Tuesday, 31 January 2017


On the first episode of 'Rob's Rambling' I take a look at the Amazon Dot and see how good Alexa is for us geeks. I see if it will handle my demands to play John Williams soundtracks, ask about Steven Spielberg and play a geek trivia quiz.

Let me know what you think of the first episode and if you would like me to discuss a topic let me know in the comments.

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Jurassic World 2 Brecon Beacons National Park

In a recent interview with a Spanish website the director of Jurassic World 2, JA Bayona revealed that the movie will be shot in Wales, UK.  Specifically the Brecon Beacons National Park.  Hey!  That's just up the road from me.

I will definitely keep an eye out for filming which should begin in the very near future.  Bayona recently teased fans on Twitter with this picture:




The first Jurassic World movie was filmed in Hawaii so it's nice to see the sequel to Jurassic World being filmed right here on my doorstep.  To give you an idea of what kind of landscape to expect in the second Jurassic World here are a few photos of Brecon Beacons National Park and Dan-yr-Ogof caves in Wales.

Jurassic World 2 Brecon Beacons National Park

Jurassic World 2 Brecon Beacons National Park


Jurassic World 2 Brecon Beacons National Park

Jurassic World 2 Brecon Beacons National Park

Jurassic World 2 Brecon Beacons National Park

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A Wacky Looking Steven Spielberg

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monkey island 2 free on xbox

I am a huge fan of the adventures of Guybrush Threepwood.  I still think the Monkey Island games from Lucasarts are some of the finest adventure games ever to grace a computer or indeed a console.

stan monkey island gifSpeaking of consoles, if you're an owner of an Xbox One or 360 and have a gold membership then Monkey Island 2 The Special Edition is
free, yes free!  No this is not Stan trying to sell you something second hand but informing you of a totally free game thanks to Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion.

The offer runs from February 1st to the 15th so don't miss out on being able to go up against LeChuck for the grand old price of nothing.  Featuring the old game and of course the mastered edition with updated graphics, music and sound.  If you've never experienced a Lucasarts' Point n' Click adventure game before now is your chance.  Be warned, they are addictive.  Make sure you have a few hours spare.

Here's a video going behind the scenes of the special edition version along with plenty of game footage to whet your appetite.



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Monday, 30 January 2017


Here's a fun video showing a take on the classic movie 'It's a Wonderful Life.'  What if George Lucas hadn't been born?  Here's a lighthearted look at that what the world would be like.



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Sunday, 29 January 2017

by Patrick Gibbs

There are a few things that can be consistently counted on from a Martin Scorsese Picture. One is technical and visual excellence. Another is that it's not likely to pull a lot of punches.

But perhaps the two hallmarks that stand out to me most of all are that Scorsese the artist is almost always trying to say something meaningful, and that unfortunately, too often he does not succeed. In some cases, such as The Wolf of Wall Street, the problem is that we just don't need a three hour movie to make the point that greed and lust can be self destructive. We got that in the first hour (frankly, we got it in the trailer. Not that Wolf is without merit; it has some moments of brilliantly executed comedy, and it's filled with great acting and staging. But ultimately that wasn't nearly enough to make the hollowness and full on assault of debauchery worth it for me.). In the case of Gangs of New York, the pet project that took decades to get to, there were so many thoughts brewing inside the director's mind but they never formed into a coherent point; in other words, the director himself seemed to be unclear what he was trying to express (it played more like a drunken wedding toast than a movie.). Yet both of these films got recognized by the Academy, if for no other reason than that they were made by Scorsese. The one time he actually walked away with a statuette was for The Departed, a terrific and spirited popcorn flick that was completely comfortable with just being a gangster picture and not even trying to say anything at all, so much so that it's developed a bit of an undeserved resentment.

