October 2017 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 🙂

The Glass Castle
UK release date: 6th October 2017

Synopsis: A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. (via IMDb)
Stars: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts

Double Date
UK release date: 13th October 2017
Synopsis: Meet innocent Jim, terrified of girls, and on a reluctant quest to prove his manhood the night before he turns 30. He and his cocky friend Alex think they’ve hit the jackpot when they meet the beautiful siblings Kitty and Lulu, who seem up for anything on a wild party-fuelled night. But little do they know that the femmes fatales want to make Jim lose much more than just his virginity – Getting laid has never been so bloody difficult. (via IMDb)
Stars: Danny Morgan, Georgia Groome, Michael Socha, Kelly Wenham

Access All Areas
UK release date: 20th October 2017

Synopsis: An unlikely gang of teens go on the run to an island music festival, leaving behind their dysfunctional parents and the rules of the real world. (via IMDb)
Stars: Ella Purnell, Georgie Henley, Phil Daniels, Jordan Stephens

Dina
UK release date: 20th October 2017

Synopsis: An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story. (via IMDb)
Stars: Dina Buno, Scott Levin

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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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May 2017 film releases that I want to see

I’ve been checking out up and coming films for May, and even though it is a quiet month for films I fancy watching, here are my favourites 🙂

The Levelling
UK release date: 12th May 2017

Synopsis: Somerset, October 2014. When Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) receives a call telling her that her younger brother Charlie (Joe Blakemore) is dead, she must return to her family farm and face the man she hasn’t spoken to in years: her father Aubrey (David Troughton). (via IMDb)
Stars: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden

Away
UK release date: 12th May 2017

Synopsis: A story set in the north English seaside town of Blackpool and centered on two kindred spirits who form an unlikely friendship. (via IMDb)
Stars: Juno Temple, Timothy Spall, Matt Ryan

Colossal
UK release date: 19th May 2017

Synopsis: Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in NY and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon. (via IMDb)
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell

April 2017 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 🙂

Mad To Be Normal
UK release date: 6th April 2017

Synopsis: Mad To Be Normal tells the story of world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing and his unique community at Kingsley Hall, East London, during the 1960’s. (via IMDb)
Stars: David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Gambon

Table 19
UK release date: 7th April 2017

Synopsis: Eloise, having been relieved of maid of honor duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway, only to find herself seated with five fellow unwanted guests at the dreaded Table 19. (via IMDb)
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson

Unforgettable
UK release date: 21st April 2017

Synopsis: A woman sets out to make life hell for her ex-husband’s new wife. (via IMDb)
Stars: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Whitney Cummings

Their Finest
UK release date: 21st April 2017

Synopsis: A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg. (via IMDb)
Stars: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

Handsome Devil
UK release date: 28th April 2017

Synopsis: Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it’s tested by the authorities. (via IMDb)
Stars: Fionn O’Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Andrew Scott

 

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 🙂

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

 

Amy’s amazing health story

I was catching up with my YouTube subscriptions and I spotted a really helpful video that I thought I would share, in case anyone finds it interesting.

Amy was told when she was 16 that, due to osteoporosis, she would likely need a wheelchair full-time by the time she was 25. Last year, when she was 19, she decided to become vegan, and after only a few months, she was able to go back to work, where previously she had been off work sick. Also, when she saw doctors about 6 months ago, they said she wouldn’t need a wheelchair until she was at least 60.

I’m so pleased for her! Being told such devastating news at a young age must have been so hard, but it’s great that through changing her diet to vegan, she’s managed to improve her health and her life so much!

I’m not here to try and convert anyone, I just wanted to share in case this was useful, plus with all of the doom and gloom in the news, it’s nice to see a happy story  🙂

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 🙂

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

 

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 🙂

Rick Astley’s back with new music!

To most people the name ‘Rick Astley’ means they got rickrolled and expected to see a completely different video. I’ve always been a big fan of Rick’s but then I was 9 years old when “Never Gonna Give You Up” came out, so I have happy childhood memories linked to Rick’s music.

Tonight I was listening to a Spotify playlist “Tomorrow’s Hits” while working when I heard a song I really liked. I took a look at who it was by, and it was Rick Astley! I didn’t know he’d released a new song. It’s really good and sounds nothing like his 80’s music.

I highly recommend having a listen 🙂

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 🙂

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