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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‘Shrek’ Me Up: A Look Back on the Childrens’ Classic

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

For this Time Warp, I decided I would touch on one of my absolute favorite animated movie franchises. That, of course, is the Academy Award winning film, ‘Shrek’. It’s still funny to me to be able to say “Academy Award winning” to the classic swamp-dwelling ogre that is my man Shrek.

Many who haven’t seen this iconic film may ask why it won Best Animated Feature in 2002. Well, those who have seen it can tell you exactly why.

The mean green fighting machine Shrek (Mike Myers) is an angry ogre who just likes to be left alone, as most people nowadays. But once love comes along, that changes, as with anyone who suddenly finds love. Shrek’s love didn’t come suddenly, of course. It came after a long journey with his new friend – whether or not he likes to admit it – a donkey, whose name is, well, Donkey (Eddie Murphy).

The love interest/self-hating princess in the movie is Fiona (played by Cameron Diaz), who loves throwing tantrums at every moment she can. You may think that it’s obnoxious, but it becomes very easy to love her by the end.

That is the overall plot of the entire first movie, but they do so well developing all the relationships within it. Being able to meet dozens of fairy tale creatures who annoy Shrek to the brink of absolute fury is, even if it’s not to Shrek, completely hilarious to watch.

Half the enjoyability of this movie revolves around the supreme soundtrack that plays throughout. I mean, we have songs like “All Star” by Smash Mouth and “Bad Reputation” performed by Joan Jett. That sells it right there, doesn’t it?

It’s an undeniably enjoyable movie and impossible not to love. It sparked a sequel that is debatably better than the first if not just as good. It’s one of those movie franchises that anybody will want to watch on a lazy afternoon in the summer, with their kids for a family movie night, in the middle of a snowstorm in the winter, or pretty much at anytime. That is how I define a classic.

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.

‘Adrift’: Heartbreak’s Many Forms

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

When I first discovered Titanic, I never thought that I would find a movie that matched its tragedy. Clearly, I was proven wrong.

Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley (Fault in Our Stars, Divergent) as Tami and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games, Me Before You) as Richard, is about two free-spirited sailors who meet, fall in love, and want to sail the world together.

The story is told through a series of jumps between flashbacks and present day. The flashbacks show the beginning of Tami and Richard’s relationship while the present day shows how they became lost at sea. Throughout the story, Tami and Richard’s relationship only gets stronger even after being left adrift.

This is, by far, my favorite film of Woodley’s. I thought it truly brought out what she can do as an actress regardless of the negative critical reception that she’s received. Same can be said about Claflin, which is saying a lot as I loved Me Before You. This is one of the few movies that I drastically disagree with the critical reviews of it including the low Rotten Tomatoes score it had upon initial release.

Upon reading some of these reviews, I see that much of the distaste comes from its focus on the romance instead of the action of Hurricane Raymond. I think it was actually a strong point for this movie because it was intentionally created to show the true story of Tami and Richard’s tragedy.

Everything from the acting to the intense storm to the development of the plot line felt seamless and nearly flawless.

Adrift cannot be talked about enough. It shows just how powerful love can be when out at sea. I would recommend it for anyone who loves not only romance, but also simply a good movie.


My Rating: 95%

Acting: 3.9/4

Cinematography: 3.7/4

Story: 3.9/4

Enjoyability: 3.8/4

Film Forecast Friday: June 1st

On Friday June 1st we have…

1. Adrift

2. Upgrade

3. Action Point

4. American Animals

5. A Kid Like Jake

Julia’s Predictions:

This is an interesting week because for the first time in a while there are no big blockbusters being released. Out of the movies that are being released I think Adrift will have the biggest box office numbers. It has notable actors Shailene Woodley (Fault in Our Stars, Divergent) and Sam Claflin (Me Before You, Hunger Games) in it and I’ve seen a lot of marketing for it.

I think Action Point and Upgrade will do alright. I haven’t heard too much about either of them, but Action Point has Johnny Knoxville (Jackass) in it which will likely bring out audiences. Also, Upgrade is a Blumhouse Productions film and those tend to do well.

American Animals is absolutely amazing and I strongly recommend you go see it. We have already reviewed it, so if you need any more convincing to go see it check out our review!

Finally, A Kid Like Jake which honestly I didn’t know was a movie until today. It has Jim Parsons in it so maybe it will attract some Big Bang Theory fans?

Anthony’s Predictions:

I am beyond excited for Adrift with Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin. This will also be the moneymaker for the week at the box office, even if it will not make quite as much as previous weeks.

I have heard so much about American Animals that I’ve gotten very excited to see it. It has such a unique group of actors in it (including Evan Peters!) so I know that I’ll enjoy it already.

