The Greatest Showman

‘The Greatest Showman’

“Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.”

First of all I can’t believe it has taken me so long to get around to watching this movie. It’s probably the best thing I have watched in a very long time.

I’ve known the songs for a while as the soundtrack has been at the top of the UK charts for weeks. After watching it in the cinema I think I am now well and truly obsessed. It’s such a great feel good, all singing all dancing musical extravaganza that everyone needs to watch!

The cast is awesome, the songs are amazing – it’s simply AWESOME!

Watch in the cinema now or get the DVD or download on iTunes.

THE SONGS

Every song is brilliant – there’s absolutely no disputing that. It’s so hard to pick a favourite, I like them all for different reasons.

Like I say, I have become so obsessed that I’ve been seeking out every video related to the movie that I can find.

The Live Performance

The Flash Mob

Behind The Scenes

The Sing-a-longs

I have also been searching Spotify for remixes and good cover versions to make this fabulous playlist!

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Fun Mum Dinner

‘Fun Mum Dinner’

“When four moms come together for a “fun mom dinner”, the night takes an unexpected turn.”

Four women going wild on a night out – why would you not want to watch this movie. Full of humour, fun and great actors. It’s great to see Toni Colette from ‘Muriel’s Wedding‘ in another fab movie!

Watch now on Amazon Instant Video.

THE SONGS

The theme tune to this movie i.e. the song played in the trailer is ‘All Work‘ by Fever High.

Since the movie revolves around a usually sensible group of women who just let their hair down for the night and go wild the soundtrack is full of 80s classic tunes and new party anthems.

Make this the soundtrack to your next wild night out!

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The Middle

‘THE MIDDLE’

“In the Heck family, middle-age, middle-class, middle-America mom Frankie Heck uses a sense of humor to try to steer her family through life’s ups and downs as she tackles her career goals.”

I didn’t appreciate how awesome The Middle was until it was on Season 4 and I soon managed to catch up real fast. It’s so easy to watch and you can really believe in the characters.

It’s currently on Season 9 and this is the ‘farewell season’ and I for one will be very, very sad when it ends. I’m really hoping we have a finale that will leave all the fans satisfied.

I’m hoping for a flash forward final episode which will see a wedding and a new baby Heck. What about you?

Watch all seasons now on Amazon Video.

THE SONGS

There is no theme song for the show as such but I reckon that ‘The Middle‘ by Jimmy Eat World would be a good choice!

There are simply far too many great songs throughout the seasons that it’s impossible to mention them all. So go ahead, follow the playlist, watch the show and be prepared to fall in love with the Heck family!

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Shameless

‘Shameless’

“The series depicts the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. While he spends his days drunk or in search of misadventures, his kids learn to take care of themselves.”

I was a huge fan of the original UK version of this show and was a little sceptical about how it would work with the US version but to say I was wrong to be sceptical is an understatement. I love how it evolved into an entirely different set of storylines. So much so that I caught up on all the previous seasons in one month!

Watch all seasons now on Amazon Video.

THE SONGS

The theme song is ‘The Luck You Got‘ by The High Strung.

There are simply far too many great songs throughout the seasons that it’s impossible to mention them all. So go ahead, follow the playlist, watch the show but remember kids – ‘say no to drugs!’

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Trainspotting

‘TRAINSPOTTING 1997 – 2017’

“Heroin addict Mark Renton stumbles through bad ideas and sobriety attempts with his unreliable friends

2017 saw the release of the sequel to one of my favourite movies ever. Trainspotting is a classic movie and it’s hard to believe it’s now 20 years old!

When I heard there was to be a sequel I was initially a bit worried – how could they follow the brilliance of the original.

They did, and they did an awesome job of it. All unanswered questions from the original were, for me, answered and then built upon and closed out (for now at least – who knows what will happen in another 20 years!).

Watch it now on Amazon Video.

THE SONGS

The original film soundtrack had many classics and when it was released in 1997 I was a student at University – let’s just say almost every other student had a copy of this on CD.

It’s hard to pick a favourite from this as I like them all for different reasons but ‘Born Slippy’ by Underworld will always instantly transport me back to late 1997 to a younger, even more clueless version of me shouting ‘Lager, lager, lager’ while jumping up and down in some Aberdeen nightclub and almost always ending up ‘on’ the dancefloor as opposed to ‘dancing on’ it.

The soundtrack from the latest movie has classic tracks from classic bands such as Queen, Blondie and The Clash. There really is something for everyone. One of my particular favourites is ‘Only God Knows’ by a band called Young Fathers – who feature quite heavily on the soundtrack. This track just has everything! From a bit of choir to a pumping dance beat with a hint of Will.i.am-ness.

There is also a ‘sequel’ to the song ‘Born Slippy’ called ‘Slow Slippy’ but, for me, you can’t top the original of that – sorry!

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Sunshine On Leith

‘Sunshine On Leith’

“Davy and Ally have to relearn how to live in Edinburgh after serving in Afghanistan.

I was really looking forward to watching this movie and to say that it did not disappoint is a massive understatement.

This is one of the best movies I have watched in a very long time.

Some might call it a “jukebox musical” as it is based on the stage show of the same name, which I have also been to see. The reason it’s called a jukebox musical is because the story is written around existing songs from an established musical artist, in this case The Proclaimers. If that still doesn’t explain it clearly then think Mamma Mia – a musical and subsequent film written to the back catalogue of songs by Abba.

That is where the similarity with Mamma Mia ends. Mamma Mia works well as a stage show because it’s all about the live action and the atmosphere but I don’t think it translated into film all that well. The story was just not strong enough, in my opinion.

The Proclaimers are twins from Scotland who have had a long and successful career, in Scotland certainly but I’m not exactly sure how internationally well known they are. Their appeal definitely isn’t their looks because it’s a sad situation when you can get that ugly – twice. Their songs are very Scottish and when they sing their accents are very strong which, to me, is why I enjoy their music so much. Therefore, it follows that the movie is also very, very Scottish.

Set in Edinburgh, the plot of Sunshine On Leith revolves around three couples and their relationships – both with each other and also with the other couples.

All good musicals tend to start with a punchy opening number. This is no different but it’s punchy for a different reason and you really have to wait until the second song before you get the warm musical feeling…

Happy and sad. Funny and serious. This really is a “birly” of a movie that I never wanted to end and I watched it again as soon as the credits started rolling.

I’ve not watched a new movie in such a long time that’s made me feel so good by the end of it. Firstly, in a general feel good kind of way but secondly, for being Scottish!

Watch it now on Amazon Video.

THE SONGS

The theme song is of course ‘Sunshine On Leith’.

One of my favourite songs featured is the cast’s version of ‘500 miles’.

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