La La Land

Poster for the movie "La La Land"

We watched this last night, and I can’t get it off my head. From the director of Whiplash (who by the way, is 31 years old…) comes an all-singing, all-dancing hommage to the musicals of yesteryear. It is nostalgic, yet modern and fresh, romantic, but realistic, joyful and bittersweet at the same time. It is a masterpiece, and a tour de force from Emma Stone. This movie is going to win a ton of awards, and it will be all deserved.

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The Princess and the Frog

Poster for the movie "The Princess and the Frog"

This has been on hard rotation in our house recently, and is becoming a real favourite of mine. Not very successful at the time, it is fair to say that it has now been reassessed and is widely credited as the turning point in Disney’s renaissance. With a strong independent female lead, great music, amazing Louisiana accents, I urge you to go and watch it!

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Hunky Dory

Poster for the movie "Hunky Dory"

I was listening to some David Bowie the other day, and it just reminded me of this great little movie. So many good tunes, so much good energy, a very sweet story, and a movie that really should have been seen by more people. So if you haven’t seen it yet, seek it out! and if you have, come back to it for the music, for the sun, for the memories and for the feelgood feelings.

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Team America: World Police

Poster for the movie "Team America: World Police"

If you’ve ever seen an episode of South Park, you already know Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s brand of humour, and this movie doesn’t disappoint. With more (hilariously) nasty jokes, rude caricatures, catchy tunes and puppet sex than you can shake a weapon of mass destruction at, it will make your cheeks hurt from so much laughing.

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Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

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One of the most iconic concert movies in a landmark performance by one of the greatest bands of all time. What more is there to say? When Pink Floyd got the permission to film a small set right in the middle of the ruins of the abandoned city of Pompeii, it was truly a match made in Heaven. The haunting music (my favourite track: “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun”) is a perfect fit to the eerily deserted roman ruins. Watch, listen, and take a trip back in time, to 1971, to 79 AD, and beyond.

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Buena Vista Social Club

Poster for the movie "Buena Vista Social Club"

It started as a music documentary by Wim Wenders, and it ended up being something much more than that. The perfect antidote to a day when you are feeling a little blue, this movie is an ode to the important things in life: friends, family, freedom, music, and smoking cigars…

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