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Florence Foster Jenkins

 

Summary: As the worst opera singer in the world, Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) prepares to take her career to dizzying new heights a young pianist, Cosme McMoon (Simon Helberg) finds himself swept up into the world of lies that Florence’s hsuband , St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), has set up in order to protect her feelings.

Year: 2016

Australian Cinema Release Date: 5th May 2016

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: United Kingdom, France

Director: Stephen Frears

Screenwriter: Nicholas Martin

Cast: Nina Arianda (Agnes Stark), Mark Arnold (Cole Porter), Richard Bevan (Stubbs), Dar Dash (Antonio), Carl Davis (Orlando Adams), Paola Dionisotti (Baroness Le Feyre), Rebecca Ferguson (Kathleen), Aida Garifullina (Lily Pons), Hugh Grant (St Clair Bayfield), David Haig (Carlo Edwards), Simon Helberg (Cosme McMoon), Tony Honickberg (Mr. Levi), John Kavanagh (Arturo Toscanini), James Sobol Kelly (Edgar), Elliot Levey (Edgar Booth Cunningham Jr.), Greg Lockett (Chuck), Nat Luurtsema (Tallulah Bankhead), Danny Mahoney (Clifford B Thornton III), Simon Markson (Charlie), Christian McKay (Earl Wilson), David Menkin (Carlton Smith), David Mills (Augustus Corbin), Georgina Morton (Pearl), Josh O’Connor (Donaghy), Sid Phoenix (Corporal Jones), Jonathan Plowright (Ernest Ziegler), Phillp Rosch (Archie), Liza Ross (Mrs. EE Paterson), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins),

Runtime: 110 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

The world of cinema can be a strange, strange place. Whenever a film comes out I hear people talking about what demographic the film will appeal to, whether it will appeal to men or women etc. I’ve never really taken much notice of it because when it comes to films my tastes are pretty varied. While I love my horror and science-fiction I can also settle down and watch a movie meant for kids, like Monster’s Inc. and enjoy it as well. The same with movies meant for older people, take 45 Years for an example, while some said it was for older people I enjoyed it to the point where it has been one of my favourite films of this year.

But now comes a film that is making me re-think whether some films are meant for different ages, and that film is Florence Foster Jenkins. Now I’m not going to sit here and say I hated the film because I didn’t. For me it was just a mediocre film, it didn’t bore me but it didn’t exactly have me labelling it a classic either. What did surprise me was the comedy aspect of the film. Sure the first couple of times Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) warbled horribly as Florence Foster Jenkins I chuckled, but there were some older members of the audience I was in who laughed themselves stupid every time Florence attempted to sing. Yes it really did have that kind of effect on the older audience.

So why was Streep singing so badly off key? Because in this film she plays Florence Foster Jenkins, a real life character who during the 1940s made a name for herself for literally being a bad singer. And while anyone that every heard her would know she was a dreadful singer she was spared those details by the fact that her husband, St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant – Notting Hill) did everything in his power to make sure she never found out the truth. That included paying music critics and making sure anyone who ever laughed during her performances was quickly turfed out of the venue.

During the film we see Florence start off at a small level of singing for small groups of people but as she plans to take her career even further, to the point of recording a single and performing on bigger stages, she decides to team up with a young piano player named Cosme McMoon (Simon Helberg – The Big Bang Theory) who quickly finds himself having to get used to St Clair and Florence’s web of lies.

As far as the film goes despite being very light hearted in style in does get to you emotionally. Such is the power of director Stephen Frears (The Queen) and screenwriter Nicholas Martin’s (Midsomer Murders) style of filmmaking that many of the scenes of the ailing Florence really do start to get you, so much so that you do want her to be happy. That style of filmmaking also raises suspense at times when you wonder how some people will be react to Florence’s singing and how their reaction will affect her.

It is those kinds of scenes that make this film well worth watching but there are also some downsides to Florence Foster Jenkins as well, and those largely centre around a huge issue in the casting. As you would expect from a film like this Meryl Streep puts in a brilliant emotionally driven performance and while Hugh Grant does match her remarkable well for me it felt like he was miscast in the role of Florence’s husband. While the wardrobe department have done all they can to ‘age’ Grant for the role it does come across as very creepy matching at times during the film… yes almost as creepy as the pairing of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery in Entrapment. Having said that though Grant does put in a good and charming performance, he’s just in a role that he should never have been cast in.

The other actor who really impresses in this film is Simon Helberg who most people will know as Howard Wolowitz on the successful comedy series The Big Bang Theory. Herlberg has shown throughout his television career that he has impeccable comedic timing and he certainly brings that to his character here – the socially awkward and very innocent McMoon. To his credit Helberg not only matches Streep and Grant’s performances but sometimes even manages to steal the limelight with his creative facial expressions.

