Anyone else feel like this has all been one big long day? Waiting for “Tomorrow” can feel a bit hopeless sometimes. We have to remember that no matter how hard things get, there’s always hope, “Somewhere, over the rainbow.” When we can’t get negative thoughts out of our head, one of our favorite things to do is put on a feel good Musical. They bring us hope, a new perspective and a feeling that we’re not alone. Whether you need to “Put on a happy face” or you need “Money, money, money” there’s probably a song to relate to. Check out some of our favorites from the list 30 of the best feel good Musicals you need to see.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Although probably not relatable to many, this film is a CLASSIC that allows you to get in touch with your inner diva and alter ego. Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell are two showgirls embarking on a trip to Paris when one of them is entangled in a jewel heist. The costumes and songs are so over-the-top that watching this is like eating a ton of sweet, sweet candies.
Unforgettable Songs: “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” “A Little Girl from Little Rock” and “Bye Bye Baby.”
Mary Poppins (1964)
Mary Poppins was the nanny we all wanted to have. Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke have been delighting children (and adults!) for decades as Mary and Bert the chimney sweep. No one ever forgets the songs from this Disney classic; who would we be without “A Spoonful of Sugar?” Bonus: Disney is remaking this with Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda in 2018.
Unforgettable Songs: “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “The Perfect Nanny,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee, “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” and “The Life I Lead.”
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
This lively musical tells the tale of a Jewish father Tevya trying to find good husbands for his three daughters, each with a story of her own. Set in the fictional village of Anatevka, life is changing in the world around them and Tevya fears for their safety as anti-semitic forces threaten their traditional way of life. The film won three Oscars and is a classic.
Unforgettable Songs: “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker,” “To Life,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Miracle of Miracles.”
This 1980 movie musical is based on the real life LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and it follows a class of talented dancers, actors, and musicians from freshman year to graduation. It also gave us the ‘80s megahit “Fame” by Irene Cara. It’s gonna live forever.
Unforgettable Songs: “Fame,” “Out Here on My Own,” and “I Sing the Body Electric.”
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Baz Luhrmann did something really risky with this 2001 musical. He had his characters sing modern pop songs in the context of 1899 Paris, and it totally worked. It’s one of the most romantic, stunningly beautiful musicals of all time — almost like a Valentine of exploding colors for your eyes.
Unforgettable Songs: “One Day I’ll Fly Away,” “El Tango de Roxanne,” Sparkling Diamonds,”Because We Can,” “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” and “Lady Marmalade.”
*RENT * was really revolutionary when it debuted; it deals heavily with the AIDS crisis of the ‘80s, as well as LGBTQ issues, and tells the story of New York City as it was back before gentrification. We wish we had five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes to watch it on repeat.
Unforgettable Songs: “Seasons of Love,” “Rent,” “:Out Tonight,” “One Song Glory,” “I’ll Cover You,” and “La Vie Bohème.”
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Featuring gorgeous Greek scenery and the incomparable Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia! is a non-stop feel-good movie centering around a young bride’s spirited quest to find out who her father is. The only problem? There are three potential candidates, and she’s got to figure out who it is!
Unforgettable Songs: “The Winner Takes It All,” “Mamma Mia,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Honey, Honey,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Dancing Queen.”
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
The animated classic came to life in the latest version of Beauty and the Beast. It’s a tale as old as time: girl meets beast, girl loves fall in love with beast, beast turns into prince and they live happily ever after, with song and dance all along the way!
Unforgettable Songs: “Beauty and the Beast,” “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston,” “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Something There.”
La La Land (2016)
Struggling to make it in Los Angeles, jazz aficionado Sebastian and actress Mia fall in love. As their careers begin to take off, their relationship struggles. The film won the Academy Award for best actress, best original music score, best director, best cinematography and best production design.
Unforgettable Songs: “City of Stars,” “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “Another Day of Sun.”
For complete list visit: 30 of the best feel good Musicals you need to see.
We hope you sing your way through the week!
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How many times can you say you’ve heard the hit “Don’t Stop Believin'” By Journey? Is it 100? Maybe once? Or maybe you’ve never heard of it at all. Chances are, even if you don’t know it by name, you’ve probably heard it at one time or another.
The Song was released in 1981 but it wasn’t until years later that it topped the pop charts after its appearance on The Sopranos and Glee. It’s lyrics resonated with the generation and quickly became an anthem for any struggling actor, artist, producer, writer who had pursued their dreams and come to the big city with the hope to make it. It is now the best selling digital song from a pre-digital era as well as second best selling rock song in digital history.
It’s no wonder the hit carried on and could be heard in every city bar and small town across the country. The perfect song for last call when all the dreamers are dancing stars in the late night, singing along as if for that moment, their dreams had come true.
