January 2017 film releases that I want to see

I’ve been checking out up and coming films for January 2017, and there are quite a few that I fancy watching ūüôā

A Monster Calls
UK release date: 1st January

Synopsis: A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mom’s terminal illness. (via IMDb)
Stars: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson

Manchester by the Sea
UK release date: 13th January
Synopsis: An uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. (via IMDb)
Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

La La Land
UK release date: 13th January
Synopsis: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. (via IMDb)
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt

Sing
UK release date: 27th January
Synopsis: A koala named Buster Moon has one final chance to restore his theater to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. (via IMDb)
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane,  Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Saunders, Jennifer Hudson

Further Ed
UK release date: 30th January
Synopsis: A young, vibrant, character driven comedy set against the backdrop of a British University. Two students decide to make their own unique brand of L.S.D to pay of their tuition fees, and ultimately try and stay in school. (via IMDb)
Stars: George Webster, David Fricker, Zoe Croft

 

The Dunkirk trailer is online!

dunkirk-poster

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:

October 2016 film releases that I want to see

Happy October!

I’ve been checking out the up and coming film releases for this month and there are quite a few that I fancy watching ūüôā

Gridiron
UK release date: 3rd October 2016

Synopsis: Based on a true story in 1985. Derek is a dreamer and a loser. No matter how hard he tries he fails at everything he attempts. Determined to show the world he can succeed at something he forms an American Football team in a country dominated by Soccer, Rugby, Cricket and Fish & Chips. His desire to succeed consumes his life and he is blind to see that his success will lead to him losing everything. (via IMDb)
Stars: Michael Dixon, Andrew Harwood Mills, Dorsey Levens

Storks
UK release date: 14th October 2016
Synopsis: Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby. (via IMDb)
Stars: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer

American Honey
UK release date: 14th October 2016
Synopsis: A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits. (via IMDb)
Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough

One Crazy Thing
UK release date: 18th October 2016
Synopsis: Jay is a former daytime TV star whose life has hit rock bottom until he meets his dream girl. Hannah is bright, beautiful and hates modern life. There’s just one problem. How does Jay tell Hannah about the leaked sex tape which made him an internet sensation? (via IMDb)
Stars: Ray Panthaki, Daisy Bevan, Dan Renton Skinner

Trolls
UK release date: 21st October 2016
Synopsis: This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. (via IMDb)
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar,  Gwen Stefani

Keeping Up with the Joneses
UK release date: 28th October 2016
Synopsis: A suburban couple becomes embroiled in an international espionage plot when they discover that their seemingly perfect new neighbors are government spies. (via IMDb)
Stars: Gal Gadot, Isla Fisher, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm

Burn Burn Burn
UK release date: 28th October 2016
Synopsis: Following the death of their friend, two girls in their late twenties embark on a road trip to spread his ashes. Seph and Alex take turns driving. Dan is in the glove compartment, in tupperware, decreasing in volume as the trip progresses. (via IMDb)
Stars: Laura Carmichael, Chloe Pirrie, Jack Farthing, Joe Dempsie, Sally Phillips

Ethel & Ernest
UK release date: 28th October 2016
Synopsis: This hand drawn animated film, based on the award winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, is an intimate and affectionate depiction of the life and times of his parents, two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events. (via IMDb)
Stars: Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn, Luke Treadaway, Pam Ferris

The Comedian’s Guide to Survival
UK release date: 28th October 2016
Synopsis: One man’s journey around the world to discover the secret of comedy. (via IMDb)
Stars: James Buckley, Paul Kaye, Tim McInnerny, Jimmy Carr

 

I’m writing a book!

After the sad news that I can’t produce my magazine at the moment due to a family situation, I do have some good news: I’m writing a book! The two things aren’t related (except for coming around at the same time) and the time frame for the book being written is two years.

It will be a romantic comedy and will be written in real time over the two year period, starting later this month. It will tell the story of Millie and Jack, how they get together, their relationship and the trials and tribulations of life.

I am so excited to get started, I really hope people will like it! ūüôā

Do you know an unsigned UK artist or band?

