11 Musicals That Are Legendary

11 Musicals That Are Legendary

For as long as I can remember I have sung a tune to a film.

For as long as I can remember I have sung a tune to a film. That could be because for as long as I can remember I have watched musicals. Just writing about musicals makes me want to watch a musical.

Over the years, I have had a few musicals that make me incredibly happy. Many of these I own on DVD and watch constantly, but I am going share them with you. In case, during the gloomy, rainy weather in NORCAL, you want to sing to a musical. Let's get into it.

1. Annie

If "Annie" did not start the musical life for you, I do not know what could have. Annie is the original of all originals and I adore this film. I don't know what makes me like it so much, the plot is basic and it's just about a cute orphan girl - but, it's sweet. Overall, I love this movie. "Tomorrow" and "Hard-Knock Life" are the most legendary songs from this musical.

2. The Wiz

This is the ethnic/black version of "The Wizard Of Oz," now some of you are probably thinking... "what is this and why was there a remake?" Well, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson make a cameo in this film and sing in it too.

This one alone is 10x better for many reasons. The songs are glorious, the actors are killer, and you learn something after this film. The original is good and I can attest that it is one of my favorites too; but, it's not as good.

3. The Wizard Of Oz

Everyone has seen this one, but it started it all and I can say that with passion. This was the first (other than "Annie") musical that I saw when I was younger. I don't remember it (I hardly every rewatch it unless there's a rerun), but, I do remember it's a good musical to watch just because. The plot is simple - it's nothing that you need to watch and pay attention to; but, it is a sweet plot. It will definitely bring a smile to your face at the end of it.

4. Chicago

DO not get me started on Chicago. I watch this musical once a month. "Cell Block Tango" is everything and I feel empowered when I sing it. This is a movie about murder and in the best, sexiest, way possible. If you have not heard of it, there's an original and a remake. I like the remake, I think Renee Zellweger does an amazing job on this performance. Roxie Hart for life.

5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show [Original]

Another complete classic. This musical gives me so much life for no reason. The songs are just glorious and so good "Damnit Janet" is my personal favorite. I think it's such a cute song. The plot of this musical is definitely something different and probably unlike something you have ever seen or heard of. However, it delivers and what more could you want from a musical?

6. The Sound Of Music

"I am sixteen going on seventeen..." is probably the most memorable line ever. You probably did not know what it was from, but I am here to tell you. The Sound Of Music is what it was. This is an old-school musical, but it's so childhood and nostalgic of me. I love this musical - if you watch this one, make sure you watch Mary Poppins and you'll notice something...

7. Grease

This musical you have to know, if you don't know anything else on the list Grease is it. I am talking Oliva Newton-John and John Travolta at their peak of their career? This movie has so many songs that I cannot even name because they are all so good. This is a musical that I can sing every song to and not miss a beat. This is a musical you should check out for sure if you have the time. You won't regret it.

8. Cry-Baby

Anything that involves Johnny Depp I am here for. Young Johnny Depp, especially, is something I am always here for. I don't know if you have seen the gif on Tumblr of Johnny licking the glass, but that is from this musical. This musical is funny, but also interesting in a weird way. It is honestly about a character who likes to cry, in general, about everything and it's a male lead who is called "Cry-Baby." I love this musical, it's funny and entertaining.

9. Jersey Boys

This is a musical based on an old-school group called the "The Four Seasons." The group was good and the musical is even better. The actors they choose for this musical are always spot on to what the members were in the past and I love that.

This musical is long and that means broadway or film. The film is incredibly long and goes across the span of the group's demise, but it is so good and worth the watch. I know all these songs by heart and they're so fun and catchy (most of them).

10. Mary Poppins

Julie Andrews, you can do no wrong and never will ever in life. You are such a legend and since you are on here twice I had to shout you out. Mary Poppins is a musical that is also old-school, but oh so good. If you ever wanted to know where "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" came from, it's right here baby! Mary Poppins created a word and I am pretty sure it is in the dictionary and if not, it should be.

