Ryan Thomason

Win THE TRIP TO ITALY! (Advance Screening in Seattle and Portland)

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WHEN: Monday, August 25th @ 7pm
WHERE: Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon
HOW TO GET IN: IF you want to see THE TRIP TO ITALY. Just email me at Ryan(dot)Thomason(at)Watchplayread(dot)com with TRIP TO ITALY – (Your city, Seattle or Portland) in the subject line!

The first 40 people who email me for Seattle will get 2 passes each, and the first 50 people in Portland will get 2 passes each. Entries close when all tickets have been taken or this Saturday at Midnight.

For the winners: Make sure you get there early! The theater is slightly overbooked to make sure all the seats are taken.

SYNOPSIS: Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semifictionalized versions thereof—on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Rewhetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, the artistic merits of “Jagged Little Pill,” and, of course, the virtue of sequels.

Winterbottom trains his camera to capture the idyllic Italian landscape and the gastronomic treasures being prepared and consumed while keeping the film centered on the crackling chemistry between the two leads. The Trip toItaly effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, letting audiences into their insightful ruminations on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career. The result is a biting portrait of modern-day masculinity.

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