Top Ten Tuesday #155


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week, I had my University Sports Ball on Friday night and it was so much fun, I love getting the chance to dress up and go for a fancy night out with my friends, plus I’ll go basically anywhere as long as I’m fed (and they gave us a three course meal, including brownie and salted caramel ice-cream for desert so you know, very happy Jo).

But anyway, it’s Tuesday now, and time for another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today we have been given free reign to do whatever we like, with a freebie topic, so I am, in a frankly shocking move, not going to be talking about books today. Instead, I thought as we had a free topic this week, I would share with you one of my other great loves: films. Specifically, musical films. Much as I love talking about books on here, I do have other things that I love and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share some of my favourite musical movies with you guys (I’m not including anything Disney on this list because let’s face it, they could be a list entirely of their own). So here we go:

  1. Moulin Rouge

My favourite movie of ever, so of course it tops my list this week. I’ve actually lost count of how many times I’ve watched it by now, but put it this way, any kind of celebration for me usually involves this movie, pizza and a ton of Ben and Jerry’s. I’ve also forced basically all my friends to watch it multiple times (I’d apologise, but you guys know that I’m not at all sorry). I mean this film has everything, an awesome soundtrack, incredible choreography (THE TANGO SCENE), amazing costumes and great actors. And let’s face it, brooding writer and musician Ewan McGregor is definitely Ewan McGregor’s best look.

2. Hairspray (2007)

Yes, I’m talking the 2007 version here, not the original 1988 one, because I haven’t actually seen that one! Hairspray is definitely my go-to feel good movie musical, since you know, much as I love Moulin Rouge, it is kind of a downer. Again, obviously the soundtrack is AMAZING, but I also love the costumes (it’s the early 60’s, so everything still looks kind of 50s-esque) and it just generally makes me smile (aside from I Know Where I’ve Been, which definitely makes you cry).

3. The Greatest Showman

I’m totally addicted to the soundtrack of this one and it’s been really hard to find a decent movie musical that’s non-Disney in the last few years, so this one was definitely a welcome surprise. Obviously a lot of liberties are taken with the actual life of PT Barnum, and some of the more unsavoury aspects of his character are glossed over, but this musical is definitely a visual and aural spectacle and Hugh Jackman is outstanding as the lead. I dare you to leave the cinema after watching this without a) a smile on your face and b) belting out one/more of the songs.

4. The Last Five Years

I may have a minor (okay not so minor) crush on Jeremy Jordan because of this movie. His voice though……. This movie does live and die on the music, since it is almost entirely sung through, and both Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan have great voices, and the songs go from fun and incredibly catchy to ridiculously heartbreaking and back again as we proceed both forwards and backwards through Jamie and Cathy’s five year relationship to see where it all went wrong. Honestly this musical is so underrated, and deserves so much more love than it gets, because it’s brilliant.

5. Mamma Mia

Yes, it’s incredibly cheesy and Pierce Brosnan’s singing leaves A LOT to be desired, but anything with Meryl Streep in it really can’t go too far wrong. This is another one of my favourite uplifting feel good musicals, you just can’t help but sing and dance along with ABBA’s greatest hits. I’M SO EXCITED FOR THE SEQUEL THIS SUMMER.

6. Chicago

Honestly this movie would make it on this list for the Cell Block Tango alone, if I ever did a list of my favourite dance scenes in movies that would definitely be up there with El Tango De Roxanne from Moulin Rouge, and the tango from Take The Lead (apparently I really like the tango!). But you know it also has killer (sorry!) tunes, awesome costumes, amazing choreography and great actors. I would be mad that this won an Oscar for Best Picture and Moulin Rouge didn’t, but it’s such a great film, I can’t be (plus I was six at the time and hadn’t actually seen either film yet).

7. Fiddler On The Roof

It is almost three hours long, but it doesn’t feel like it because the songs are all so amazing and it’s a very aesthetically pleasing and well acted movie.

8. Walking On Sunshine

Yeah okay, so this film might not have the best singers or the best actors, or the best choreography, and yes, it’s ridiculously cheesy, but THE SONGS. It’s cheesy 80s tunes wrapped up into an hour and a half package of ridiculous fun and that alone makes it worth the watch (and the rewatch, and every subsequent rewatch).

9. Country Strong

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned before that I like country music, but I do and this musical drama is full of it and has some great original country tunes alongside some really awesome covers. Plus I love Leighton Meester and Garrett Hedlund is super hot. I can usually take or leave Gwyneth Paltrow, but she is really good in this movie.

10. Pitch Perfect

I have yet to see the third movie, and can take or leave number 2, but I do love the original movie, it’s a great modern take on the movie musical, and I love that it’s all about female friendship and girl power because those are things I am definitely here for.

