NYNM#2: No woman can truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins.

So. 31 days, 31 films. What to kick off with?

1. Sing Street (2016)


Sing Street came out last year, my mate saw it on a plane and just would not shut up about it afterwards. Everytime I mused ‘what shall I watch?’ the answer was always bloody Sing Street. And because I’m stubborn and hate being told I have to watch/see/do something I put my fingers in my ears and ignored her. Also the trailer kept playing on Spotify and it sounded like a shite jukebox musical.

So fast forward to New Years Day. I need something light and breezy to ease myself into 2017, and up this pops on Netflix.

Dublin, 1985. Teenager Conor starts a band to impress a girl, while his family fall apart. Hilarity ensues.

It’s kind of a New Romantic Commitments, but with original songs in it. It’s sweet. Not the earth shattering cinematic masterpiece I’d been led to believe it would be, but better than I was expecting. I really liked the music side of it but the characters (or maybe the acting) wasn’t always great.

Also I’m not sure writer/director John Carney likes or knows how to write women: of the two female characters with any notable dialogue here, one is a capricious quasi manic pixie dream girl who treats the hero like dirt, the other is an adulterous wife. In his second film Begin Again (which I liked), there were 3 women- a manic pixie dream girl, a slutty teen, and an adulterous wife. I’m not saying this is intentional, but jeez John, maybe make sure your next film passes the Bechdel test. 7/10.

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