I definitely forgot Action Point and Upgrade were even coming out this week. I don’t really have a high opinion on them but I believe they will do about the same at the box office.

A Kid Like Jake won’t be too crazy spectacular, but should be fun because of Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons, as he is in it.

The Mesmerizing, Grace-filled ‘Moonlight’

By Therese Gardner, Edited by Olivia Norwood

Surprise! The film for this Time Warp Tuesday happens to be the Oscar award-winning film ‘Moonlight’. That’s goes without saying, this happens to come after the La La Land review from two weeks prior, which is suggestive of La La Land accidentally being announced as winner for Best Picture. A moment that would not soon be forgotten in Oscar history.

Considering Moonlight won Best Picture, it is highly likely that many are aware of this groundbreaking film. For those who have not yet heard of this film or have chosen not to see it, I highly recommend for all to do so.

Based on the unpublished play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight chronicles separate stages in the life of a young, gay black man, Chiron, growing up in Miami, Florida. Each chapter displayed throughout the film is portrayed by separate actors and are presented as his youth (Little), adolescence (Chiron), and early adult life (Black). As a coming-of-age film, written and directed by Barry Jenkins starring Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, and Janelle Monae among others is a beautiful presentation of what it is like to be a young, black man growing up in America. Another interesting piece of this film relates Jenkins and McCraney, as the story is a mere reflection of specific moments within each of their lives as they grew up in Miami.

Within the first chapter, Juan finds Chiron, or Little, hiding from a group of bullies and allows him to spend the night at his place where Janelle Monae as Teresa, the girlfriend of Juan, is introduced. Despite Chiron returning to his mother, Juan and Chiron continue to spend time together and eventually Chiron admits he hates his mother. This stage in Chiron’s life is patchy and marked by Little being taunted for being ‘different’ in the eyes of his classmates. As a teenager, Chiron continues to struggle with being bullied and understanding who he is. Once Chiron reaches adulthood he goes by the nickname ‘Black’ and revisualizes previous wet dreams he had of one of his earlier classmates, Kevin. He returns to Miami to visit his mother and then reunites with Kevin. The two embrace one another as Chiron recalls standing on the beach in the moonlight.

Throughout the film, there are many aesthetically pleasing and simply breathtaking moments in which one cannot help but be in awe of the brilliant minds behind this masterpiece. From the beginning, it is clear that this is no ordinary film with a cliche meaning. It goes far beyond surface level in order to better display the challenges faced growing up in America as a black, gay child.

One of the most memorable moments in Moonlight is during the beach scene. It is raw and real, it solidifies the bond between Chiron and Juan, performed by Mahershala Ali, whom becomes a father figure for Chiron. During this scene, Chiron and Juan are seen playing in the water and then found sitting by the waves overlooking the beach when Juan tells Chiron, “at some point you gonna have to decide who you want to be, you can’t let somebody else make that decision for you.” Although a seemingly insignificant moment to many, this moment details concisely an important message within this film. It signifies the journey Chiron is on for the entirety of the film, as he is becoming who he is meant to be and creating his own path in life all while grappling with the difficulties of growing up.

Moonlight is a monumental film in that in winning Best Picture, it has now become the first film with an all-black cast and the first LBGT film to ever win Best Picture. It’s quite sad that it’s taken this long to do so, and alludes to the notion that while we have made a lot of progress, we still have so much more to make.

Summer Begins with Netflix’s ‘Ibiza’

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Julia Wilson

Last year, female audiences were presented with films like Girls Trip and the absolutely terrible Rough Night. Although only one of them was watchable, they both have something in common – they’re both about female road trips.

Netflix took some notes from last year and has presented us with its new comedy Ibiza.

A New York publicist (Gillian Jacobs) goes on a business trip with her two best friends (Vanessa Bayer and Phoebe Robinson) to Barcelona that quickly turns into a romantic chase for a hunky DJ (Richard Madden) performing in – yes, you guessed it – Ibiza.

Everything in this movie is what you would expect. There’s envious party scenes, sexy Spanish men, girls getting themselves into crazy situations, and a surplus of drugs. More specifically, Bayer taking a small bag of Adderall and burning 4,000 calories on an elliptical.

It’s a perfect film for the start of the summer and doesn’t involve a superhero saving the universe. It’s adventurous, romantic, and filled with EDM without being obnoxious, and its messages are nothing short of “living in the moment”. This flick is everything that a millennial would want in a summer movie (and a trip that they couldn’t afford).

So, grab your girlfriends and watch Ibiza on a night in or a night out. It’ll give you a laugh and maybe even some inspiration for your next girls trip.


My Rating: 81%

Acting: 3/4

Cinematography: 3/4

Story: 3/4

Enjoyability:4/4