25 years since the release of ‘Take That & Party’

Here’s a blog post I wrote today for one of my other blogs, Merryn Music.

Merryn Music

Today, 17th August, marks the 25th anniversary since Take That released their first ever album ‘Take That & Party’ back in 1992. I remember it well, I had been following Take That since their first single ‘Do What U Like’ dropped in July 1991, with its saucy video including jelly covered bodies (which was intriguing to my 12 year old self!).

So, fast forward to August 1992 and ‘Take That & Party’ was released including top 40 hits ‘I Found Heaven’ (UK #15), Tavares cover ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ (UK #7), ‘A Million Love Songs’ (UK #7), ‘Promises’ (UK #38), ‘Why Can’t I Wake Up with You’ (UK #2) and Barry Manilow cover ‘Could It Be Magic’ (UK #3).

To celebrate this 25th anniversary, we have created a #ThrowbackThursday playlist featuring 50 boybands from The Monkees in the 1960s through to Lawson from last year. Enjoy!

– Jenny


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The Dunkirk trailer is online!


Now, you may or may not know that I am a massive One Direction fan, and I am about to fangirl all over this post… The trailer for Christopher Nolan’s new film, Dunkirk, was released at 3pm this afternoon. In case you hadn’t made the link: Harry Styles is in Dunkirk.

Even though the film isn’t due out until 21st July 2017 (a mere 31 weeks away – sigh), we are all very excited in the fandom, and oh so proud of Harry.

As well as Harry, the film also stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh,  Barry Keoghan, Tom Glynn-Carney, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden and Fionn Whitehead.

I can’t wait to see it! Here’s the trailer:

Happy birthday Janet Jackson!

Today (16th May 2016) is Janet Jackson’s 50th birthday! I have always been a big fan of Janet’s, ever since I was given a cassette copy of her 1989 album Rhythm Nation 1814 when I was 11 years old. It’s such a great album and I was hooked from the start. Not only is it a great album, but her videos are filmic masterpieces. To celebrate Janet’s birthday, here’s my favourite song from Rhythm Nation 1814 🙂

Film Review: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)

To Wong FooStarring: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo
IMDb synopsis: Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.
(Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114682/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

My verdict: I had never watched To Wong Foo, and Michelle knows how much I love The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, as outlined in my last review, so she decided to show me it. I really loved it! It’s still sad to see Patrick Swayze on screen, such an amazing talent, taken too early. Having grown up watching Dirty Dancing more times than is healthy as a teenage girl, Patrick Swayze will always hold a special place in my heart. He is fabulous in To Wong Foo, as the stunning drag queen Vida Boheme. Vida ties in first place in the “Drag Queen Of New York” contest with Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes), and together they journey to Hollywood to take part in the “Miss Drag Queen of America Pageant”. “Drag princess” Chi-Chi Rodriguez (John Leguizamo) tags along, though disaster befalls them and their car breaks down, eventually leaving them stranded in the small town of Snydersville. The rest of the film documents their time in Snydersville, which is sadly inhabited by a small bunch of locals who don’t take too kindly to Vida, Noxie and Chi-Chi. Will they make it Hollywood in time? You’ll have to watch!

Rating: 5 glittery ballgowns out of 5

Film Review: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Bill Hunter

IMDb synopsis: Two drag queens and a transsexual travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
(Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109045/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2)

My verdict: This is one of my all-time favourite films ever! I loved watching Guy Pearce in Australian daytime TV when I was at school; first as Mike Young in Neighbours (from 1986 to 1989) and then as David Croft in Home and Away (1991 to 1992). He’s such a great actor and he is hilarious in Priscilla.

Hugo Weaving plays “Tick” who lives in Sydney and gets offered a job performing his drag act as ‘Mitzi Del Bra’ in a hotel for a friend in a remote town called Alice Springs. His two friends, transgender Bernadette Bassinger (Terence Stamp) and hyperactive Adam Whitely (Guy Pearce) come along for the journey aboard their bus, which Adam names “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. The journey doesn’t go as smoothly as it should, with all kinds of disasters befalling them. Along the way, they meet Bob, a middle-aged mechanic (hilariously played by the wonderful Bill Hunter, who I also loved in Muriel’s Wedding and Strictly Ballroom), who tags along for the ride after a showdown with his wife Cynthia.

I don’t want to give too much away, but if you haven’t seen this, it’s a must! There are plenty of fabulous outfits, ABBA songs, dance routines and even some ping pong balls.

