Part of the fun of the Golden Globes, which will be handed out on Sunday, is seeing what kind of surprises the Hollywood Foreign Press Association throws at us. And we’re quite happy with one of them: The movie “Sing Street,” directed by John Carney, was nominated for best comedy or musical movie.
Unless you’re really steeped in the world of independent film, you likely missed this one when it was in theatres in April. But the word of mouth around it will certainly kick up, thanks to the nomination.
This isn’t Carney’s first time delivering a cult hit. He directed the 2007 movie “Once,” which won an Oscar for best song and became a hit Broadway show.
If you’ve seen that and you liked it, then you have to check out “Sing Street.” Like “Once,” it’s powered by original songs, which are used to delve into the characters’ feelings.
“Once” looks at the loneliness of two people who find each other in Dublin and begin to write love songs together. “Sing Street” is much more playful. It’s set in 1980s Dublin and follows a boy who starts a rock band to impress a girl.
Here, Carney takes the usual beats of a teen comedy and combines that form with songs influenced by the bands the main character, Conor, admires, like Duran Duran and The Cure. We follow Conor as he recruits his band and uses some DIY tricks to pull off a music video, which features the girl he’s trying to impress.
You can watch the whole movie on Netflix now — we highly recommend it. But in the meantime, check out one of the songs featured in the movie:
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