Steve Coogan, Steve Coogan, Steve Coogan
Dear god I love this man. And I love the Cable Car Cinema for bringing “The Trip to Italy” to town. Coogan’s recent hilarious “Alan Partridge” never got here, so you should rent that now. And if you haven’t seen the British television series “Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge” and “I am Alan Partridge” then you have to rent those now too. And “Saxondale”— rent that now.
The first excellent movie in this series was “The Trip” filmed in the Lake District of England. Both movies have been edited down from British television shows. (Note to self: Move to England.) The enthusiastic New Yorker reviewer praised director Michael Winterbottom for the seamless construction. It looks like a movie movie.
The premise here — merely an excuse to get Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon close enough to talk with each other — is that the two are traveling around writing restaurant reviews. This is really smart stuff, and really goofy. (And it’s not about the food, btw.) In “The Trip” they made a pilgrimage to Wordsworth and Coleridge country — here it’s Byron and Shelley. And Pompeii . . . dear god no, who let them into Pompeii.
Starts Friday, September 12, Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street