11. Hairspray [Original]

I have watched this for the first time recently (a few months back) and I adored it! I don't know about you, but this musical is so great. It was challenging topics we still face today, in a way, and I would not put it past a social justice musical at all. Such a great watch and I love the soundtrack - it's an older musical, but still so fresh. They made a remake with Zac Efron (if you are into that).

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15 Movies Every Young Adult Should See

These movies will be sure to hit home and even change the way you view life.

There's something so satisfying about finishing a movie and feeling completely awakened. Sometimes we are exposed to kids who teach us life lessons, adults who strive to go against societal norms, or every-day people who overcome immense challenges. Whatever the case may be, movies have the power to change the way we think and feel about the world. From true stories to heart-wrenching dramas, here are 15 movies you don't want to miss out on:

1. Lion

Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, "Lion" is an emotional movie about a lost boy's journey. When he was just five years old, Saroo got lost and never found his way back to his village in India. A little while later, after being in an orphanage, he is adopted by an Australian couple. Although extremely grateful for his adoptive parents and their selflessness, Saroo seeks to find his birth mother, siblings, and home.

2. "Captain Fantastic"

One of my best friends recommended that I watch this movie and I've never been so blown away. In this film, Viggo Mortensen plays a single dad, but he's not exactly your average dad. He raises his kids in the woods, home schools them, and teaches them valuable life skills and lessons. Ultimately, he does not want to raise his children in a corrupt society. Find out if this family can defy societal norms, or if they conform to the rest. You can find it on Amazon Prime Video.

3. "The Glass Castle"

"The Glass Castle" is a film adapted from Jeannette Walls' memoir. She and her siblings grew up in poverty, always on the go. This is her story about growing up with unemployed parents, who struggle with abuse and addiction.

4. "The Hunting Ground"

This eye-opening documentary, which I watched on Netflix, moved me to tears. It's about the prevalence of sexual assault across college campuses in America and goes into detail about the court system and the efforts that are being made to stop these assaults.

5. "Short Term 12"

"Short Term 12" follows a young woman, named Grace, who works at a residential treatment facility, essentially a foster home for troubled kids and teens. Faced with many issues in the facility, as well as relationship issues with her long-time boyfriend and co-worker, Grace must do her best to handle everything that life throws at her.

6. "To The Bone"

Netflix's "To the Bone" is about a teen girl, named Ellen, who battles anorexia. She also has to deal with her parents and step-parents, who are not very helpful in her troubles. They send her to a group home where she meets unexpected friends and gets help from a unique doctor.

7. "Cyberbully"

This drama follows Taylor, a teenager whose life goes downhill after she gets a laptop for her birthday. She joins a social media site and soon becomes the victim of cyberbullying. What's worse? She's bullied by her own classmates. This film truly captures the power that words and intentions can have.

8. "Boyhood"

"Boyhood" was filmed over the years from 2002 to 2013. The fact that it includes the same actors and actresses throughout the movie is incredible and truly makes you feel as though you're growing up with the characters. It's a coming of age movie you don't want to miss.

9. "Soul Surfer"

"Soul Surfer" is a true story about champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack when she was a teenager. Miraculously, Bethany survived the attack. Her courage and determination to get back in the water serve as an inspiration to many.

10. "The Impossible"

Back in 2004, one family decided to travel to Thailand on a Christmas vacation. However, their holiday is interrupted two days later when a massive Tsunami hit. Based on a true story, this film shows a young family's fight to stay together.

11. "The Good Lie"

"The Good Lie" follows four Sudanese orphans who are selected to move to America to start a new life. Reese Witherspoon plays an employment counselor and seeks to help them adjust to their new life.

12. "The Boy In The Striped Pajamas"

This film takes place during the Holocaust and follows a young boy named Bruno, whose dad runs a concentration camp. Unaware of the wrongs that are going on around him, Bruno soon befriends, Shmuel, a Jewish boy in the camp. Ultimately, this movie shows what happens when innocent children grow up in an immoral society.

13. "The Way"

After learning that his son has died in a storm while hiking The Camino de Santiago, or The Way of Saint James, Tom decides to walk the trail in his son's place. In the process, he learns more about himself than he ever thought he would and encounters some remarkable people along the way.

