films seen
10
average score
3.40*
nationality
UK - 61 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Impossible to pigeonhole. Winterbottom doesn't stick to genres or conventions, he's done everything from off-kilter comedies to brooding crime and documentary/narrative hybrids. Not always great, but always interesting.

The good stuff

Code 46

2003 / 93m - UK
Sci-fi, Romance
Code 46 poster

A lo-fi, but lively and strangely realistic sci-fi film from Winterbottom. It's a very willful mix of sci-fi, romance and drama where no single genre takes a strong lead. The cinematography is slick, the score is moody and performances are solid. An experience more so than a clear narrative, but that's what makes it so interesting.

9 Songs

2004 / 71m - UK
Romance, Music
4.0*/5.0*
9 Songs poster

24 Hour Party People

2002 / 117m - UK
Comedy, Music
4.0*/5.0*
24 Hour Party People poster

Solid pieces

The Road to Guantanamo

2006 / 95m - UK
Drama, Documentary, War
3.5*/5.0*
The Road to Guantanamo poster

In This World

2002 / 88m - UK
Drama
3.5*/5.0*
In This World poster

A fine Winterbottom film. At first, I was a bit hesitant about the subject matter. Films like this have a tendency to be quite heavy-handed, the film's list of accolades didn't look too promising either (as film fests tend to be drawn to that same type of film), but it's nice to see Winterbottom managed to keep it genuine.

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In This World follows two refugees on their trip from Pakistan to the UK. It's not a jolly journey and there's quite a bit of drama to wade though, some of is quite confrontational, but it never feels overly cinematic or dishonest. It's simply a trip many try to make in search of a better life.

The semi-documentary style really does wonders for this film. It gives it a more natural feel and puts you right into the action. The soundtrack is also an asset, making the experience that tiny bit more polished. The actors do a good job too and even though the film is somewhat repetitive, it never loses impact. Very good.

The inoffensive

The Face of an Angel

2014 / 101m - UK
Drama, Crime
3.0*/5.0*
The Face of an Angel poster

The Look of Love

2013 / 101m - UK
Comedy
3.0*/5.0*
The Look of Love poster

The Trip

2010 / 112m - UK
Comedy, Drama
3.0*/5.0*
The Trip poster

Pretty interesting comedy where Coogan and Brydon play themselves, going on a culinary trip through the north of England. The chemistry between the actors is nice, the imitations are pretty funny and the boundary between film and reality feels ever so thin, but it's a bit too long and the drama isn't that strong.

Worthy but flawed

The Killer Inside Me

2010 / 109m - UK
Thriller, Crime
2.5*/5.0*
The Killer Inside Me poster