Maybe I didn’t find Florence Foster Jenkins as funny as some of the other people screening that I was in but I still found it a heartfelt film that grows on you the longer it goes on.

Stars(3)

 

 

Greg King:

You can hear Greg King’s full Florence Foster Jenkins review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #175.

Stars(3.5)

 

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating:  Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Florence Foster Jenkins reviews: You can also listen to our full Florence Foster Jenkins review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #175.

Trailer:

The Man From UNCLE

Village Roadshow have just released The Man From U.N.C.L.E trailer and poster.

Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series.

Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E also stars Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby), with Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows), and Hugh Grant as Waverly.

 

The Interview

Let’s take a look at the most popular movies and TV shows on the Net this week

  1. The Interview (2014) – James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan
  2. The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies (2014) – Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett
  3. Into The Woods (2014) – Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt
  4. Unbroken (2014) – Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund
  5. Gone Girl (2014) – Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
  6. Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) – Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana
  7. American Sniper (2014) – Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis
  8. Exodus: Gods & Kings (2014) – Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver
  9. Annie (2014) – Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne
  10. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy
  11. Interstellar (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  12. Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (2014) – Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Own Wilson, Dick Van Dyke
  13. A Christmas Story (1983) – Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Scott Schwartz
  14. Christmas Vacation (1989) – Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki
  15. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Wiliams, Emilia Clarke
  16. Marco Polo (2014) – Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Remy Hii
  17. The Maze Runner (2014) – Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
  18. Homeland (2011) – Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin
  19. Divergent (2014) – Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney
  20. Love Actually (2003) – Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney
  21. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  22. The Equalizer (2014) – Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Harbour
  23. The Imitation Game (2014) – Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech
  24. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014): Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
  25. P.K. (2014) – Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt, Boman Irani

Robert Pattinson

You hear the term Hollywood royalty bandied around a lot by the tabloids. There are the Kings and Queens, those such as Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise who seem to rule over all those A-Listers. Then there are the older generation of royalty, those like Jack Nicholson and Dame Judi Dench who once had the throne but have since handed it on to those younger. Then there are jesters, the Adam Sandlers and Jim Carreys of this world who are always ready to make the ‘court’ laugh.

It may come as a complete surprise to film lovers but there are also those that we love to watch up on the big screen who can proudly boast that they do in fact have royal blood flowing their veins. Let’s take a look at some of the A-Listers who could replace the red carpet with the royal robes if they so wished.

There aren’t many out there that would argue that Brad Pitt isn’t Hollywood royalty. The dashing good looks make him look like Prince Charming and then there is the fact that this award winning actor is also the partner of one of the Queens of Hollywood – Angelina Jolie. The surprising news is though that Brad Pitt has actual royal blood flowing through his veins. Through his mother’s side of the family, Pitt is related to England’s King Henry II who ruled between 1154-1189. King Henry II also has another Hollywood descendent in the form of Paris Hilton who, when not attending the opening of an envelope, has been known to act in films including “House Of Wax” and “The Bling Ring.”

Not to be outdone by her partner, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie can also lay claim to some royal blood, thanks to the fact that her mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, was a descendent of France’s King Philip II. Yes Angelina and Brad are a ‘royal couple’ in every sense of the phrase. Also related to the French Royal Family is “The Blue Lagoon” actress Brooke Shields who recently discovered on an episode of “Who Do You Think You Are” that her family tree includes Henry IV of France. “Who Do You Think You Are” also discovered that Johnny Depp is the 20thcousin of Queen Elizabeth. Another French royal family member was the great Katherine Hepburn and Anthony Perkins who were both related to King Louis IV of France.

She may no longer be considered Hollywood royalty, and recently slummed it in “Movie 43,” but actress Uma Thurman has some royal bloodlines in the real world due to the fact that she is a relative of King Edward 1 of England (who ruled from 1272-1307). Actor Hugh Grant may have seen an incident with Divine Brown cause him to fall off his thrown, but he also has a double royal connection. Grant can trace his family lines back to both Henry VII and James IV The King Of Scotland (ruled from 1488-1513.)

Another Hollywood celebrity who may be wondering why she doesn’t receive any invites to Buckingham Palace is the Queen of Hollywood Chat Shows, Ellen DeGeneres, who was recently told by the New England Genealogical Society that she is the 15th cousin of Kate Middleton and is also related to King Edward III (who ruled from 1327-1377). Also related to King Edward III is brother and sister acting duo, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hilary Duff, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Laura Dern and Michael Douglas. Now that could be one talented family get-together.

