Welcome to the 13th episode of The Leftover Popcorn Podcast! This week’s episode sees us look at three films from Irish writer/director John Carney.
Leftover Popcorn is a weekly podcast dedicated to the world of moving pictures. Co-hosts Adam McGee (that’s me) and Andrew Snyder share a passion for everything, both weird and wonderful, from the world of television and cinema, and as such we’ll be discussing an eclectic mix of topics in the weeks and months to come.
The podcast itself is built with a very simple structure, with the hosting duties shared, each episode is built around a mixture of three or four regular segments. The segments rotate from week to week leaving discussion open to new releases in film and or TV, classics from both the big and small screen, broader discussions on influential figures and their work, previews of upcoming releases, and more.
Each segment is named after a quote from a movie or TV show that feature as a regular segue in our show, and hopefully will become familiar to you in time.
Anyway, that’s enough of an overview, let’s move on to what we have in store for you this week.
Warning: This podcast contains spoilers!
Intro: 0:00 – 04:05
Once: 04:06 -42:57
Begin Again: 42:58 – 1:03:42
Sing Street: 1:03:43 – 1:33:03
Wrap-Up: 1:33:04 – End
Before you dive in and start listening, let’s take a closer look at the subject of this week’s main segments.
Once (2006) – John Carney
The breakthrough film from John Carney, Once tells the story of two struggling musicians and the relationship they build through music.
Set and filmed on the streets of Dublin, the film marries an authentic, handheld aesthetic, with heartwarming dialog and memorable songs. Carried by the performances of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the film won an Oscar for Best Original Song.
Begin Again (2013) – John Carney
Begin Again saw Carney returning to his love of music and a story centered around those who find it easier to share their thoughts and feelings through that medium rather than in standard conversation.
With a much bigger budget, an A-list cast and a more glamorous New York setting, comparisons to Once can feel a little forced beyond the surface, and in story, acting and music, Begin Again certainly falls well short of that high mark.
Sing Street (2016) – John Carney
A return to what feels like a more personal story and Carney’s hometown, Sing Street is a love letter to the various journeys of discovering that teenagers can grow through.
With a primary cast of mostly non-professional actors, Sing Street pays tribute to the best music of the early 80s, while also having its own catchy original contributions too. Overall, it’s a film packed with heart and humor.
Be sure to return next week when we look ahead to the Oscars.
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