THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Brian Henson Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Leslie David Baker, Cynthy Wu, Ben Falcone, voices of Bill Barretta, Dorien Davis. It probably seemed like a good idea at the time to produce a low brow, raunchy, ribald adults-only Muppets rip-off. Somewhat surprisingly the dull and largely unfunny The Happytime Murders actually comes from Brian Henson, the son of the late Jim Henson, the creator of the more family friendly Muppets and Sesame Street. This is the first film from the Henson Company’s Continue reading

TRENCH – interview with Paul Anthony Nelson and Perri Cummings

by GREG KING In 2016 Greg spoke to Paul Anthony Nelson and Perri Cummings about their girl powered film noir Trench, which was shot in the style of a 40s film noir. Then they had started a crowd funding campaign to raise extra funding to finish off the final edit and post production work. Since then they have completed the film which follows failed comedian and fledgling private eye Sam Slade on her first investigation. Greg caught up with Paul and Perri about what has been happening with the film. Trench will be screening at the Lido on May 17 with both filmmakers Continue reading

SUBURBICON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: George Clooney Stars: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac, Noah Jupe, Mickey D Cohen, Glenn Fleshler, Gary Basraba. Set in a neat, homogenous suburban neighbourhood, this deft mix of black comedy, film noir crime thriller and social commentary lays bare the darker underbelly of 50s America, exposing a seething hotbed of racism and violence. With its elements of infidelity, murder, insurance fraud and blackmail, Suburbicon is steeped in the tropes of the classic noir films of the 40s, particularly the likes of Double Indemnity Continue reading

THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Woody Allen Stars: Woody Allen, Helen Hunt, David Ogden Stiers, Dan Aykroyd, Charlize Theron There was a time when Woody Allen was capable of writing very funny screwball comedies that placed his neurotic alter ego in strange situations. But over the past decade his films have become more introspective and analytical of his own troubled personal life, and, consequently, nowhere near as funny or as enjoyable. His previous film Small Time Crooks heralded a welcome return to the more lightweight Woody of old, although it seemed to Continue reading