Upcoming films on TV: week commencing Monday 8th February 2016

These are my pick of great films coming up on TV this week:

Field of Dreams (1989)
Synopsis: Ray Kinsella, an unfulfilled Iowa farmer, hears a mysterious voice that inspires him to build a baseball field on his land, to the consternation of his family and neighbours. But when the ghost of his late father’s hero – disgraced player “Shoeless” Joe Jackson – appears, Ray embarks on a magical journey of discovery. Fantasy.
Starring: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan and Ray Liotta
Channel: Film4
When can I watch? Monday 8th February 6:55 pm to 9:00 pm

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1993)
Synopsis: Eccentric investigator Ace Ventura is hired to discover who is behind the mysterious kidnapping of the Miami Dolphins football team mascot, a dolphin called Snowflake, just a week before the Super Bowl. Comedy.
Starring: Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox and Sean Young
Channel: 5*
When can I watch? Monday 8th February 9:00 pm to 10:50 pm

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

Synopsis: Things get desperate for lifelong friends and flatmates Zack and Miri when neither has the money to pay the rent. They need cash fast, but is shooting and marketing their own adult movie the best way to get rich? Romantic comedy.
Starring: Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks
Channel: 5*
When can I watch? Wednesday 10th February 11:35 pm to 1:45 am

(500) Days of Summer (2009)

Synopsis: When new girl Summer Finn starts work in his office, it’s love at first sight for Tom Hansen. But is their relationship doomed because of Summer’s belief that real life always gets in the way of true love? Romantic comedy.
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel
Channel: Channel 4
When can I watch? Thursday 11th February 1:05 am to 2:45 am

GoldenEye (1995)
Synopsis: When a Russian general and his beautiful accomplice steal a deadly weapon called the GoldenEye from a base in Siberia, secret agent James Bond sets out to apprehend the villains before their lethal acquisition is put to use. Spy adventure.
Starring: Pierce Brosnan and Sean Bean
Channel: ITV4
When can I watch? Thursday 11th February 9:00 pm to 11:40 pm

Chocolat (2000)
Synopsis: The pious inhabitants of a small French village are angered when Vianne Rocher arrives and opens a chocolate shop – during Lent. But Vianne and her confectionery have an attraction that is hard to resist. Romantic comedy.
Starring: Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp
Channel: Film4
When can I watch? Friday 12th February 6:40 pm to 9:00 pm

Con Air (1997)
Synopsis: Finally paroled after eight years in prison for manslaughter, Cameron Poe heads home on the “Jailbird”, a convict transport plane that contains some of America’s most dangerous criminals. But there are nefarious plans afoot… Action thriller.
Starring: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich
Channel: 5*
When can I watch? Friday 12th February 9:00 pm to 11:20 pm

Bugsy Malone (1976)
Synopsis: New York, 1929: in a world of would-be hoodlums, showgirls and dreamers, where you never see an adult, gangster Fat Sam’s operations are being “splurged” by Dandy Dan’s new weapon. To thwart his foe, Sam enlists the help of tough guy Bugsy Malone. Spoof gangster musical.
Starring: Scott Baio and Jodie Foster
Channel: Film4
When can I watch? Saturday 13th February 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)
Synopsis: Andie is accepted into the prestigious Maryland School of the Arts, but drifts apart from her friends in the 410, the crew she danced with on the streets of Baltimore. So when she and fellow student Chase learn of a street-dancing contest, they decide to form their own outfit. Romantic dance drama.
Starring: Briana Evigan and Robert Hoffman
Channel: Film4
When can I watch? Saturday 13th February 1:00 pm to 3:05 pm

The Princess Bride (1987)
Synopsis: A farm boy falls in love with his beautiful employer and, in order to marry her, sets off for foreign parts to seek his fortune. Fantasy adventure.
Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Chris Sarandon
Channel: 5*
When can I watch? Saturday 13th February 3:05 pm to 5:10 pm

Despicable Me (2010)
Synopsis: Behind the seemingly tranquil façade of small-town America, super-criminal Gru plots his biggest heist yet: to steal the Moon. But an encounter with orphan sisters Margo, Edith and Agnes proves that even the most dastardly villain has a soft centre. Animated comedy.
Starring: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig and Miranda Cosgrove
Channel: ITV2
When can I watch? Saturday 13th February 5:10 pm to 7:00 pm

Magic Mike (2012)
Synopsis: A 30-something male stripper rethinks his lifestyle while mentoring the new kid on the block and there is added impetus when the girl he likes won’t take him seriously as boyfriend material. Comedy drama.
Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn and Olivia Munn
Channel: E4
When can I watch? Saturday 13th February 9:00 pm to 11:15 pm

Meet The Parents (2000)
Synopsis: Male nurse Greg Focker wants to propose to his girlfriend Pam, but decides to ask the permission of her old-fashioned father, Jack, a former CIA agent. Greg plans to do this while visiting for Pam’s sister’s wedding, but Jack’s overprotectiveness spells trouble for the accident-prone nurse. Comedy.
Starring: Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller
Channel: BBC One
When can I watch? Saturday 13th February 11:55 pm to 1:40 am

Legally Blonde (2001)
Synopsis: Valley girl Elle’s life will be perfect with a marriage proposal from her boyfriend Warner before he leaves for university. But Warner’s worried that Elle’s frivolity will damage his political ambitions and ends the relationship. Determined to prove there’s more to her than hair and make-up, the blonde bombshell follows Warner to Harvard. Comedy.
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson and Selma Blair
Channel: ITV2
When can I watch? Sunday 14th February 4:15 pm to 6:15 pm

