Midweek Music Moment: Million Reasons

As you know I’m quite the Lady Gaga fan these days, and her new almost-country song ‘Million Reasons’ has only further sealed the deal.

Since the first time I heard it on James Corden’s carpool karaoke, I haven’t been able to get the catchy tune out of my head.

It’s from her fifth LP, ‘Joanne’ – which has only been out for ten days – yet has already topped charts in the US, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Currently #1 on the iTunes chart, here’s ‘Million Reasons’ for you:

 

 

And if that wasn’t enough to impress, check out her flawless SNL (Saturday Night Live) vocal audio. Like her or love her (not digging the clingy pink swimsuit capey thing in this performance), you can’t deny the power of her voice!

 

Movie Review: The Intouchables

‘The Intouchables’ is an uplifting 2011 French buddy-comedy.

A French and European box office hit, the film is based on the true story of wealthy quadriplegic Phillipe Pozzo Di Borgo, and his Arabic ‘from the other side of the tracks’ caregiver, Abdel.

 

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Phillipe and Abdel today: there was some backlash for the casting of African, Omar Sy to play an Arabic man.

 

Beautifully written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (‘Samba’, ‘Those Happy Days’), the movie glides along with wit, charm and humour.

But it really is the casting that really elevates this film beyond your typical ‘odd couple’ flick.

Surrounded by careful, well-paid attendants, Phillipe is looking for someone to shake things up. And when he hires ex-con Abdel, it’s an invigorating breath of fresh air.

 

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Driss’ upbeat energy and love of life is infectious to everyone around him.

 

The camaraderie between Francois Cluzet (Phillipe) and Omar Sy (Driss) lights up the screen and carries us through some prickly subject matter.

 

The film is sensitively directed through some prickly subject matter with Phillipe facing a difficult reality where he has been deprived of many of the things he once took for granted.

 

In the wrong hands ‘The Intouchables’ could have been a sentimental mess, but in this case what we have is a light-hearted testament to the power of camaraderie.

Filmed in French with English subtitles, I highly recommend this film to anyone looking for an uplifting story of friendship.

Available on Netflix and here’s the official trailer for you: