2016 #4 – Sing Street (dir. John Carney)

“Your problem is that you’re not happy being sad. But that’s what love is, Cosmo. Happy sad.” – Lucy Boynton as Raphina in Sing Street.

Sing Street (2016)
Director:
John Carney
Starring: ferdiawalshpeelolucyboyntonjackreynoraidangillenmariadoylekennedy
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Written By: Simon Carmody, John Carney
Running Time: 105 minutes (1 hour, 45 minutes)
Genre(s): Comedy, Coming-of-Age, Drama, Music, Musical, Romance

When it comes to making films involving music, John Carney has to be one of the best in the business. He did it again with Sing Street, a coming-of-age dramedy about a 15-year-old boy who decides to start a band to impress a young, aspiring model.

Sing Street is warm, nostalgic and hits all the right notes. If I had any doubts about this movie beforehand, they completely disappeared by the time Sing Street (the name of the band) creates the music video for “The Riddle of the Model.” It is the perfect coming together of spot-on casting (Lucy Boynton is literal perfection as Raphina), great music and fantastic technical work (costumes, makeup, production design and editing are all stand-outs).

And really, what would Sing Street be without its music? “Drive It Like You Stole It,” “To Find You” and “Up” are all really powerful songs that capture the nature of Carney’s film to perfection. They help make this a film that any fan will want to watch again and again once it’s over.

Shout-outs to Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Jack Reynor, and again, Lucy Boynton for their performances. Walsh-Peelo works perfectly as the protagonist and Reynor and Boynton are true scene-stealers. Now, do yourself a favor – listen to these songs and then go watch Sing Street. 4.5/5.


2016 Personal Ballot (updates are in bold)

Best Picture
1.
Hell or High Water
2. Sing Street
3.
Loving
4.
5.

Best Director
1.
David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water
2. John Carney – Sing Street
3.
Jeff Nichols – Loving
4.
5.

Best Actor in a Leading Role
1. Joel Edgerton – Loving
2. Chris Pine – Hell or High Water
3. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo – Sing Street
4.
5.

Best Actress in a Leading Role
1. Ruth Negga – Loving
2.
3.
4.
5.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1. Ben Foster – Hell or High Water
2. Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
3. Jack Reynor – Sing Street
4.
5.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1. Lucy Boynton – Sing Street
2.
3.
4.
5.

Best Original Screenplay
1. Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
2. Sing Street – Simon Carmody, John Carney
3.
4.
5.

Best Adapted Screenplay
1. Loving – Jeff Nichols
2.
3.
4.
5.

Best Film Ensemble
1. Hell or High Water – Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Marin Ireland, Katy Mixon, Dale Dickey, Kevin Rankin, Katy Mixon, Margaret Bowman
2. Sing Street – Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kelly Thornton, Don Wycherley, Ben Carolan, Mark McKenna, Percy Chamburuka, Conor Hamilton, Karl Rice, Ian Kenny
3.
4.
5.

Best Original Score
1. Loving – David Wingo
2. Hell or High Water – Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
3.
4.
5.

Best Original Song
1.
Sing Street – “Drive It Like You Stole It” by Gary Clark
2. Sing Street – “To Find You” by Gary Clark
3. Sing Street – “Up” by John Carney, Gary Clark, Graham Henderson, Carl Papenfus, Ken Papenfus, Zamo Riffman
4.
5.

Best Production Design
1. Passengers – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena
2. Sing Street – Tamara Conboy, Alan MacDonald
3.
4.
5.

Best Cinematography
1. Hell or High Water – Giles Nuttgens
2.
3.
4.
5.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
1. Sing Street – Barbara Conway, Sandra Kelly
2.
3.
4.
5.

Best Costume Design
1. Sing Street – Tiziana Corvisieri
2. Loving – Erin Benach
3.
4.
5.

Best Film Editing
1. Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
2. Sing Street – Andrew Marcus, Julian Ulrichs
3.
4.
5.

Best Visual Effects
1. Passengers – Pete Dionne, Sebastien Gourdal, Erik Nordby
2.
Hell or High Water – Jeremy Cox, Scott Hastings, Daniel Holt, Michael Prawitz
3.
4.
5.


2016 Ranked (updates are in bold)

1. Hell or High Water (dir. David Mackenzie)
2. Sing Street (dir. John Carney)
3.
Loving (dir. Jeff Nichols)
4. Passengers (dir. Morten Tyldum)

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