Honourable Mention: The Sound of Music-I always found this one a little overly long and I’m not sure if I’ve ever actually seen all of it the whole way through, but it has a special place in my heart because it was one of my Nana’s favourite films.

So there you have it, my favourite movie musicals! Have you seen any of these? Do you like them? What are your favourite movie musicals? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Frequently Used Words In X Genre/Age Group Titles, so I will naturally be doing Frequently Used Words In YA Fantasy Titles. I don’t know if I will have anything for you guys in the meantime, as I’ll be revising for my exams, although I’m nearly done with my current read Hero At The Fall, so I’ll have a review of that for you guys very soon.



78 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #155

  1. theredlippedreviewer 17/04/2018 / 2:25 pm

    So happy to see that La La Land didn’t make it on this list!! You have such excellent taste, this makes me want to do a Mama Mia marathon ❀

    • iloveheartlandx 17/04/2018 / 2:28 pm

      Ugh La La Land disappointed me. Like I don’t mind it, but I’ve watched so much better and neither Emma Stone nor Ryan Gosling are that great singers. Thank you!

      • theredlippedreviewer 17/04/2018 / 2:31 pm

        Couldn’t have said it better! It was a fun watch, but fell short in so many ways, especially for how hyped it was. I would have preferred them to have unknown leads with good voices than just casting two big names

      • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:44 am

        Yes me too! Sadly that’s not how musical films seem to work.

  2. Aoife 17/04/2018 / 4:19 pm

    I really need to watch Chicago πŸ™‚ I only know the gifs from tumblr and they are already awesome

  3. Holly 17/04/2018 / 4:50 pm

    YES I love love love this topic!! The Last Five Years is such a rollercoaster of emotions– I remember watching it back to back with La La Land and there were just too many feelings happening at once! One of my absolute favorites is Les Mis– SO INTENSE. Awesome TTT!

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:42 am

      Thanks! Ugh yes it totally is, you’re sad, you’re happy, it is a lot of feelings for a relatively short movie. I don’t think I could deal with that one and La La Land back to back, too many feels! I actually don’t love Les Mis, much as I think the music is AMAZING, it’s a little over long for me.

  4. Marie 17/04/2018 / 5:21 pm

    Such a fun topic! I seen some, but need to get out and see more of these!

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:39 am

      Thanks! Would definitely recommend all of these πŸ™‚

  5. Louise 17/04/2018 / 5:32 pm

    I’m a total sucker for musicals! I really need to watch The Greatest Showman.

  6. alicerosesimmons 17/04/2018 / 5:33 pm

    I love this topic! I don’t watch musical films too often, but I also love them when I do, so I will definitely be adding some of these to my to-watch list. I also really loved The Greatest Showman and have had the soundtrack on repeat for weeks since seeing it πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:37 am

      Thank you! I would definitely recommend all of these. Yes, The Greatest Showman was amazing, and I think we have all had the soundtrack on repeat since seeing it!

  7. lindseyhabets 17/04/2018 / 6:20 pm

    Such a great list! Moulin Rouge is amazing and definitely needs a rewatch πŸ™‚ Also love Hairspray, Chicago and Pitch Perfect and I URGENTLY need to watch The Greatest Showman.

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:36 am

      Thanks! Ah yes, I shall be rewatching again when my exams are over-classic Jo celebration-I don’t know what it says about me that my go–to celebration movie is super sad, but ah well. Hairspray, Chicago and Pitch Perfect are all amazing and yes you do NEED to watch The Greatest Showman!

  8. anovelglimpse 17/04/2018 / 6:47 pm

    I adore Pitch Perfect! I have seen the third. It’s a little crazy and out there, but I loved all the one liners. I liked it!

  9. ChrissiReads 17/04/2018 / 7:10 pm

    Love musical films and musicals all together. Awesome list.

  10. taylortalksbooks 17/04/2018 / 7:40 pm

    yaaas I looove this topic!! Hairspray and Mamma Mia are definitely two of my favorite musical films and i’ve never seen Moulin Rouge but i’ve only ever heard wonderful things. I’ll have to watch it sometime soon in the future! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:31 am

      Thanks! Hairspray and Mamma Mia are both great and OMG you HAVE to see Moulin Rouge-it’s so amazing!

  11. Leslie 17/04/2018 / 8:30 pm

    Amazing topic!!!! I love so many of these. Now, I want to watch Mamma Mia! I am a little skeptical about Mamma Mia 2!

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:29 am

      Thanks! A lot of people seem to be, but I think it will be just as much fun as the first one πŸ™‚

  12. jolenewilsonblog 17/04/2018 / 8:40 pm

    Great TTT topic. Those are some great choices for movies. I am a fan of Pitch Perfect. I still ya ent seen the 3rd movie.

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:27 am

      Thanks! I’m glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t seen the third Pitch Perfect yet.

