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!

Song Of The Day: Gloria Estefan – Get On Your Feet

I have been a big fan ever since I was a child. One of the first things I ever bought with my pocket money was her Homecoming Concert on VHS (because I was only 11 and this was in 1990!). I was watching a Gloria Estefan YouTube Mix when this came on, and it immediately took me back to childhood. Such a great weekend tune!

Matt Adams and Someone you Love

I recently found out about Matt Adams and the Someone you Love project. Their About Me says: ‘Someone you Love is a three part video and photo series that aims to brings New Yorkers together by engaging them in positive activities in the unexpected places.’

The first video I saw was Write Someone You Love where Matt encouraged people to send postcards to people they love and the take-up was huge! At the end of the day, Matt took the postcards home, put stamps on each one and posted them in the mailbox for everyone. Such a lovely idea, and after I’d first seen this video, I hand made cards for my mum and grandparents, and they loved them so much. I would definitely do this again, as I enjoy crafting anyway, but making people smile is so worth it.

As well as the Write Someone You Love videos, there are also Call Someone You Love and Kiss Someone You Love.

The links above take you to the webpages so that you can see all of the photos from the day, but you can take a look at the videos below!

 

The songs of Mark Nevin

I have been a fan of Mark’s work since I first heard “Perfect” by Fairground Attraction in 1988. Recently I’ve been listening to Mark’s own music, and here are five of my favourite songs by Mark. I have his latest album Beautiful Guitars on my to-buy list 🙂