14. "Forest Gump"

This classic movie follows the story of a man named Forest, who, although not very bright, always remains positive and seeks to help others. Throughout the film, Forest goes on many unlikely adventures, but perhaps the most unlikely event has to do with a young woman named Jenny.

15. "Unbroken"

Based on a true story, "Unbroken" is the story of Olympic champion Louis Zamperini, who is captured by the Japanese navy while at war. He must fight a different battle than ever before, and fight for his life as he spends endless days and nights in a prisoner of war camp.

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Fae's Watch

Fear what lurks in the darkness.


Locals report that several prominent members of their town have vanished into thin air. No notes, no clues, and no suspects.

That was the only information that was printed on the page tucked inside the crisp manilla folder with its neatly printed label. Soft blue eyes darted from the stark white page to the window of the carriage. It was rare that a member of the Special Circumstances Unit was dispatched for a case with no evidence. Perhaps that was why the head of the special unit had decided to dispatch only one detective, rather than the whole team.

Detective Adelaide Tompkins was the rookie of the unit. Her role here, as her boss had told her, would define her role within the unit and the team. Not knowing what her own specialty was seemed to be a hindrance. Sighing softly Adele could hear the voice of the carriage coachman as it permeated the air around her. It was a grating sound more akin to screech owls than actual human speech, and it was giving her a headache.

“Shouldn’t be more than five more minutes miss.”

Nodding her head but not verbally responding, Adele kept her gaze on the page. Her destination was a remote town called Fae’s Watch. There was not a single map that actually displayed the true location. Instead, she had boarded a train from Manchester to London. From there she had been put on a fifteen-hour flight to Kathmandu.

It was a two-day layover before taking a smaller plane to a remote outpost inside the Sahara. Its name eluded her. That had been twelve hours ago. Now she was in a carriage as it traipsed through the desert sands looking for a town that very well could be nothing more than nonexistent.

Suddenly as if the sands of time were parting the town came into view. Rustic was the only word that popped into her head upon first glance. As the carriage came to a stop, Adele could see the sand blowing around and yet this town looked untouched by it all.

Climbing out, paperwork in one hand, identification in the other, Adele approached the lone figure guarding the gate. He seemed stalwart and determined. Dark eyes bore into blue but no words were spoken.

“I’m here on assignment from SCU. I was told to speak with Lester about accommodations and information.”

With a nod of his head, the guard moved. For one brief moment, Adele paused taking in the sight. Outside, the world seemed harsh and desolate; inside it was almost as if time forgot the town. Stepping over the threshold, she could tell automatically that something was strange about Fae’s Watch. Here inside its walls, the air was crisp and fresh. Grass rose up around the buildings, still fresh with morning dew. Trees seemed to sprout up everywhere and the rich scents of flowers filled her nose.

Casting her eyes from right to left Adele was trying to determine which way to go. Closing her eyes and taking a deep calming breath, the detective moved to the right. Looming on the hill up ahead was the tavern. Eire Via Dormo emblazoned above the large oaken door in gold overlay. Below that, as if they knew she was coming, were the words Fae’s Watch Tavern.

As she pressed open the door the clank of the bell signaled her entrance. Inside the tavern was warm and filled with a strange sense of relaxation. For a town that was reporting its locals missing, no one here seemed all that upset. In fact, it seemed as if the town was deserted. Aside from the guard standing watch, the young woman had not encountered anyone else, as of yet.

Haggard and worn was the visage of the second person to be seen. Watching as he moved from the stockroom to the bar, as if unaware that anyone else was in the room, Lester went about his work. Clearing her throat to gain attention, Adele smiled softly at the aging man. He reminded her of the caretaker that looked after the family estate back in Manchester. As the man fixed his beady eyes upon her, Adelaide felt a chill. It was clear that this man knew something about why she was there.

“You must be Lester. What little information I was able to gather advised me you would be in the tavern. I do hope I am not imposing. I could use a room for the night and a place to freshen up before I delve too far into this case.”

“I happen to have a room yes. I know why a detective was sent here but I know not why it was you. This town bares secrets and I am the gatekeeper.” Lester spoke.

