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 🙂

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: SigurĂ°ur SigurjĂłnsson, TheodĂłr JĂșlĂ­usson, Charlotte BĂžving

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

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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 🙂

RIP David Bowie

This morning started just like any other, except it was no ordinary morning. I got to work, checked the BBC News app on my phone while my PC booted up, and couldn’t believe it when I saw that David Bowie had died. I mean, just, how? Why??! Such a terrible thing to have happened to such a fantastically talented man. Absolute Radio played David Bowie songs from 9am – 10am, and I’d just about kept it together, until the start of this song. We can be heroes, just for one day. RIP David, thank you for the years of happiness and entertainment you gave us x

“Heroes”

I, I wish you could swim
Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim
Though nothing, nothing will keep us together
We can beat them, for ever and ever
Oh we can be heroes, just for one day

I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can be heroes, just for one day
We can be us, just for one day

I, I can remember (I remember)
Standing, by the wall (by the wall)
And the guns shot above our heads (over our heads)
And we kissed, as though nothing could fall (nothing could fall)
And the shame was on the other side
Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever
Then we could be heroes, just for one day

We can be heroes
We can be heroes
We can be heroes
Just for one day

January 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 🙂

The Hateful Eight
UK release date: 8th January 2016

Synopsis: In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters (via IMDb)
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Room
UK release date: 15th January 2016

Synopsis: After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery (via IMDb)
Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers

Breakdown
UK release date: 15th January 2016

Synopsis: A professional contract killer, haunted by visions of his violent past, spirals out of control. His work compromised as he reaches breaking point, he is forced to defend his family from his ruthless employers (via IMDb)
Stars: Craig Fairbrass, Emmett J Scanlan, James Cosmo

The 5th Wave
UK release date: 22nd January 2016
Synopsis: Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother (via IMDb)

Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber

These Final Hours
UK release date: 22 January 2016
Synopsis: A self-obsessed young man makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth, but ends up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father. Their relationship ultimately leads him on the path to redemption (via IMDb)

Stars: Jessica De Gouw, Nathan Phillips, David Field

Dirty Grandpa
UK release date: 25th January 2016
Synopsis: Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his grandfather, a perverted former Army general, to Florida for spring break (via IMDb)

Stars: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Julianne Hough, Zoey Deutch

Lazer Team
UK release date: 27th January 2016
Synopsis: Residents of earth receive a coded message from outer space telling them that they are not alone and the galaxy is a dangerous place (via IMDb)

Stars: Irina Voronina, Alan Ritchson, Alexandria DeBerry

Youth
UK release date: 29th January 2016
Synopsis: A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday (via IMDb)

Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz

The 33
UK release date: 29th January 2016
Synopsis: Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days (via IMDb)
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche

Backtrack
UK release date: 29th January 2016
Synopsis: Psychologist Peter Bower’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts (via IMDb)
Stars: Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Bruce Spence

Ephemerals – You’ll Never See Me Cry

Why have I only just found this, it’s simply amazing. The singer has such an amazing tone to his voice.

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Clearing out the CokeCanPoetry inbox for 2015, there are a few notable submissions we never got around to featuring — so this week (culminating in our year-end ‘best of’ list), we remedy this. One such instance is neo-soul group Ephemerals, who released their sophomore album chasin ghosts this past October. The UK act came together when musician Hillman Mondegreen met singer Wolfgang Valbrun while on tour in France with another project — an intersection which would eventually lead to the band’s formation and current identity as a seven-piece. For a sampling of their capabilities, listen to the soaring piano anthem “You’ll Never See Me Cry.” With soulful gems like this, let’s hope the group is longer lasting than their name would suggest.

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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).

Happy birthday Amanda Marshall!

I’m a big fan of Amanda Marshall and it’s such a shame that she’s not more well known in the UK. One of my favourite albums is her debut album, Amanda Marshall. Amanda is a Canadian pop-rock singer. She signed to Epic Records in 1994 and Amanda Marshall came out in 1995. It reached number 4 in the Canadian album charts, but only number 47 in the UK. To celebrate it being Amanda’s 42nd birthday today, below are some of my favourite Amanda songs 🙂

Song Of The Day: John Otway – Bunsen Burner

I’m currently in the process of listening to every song on my iPod at work, in alphabetical order of song title, which means it’s like a gigantic jukebox with over 5,000 songs in total, but also means that you get to hear cover versions and original songs back to back, which is both a good and a bad thing.

There are times I question why a song is on the iPod as it’s chock-full of both mine and Michael’s songs, and usually I blame Michael if a song is random and rubbish. Today, while innocently ploughing through my to-do list, the below song came on and blew my mind. I don’t remember it being released in 2002, especially as it got to number 9 in the charts. It’s just fabulous. If you haven’t heard it, I highly recommend watching the video below, the live Top Of The Pops version is simply genius.

Song Of The Day: Yorkshire Day special

In celebration of today being Yorkshire Day, the below 25 videos are from singers and bands from Yorkshire. Obviously there are many more artists from Yorkshire, but these are my favourites. Enjoy!

1. Robert Palmer (born in Batley, West Yorkshire)
2. Tasmin Archer (born in Bradford, West Yorkshire)
3. Kiki Dee (born in Little Horton, Bradford, West Yorkshire)
4. Terrorvision (based in Bradford, West Yorkshire)
5. Embrace (from Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse, West Yorkshire)
6. Tony Christie (born in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire)
7. The Beautiful South (formed in Hull, East Yorkshire)
8. Everything But The Girl (formed in Hull, East Yorkshire)
9. The Housemartins (formed in Hull, East Yorkshire)
10. Scarlet (formed in Hull, East Yorkshire)
11. Corinne Bailey Rae (born in Leeds, West Yorkshire)
12. Kaiser Chiefs (formed in Leeds, West Yorkshire)
13. The Pigeon Detectives (formed in Leeds, West Yorkshire)
14. Soft Cell (formed in Leeds, West Yorkshire)
15. Utah Saints (formed in Leeds, West Yorkshire)
16. Little Angels (formed in Scarborough, North Yorkshire)
17. ABC (formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
18. Arctic Monkeys (formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
19. Joe Cocker (born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
20. Def Leppard (formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
21. The Human League (formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
22. Pulp (formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
23. Reverend and The Makers (formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
24. Heaven 17 (formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
25. Shed Seven (formed in York, North Yorkshire)

Song Of The Day – Cathy Davey – Little Red (live)

Michael introduced me to Cathy Davey when he watched the film The Disappearance of Alice Creed and her song Holy Moly was featured at the end. I do like Holy Moly, but I really love Little Red. It’s such a great song and I can’t wait to get the album it features on, The Nameless.

Cathy is an Irish singer-songwriter. She actually has three albums, the other two being Something Ilk and Tales of Silversleeve, and these are also on my to buy list!