Sunday, June 3, 2012
Like all self-respecting directors these, days, Michael Winterbottom created his own mini-series in 2010, then edited it into a feature film, released last year.
This is cutting-edge TV, bringing the medium forward! The characters are fictionalized versions of themselves, the settings authentic and the dialogue partly improvised.
And yes, I know Larry David did all of the above - brilliantly! - 10 years ago, but it has not become really widespread yet, so to speak..!
The comedy here is less straightforward than in 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' : No snappy one-liners or awkward situations to visualize your own self in. Think 'Treme' (or watch it, if you haven't already).
Skillful acting. Imposing landscapes. Witty dialogue. What more could you want?