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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

I (luckily) stumbled upon the cinematic masterpiece that is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri one night about a month or so ago… and it’s now one of my all-time favorite movies. As someone who stays on top of pop culture, I was aware this movie and the actors were nominated for Oscar’s but was indifferent to seeing it, which is how I usually feel about Oscar nominees. Side note: how that DISASTER of a movie, The Shape of Water, won top honors is beyond me. Waaaaay beyond me.

Anyways, now, having seen TBOEM, I have to say that both actors – Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell – highly(!!!) deserved their awards. Frances McDormand, in particular, was so freaking phenomenal as the fierce, grieving Mildred Hayes that I often found myself clapping along to all of her memorable quips. Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage and Caleb Landry Jones were all excellent as well.

Aside from the acting, what really set the tone for me (as it always does when it’s right) is the music and original score. Carter Burwell’s work for this movie has an appropriate underlying theme of solemnity to it, yet beautiful twinges of hope and bad-assery seep through to highlight various characters at various times. It’s all just so fucking fantastic.

In addition to the phenomenal instrumental music,  both versions of the song “Buckskin Stallion Blues,” as well as “His Master’s Voice” by Monsters Of Folk were perfectly suited for the movie. TBOEM is a stunning work of art all around that I’m fortunate enough to have seen by chance. So, if you happened upon my blog by chance, I highly recommend checking out the movie for yourself.

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Jack Antonoff, MO “Never Fall In Love”

There’s a good chance a song is going to be amazing any time Jack Antonoff or Denmark’s MO are attached to it. And a song from both of them is just a no-brainer.

The Greatest Showman

You know when you watch a movie and it kinda stays with you days after seeing it? I saw The Greatest Showman on New Years Day (2018) and I can’t stop thinking about how perfect it was. And ironically, one of the main themes running throughout the movie is learning to embrace your imperfections.

While the story is beautiful, timeless, and often breathtaking, what really got me (as it often does) is the music. I was blown away by how amazing the music was – Every. Single. Song. I was reading something about how even though the movie takes place in the 1800’s, the music was purposely meant to sound contemporary to showcase how ahead of his time P. T. Barnum was.

There really is no stand out to the soundtrack as it’s amazing from beginning to end, but the song that I’m partial to is “A Million Dreams.”

 

Stranger Things

I’ve been a Stranger Things fan since the first time I saw the trailer. Naturally, I started watching the series on Netflix the day it came out last summer and was instantly hooked. It’s hands down one of the most exciting, original shows I’ve ever seen. And if you haven’t already seen it, you should probably get on that.

I adore the obvious integration of classic 80’s movies such as The Goonies and ET, as well as the entire cast, in particular David Harbour as Sheriff Hopper and Millie Bobby Brown’s spectacular portrayal of Eleven. The otherworldly music, like the instrumental “Kids,” absolutely sealed the deal for me. Composed by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, this song is basically the theme played throughout various scenes in which the talented kid actors get their well deserved screen time.

Phillipa Soo “Helpless” (From HAMILTON)

Another favorite of mine from the Hamilton soundtrack. Soo sings with full conviction and emotion. The same kind that I have when I sing along to the song in my car.

Jonathan Groff “You’ll Be Back” (from HAMILTON)

This song makes me happy in a way that I can’t put into words. And just picturing Jonathan Groff in an oversized crown (as King George) brings an ear-to-ear smile to my face. Even if it’s not exactly the nicest song lyrically it’s just so upbeat and fun.

That said, I have not yet seen this musical live however after watching the AMAZING Tony Awards hosted by the brilliant James Corden last night, I skimmed through the soundtrack and …holy expletives! The music is incredible. I’ve already been a fan of Jonathan Groff’s from his Glee days so yea I’m hooked. That voice!

Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling”

Right now, I adore this song. I want to play it ridiculously loud and dance like I’ve never danced before. And not give a shit who’s watching me… But it’s a JT song which means they will probably overplay it on the radio.

X Ambassadors “Unsteady” (Erich Lee Gravity Remix)

As if I didn’t already love this song without the remix, but violins in the background? That’s my weakness. This is stunning.

Ellie Goulding “Love Me Like You Do”

Having never read Fifty Shades, I can’t say I’m overly excited about the upcoming film (although I do like both main actors from their previous work I’ve seen). On a musical note, however, I am super interested in the film’s soundtrack, which is sounding sweeeeet so far.

“Love Me Like You Do” is another gorgeous pop anthem from Ms. Goulding.

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