  13. BriennaiJ 17/04/2018 / 9:41 pm

    Only one on this list that I saw was Hairspray, but I saw the 80s version and 2007 version after seeing the live version, which I loved. The 80s version was definitely…different though.

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:21 am

      I saw Hairspray on tour last year and it was so good! I haven’t seen the 80s version but I’m not sure I want to, as I love the 2007 version.

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:16 am

      It definitely was. I don’t know, but I’m excited to find out!

  14. kozbisa 18/04/2018 / 12:02 am

    I did enjoy quite a few of these, and I have to check out that Walking on Sunshine film, because I am all about the 80s, but my favorite movie musicals are the old school ones, from like the 40s and 50s. TCM does marathon showings, and I am always there.

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:14 am

      Oh Walking On Sunshine is cheesy 80s to the max. Fair, my friend really likes the old school musical movies as well, I just haven’t seen many. I really enjoyed Singin’ In The Rain when I watched it with her, but haven’t really seen many others.

  15. Kay Wisteria 18/04/2018 / 12:18 am

    The Greatest Showman is completing my life ❀

  16. imyril 18/04/2018 / 12:29 am

    I must admit I’m not a big fan of musical movies (La La Land is about as close as I get), but I do occasionally enjoy a musical on stage – Rent remains a firm favourite, as does Five Guys Named Moe (the recent London revival was a-ma-zing).

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:12 am

      Fair enough, not everyone is. Musicals on stage are completely amazing, and definitely a different experience. I saw Five Guys Named Moe at Edinburgh Christmas a couple of years ago, it was a lot of fun!

  17. thebookishlibra 18/04/2018 / 1:01 am

    Great list! I love musical movies too and many of these are favorites of mine. I still need to see The Greatest Showman though.

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:11 am

      Thank you! That’s great to hear. Oh it’s so good, I hope you enjoy it!

  18. JoBeth @ Blue Binding 18/04/2018 / 1:02 am

    I hate to say I have not seen hardy any musicals, but I LOVED the Greatest Showman! I should check out some others, too!

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:11 am

      You definitely should! If you liked The Greatest Showman, then Moulin Rouge and Chicago have similar big production values and are equally aesthetically gorgeous!

  19. Just Another Girl and her Books 18/04/2018 / 1:46 am

    I love your freebie theme choice…and while I haven’t seen all of the movies on your list, I did enjoy the ones I have seen, so I may have to check out some of the others.

    Have a wonderful week. – Katie

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:10 am

      Thank you! Oh these are all great movies, so I would definitely check out the ones you haven’t seen. You too πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:09 am

      It is definitely a lot of fun! I will, just haven’t got around to it yet-the DVD releases next week, so I’ll probably get it then.

  20. lilisblissfulpages 18/04/2018 / 2:27 am

    Lols. me too. I’ll go anywhere as long as there’s promise of food and drinks. Coffee would do. Or wine. hahaha.
    –I love your choice of topic. I think films is also next to books on of favorite things. This list of yours is amazing, especially The Greatest Showman..
    Question: Where is LaLa Land? LOls… I love that film so much. :):)

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:06 am

      Haha glad I’m not the only one motivated by food. My friend and I once left an event we were out and ordered takeout because there was no food!
      Thank you. Yes, for me too. I actually wasn’t overly keen on La La Land? Not that it was terrible, just that there are a lot of musical films I’ve liked better.

      • lilisblissfulpages 18/04/2018 / 10:40 am

        What? That hilarious. I haven’t tried leaving an event because there was no food. You just gave me an idea. Hahaha.
        I understand. I had a little problem with how La La Land ended but I still like it. I mean, there’s Ryan Gosling there. hahaha…

      • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:46 am

        Ha ha I mean it was an event at our Uni and we both lived on campus, so we didn’t have to go far to get back, but still! And that’s totally fair.

  21. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer 18/04/2018 / 3:26 am

    Love this topic Jo! I love musicals and especially the 2007 Hairspray! And Mama Mia… and well I loved them all! Hahaha.. I love film topics and lists ❀️

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:04 am

      Thank you! Yes musicals are the best. Me too, I definitely should do more if we get another freebie/I can’t do the topic one week.

  22. Lisa 18/04/2018 / 5:53 am

    I love musical theater and musical films! But I haven’t seen The Greatest Showman yet, and I really need to. I think Mamma Mia is adorable — I’m excited for the sequel! If you want to go back a ways, I’ve always loved the movie version of Hair –must have watched it a few dozen times! Fiddler is a classic — just saw it again for the first time in many years, and even though it’s really long, I just couldn’t look away. Great topic!