But in 2016, Hollywood's number one film scholar, one of the most thoughtful and reflective minds made one of finest acheivements cinema, only to find it all but ignored. The reason? Perhaps because it was too thoughtful for comfort. In order to examine the film, some spoilers are necessary. You've been warned.
behind a camera, found a piece that challenged him artistically, philosophically and spiritually, and he dug down deep and created something genuinely profound. The result was a dismal failure at the box office, and a singular nomination (for cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto.). How is it that someone so beloved in the industry fails so spectacularly to get recognized for one of the best films of his career? Clearly it's not a bias against religious themes, what with Mel Gibson being welcomed back into the fold like the Prodigal Son. The answer may be that Scorsese's movie is so challenging for audiences as well, asking some very deep questions without attempting to answer them. Put simply, it was

Silence, based on the acclaimed 1966 novel by Shusaku Endo, tells the story of two young Portugese Jesuits, Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garupe (Adam Driver), who head to Japan after receiving word that their mentor Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson), has renounced  his faith after being tortured. The two young  missionaries set off to find him, refusing to believe this story. (Yes, that's right - Peter Parker and Kylo Ren go to Japan to look for Qui-Gonn. Now, stop that and try to go deeper!).

Upon arrival at the Japanese village of Tomogi, the priests are surprised to find the local Christian populations driven underground. They eagerly welcome the priests, who administer long-awaited sacraments to them. A samurai searching for suspected Christians, whom the villagers refer to as "The Inquisitor", straps some of the villagers to wooden crosses on the beach and places them in the ocean, where the tide eventually kills them. The bodies are then cremated on a funeral pyre so that they cannot be given a proper Christian burial

From here, the story primarily follows Rodrigues as he tries not only to discover the truth about Ferreira, but to protect the Japanese converts who are willing to lay down their lives to keep him there, thirsting for the teachings and sacraments of the Holy Church for which they are being persecuted. But as Rodrigues sees these faithful people suffering so brutally for their faith, he begins to struggle with questions, such as: why does a loving God let his faithful children suffer? Why do his constant prayers seem to yield no response? And most of all, how can ask these people to stay true to a God he himself is beginning to doubt, and who seems to have forsaken all of them?

Scorsese describes himself as "a believer with doubts,"and honestly, an ability to understand and appreciate that point of view may be essential to embracing the film, and could be where it lost so many people. While Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge follows Andrew Garfield risking his life for an unwavering faith that tangibly wins him the respect and love of his comrades, and brings him closer to his God, Silence shows the same actor devoting himself to God just as fervently, but facing trial after trial and wrestling with his own confusion and frustration. It's not the fact that Rodrigues has doubts that may be so hard for many to understand, but rather the fact that he presses forward anyway and never loses his love of God and constantly endeavors to do His will, even when questioning His presence. And when Rodrigues is finally reunited with his mentor, he finds the older man only to eager to break his spirit. But has Ferreira truly lost his religion, or is he merely trying to survive? And has God forsaken them, or has he been silently present all this time, suffering with them? Rodrigues is faced with a choice: renounce God and save the lives of the Christian converts, or endure to the end and let these people die. But would they be dying for the glory of God, or for the glory and pride of Father Rodrigues'? The young Priest is quite literally faced with the question: what would Jesus do?

The most truly thought provoking films do not attempt to give easy answers to complex questions, and Scorsese and his co-writer Jay Cocks leave much up to the viewer to determine for themselves. If you want to be told what to think, you're better off with Hacksaw Ridge (which is a very good film, but a simple one that plays it safe.). But if you want a mesmerizing experience that will make you ponder the nature of God and man's quest to understand (or determination not to believe), Silence will challenge your mind. For me, a believer with questions and sometimes doubts, it was a faith affirming experience, while others may walk away certain that the film is about the futility of trusting in God. And that balance between what you take away from a movie and what you put into it is the essence of art.

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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Crazed truck (driver) that terrorized Dennis Weaver in Duel, directed by Steven Spielberg.


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Waking up to sad news this morning as we learn that Sir John Hurt has died at the age of 77 from cancer.  The actor had been treated for pancreatic cancer in 2015 and at one point had been given the all clear.

