Drive It Like You Stole It

Sing Street (2016). D/W: John Carney. D: Yaron Orbach. Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo/Lucy Boyton/Jack Reynor/Maria Doyle Kennedy/Aidan Gillen/Mark McKenna/Conor Hamilton/Karl Rice/Ian Kenny/Percy Chamburuka/Ben Carolan/Don Wycherley/Kelly Thornton. A Sundance Film Festival hit, John Carney’s new film Sing Street is here at last courtesy of the heavy hitters of the Weinstein Company. Carney writes and directs again and…

Be Our Guest

The first teaser trailer for the live action Disney version of Beauty and the Beast is here! Starring Emma Watson as Belle this new film will join Cinderella and The Jungle Book as Disney works through its animated catalogue including alternative stories like Maleficent. The cast is extensive and from this first look it seems…

Giving Meryl an Edge

Ricki and The Flash (2015). D: Jonathan Demme. DP: Declan Quinn. W: Diablo Cody. Starring: Meryl Streep/Kevin Kline/Mamie Gummer/Audra McDonald/Rick Springfield/Sebastian Stan/Nick Westrate/Hailey Gates/Ben Platt. Steve Nicks has routinely denied any chatter about an impending musical biopic on her illustrious solo career and time with the band Fleetwood Mac. Ricki and the Flash immediately conjures her…

A Story in Song

The Last 5 Years (2015). D/W: Richard LaGravenese. DP: Steve Meizler. Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Starring: Anna Kendrick & Jeremy Jordan. Only in one cinema here in London, I sadly ventured into the most touristy area of the city to sit down for The Last 5 Years. Only for the musical enthusiast,…

Singing Sondheim with Success

Into the Woods (2014). D: Rob Marshall. W: James Lapine. DP: Dion Beebe. Starring: Meryl Streep/Emily Blunt/James Corden/Johnny Depp/Anna Kendrick/Chris Pine/Lilla Crawford/Tracey Ullman/Daniel Huttlestone/Christine Baranski/Billy Magnussen/Mackenzie Mauzy/Lucy Punch/Tammy Blanchard. (Based on Stephen Sondheim’s 1987 musical of the same name) The musical genre has been struggling for a comeback for the last decade. Since 2002’s Oscar…