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:01 am

      Me too! Oh it’s so good. Yes Mamma Mia is adorable-and I am also very excited for the sequel. I’ve actually never seen Hair! Fiddler definitely is a classic, and very captivating for such a long film. Thank you πŸ™‚

  23. nicolinesimone 18/04/2018 / 5:56 am

    Mamma Mia will forever be a classic! 😍 I would love to see The greatest showman have heard good things about it!

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 10:00 am

      Yes it is wonderful! Oh you definitely should, it’s amazing πŸ™‚

  24. crystallinegirl 18/04/2018 / 6:24 am

    LOVE Chicago. But no Sweeney Todd? Or Little Shop of Horrors!

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 9:58 am

      Yes Chicago is great! Haven’t actually seen either of those-I went to The London Dungeon when I was younger and had nightmares afterwards of Jack The Ripper and Sweeney Todd breaking into my room to kill me, so I steadfastly refused to watch Sweeney Todd. Still I may have to change that now. And I had no idea that Little Shop of Horrors was a movie.

      • crystallinegirl 18/04/2018 / 12:25 pm

        I loved Sweeney Todd – it’s a shame Johnny Depp turned out to be a jerk. And Little Shop of Horrors is old, but great.

      • iloveheartlandx 19/04/2018 / 11:01 am

        Ugh I know right. I will definitely have to check both of them out πŸ™‚

  25. pagesandtea 18/04/2018 / 7:27 am

    Seeing so many of my faves on your list made me smile. I haven’t seen The Greatest Showman yet, even though it ran in the cinemas around here for months. I’ll see it on dvd now. The only others I haven’t seen are The Last Five Years and Country Strong.
    Great idea for a topic πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 9:56 am

      Oh yay! The Greatest Showman is so good and I think it comes out on DVD next month, so you don’t have long to wait. Both TL5Y and Country Strong are fantastic, would definitely recommend. Thank you πŸ™‚

  26. Esther 18/04/2018 / 8:38 am

    This was such a fun read. Chicago is a great film and would definitely make my top ten too, along with The Sound of Music and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

    • iloveheartlandx 18/04/2018 / 9:54 am

      Oh thanks! Yes it is. Like I said, I have fond memories of The Sound of Music because of my Nana but I’m not sure I’ve ever sat all the way through. As for Thoroughly Modern Millie, I’ve never seen that one, I’ll have to check it out.

  27. Kaila 18/04/2018 / 12:52 pm

    I LOVE THIS TOPIC. Musical movies are my thing and I love them to pieces. The Greatest Showman has been my recent obsession, for sure! I also completely understand your love for Jeremy Jordan – he’s such a fantastic actor and singer!!

    • iloveheartlandx 19/04/2018 / 11:00 am

      Thank you, glad to find someone who shares the obsession! Ugh I know-why do men become infinitely more attractive to me when I know they can sing? It’s a real problem!

  28. Cait @ Paper Fury 19/04/2018 / 12:29 am

    So I confess I hardly watch movies and basically never musicals loool but I want to see The Greatest Showman!! I already love the soundtrack AND IT HAS WOLVERINE. So what’s to say no. πŸ˜‚And I did grow up watching the old classic musicals like Sound of Music and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, that was always funny. (And Disney movies of course.πŸ˜‚)

    • iloveheartlandx 19/04/2018 / 10:58 am

      Fair enough, not everyone shares my movie addiction-it’s a good thing, if I didn’t watch so many films, and usually the same ones over and over again, I would have way more time to read. The Greatest Showman is awesome and Hugh Jackman is just…..Wow. Yeah for some reason, most of the classic musicals kind of overlooked me, I will have to change that at some point. Ha ha yes of course, I will probably do a whole new list for Disney movies at some point-just cut them out here because otherwise my list would have been WAY too long.

  29. Heather Cilley 19/04/2018 / 11:10 pm

    I still need to watch Moulin Rouge! I hear amazing things but I haven’t gotten the chance to watch! Awesome list πŸ˜€

  30. Annemieke 20/04/2018 / 6:27 am

    I am not quite so drawn to musical movies (sometimes some of the popular actors are cringeworthy singers). But Pitch Perfect somehow always draws my attention.

    • iloveheartlandx 21/04/2018 / 10:19 am

      Totally get that-although with the exceptions of Walking on Sunshine and Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia, all the actors in the movies I’ve recommended are decent or really good singers! Pitch Perfect is awesome πŸ™‚

  31. Rissi 24/04/2018 / 4:06 am

    Though it IS lengthy, “Sound of Music” is one of my all-time forever favorites.

    Love the “Pitch Perfect” series (they’re SO fun), and cannot wait to see ‘Showman.’ I have a copy on DVD, now I just have to pop it in the DVD tray, sit back and enjoy. πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/04/2018 / 11:26 am

      It is a lovely movie, I just find when movies go over 2 hours I lose patience!
      The Pitch Perfect movies are so much fun. Oh you have to, it’s so good! No worries πŸ™‚

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