One of the things I love to champion is¬†unsigned UK artist and bands. With that in mind, I run a regular feature on the Merryn Magazine website on Mondays called¬†Independent Music Monday where I interview a different singer or band each week. If you know of anyone that I should be featuring, please ask them to take a look at this webpage, as that will give them more information ūüôā

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 ūüôā

My new magazine is now live online!

New cover
I haven’t been this blog much recently as I’ve been working on a digital magazine called Merryn Magazine for the past few months and the big day has finally arrived! It is finally online for everyone to read (and hopefully share).

I originally started the magazine as I noticed that I was following a lot of interesting people on my Twitter accounts, and I realised that if I found them interesting, that other people would do too. So, I decided to put together a magazine to showcase them. While putting it together, I found even more interesting people, so many so that I already have a lot of people for issue 2, which is due out on Friday 1st July!

I really enjoyed putting the magazine together and I’m excited to start on issue 2 in May.

You can see the magazine on a website called Issuu which is a publishing platform for magazines.

Here it is: https://issuu.com/merrynmagazine/docs/merryn_magazine_-_issue_1

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

March 2016 film releases that I want to see

I’ve been checking out up and coming films, and there are quite a few that I fancy watching ūüôā

Hail, Caesar!
UK release date: 4th March 2016

Synopsis: A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep the studio’s stars in line. (via IMDb)
Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill

The Choice
UK release date: 4th March 2016

Synopsis: Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events. (via IMDb)
Stars: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Alexandra Daddario

Time Out Of Mind
UK release date: 4th March 2016

Synopsis: George seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, a Manhattan intake center for homeless men, where his friendship with a fellow client helps him try to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter. (via IMDb)
Stars: Richard Gere, Ben Vereen, Jena Malone

Anomalisa
UK release date: 11th March 2016
Synopsis: A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary. (via IMDb)

Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

Rock The Kasbah
UK release date: 18th March 2016
Synopsis: A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star. (via IMDb)

Stars: Bill Murray, Leem Lubany, Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride

Zootopia
UK release date: 25th March 2016
Synopsis: In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy. (via IMDb)

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Welcome to Me
UK release date: 25th March 2016
Synopsis: When Alice Klieg wins the Mega-Millions lottery, she immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. (via IMDb)

Stars: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini

February 2016 film releases that I want to see

I’ve been checking out up and coming films, and there are quite a few that I fancy watching ūüôā

Trumbo
UK release date: 5th February 2016
Synopsis: In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. (via IMDb)
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren

Dad’s Army
UK release date: 5th February 2016

Synopsis: The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion. (via IMDb)
Stars:  Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Mark Gatiss, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Blake Harrison, Bill Paterson, Daniel Mays

I Saw The Light
UK release date: 5th February 2016

Synopsis: The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life. (via IMDb)
Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Hiddleston, David Krumholtz

Rams
UK release date: 5th February 2016
Synopsis: In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep. (via IMDb)

Stars: Sigur√įur Sigurj√≥nsson, Theod√≥r J√ļl√≠usson, Charlotte B√łving

Deadpool
UK release date: 10th February 2016
Synopsis: A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool. (via IMDb)

Stars: Morena Baccarin, Ryan Reynolds, Gina Carano

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
UK release date: 11th February 2016
Synopsis: Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies. (via IMDb)

Stars: Lily James, Lena Headey, Douglas Booth

Oddball and the Penguins
UK release date: 12th February 2016
Synopsis: An eccentric chicken farmer, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town. (via IMDb)

Stars: Alan Tudyk, Sarah Snook, Coco Jack Gillies

Lost in the Sun
UK release date: 18th February 2016
Synopsis: The story of John, a small time crook, who finds an unlikely accomplice in Louis, a newly-orphaned teenage boy. As their open-road adventure progresses and John drags the kid on a string of robberies, the pair forge an unexpected and powerful bond. (via IMDb)

Stars: Josh Duhamel, Josh Wiggins, Lynn Collins

How to Be Single
UK release date: 19th February 2016
Synopsis: New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, and what Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. (via IMDb)
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann

Secret in Their Eyes
UK release date: 26th February 2016
Synopsis: A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered. (via IMDb)
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts

The Benefactor
UK release date: 29th February 2016
Synopsis: A philanthropist meddles in the lives of newly-married couples in an attempt to relive his past. (via IMDb)
Stars: Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James