Film Friday #278

Sing Street (2016)

Fifteen year-old Dubliner Connor AKA Cosmo (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), has been forced to move to a new school because of some family unrest and from day one things are pretty horrible. The other students are out of control and the teachers, who are mostly priests, are either heinous bullies or halfway to the grave. The only good thing is Raphina (Lucy Boynton) the beautiful girl who hangs out over the road and who Cosmo decides to woo by telling her he needs her to star in a music video for his band. Except Cosmo isn’t actually in a band. This is where Darren (Ben Carolan) comes in. Darren has designs on being a music manager and knows Eamon (Mark McKenna) whose dad owns musical instruments… plus he knows there is a black kid who lives on the estate and everyone knows all black people can play some kind of instrument, right? Soon Sing Street is formed and with some sage advice from Cosmo’s stoner older brother, Brendan (Jack Reynor) they start writing and performing their own original songs, heavily influenced by various 80’s bands and musical styles, but will it be enough to convince Raphina? I think my description has made this musical dramedy sound somewhat simplistic and frivolous and in some places it is but it’s also packed with loads of heart and some extremely endearing characters. Both Cosmo and Raphina are charming and Reynor (who looks like the lovechild of Chris Pratt and Seth Rogen) steals every scene he is in. Adding the background of Cosmo and Brendan’s disintegrating family, the financial crisis Ireland was in at the time provides gravitas which is reflected in Raphina’s lack of any family. The ending might be a little idealistic but for the most part I kind of loved it and it reminded me of something like The Commitments. Some of that might be related to 80’s nostalgia as the spectacular soundtrack and Cosmo’s ever changing image is very familiar to me as a child of the 80’s. Heart-warming. 3.5/5


Having skipped out on their Nandos bill, Cosmo and Raphina were ready for adventure

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

Meryl Streep plays Florence Foster Jenkins a super-wealthy, aging New Yorker and avid patron of the arts who has performing as a singer for years. What Florence doesn’t realise is that she is an absolutely horrendous singer but through the careful organisation of her devoted husband, St Clair (Hugh Grant) she has never come to realise this. When Florence becomes adamant that she is going to perform at Carnegie Hall, she takes on a new pianist to accompany her in the form of Cosme McMoon (Simon Helberg). Through Cosme’s eyes we become familiar with Florence’s numerous eccentricities as well as St Clair’s dalliances with his long-term mistress, Kathleen (Rebecca Ferguson). So this is based on a true story… which is nice… but whether you enjoy it or not will probably depend on how much you warm up to Florence. Personally I didn’t warm up to her very much. I found her to be just a little bit too mental for me to want to spend much time with her. Added to that there wasn’t enough of a story here to engage me for the running time and I just got… bored. Streep, Grant and Helberg all give good performances and although Ferguson’s role is small, she is affecting as a woman trapped loving a man who is clearly devoted to both his wife and to her. Some might love this but it just wasn’t for me. 1.5/5


And ai-iaaaaai will always love youuuuuuuuu!

Foodies: The Culinary Jet Set (2014)

I really, really like food. I like making it, I like eating it, I like researching it. I love trying new foods and I am probably a little bit of a food snob. I have already informed Mr O that I want all my food brought to me when I am in hospital to have Little O because I cannot face eating food that might not be the quality I am used to. So I decided to watch this documentary, which is about people who travel around the world eating in the best restaurants because I was hoping it would be a celebration of beautiful, unusual foods. What it turned out to be was a bunch of complete unqualified, bell ends destroying restaurants and chefs’ reputations on a whim through their blogs. I hated all of them. I hoped most of them choked on what they were eating. I think it’s back to Australian Masterchef for me. 0/5


And so I told him the pickled badger just wasn’t to my taste

48 Hrs. (1982)

Cop, Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) has got a reputation for cracking heads and being a bit of a loose cannon. When he is faced with a case involving escaped convict Albert Gainz (James Remar), a pile of money and what is quickly turning into a murderous rampage he has no choice but to team up with jailbird, Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) who once worked with Gainz and wants to get revenge. Reggie is a fast-talking, wise-cracking loose cannon so of course the two are nothing but trouble together… and they only have 48 hours to solve the case… well if they stop punching each other in the face. I don’t know if I was missing something or if it’s because I dozed off for a bit but I just didn’t connect with this film at all. Murphy is kind of funny and there are some good scenes like the redneck bar but the character development is almost non-existent and it’s just so very 80’s and not in a good way. I know this is supposed to be a comedy classic but it wasn’t for me. 2/5


Reggie wanted the last rolo and he was willing to fight for it


  1. Oh wow. Not really a good lot to round up 😦

    1. Yeah… and this is everything I watched in THREE WEEKS!

  2. theipc

    I’ve seen one of these movies and will probably never see the other three as long as i live but: I also didn’t like 48 hours.


    1. I really thought Florence Foster Jenkins would be right up your #taco.

  3. I never really cared for 48 hours either. Not sure why as it seems to be something I would normally like.

    1. There’s something that just doesn’t quite gel although in theory the premise and cast are good.

  4. Glad to see you’re still doing Film Fridays, Abbi, is this your last one in a while? Well I LOVE Sing Street, a bit more than you, and seeing it on the big screen was a joy w/ the audience responding so positively and laughing all the way.

    As for Florence Foster Jenkins, I might check out the French version, usually it’s better than the Hollywood-ized version anyway.

    1. I think I might get a couple more out/scheduled. I start my maternity leave on Friday so I think I’m going to watch a few movies and try and write them up before D-day 😊

  5. […] given her baby is due soon, we may not get to see many more of Film Fridays from Abbi, so check out her latest post that include reviews of Sing Street & Florence Foster […]

  6. Sing Street looks soooo good. Still gotta wait for it to come to our screens tho

    1. It’s a good laugh with loads of heart. It only got a very small release here but hopefully it makes a splash in Aus!

      1. I hope so! At least it is getting released here…. tho the cinema site often just randomly pulls movies from the ‘coming soon’ part. Really frustrating. I hope that doesn’t happen with Sing Street tho, I’m really looking forward to it. Reminds me of “We are the Best”

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