If you were looking for another family get-together with both talent and royal lines you could do a search down the family tree of King John of England (ruled from 1199-1216), whose modern day ancestors include Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, Glenn Close and Sissy Spacek.

In what has to be one of the most ironic royal links of all time, Robert Pattinson recently found out that he can trace his family back to Vlad The Impaler. Yes that’s right; the actor who famously played vampire Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” franchise of films is, in fact, related to the ruler that inspired the Dracula mythology – the ruthless Vlad the Impaler. Just for good measure, Pattinson is also a cousin to Prince William and Prince Harry.

Just to wrap up this talented bunch of ‘celebrity royal relatives,’ you have Sigourney Weaver and Clint Eastwood who were both related to King Henry I (ruler of England from 1100-1135), as well as Ralph and Joseph Fiennes who have King James II of Scotland (1437-1460) in their family tree.

While it would seem unlikely that any of this talented bunch would ever swap Tinseltown for a crown, it is fascinating to learn just who can claim to be the true ‘Hollywood Royalty.’

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

The boys from ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ take a look at the best films performances when an actor has gone against type.

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Jim Carrey Eternal

  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Now You See Me’
  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Nurse Betty’
  • Jennifer Aniston – ‘Horrible Bosses
  • Jennifer Aniston – ‘We’re The Millers
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – ‘Django Unchained
  • Don Johnson – ‘Django Unchained
  • Vanessa Hudgens – ‘Spring Breakers’
  • Charlize Theron – ‘Monster’
  • Kisten Dunst – ‘Melancholia’
  • Cameron Diaz – ‘Being John Malkovich
  • John Wayne – ‘The Conqueror’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Robert De Niro – ‘Meet The Parents’
  • Christopher Walken – ‘Hairspray’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Collateral’
  • James Stewart – ‘Vertigo’
  • Michael Keaton – ‘Desperate Measures’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Kick-Ass 2’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘The Truman Show’
  • Vince Vaughn – ‘Domestic Disturbance’
  • Adam Sandler – ‘Punch Drunk Love’

 

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

Tom Crusie Interview With

  • Ben Kingsley – ‘Sexy Beast’
  • Edward Norton – ‘American History X’
  • Jack Nicholson – ‘About Schmidt’
  • Sean Penn – ‘Milk’
  • Michael Douglas – ‘Behind The Candelabra’
  • Charlize Theron – ‘Monster’
  • Harrison Ford – ‘What Lies Beneath’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Tropic Thunder’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Interview With The Vampire’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘The Truman Show’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Kick-Ass 2’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Robin Williams – ‘Insomnia’
  • John Travolta – ‘Pulp Fiction’
  • Russell Crowe – ‘A Beautiful Mind’
  • Pierce Brosnan – ‘The Matador’
  • Halle Berry – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Hugh Grant – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Tom Hanks – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Hugo Weaving – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘To Die For’

GREG KING’S LIST

Henry Fonda

  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Hard Rain
  • Vince Vaughm – ‘Psycho’
  • Gary Oldman – ‘Prick Up Your Ears’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Big Country’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Boys From Brazil’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Omen’
  • Steve Carell – ‘The Way Way Back’
  • Ashton Kutcher – ‘Jobs’
  • David Koencher – ‘Cheap Thrills’
  • John Travolta – ‘The Punisher’
  • John Travolta – ‘Broken Arrow’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘The Paperboy’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘Stoker’
  • Michael Keaton – ‘Batman’
  • Henry Fonda – ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’
  • Frank McMurray – ‘Double Indemnity’
  • Frank McMurray – ‘The Apartment’
  • Elijah Wood – ‘Maniac’
  • Elijah Wood – ‘Sin City’
  • Jack Palance – ‘City Slickers’
  • Michael Cera – ‘Youth In Revolt’
  • Brad Pitt – ‘Inglorious Basterds’
  • Ernest Borgnine – ‘Marty’
  • Albert Brooks – ‘Drive’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Killer Joe’

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

Leonardo DiCaprio Django Unchained

  • Steve Carell – ‘The Way Way Back’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Man On The Moon’
  • Henry Fonda – ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’
  • Robin Williams – ‘Insomnia’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Bill Murray – ‘Get Low’
  • John Stamos – ‘Captive’
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – ‘Django Unchained’
  • Ewan McGregor – ‘Moulin Rouge!’
  • Russell Crowe – ‘Les Miserables’
  • Michael Cera – ‘This Is The End’
  • Ben Affleck – ‘Jay + Silent Bob Strike Back’
  • Matt Damon – ‘Jay + Silent Bob Strike Back’
  • Melissa Gilbert – ‘Ice House’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Mud’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Magic Mike’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Bernie’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Rock Of Ages’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Tropic Thunder’
  • Seth Rogen – ‘Take This Waltz’
  • Heath Ledger – ‘The Dark Knight
  • Liam Neeson – ‘Batman Begins’
  • Robert De Niro ‘Stardust’