Sir John was knighted in 2015 for his services to drama.

After his cancer diagnosis the same year, he told the Radio Times: "I can't say I worry about mortality, but it's impossible to get to my age and not have a little contemplation of it.
"We're all just passing time, and occupy our chair very briefly."

Hurt will be remembered for roles in Alien and The Elephant Man.  He also appeared in the fourth Indiana Jones movie in 2008 where he played Professor Oxley in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  Harry Potter fans will remember him as  Mr Ollivander.  J K Rowling, tweeted: "So very sad to hear that the immensely talented and deeply beloved John Hurt has died. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Other roles were the Doctor in Doctor Who, the voice of the dragon in Merlin and 1984.

Stephen Fry praised Sir John for being "great on the stage, small screen and big".

Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood said: "It was such an honor to have watched you work, sir."

I met Sir John Hurt a few years back at a comic con and he was the perfect gentleman.

Rob Wainfur

Source - BBC



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Friday, 27 January 2017


There has been a fan theory for many years now that all the movies from Pixar are all played out in the same universe.  Well Pixar confirmed that theory this week with a video they published on their Facebook page.

Starting with Finding Dory, the two-and-a-half minute clip goes through all the characters that have appeared in Pixar films that aren’t their own.  Each character in the video cuts to a sighting of that very character in another Pixar movie.  It's a clever video and will make you smile because...well Pixar.



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Thursday, 26 January 2017


One of the best trilogies of all time, and arguably the best time travel movie of all time, Back To The Future has a ton of secrets and easter eggs that you may not have even noticed before! Here they all are for your enjoyment.



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Wednesday, 25 January 2017


Legendary director George Lucas opens up to Oprah about his movie-making process for films like American Graffiti and Star Wars. Plus, they talk about the importance of following your passion. For more on #nextchapter visit http://bit.ly/1OPX6ah



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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

89th oscar nominations full list

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced today and you can check out the full list below.  Notable mentions are Rogue One getting two nominations, one in the Sound Mixing category and the other in Achievement in Visual Effects.  Star Trek Beyond gets a nod in the Achievement in makeup and hair-styling category.  La La Land picks up an impressive 14 nominations including the category of Best motion picture of the year.  The Gibbs brothers of The Bearded Trio voted it one of the best films of 2016.  Our top movie of 2016, Lion gets 6 nominations including Best Picture and Performance by an actor in a supporting role.

The nominees include:

