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Punching The Clown

11 November 2009 9:28 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Punching The Clown Directed by Gregori Viens The very best independent films somehow avoid the pitfalls of a low budget--showcasing great performances or beautiful cinematography against all odds. Punching the Clown achieves something nearly as impressive: it works despite its limitations.  Writer and lead actor Henry Philllips has crafted a pseudo-autobiography so genuine and likable that the sometimes stiff acting and unglamorous aesthetic serve as essential elements of the film's ramshackle charm. Phillips plays, and is, a down-to-earth satirical folk singer who often has trouble describing exactly what it is he does ("it's like folk music--well, uh, not like real folk music...") but is nevertheless compelled to do it.  Tired of the unreceptive audiences and meager pay on the road, Henry decides to crash with his brother, an L.A. actor who specializes in children's birthday parties, and see what kind of success awaits him.  He becomes a regular and »

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