The Good The Bad The Ugly

This week Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at new release films Cloud Atlas, Side Effects, I Give It A Year, Save Your Legs!, The Imposter and The Paperboy. Plus they took an in depth look at all The Oscars wrap-up and have Part 1 of their look at the 2013 Alliance French Film Festival. This episode also features interview with Zac Efron, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Scott Burns, Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Minnie Driver, Dan Mazer, Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Jason Flemying, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, James D’Arcy, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Keith David, Lana Wachowski and the cast of Housos vs Authority.

Also make sure you listen for your chance to win a copy of ‘Storm Surfers 3D’ on Blu-Ray thanks to Madman Entertainment.

Cloud Atlas

Summary: Lana and Andy Wachowski collaborate with Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer to co-direct and adapt David Mitchell’s British Book Award-winning novel Cloud Atlas. Examining how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, CLOUD ATLAS explores the connectedness of life as one soul is shaped over centuries from a killer into a hero, and how a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw and Doona Bae each appear in multiple roles as the audience is transported across the ages from the 19th century South Pacific to a distant post-apocalyptic future.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th February, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA/Germany/Hong Kong/Singapore

Director: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Screenwriter: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, David Mitchell (novel)

Cast: Doona Bae (Tilda/Megan’s Mom/Mexican Woman/Sonmi-451/Sonmi Prostitute), Halle Berry (Native Woman/Jocasta Ayrs/Luisa Rey/Indian Party Guest/Ovid/Meronym), Jim Broadbent (Captain Molyneux/Vyvyan Ayrs/Timothy Cavendish/Korean Musician/Prescient 2), James D’Arcy (Young Rufus Sixsmith/Old Rufus Sixsmith/Nurse James/Archivist), Keith David (Kupaka/Joe Napier/An-kor Apis/Prescient), Tanja de Wendt (Mrs. Hotchkiss), Louis Dempsey (Haskell Moore’s Dinner Guest 3/Jarvis Hoggins), Martin Docherty (Eddie Hoggins), Niall Greig Fulton (Haskell Moore’s Dinner Guest 2/Mozza Hoggins), Robert Fyfe (Old Salty Dog/Mr. Meeks/Prescient 1), Hugh Grant (Rev. Giles Horrox/Hotel Heavy/Lloyd Hooks/Denholme Cavendish/Seer Rhee/Kona Chief), David Gyasi (Autua/Lester Rey/Duophstye), Raevan Lee Hanan (Little Girl with Orison at Papa Song’s/Catkin/Zachry Relative 1), Tom Hanks (Dr. Henry Goose/Hotel Manager/Issac Sachs/Dermot Hoggins/Cavendish Look-a-like Actor/Zachry), Heikie Hanold-Lynch (Nurse Judd Look-a0like), Andrew Havill (Mr. Hotchkiss), Sylvestra Le Touzel (Nurse Judd), Brody Nicholas Lee (Javier Gomez/Jonas/Zachry’s Older Nephew), Robin Morrissey (Young Cavendish), Mya-Lecia Naylor (Miro), Gotz Otto (Groundsman Withers), Jeremy Paxman (himself), Alistair Petrie (Haskell Moore’s Dinner Guest 1/Musiciian/Felix Finch/Lascivious Businessman), Ralph Riach (Ernie), Jim Sturgess (Adam Ewing/Poor Hotel Guest/Megan’s Dad/Highlander/Hae-Joo Chang/Adam/Zachry Brother-In-Law), Susan Sarandon (Madame Horrox/Older Ursula/Yusouf Suleiman/Abbess), Victoria Esteban Sole (Mr. Roderick), Laura Vietzen (Young Ursula), Amanda Walker (Veronica), Hugo Weaving (Hakell Moore/Tadeusz Kesselring/Bill Smoke/Nurse Noakes/Boardman Mephi/Old Georgie), Ben Whishaw (Cabin Boy/Robert Frobisher/Store Clerk/Georgette/Tribesman), Martin Wutke (Mr. Boerhaave/Guard/Leary The Healer), Xun Zhou (Talbot/Hotel Manager/Yoona-939/Rose), Zhu Zhu (Megan Sixsmith/12th Star Clone)

Runtime: 172 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Cloud Atlas’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Cloud Atlas’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Cloud Atlas′: Check Episode #22 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Cloud Atlas’.

Rating: 3.5/5

IMDB Rating: Cloud Atlas (2012) on IMDb