Performance by an actor in a leading role
    Casey Affleck in "Manchester by the Sea"
    Andrew Garfield in "Hacksaw Ridge"
    Ryan Gosling in "La La Land"
    Viggo Mortensen in "Captain Fantastic"
    Denzel Washington in "Fences"
    Performance by an actor in a supporting role
    Mahershala Ali in "Moonlight"
    Jeff Bridges in "Hell or High Water"
    Lucas Hedges in "Manchester by the Sea"
    Dev Patel in "Lion"
    Michael Shannon in "Nocturnal Animals"
    Performance by an actress in a leading role
    Isabelle Huppert in "Elle"
    Ruth Negga in "Loving"
    Natalie Portman in "Jackie"
    Emma Stone in "La La Land"
    Meryl Streep in "Florence Foster Jenkins"
    Performance by an actress in a supporting role
    Viola Davis in "Fences"
    Naomie Harris in "Moonlight"
    Nicole Kidman in "Lion"
    Octavia Spencer in "Hidden Figures"
    Michelle Williams in "Manchester by the Sea"
    Best animated feature film of the year
    "Kubo and the Two Strings"
    "Moana"
    "My Life as a Zucchini"
    "The Red Turtle"
    "Zootopia"
    Achievement in cinematography
    "Arrival"
    "La La Land"
    "Lion"
    "Moonlight"
    "Silence"
    Achievement in costume design
    "Allied"
    "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
    "Florence Foster Jenkins"
    "Jackie"
    "La La Land"
    Achievement in directing
    "Arrival" - Denis Villeneuve
    "Hacksaw Ridge" - Mel Gibson
    "La La Land" - Damien Chazelle
    "Manchester by the Sea" - Kenneth Lonergan
    "Moonlight" - Barry Jenkins
    Best documentary feature
    "Fire at Sea"
    "I Am Not Your Negro"
    "Life, Animated"
    "O.J.: Made in America"
    "13th"
    Best documentary short subject
    "Extremis"
    "4.1 Miles"
    "Joe's Violin"
    "Watani: My Homeland"
    "The White Helmets"
    Achievement in film editing
    "Arrival"
    "Hacksaw Ridge"
    "Hell or High Water"
    "La La Land"
    "Moonlight"
    Best foreign language film of the year
    "Land of Mine"
    "A Man Called Ove"
    "The Salesman"
    "Tanna"
    "Toni Erdmann"
    Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
    "A Man Called Ove"
    "Star Trek Beyond"
    "Suicide Squad"
    Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
    "Jackie"
    "La La Land"
    "Lion"
    "Moonlight"
    "Passengers"
    Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
    "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" from "La La Land"
    "Can't Stop The Feeling" from "Trolls"
    "City Of Stars" from "La La Land"
    "The Empty Chair" from "Jim: The James Foley Story"
    "How Far I'll Go" from "Moana"
    Best motion picture of the year
    "Arrival"
    "Fences"
    "Hacksaw Ridge"
    "Hell or High Water"
    "Hidden Figures"
    "La La Land"
    "Lion"
    "Manchester by the Sea"
    "Moonlight"
    Achievement in production design
    "Arrival"
    "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
    "Hail, Caesar!"
    "La La Land"
    "Passengers"
    Best animated short film
    "Blind Vaysha"
    "Borrowed Time"
    "Pear Cider and Cigarettes"
    "Pearl"
    "Piper"
    Best live action short film
    "Ennemis Intérieurs"
    "La Femme et le TGV"
    "Silent Nights"
    "Sing"
    "Timecode"
    Achievement in sound editing
    "Arrival"
    "Deepwater Horizon"
    "Hacksaw Ridge"
    "La La Land"
    "Sully"
    Achievement in sound mixing
    "Arrival"
    "Hacksaw Ridge"
    "La La Land"
    "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
    "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi"
    Achievement in visual effects
    "Deepwater Horizon"
    "Doctor Strange"
    "The Jungle Book"
    "Kubo and the Two Strings"
    "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" J
    Adapted screenplay
    "Arrival"
    "Fences
    "Hidden Figures"
    "Lion"
    "Moonlight" S
    Original screenplay
    "Hell or High Water"
    "La La Land"
    "The Lobster"
    "Manchester by the Sea"
    "20th Century Women"

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    Monday, 23 January 2017

    CERTAIN WOMEN

    CERTAIN WOMEN
    In UK cinemas 3rd March 2017
    Directed by Kelly Reichardt
    (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff, Old Joy)

    Jurassic Park's Laura Dern stars in a new movie called Certain Women.  The movie won Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival in 2016.  One of America’s foremost filmmakers, Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff) directs a remarkable ensemble cast led by Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, and Laura Dern in this stirring look at three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest: a lawyer (Dern) who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother (Williams) whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student (Stewart) who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand (radiant newcomer Lily Gladstone). As their stories intersect in subtle but powerful ways, a portrait emerges of flawed, but strong-willed individuals in the process of defining themselves.



    CERTAIN WOMEN starring Laura Dern





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    To start with, let's get straight that the officially announced title for Stat Wars Episode VIII, The Last Jedi, is a good one. It's simple, elegant, and classically Star Wars-y. I don't think you'll see anything like the dissatisfied uproar that greeted the prequel titles, or even the mild confusion that came with The Force Awakens in some circles.

