FUNNY COW

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Adrian Shergold Stars: Maxine Peake, Stephen Graham, Alun Armstrong, Tony Pitts, Paddy Considine, Macy Shackleford, Lindsey Coulson, Christine Bottomley, Vic Reeves, Kevin Eldon, Richard Hawley. Many comics seems to be insecure, unhappy, lonely, and they turn to humour as a way of dealing with their emotional pain, and they often use humour as a defence mechanism. And this is the plight of our heroine here in this sombre, unflinching, abrasive and unapologetically bleak tale about a damaged woman trying to make it in the male Continue reading

GOLDEN YEARS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Miller Stars: Bernard Hill, Virginia McKenna, Alun Armstrong, Simon Callow, Una Stubbs, Phil Davis, Brad Moore, Sue Johnston, Ellen Thomas. Films like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel and Quartet have demonstrated that there is a market for feel good films featuring elderly protagonists. Golden Years is yet another comedy about old folks behaving badly. This comedy about a group of pensioners turned bank robbers could have been a decent tale, but the film is ultimately let down by some cliched plot elements in the Continue reading