10 Best Musical Movies

Who doesn’t love musicals? They’re one of the most fun genres to watch, and there are so many great ones that it’s hard to pick the best. But today we at BFS tried to do just that, as we talk about the 10 best musical movies.

  1. West Side Story

This is a musical about modern Romeo and Juliet with so many amazing musical numbers. A tragic story, but a visual masterpiece that is an amazing example of a Broadway musical translated into a movie.

2. The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is the most classic musical there is. Starring the beautiful Julie Andrews this is undoubtedly a timeless work of art with so many classic songs like “My Favorite Things” and “So Long, Farewell”.

3. Chicago

This movie stars some bad ass ladies, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger, has so many unforgettable numbers it is almost impossible to pick your favorite song, and showcases some truly dazzling costume design. This movie is so good it even won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2003.

4. Gigi

With a beautiful romance and that Old Hollywood charm, this musical is hard not to love. Not only did this movie win the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1959, but it also broke the record at the time for most Oscar wins by taking home 9 awards that night.

5. La La Land

La La Land is the newest one on the list, yet the magic it brings to the screen makes it feel like a classic. Between the amazing music, stunning cinematography, and all of those nods to Old Hollywood, La La Land is one of the most beautiful musicals to date.

6. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

This movie is the original cult classic. It has one of the biggest cultural influences of any of the movies on this list. And between the rocking music, the iconic costumes, and the entrancing story, this is the kind of movie that still has people dressing up and throwing stuff at the screen to this day.

7. An American in Paris

An American in Paris is one of those Old Hollywood classics that you just gotta love. It stars the Hollywood legend himself, Gene Kelly, and won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 1952.

8. Singin’ in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain is a timeless romantic comedy set in Old Hollywood. It brought us so many iconic scenes, including the titular song and rain sequence of “Singin’ in the Rain”. Its undeniable charm is what keeps us loving it over 60 years after it came out.

9. Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! is one of those musicals that you just can’t help but dance to. With a star studded cast and its beautiful Greek scenery, this is one of those fun filled movies that you can watch over and over again. It also has a sequel coming out this year, and I don’t know about you, but we at BFS are counting down the days until that comes out!

10. The Wizard of Oz

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Wizard of OZ is a large part of movie history. It also features so many classic songs like “Over the Rainbow” and has one of those unforgettable stories that everyone knows about.

 

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Top 5 Most Underrated Comedies

We all have our favorite comedies and our own sense of humor. Many would include the classics such as The Big Lebowski,

Caddyshack, and even an Adam Sandler film in their top 10. But, some just don’t get the recognition they deserve.

Today, we list our top 5 choices for the funniest, most underrated comedies.

Blades of Glory

First same sex figure skating couple, played by Will Ferrell and Jon Heder, adorned in fire and ice inspired costumes? Not to mention the gross incestuous skating couple (played by married couple Amy Poehler and Will Arnett). How come no one is still talking about this gem?

The DUFF

Although this movie may seem cringy at first glance with the acronym of the designated ugly fat friend and its interesting use of modern technology, it is surprisingly really funny and heartwarming. It is definitely a little ridiculous, but underlying that is a message about self acceptance and a lot of laughs.

How to Be Single

Possibly the greatest chick flick in recent years, starring Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson, hardly gets any attention. Not only does Pitch Perfect star Wilson steal the show as usual, but Fifty Shades’ leading lady Johnson proves that she can be the lead in a comedy too. It’s sweet, carefree, and makes your stomach hurt (in a good way).

Girls Trip

A knockout. Best comedy of 2017. Rough Night tried, but couldn’t live up to its greatness. It was the world’s introduction to showstopping comedian Tiffany Haddish and a revival of Queen Latifah’s career. This was the perfect film for women in comedy and put the trash mockeries (Rough Night) aside.

The Night Before

This is honestly one of the funniest movies Seth Rogen has ever made and no one seems to talk about it or even know it exists. It follows three best friends, played by Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Anthony Mackie, on their wild quest to attend the best party in New York City on Christmas Eve. This movie is both touching and hilarious and a must see for any fans of Seth Rogen.

‘When We First Met’ Is Your Typical Romantic Comedy

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton

Netflix has released many original movies this year, one of which being the romantic comedy When We First Met.

When We First Met tells the story of Noah, played by Adam Devine (Pitch Perfect, Workaholics), who is in love with his best friend Avery, played by Alexandra Daddario (Baywatch). Upset that the love of his life and best friend is about to marry another guy, Noah finds himself in the bar him and Avery went to the night they met. He gets into the photo booth at said bar, and it ends up taking him back in time to three years ago when the pair first met.