    But what exactly does it mean? It obviously refers to Luke Skywalker, the only surviving member of the Jedi order, who was even refered to as the last Jedi by Kyko Ren. This is the best thing about the title, as it further suggests Luke will be a huge part of the new film, and we all want that, don't we? But does it also refer to Rey, who we all assume at this point will be trained by Luke as a Jedi? Does it suggest that the mantle of the last Jedi will pass from Luke to Rey in this film? And if so, does that mean the death of Luke? And does that mean he becomes a blue ghost? Does it mean Luke and/or Rey will not successfully restore the Jedi order and their fire will finally be extinguished?

    Of course this is nothing but wild speculatuon. We'll find out our answers on December 15.

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    By Patrick Gibbs

    The 2017 Academy Award Nominations will be announced on Tuesday morning, and there are a few things that are practically set in stone: La La Land and Moonlight are going to get nominations for Best Picture, Viola Davis is a shoe in for a much deserved nomination (and probable win) for Fences, and Casey Affleck will continue his streak as Affleck of The Year (I love you, Ben, and I have faith that you will rise again. But you had the worst year of any celebrity, and we are talking about 2016.).

    All of the nominees I've mentioned above are deserving, but there are always some great films and performances that don't make the cut. The following are not my choices for what should win the individual awards, but rather, they are a group of very worthy nominees that probably won't happen, but should:

    Michael Keaton and Tom Hanks for Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Founder and Sully

    Keaton is well liked by the Academy at this point after very narrowly missing out on a win for Birdman, but the movie itself has failed to pick up any traction. But his performance as the morally and ethically shaky but annoyingly charismatic Ray Kroc is a standout, and he deserves to be recognized. As for Hanks, no one is going to disagree that he did a terrific job, but at this point it seems that he will have to reinvent the wheel in order to get any recognition (there is a down side to two wins in a row.)

    I would argue that Sully, as good a film as it was (and it was Clint Eastwood's best in years), would never have stayed in the air without Hanks at the helm, and a continued streak of excellence for 25 plus years is hardly something that should be seen as a strike against an actor. The mere fact that Hanks was able to escape so deeply into the role, gimmick free, that it didn't even seem weird to see him playing the character on David Letterman (Hanks himself was the ultimate Letterman guest) speaks volumes.

    Hailee Steinfeld for Best Actress in a Leading Role, The Edge of Seventeen

    So, I'll be honest: I'm rooting for Meryl Streep all the way. I'm a big Emma Stone fan, I loved her in La La Land, and Amy Adams performance in Arrival was even better. So, in theory, I'd very much like to see it go to either of these deserving first timers, but Streep simply gave my favorite lead performance of the year. That being said, I've been disappointed to see the engaging and talented Steinfeld's work in this sincere little gem of a movie get so quickly forgotten, and it's frankly been the only vehicle genuinely worthy of her talents since True Grit (I swear, if it wouldn't stop us from hearing actual spoken dialogue from Luke Skywalker, a big part of me would be rooting for Trump to tweet us right into a nuclear holocaust just to save me from Pitch Perfect 3.).

    Sam Neill for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Hunt For The Wilderpeople

    Some would argue that this was a lead role (he received top billing), but young Julian Dennison's Ricky Baker (Happy Birthday!) was clearing the main character. But take Neill's hilarious and touching performance as "Uncle" out of the mix and one of the year's most delightful films just doesn't go anywhere.  A superb veteran actor who never gets his due, Neill has belonged in this category since his other incident being hunted (aboard the Red October), and I can't think of a surprise nomination that would please me more.

    Nina Ariande and Sofia Boutella for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Florence Foster Jenkins and Star Trek Beyond

    Thsee two have no chance of happening, and you are probably scratching your head trying to figure out
    who Nina Ariande even is. But if, like me, you melted into sobs as Agnes Stark, the sassy, uncouth wife of an insecure dilettante, stood up to the crowd of jeering soldiers to defend Florence's right to sing, you know exactly why she deserves this nod. Never has the word "@$$holes" been so inspiring (at least not until the next time people stood up for Meryl Streep's right to be heard on stage.)
                                                                           
    Sofia Boutella brought great presence and charm to the vulnerable and venerable Jay'lah, and if the character seemed a bit campy it was because she fit in perfectly eith originsl 1960's series. Boutella gave the film an identity beyond being merely the latest sequel in the franchise.

