Various Artists – The Greatest Showman Soundtrack

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The Greatest Showman Soundtrack Various Artists – The Greatest Showman Soundtrack | © Atlantic

ARTIST / BAND:Various Artists (Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, Loren Allred, etc)
GENRE:Pop
LABEL:Atlantic

This amazing soundtrack made my heart really happy when I watched “The Greatest Showman.” The opening song, The Greatest Show came out of nowhere and was totally unexpected, that I think my jaw was hanging open the first few minutes as the opening scene came on. Hugh Jackman remains a wonderful singer.

Because this is the soundtrack of a musical, the songs tell a story. From chasing dreams, to finding acceptance, to defining happiness, to fighting against all odds – there is something here for everyone to relate to. It is beautiful and heartbreaking and empowering all at the same time. I can’t pick a favorite song, although I really love the first track because of its impact.

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Pitting Women Against Women

*Or why the male ego is so vulnerable, they need to make women feel bad to make themselves feel good.

Whether it’s Barney Stinson “investing” on the fattie at the gym, or Joey Tribianni’s threesome fantasies with his own friends, or for crying out loud, Dan Humphrey’s “Gossip Girl” persona, there is something about the male ego that is so vulnerable that they need to make women feel bad to make themselves feel good.

For instance, when delivered properly, backhanded compliments sound sincere, until, of course, the female realizes there was a thinly veiled insult behind that. Sometimes, guys just lift the veil and outright compares one woman with another, as if it’s warranted.

I mean, it’s not like we tell them when we compare their penises to others, right? Because if we tell Chuck that Nate actually has a bigger thing than he does, but tell Nate that Chuck just uses his better, then we’re all just sluts.

Yet somehow it was okay for the Friends to tell Rachel she’s spoiled even though she was really just raised that way, and nobody bats an eyelash when everyone tells Blair she’s much too uptight for being ambitious while Serena floats through everything unscathed. Not that they would not hesitate to tell S that she needed more direction like B if it suited them, either.

Funny how the male species are always very critical of what they perceive is traditional “beauty”. You’re too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, too bare, too caked in makeup, too casual, too dressy, too covered-up, too high-maintenance, too low-maintenance, too girly, too boyish — always compared with someone else. And will it ever stop?

Because honestly, they don’t seem to get the point that my attitude is inversely proportional to their personality — or the lack thereof considering how “big” of an attitude they always say I have.

 

Then we were molded by friends

Lately, I have been standing by this fork in the road, and it took a friend to nudge me in what I now believe is the right decision.

Here are some things you have to know about me: 1) Although I can talk to people easily these days, I am actually an introvert. 2) I am very selective of the people I want to be around with. 3) I do not like the feeling of spinning out of control.

That being said, I was talking to one of my college friends, Kat, who, despite our glaringly different stances on church and religion, is still one of the people whose friendship lasted past our university days. At this point, we’ve been apart far longer than we’ve been together geography-wise, and we may not barge in each other’s dorm rooms on a regular basis anymore but as it turns out, you don’t need that kind of “togetherness” to be someone’s friend.

Anyway, back to our conversation. It started with Kat’s birthday greeting. As it has become with our friend group, birthday greetings come attached with meaningful messages, many of which I tend to re-read when things are especially crappy.

In her message, Kat was expressing how she really just wants me to be happy again, and how she hopes other people can see the side of me that I rarely ever show others.

To that, I told her that I’m a good friend to her because she’s also been a really good friend to me. As I put it, good friends deserve good friends. Our friendships are mere reflections of the people we surround ourselves with. I am an amazing friend to my amazing friends. To others, I’m indifferent, or worse, a raging bitch.

My college friends, for the most part, were more than just friends to me. They’re family. We helped mold each other to become the people we became as we left our former lives behind. And leave it behind, I did.

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Nur, who knew me since elementary school and who went to the same university as I did, noted that there was a moment when he knew I left the person I was behind. The big moment? When I hit the field for an inter-dorm game of football (soccer). While this may not seem like a big deal to most, my friends since forever (like Nur) knew how I stopped playing outdoors at age 10, and for most of my high school life, I kept to books and “heels” (at least as  high as my parents would allow me, which isn’t much), and ultimately girly things.

At some point over the years, I realized that while my friends and I were always a solid group, we tend to outgrow people. As we outgrow them, how we treat them changes as well. For instance, what used to be “quirky” just becomes annoying, and what used to be “adorable” just becomes plain dumb. You get the picture — so we tend to lose more patience, and we start to drift apart.

For the past few years, I have been telling myself that I should get rid of toxicity. Maybe it’s out of habit, but letting go of toxic people is more difficult than it sounds. Maybe because I have friends of convenience, or because I am holding on to people who represented a life from long ago, toxicity is not as easy to leave behind.

 

Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast | © Walt Disney Pictures

The live-action/CGI animated version of the beloved 1991 Walt Disney film-musical about a young woman held prisoner in an enchanted castle has new insights on the original story, with new songs, new characters, and backstories to help tell the tale as old as time.

STARRING: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson
DIRECTED BY: Bill Condon
WRITTEN BY: Stephen Chbosky, Evan Spiliotopoulos (Screenplay)
MUSIC BY: Alan Menken
RELEASED BY: Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture

PLOT: 4/5 because nostalgia

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind… Oh you know the rest.

I love, love LOVE Beauty and the Beast — it’s one of those movies that…

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