Noah then gets stuck in this loop of traveling back in time to figure out how he could change what he did to make Avery end up with him and not some other guy.

When I explain the plot I know it sounds totally ridiculous, and it is, but it does have a twist that you wouldn’t expect. I won’t spoil what it is, but I do think that twist is the most redeeming quality of the movie.

The plot of this movie is pretty typical with the whole friendzoned element, but at least it does something different with it.

Although this is not the funniest romantic comedy I’ve ever seen, I do honestly like the story. I found it entertaining. It did just what I wanted it to when I decided to watch it which was to provide me with 97 minutes of pure entertainment without having to think too much.

The acting in this movie is certainly nothing to rave about, but Devine is naturally a funny guy so that definitely works in the movie’s favor. But this isn’t meant to be a serious movie so lovable actors that can play the roles they’ve been given is really all you need.

Is this movie groundbreaking or Oscar worthy? No. But it wasn’t meant to be. It fulfills its purpose and that’s good enough for me.

Overall, if you’re like me and have a guilty pleasure for cheesy rom coms then grab yourself a bucket of popcorn and have a nice night in. However, if you’re looking for a serious movie with jaw dropping acting and some kind of commentary I would skip this Netflix original.


My Rating: 68%

Acting: 2.8/4

Cinematography: 2/4

Story: 3/4

Enjoyability: 3/4

 

‘Book Club’ is the Romantic Comedy that Older Viewers Deserve

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Julia Wilson

While romantic comedies seem to be limited to the 30 and under crew, there are those few films that connect with an audience that deserves more love than it’s given.

Book Club, starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen, and Candice Bergen, offers a new look at the stereotype that the 50+ don’t have sex when four women in a book club reevaluate their love lives after reading 50 Shades of Grey.

Even though this is a regular romantic comedy, it also makes its audience question how we portray older men and women on screen and whether or not the film industry should be tapping into this kind of an audience.

As I walked into the theatre to see this movie, the entire audience was over 50 years old. Of course I’m just speculating there but generally that demographic doesn’t regularly go to the movies unless it’s something that they can relate to.

So why not make films that connect with all audiences?

Book Club challenges the stereotypes that falling in love is restricted to the 20 year olds and allows its viewers to see themselves on-screen with positivity and liveliness.


My Rating: 75%

Acting: 2.8/4

Cinematography: 2.7/4

Story: 3/4

Enjoyability: 3.5/4

‘Overboard’ Didn’t Need To Be Remade

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton

Every time there’s another bad remake I wonder whether the world has lost its creativity or just become lazy. Personally, I think it’s a combination of both.

The original Overboard came out in 1987 and starred Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. This new one stars Anna Faris as Kate Sullivan and Eugenio Derbez as Leonardo Montenegro.

In the new film Leonardo is a self-centered and incredibly wealthy man, and Kate is a mother of three working two jobs and studying to become a nurse. Kate is hired to clean the carpets on Leonardo’s yacht, but he fires her and throws her cleaning equipment into the water. Leonardo then falls overboard his yacht and washes up on shore with amnesia. When Kate sees this she pretends to be his wife and puts him to work, by making him help her out around the house and work construction to pay her back and to get revenge on him.

This film does a couple of things different from the original. First, it’s a gender swap as in the original Goldie Hawn was the rich one with amnesia and Kurt Russell was the one tricking her. The other difference with this film is it is framed as being like a telenovela.

Now, I’m not always against remakes. In the case of It, which had never had a theatrical release, and Ghostbusters, where the gender swap really provided an interesting element, I was all for the remake. But Overboard just really didn’t warrant being remade.

Honestly, this film just wasn’t funny to me. It seemed like it was relying on the absurdity of its premise for most of its humor. However, every time the story got more and more ridiculous I found myself rolling my eyes a lot more than laughing.

However, although the story was absolutely ridiculous, the way they framed it as a telenovela did work well and had me excusing some of the absurdity of it.

The acting performances were not stellar. They weren’t terrible but they lacked well done comedic timing which is what this film really needed if it was going to rely on its premise for all of its humor.

Overall, there really was no reason to remake this film. The original was fine as it was, and the story isn’t interesting enough to be told again, but just in a slightly different way.


My Rating: 53%

Acting: 2/4

Cinematography: 1.7/4

Story: 1.9/4

Enjoyability: 2.8/4