'Sing Street': 'I'm in a band' — it works every time

Film / Reviews Jul 13, 2016

'Sing Street': 'I'm in a band' — it works every time

by Kaori Shoji

Filmmaker and former frontman for the Irish band "The Frames" John Carney completes his ode-to-music trilogy with "Sing Street" — following the star-studded "Begin Again" in 2013 and the excellent but underrated "Once" in 2007. Carney's stories have sold us the idea that the will ...

Begin Again: 'Rekindling platonic love'

Film / Reviews Feb 4, 2015

Begin Again: 'Rekindling platonic love'

by Kaori Shoji

You know when a boy and girl meet, hit it off, but keep the relationship platonic — and it's sweet and memorable forever? This practically never happens in the movies. The last time it did (as far I can recall) was in "Once" back ...

For 'Once,' Broadway spurns glitz

Stage Dec 3, 2014

For 'Once,' Broadway spurns glitz

by Lindsay Nelson

Written and directed by John Carney, the award-winning 2006 musical film "Once" — a simple, bittersweet love story set in his hometown of Dublin and featuring wonderful music by co-stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova — was perfect on its own. Wouldn't a Broadway ...