It’s the ultimate karaoke tune and will go down in history as one of the most celebrated and relevant songs ever made. It’s this kind of pop culture phenomenon that can transport anyone to the dreamer in them, the believer in them, and in turn, it can be used to send a message to all of us. When this song comes on in a film, we know it’s time for the character to pick up the pieces and give it their all. To regain hope.
If you’ve never heard the tune, we suggest you look up Journey, “Don’t stop believin'” put it on loud and dance like no-one is watching. Or, you could also check it out in these films below who use it for all its worth during these incredible scenes. Either way, don’t stop believin’!
Click movie title below for a link to the scene in the movie when “Don’t stop believin'” was used.
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Technology is all around us. It is hard for us to really even function without it at this point. We’ve been both embracing and fighting it since the beginning of the 20th century. It helps us get from A – B. It organizes us and it keeps us updated with our friends and family. At what point does the machine overpower us? Are we too dependent on technology? And, can man and machine co-exist in peace? This list of movies will help you decide.
1. The Matrix (1999)
2. WALL-E (2008)
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
4. The Invisible boy (1957)
5.Utopia 7 (1995)
Click here for a full list of Man Vs. Machine films you can watch now!
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It can be hard to stay present in these uncertain times. Anxiety, worry and stress have a tendency to take over. What we need now more than ever is to remember to stay PRESENT. To experience joy no matter what is going on. If you are having trouble seeing the good in things or people, take a look at these inspiring films that will remind you how to be PRESENT, see the goodness all around you, and it might even change your outlook on life.
What on the surface appears to be a movie with a very jarring depiction of racial tension in America in the wake of 9/11, Crash brings out the nuances and complexities of human nature, and how! Mirroring the various shades of the human personality, this movie is an exploration of prejudice. Crash provides a strikingly apt portrait of stereotypes and is bound to make you think twice before making snap judgements about people you encounter.
2. INTO THE WILD
This movie is nothing short of epic. An adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s fascinating novel of the same name, Into the Wild follows the adventures of Christopher McCandless and his tryst with the Alaskan wilderness. Fresh out of law school, McCandless’ decision to abandon his parents and his life of privilege in his pursuit of joy in communion with nature, will leave you with a similar kind of yearning. Into The Wild is a movie about the desire for freedom that feels, in itself, like the fulfillment of that desire.
3. WAKING LIFE
High on philosophical content, Waking Life is one of the most brilliant movies ever made. As the nameless protagonist trudges through the dreamlike state he cannot seem to awaken from, he encounters people, sometimes a mute witness to monologues, sometimes engaging in conversation about a variety of subjects like reality, free will, anarchy, suicide, and cinema, all of which the animation vividly illustrates. Richard Linklater’s animated masterpiece, with a very aptly eerie soundtrack, is bound to leave you intrigued.
4. DEAD POETS SOCIETY
A depiction of a clash between realism and romanticism, juxtaposed with a conflict between traditional and conservative values, Dead Poets Society is Robin Williams at his best. A true inspiration, this movie will make you question the social and political norms that define your life. Dead Poets Society encourages you to dream and urges you to not be lazy in the pursuit of your aspirations.
5. FIGHT CLUB
David Fincher’s groundbreaking adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel bearing the same name, Fight Club is a movie plagued by madness, in the best possible way. This dark comedy delves into the head of the insomniac protagonist, who in his attempt to feel something resorts to violence and terrorism, all under the influence of a projection of his subconscious. A roller coaster ride, Fight Club urges you to challenge the status quo and become more aware of the dehumanizing effects of consumerism.
To see full list, visit: 17 of the Hollywood Movies That will change how you look at life
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“A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.”
Marley and Me (2008) – John Grogan (Owen Wilson)
Dogs, “a man’s best friend”. There when you need them most. A dog or any pet can get us through the hardest times, such as the current situation we are all in.
If you are an animal lover, or feeling lonely in quarantine, we have gathered the perfect list of movies based around pets! These films will have you laughing, crying and snuggling your pooch or perhaps inspire you to get a new one.
Either way, we guarantee hours of furry cuteness! So snuggle up, grab some treats and enjoy!
Marley And Me (2008)
Available on Amazon Prime. Marley and me is about a family that learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
This fun animated classic will have you very curious about what your pets do when you are away. In this film, you will view the world through a lens of the quiet life of a terrier named Max who is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.
Homeward bound; The Incredible Journey (1993)
The ultimate family classic. A fun-loving American bulldog pup, a hilarious Himalayan cat, and a wise old golden retriever embark on a long trek through the rugged wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains in a quest to reach home and their beloved owners.
My Dog Skip (2000)
Available on HBO, a shy boy grows up in 1940s Mississippi with the help of his beloved dog, Skip. This film is a great example of why Dogs are a man’s, and kid’s, best friend.
Raising a pet isn’t always easy, this film shows how much responsibility owning a pet can be when a slobbering St. Bernard becomes the center of attention for a loving family, but must contend with a dog-napping veterinarian and his henchmen.
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