    "No Dames!" by Harry Krieger for Best Original Song, Hail Caesar!


    This howlingly humorous and haplessly homo-erotic send up of old fashioned Hollywood song and dance numbers was probably the highlight of the entire film (though George Clooney's Biblical epic speech, peppered by the reactions of Clancy Brown, was a close second) and it a live performance would be one of the highlights of the awards broadcast.

    Shane Black & Anthony Bagarozzi for Best Original Screenplay, The Nice Guys

    This clever and creative 70's noir Lethal Weapon Meets The Big Lebowski buddy detective comedy had me laughing out loud throughout, and frankly, I'd love to see Black get an overdue nomination and steal some of Tarantino's overhyped thunder.  From the extremely quotable dialogue to the delightfully convoluted series of twists and turns that all come together seamlessly, The Nice Guys was one of the most entertaining films of the year, and all of it was firmly grounded in the page.

    Melissa Matheson, Best Adapted Screenplay, The BFG

    More than just an obvious sentimental choice, this is a very worthy one. Roald Dahl isn't the easiest author to adapt, and The BFG doesn't follow nearly as clean and simple a narrative structure as Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. But Matheson caught the essence of the book perfectly, while opening up the cinematic possibilities and providing an added layer of depth. Matheson took a truly squiffling children's classic and turned it into a screenplay that is truly whoopsy-splunkers, and that's not just hyerbole.

    Jeffrey Ford and Matthew Schmidt, Best Film Editing for Captain America: Civil War
    This one shouldn't need a lot of explanation, because the airport sequence alone is enough to make a serious contender. With so many elements to bring together, and tight pacing an absolute necessity, the team behind Team Cap and Team Stark did amazing work.



    Jon Favreau for Best Director, The Jungle Book

    You might think it was all about the effects. Of course it was, but someone had to have the vision to use those effects, well . . . effectively. It took not just a good director, but a visionary one, to not only make this look real, but feel real, on every level. The interaction between Mowgli and his C.G.I. companions was more convincing and engaging than any of the human on human interaction in Maleficent, and Favreau's painstaking attention to detail and passion for the material shone through in every frame. He broke new ground while staying planted firmly as a storyteller, and in doing so created pure magic from beginning to end.

    Best animated Feature, The Little Prince

    I have to be clear that Zootopia and Kubo and The Two Strings are my two favorite animated films in years, and it's hard enough to choose between them. But this beautiful adaptation of the classic novel isn't getting the awards recognition it deserves, primarily because its wide release came not in theaters but on Netflix. The same thing happened with Beasts of No Nation, and while I'm as big a proponent of the big screen, cinematic experience as anyone, if streaming services give great independent films a chance to be seen, the Academy needs to be a lot more open minded when it comes to recognizing them.

    Greig Fraser, Best Cinematography for Rogue One

    For all of the talk about shooting The Force Awakens old school in order to avoid the digital look of the prequels, Fraser and director Gareth Edwards made the ARRI ALEXA not only look like film, but film in the 1970's.  Rogue One had an old fashioned, classy and timeless look that really makes its status as a companion piece to the original classic work, and if that doesn't deserve some serious kudos, I don't know what does.

    Sing Street, Best Picture

    The other great musical of 2016, this captivating coming of age tale from John Carney, the director of Once, tells the story of a boy who starts a band as an excuse to talk to a girl, and in the process finds himself.  Emotional, inspiring and insightful, Sing Street is also very funny, with energetic performances (both acting and singing) and a great message about staying true to who you are while never forgetting who and where you came from.  It also has a great soundtrack full of songs that quite literally just keep getting better. A wonderful film that deserves to be remembered.


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