April 20, 2017
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Overlooked & Underrated Docs & Features (click on broll or dschwartz for all his posts)
Once in a blue moon I cover a narrative film. For context, here’s a short list of the few movies I’ve covered:
Tell No One (French)
An Angel at My Table
What’s In A Name? (French)
I discovered John Carney’s “Begin Again” on Netflix. It stars the ubiquitous James Corden, Keira Knightly, and Mark Ruffalo—with support from Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, and Adam Levine. Ruffalo plays a way-down-on-his-luck music producer; Knightly, a broken-hearted singer/songwriter; and Corden, her scene-stealing friend.
“Begin Again” is a sweet story about redemption lovingly smothered with great music. In addition to the story’s simplicity, I was inspired by the exquisite production quality and the actors’ standard-bearing performances. Carney is a master at exploring the richness of poignant moments.
You may find the film on Showtime, Netflix, and online sites that sell old-fashioned discs.
P.S. Oscar winner Carney is also the writer/director of “Once” (2007). His latest film, “Sing Street”, was released this year.
D. Schwartz 2016