Song of the Day #3,853: ‘Mamma Mia’ – Lily James

I always spend about the first two months of a new year processing the previous year in music and movies, so if you’re already sick of 2018, please bear with me.

Tomorrow, the Motion Picture Academy will announce nominations for this year’s Oscars. It’s been a tumultuous year for that outfit, from the ill-advised and quickly withdrawn ‘Best Popular Film’ Oscar to the Kevin Hart hosting fiasco. But it always makes for good sport to guess who the Academy will honor and snub — for good and bad reasons — each February.

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Song of the Day #3,714: ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ – Alexandra Harwood

In case anybody thinks my lavish praise for Crazy Rich Asians means my affection for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again has waned, rest assured that is not the case. My heart has room enough for two crowd-pleasing entertainments.

While counting the days to Mamma Mia‘s DVD release, I have sought out other work by the incomparable Lily James. That includes The Darkest Hour, which I enjoyed quite a bit, and a new NetFlix release with a mouthful of a title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

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Song of the Day #3,671: ‘When I Kissed the Teacher’ – Lily James and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again cast

I was a latecomer to 2008’s Mamma Mia!, watching it for the first time last December.

My initial reaction was confusion over how such a wildly uneven quirkfest could be beloved by so many. But I recognized the film’s charms, especially the irresistible ABBA songs and Meryl Streep’s exuberant, full-hearted performance.

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