Thoughts on Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

Friday, December 3, 2010 8:24 PM By Simon

-Surely another to tick under the good old 'meta-film-within-a-film/disastrous production' genre, eh?

-The intermingling of the production of an ambitious adaption of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy (I may be getting that title wrong) with actual scenes of it, only half of which are actually filmed by the first half, and the rest just implied. If that makes sense. Which it doesn't.

-Tony Wilson interviews Steve Coogan (both playing themselves). Meet you in Manchester, bitches.

-I love Naomie Harris. I especially love her because of her passionate speeches on, among other films, Fassbinder's Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. I haven't seen it, because I'm lame, but the fact that a movie has the common decency to make a real reference to him is beautiful.

-Other beautiful things: in a deleted scene, a 28 Days Later poster hangs about in a scene where Coogan and friends (unfortunately, Harris is not among them) read a review of Coffee and Cigarettes, where 'Alfred Molina gives an obnoxious Steve Coogan a taste of his own medicine' (I find this particularly funny because here, Coogan essentially plays the same version of himself as he did in that particular short, but with a baby and a girlfriend out of Kelly MacDonald who isn't Kelly MacDonald.

-Speaking of which, she and Shirley Henderson are always doing movies together, aren't they?

-Stephen Fry!

-I really should stop watching modern-set British movies. My inner monologue narrator is starting to give me lip.

3 comments:

SugaryCynic said...

I love this movie. I am honestly not sure why.

December 3, 2010 at 10:07 PM
Simon said...

Sugary: It's British?

December 5, 2010 at 9:14 PM