The list author says: "Michael Winterbottom moves effortlessly betwen genres, shooting on everything from gorgeous 35mm stock to the rawest handheld camcorders. His films do not share an imposed directorial style. Instead, they are unified by a searing intelligence that is clearly his, and a refusal to play by the tired conventions of "Mad Libs"-style narrative storytelling. Many filmmakers break the rules because they aren't capable of making a decent film that would follow them. Winterbottom is the opposite. He showed in his earliest films, like "Jude", that he could do wonderful conventional films. Then, around the time of the inspiring "Wonderland," he moved onto his own very exciting path, an improvisational, handheld, realistic style that often allows his films to blur the lines between narrative and documentary. He still shoots at least one film a year. I'm looking forward to wherever that path takes us next."
"Steve Coogan stars in the hugely entertaining and at times moving story of Britain's king of porn, who became the wealthiest man in the UK through real estate investment, but ended up alone with his millions. Winterbottom's previous film, "Everyday", is not currently available in the US but can be bought from amazon.co.uk"
"The American feature film edited from the UK miniseries. I'd actually recommend the shorter version. While the miniseries has its charms, there are numerous repeated beats and nothing essential is cut in the film, which has more of an emotional punch."
"This fascinating little film, about a father who moves with his two young daughters to Italy after his wife dies, went unreleased in the US for a couple of years until it finally arrived on DVD in the wake of Firth's Oscar win."
"Odd mix of Indian pop music and score from the film. If the pop music is in the movie at all, it's only heard for a second or two from radios in various scenes, and the score is far too subtle for repeat listening. A mess of an album."
"Winterbottom adapts this unadaptable book by making a film about the making of a film. Ferociously intelligent and loads of fun. This American DVD keeps the theatrical 2.35 aspect ratio, while the UK DVD is an open matte 1.78 version."
"Mixes scenes of unsimulated sex with footage of the same couple at various concerts to chart the growth and gradual decay of a relationship over time, largely without dialogue. Fascinating, but definitely not for everyone."
"Michael Nyman's brilliant score was largely unused. He wrote a glorious ten minute piece for the intercut burning of the town and the wedding at the end of the film, simply gorgeous. Operatic genius."
"Winterbottom's film of his favorite novel is grim but full of life and a showcase for the dazzling, pre-stardom Kate Winslet. The UK DVD is pan and scan. Track this out-of-print American disc down used instead."
"His first feature shows immense potential and uses The Cranberries' "No Need To Argue" to heartbreaking effect. This disc is fullscreen and has dreadful video quality. The DVD available from amazon.co.uk is widescreen and has infinitely better video."
"Winterbottom directed this exceptional pilot for the popular UK detective series. It is only available on DVD in the US as part of a huge boxset, but can be found on an individual DVD at amazon.co.uk"