What A Girl Wants (2003)
Synopsis: Determined teenager Daphne Reynolds leaves behind her single mother in New York and travels to England in the hope of meeting the English father that she never knew. But the arrival of a gauche, unknown daughter is more than an irritation in the busy life of Lord Henry Dashwood… Comedy.
Starring: Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth and Kelly Preston
Channel: Channel 5
When can I watch? Sunday 14th February 5:20 pm to 7:25 pm

Along Came Polly (2004)
Synopsis: Insurance company risk assessor Reuben Feffer’s apparently perfect life takes a nose-dive when his new wife cheats on him during their honeymoon. Broken-hearted, he meets up with old school friend Polly Prince and romance ensues. But Polly’s blasé attitude to life causes problems for overly cautious Reuben. Romantic comedy.
Starring: Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Debra Messing and Hank Azaria
Channel: ITV2
When can I watch? Sunday 14th February 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Synopsis: When Peter is dumped by his actress girlfriend Sarah he goes on holiday to try to mend his broken heart. But his peace is shattered when he discovers that Sarah and her new boyfriend, rock star Aldous Snow, are staying in the same hotel. Romantic comedy.
Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand and Mila Kunis.
Channel: ITV2
When can I watch? Sunday 14th February 11:00 pm to 1:05 am

While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Synopsis: A young woman working on the Chicago subway saves the life of a handsome commuter and masquerades as his girlfriend while he lies in a coma. Though she is accepted by most of the man’s family, his brother’s suspicions are aroused. Romantic comedy.
Starring: Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman
Channel: BBC One
When can I watch? Sunday 14th February 11:30 pm to 1:05 am

All information taken from http://www.radiotimes.com/tv/tv-listings

Happy birthday Phil Collins!

Phil CollinsToday (30th January) is Phil Collins’ 65th birthday! I have been a big fan of Phil’s music, both his own and with Genesis, since I was small. While putting together a list of my favourite Phil Collins/Genesis songs, I realised that I liked 28 songs, so I created a playlist! 🙂

If you click on the little icon in the top left hand corner of the video box, it will show you all of the videos in the playlist, and you can choose what to listen to. Or just play the first video, and listen to them all in turn!

Happy birthday Phil, thank you for all of your amazing songs and performances over the years 🙂

Film Review: Walk Of Shame (2014)

: Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright, Ethan Suplee, Oliver Hudson

IMDb synopsis: A reporter’s dream of becoming a news anchor is compromised after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money – and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.

My verdict: I have to say, I liked it. Reporter Meghan Miles thinks she’s up for promotion, only to find out she’s lost out to Wendy Chang. As well as this blow, her boyfriend has upped and left her. Her friends, Rose and Denise, convince her that she needs a fun night out, and this is pretty much where the film begins. They end up in a bar, where dishy James Marsden is serving the drinks, through a clumsy happenstance (I love that word, I’ve just found out it means something that happens by chance, I’m so dim!), she ends up going home with James Marsden. She wakes up after an eventful night, and tries to get home. Various things get in the way of that, and she ends up doing the so-so shameful walk of shame, via a crack house, massage parlour and various other randomness. The amount of James Marsden was lacking for me, so a point docked there. Plus, she just leaves her car at the pound. Like, who does that? It’s a rainy weather duvet day kinda film, or if you’re off sick and just need to Netflix and chill. But alone, you’re sick and need your rest.

My rating: A Elizabeth Banks looks nice in that yellow dress 3 out of 5 stars

I’m so behind musically!

I said on someone’s post earlier that I am so behind the times with music that it’s ridiculous. My job role changed recently so I can listen to headphones at my desk now, so I’ve been listening to Absolute Radio 00’s, which is like a new music radio station to me! Below are the songs I’ve only just discovered in the last month… (I know, my bad).

Film Review: The Decoy Bride (2011)

:  Kelly Macdonald, David Tennant, Alice Eve, Michael Urie, Sally Phillips, Maureen Beattie
IMDb synopsis: When the world’s media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent.

My verdict: I found this on Netflix as I was looking for David Tennant films to watch to fill the Jessica Jones hole left in my telly viewing. David Tennant plays James Arber, a best-selling author who is due to get married to Hollywood actress, Lara Tyler (played by Alice Eve), except their wedding is ruined when a paparazzi photographer manages to sneak into the church they’re in and Lara calls the wedding off. As they want a paparazzi free wedding, they decide to run off to the island of Hegg in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland (which is a fictional island in real life). Unfortunately, the same paparazzi guy finds out and heads over to Hegg. To try to help them to get married in secret, local girl Katie Nic Aodh (played by Kelly Macdonald, who was 35 in real life in this but looks about 25!), is drafted in to be the decoy bride, to give the paparazzi their picture, believing they’ll leave, leaving Lara and James in peace to get married. All kinds of craziness take place, including David Tennant dressing up like one of the Bay City Rollers, a deaf couple dancing to bagpipes, a haunted toilet and the man from Ugly Betty being the character he played in Ugly Betty. Hurrah.

Rating: A bagpipe playing 5 out of 5 stars