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Coogan and Brydon are ready for another “Trip”

Coogan and Brydon are ready for another “Trip” (photo)

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Get ready for some serious film nerd heresy: I think “The Trip” is the best of the three Michael Winterbottom/Steve Coogan collaborations. Yes, better than the meta madness of “Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story.” Yes, even better than the cult classic “24 Hour Party People.” I didn’t write a review — it being an IFC Films release and all — but I think “The Trip” is one of the best movies of the year; consistently funny and brutally honest. When Winterbottom and Coogan get together, all is right in the world of movies. Throwing co-star Rob Brydon in there too is like the icing on the cake; a delicious, delicious cake of frustration and bitterness.

If you haven’t seen it yet, “The Trip” is slight in concept and grand in execution. It’s just Coogan and Brydon, playing fictionalized versions of themselves, on a restaurant tour of England. But their dinner conversations range from the hilarious — you might have seen the clip of their dueling Michael Caine impressions that went viral — to the piercingly self-analytical. The film works so well you’d never know it was edited down to feature length from a six episode television miniseries, which originally aired last year in the UK.

In movies they’re called sequels, in TV they’re called new seasons. But whatever you want to call it, The Playlist reports that Coogan and Brydon are currently planning another “Trip.” At a Q&A at the Latitude Festival last weekend, “[‘The Trip’ producer Andrew] Eaton revealed that a second series is currently being planned, which would involve Coogan and Brydon heading to Italy for another culinary tour.”

This would be designed, like the first series, as a televisual journey. But with the cinematic “Trip” doing well in its US release — IFC Films’ Ryan Werner just tweeted that the film has passed one million dollars at the box office — it looks like a second film could be cooking. I hope we get to see it.

And now, gentlemen to bed! For we write our next blog post at 2:30…ish.

Excited at the prospect of “The Trip 2?” Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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