She would have to be stupid to not notice the inflection in his voice. Taken aback the brunette bit her bottom lip. Emotions suddenly overwhelmed the tiny woman. For as far back as she could remember Adelaide had always felt out of place. The world in which she grew up never truly feeling like home. Yet here in this place that no one knew existed she felt at home.

“Perhaps its because I am the youngest on the team. Callahan likes to send me to the most remote areas of the world. I sometimes wonder if it's his way of seeing if I will ever come back.” She chuckled.

Watching as Lester schooled his features, Adele wondered if she had touched a nerve. This was their world and she was an outsider. Flicking her baby blue eyes to the paperwork still in her hand, Adele took a seat at the table. She honestly needed to get started with her investigation. How or rather where to begin was the question of the hour. For all she knew, she was too late and only Lester remained untouched.

Such were the burning questions that ran through her mind Before she could ask them a bottle of soda and a set of keys were placed in front of her. Perhaps it was the inquisitive look or it could have been the need for him to clarify his actions before doing anything else that forced Lester to respond.

“One soda and the keys to room twelve. Do not go into any of the other ones. They aren’t done with the remodels.”

Nodding her head in understanding Adele sighed before taking a sip of her soda. Everything about this place put her on edge. If she was going to have any luck she needed to relax. Letting the sugary drink hit her throat the young woman contemplated her options. She was here, safe and alive; which was a plus. Yet there was something dark and sinister hovering above it all.

“How about I get a burger and some fries and you tell me about the missing people? This town seems too much like a ghost town for its own good. If anyone is truly missing from here, one could not tell.” Softly the words tumbled out and filled the silent space that formed. Everything was about to change again and Adele had no idea why.

Fate was never something that the woman believed in. She was after all very pragmatic. She watched as Lester moved to the grill to prepare her food. Why did he seem to know exactly what she wanted? To her that alone made Lester creepy. Here she was in a mostly deserted town with, as of the last count, only two occupants.

Tapping her fingers gently upon the face of the table, Adele grew impatient. Nervous habits were always hard to break and this was one of her worst. While Lester has his back to her, Adele used the opportunity to make notes. In tiny block print, she scribbled across the same stark white paper as before. Only two life signs have been detected so far. Can sense a rather large energy fluctuation not too far from the tavern. Will check out more tonight after dark.

When the sound of feet moving reached her ears, Adele quickly puts away the document. It had been far too long since she had smelled a fresh burger and the one that was placed in front of her looked mouthwatering. Leaning forward she soaked in the smell before picking up the burger and taking a huge bite.

Moaning in ecstasy Adele felt only slight embarrassment. Food tasted so good that she had if only for a moment, died and gone to heaven. Still, she was curious how he had the means to meet her needs when the town held no people and was almost impossible to get too.

“There is much to tell and very little time my child. Everything is not as it seems. I fear that you are almost too late. The world has forgotten us here in Eire Via Dormo. Fear, not all your questions will be answered in time.”

As she ate, Adele watched as Lester left without truly answering her questions. The room seemed to grow increasingly warmer and her vision blurred for a second. it wasn’t until now that she realized just how tired she truly was. Nibbling on her fries Adele began to wonder what was causing all of the strange anomalies. Missing people, energy fluctuations, the strange feeling of being home. She needed answers but her head was fuzzy and unresponsive. Sleep would do her well and yet she resisted if only for a little longer.

Slowly the food disappeared off her plate and the woman grew even more tired. While the idea of sleeping in a town where the population was two, she didn’t see any other choice. Danger seemed to scream at her but she was partner-less and alone.

Shoving away the empty plate Adelaide stood up from the table. Taking in the look of the room, she headed towards the stairs on the left. Alighting them the woman noticed the room numbers. They were grouped in threes and there seemed to be rows of them. It didn’t take her long to find the right room. Twisting the key the door opened quickly for her.

Room twelve was more grandiose than anything else she had seen. There was already a fire blazing and it looked like she had been living there for a while. Why was everything going the way it did? Too tired to think for much longer the woman sat her paperwork on the nightstand by the bed and fell onto the bed. Her bags were still at home, she realized just as her eyes closed for the night.

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