Roger Ebert and filmmaker Russ Meyer, has so far only cast Will Ferrell in the role of Meyer, while the role of Ebert remains vacant. But there’s some forward momentum on the project now, as The Trip director Michael Winterbottom has entered negotiations to direct the film.
Lifetime already delivered their true-life version of the notorious Amanda Knox case, but director Michael Winterbottom has arrived with his own fictionalized take on the murder scandal. In the first trailer for The Face of an Angel, Daniel Brühl plays a filmmaker who travels to Italy to cover a murder trial involving an American student—only her name isn’t Amanda Knox. It’s Elizabeth. The names and some details are changed, but yes, this is essentially the Amanda Knox trial.