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

MANNY LEWIS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Anthony Mir Stars: Carl Baron, Leeanna Walsman, Roy Billing, Damien Garvey, Simon Westaway, Vincent Andriano. Two films with similar themes hit local cinema screens this week. One of them was Top Five, Chris Rock's semi-autobiographical and introspective comedy about a comedian trying to be taken seriously. The other is Manny Lewis, a surprisingly dull local production written by and starring comedian Carl Barron, a popular fixture on the stand up circuit and television, which is also an introspective look at the sad and troubled Continue reading

OBVIOUS CHILD

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Gillian Robespierre Stars: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman, Richard Kind, Polly Draper, Paul Briganti, David Cross. This debut feature film from writer/director Gillian Robespierre is an extension of her 2009 short film of the same name, which dealt with a one night stand, an unplanned pregnancy and abortion. This low budget independent film offers a breakout role for little known actress Jenny Slate (from SNL, Parks And Recreation, etc) who plays Donna Stern, an insecure, irresponsible almost childlike 27 year old woman who has a Continue reading