Michael Winterbottom

The director with the most British-sounding name since Dickens made up character names.

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005) -- This movie starts out great as a very funny version of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy starring Steve Coogan, complete with the postmodern and metafictional requirements of jumping in and out of a movie set and having Coogan talk to the camera, telling us that he'll be playing both the part of Tristram and his father, etc.  And for about twenty minutes or so, you think you're going to get a good movie of a very worthy book.  But at some point, it jumps out of the Tristram Shandy movie for good and instead dwells on behind-the-scenes egos, arguments, wardrobes, love affairs, and other boring things we've seen a million other times in a million other (better) movies about making movies.  So what begins as a delight becomes a disappointing waste of an opportunity. C

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