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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:

Interstellar Poster

What have been the most searched for television shows and movies on the Internet over the last week, we take a look at see.

 

  1. Interstellar (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
  2. American Horror Story (2011) – Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy
  3. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yeun
  4. Furious 7 (2015) – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Staham
  5. Fury (2014) – Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena
  6. Nightcrawler (2014) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed
  7. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  8. Gone Girl (2014) – Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
  9. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  10. Big Hero 6 (2014)- Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller
  11. John Wick (2014) – Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe
  12. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
  13. Sons Of Anarchy (2008) – Katey Segal, Charlie Hunnam, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates
  14. Gotham (2014) – Cory Michael Smith, Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz
  15. The Flash (2014) – Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Grant Gustin, Rick Cosnett
  16. The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies (2014) – Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett
  17. Games Of Thrones (2011) – Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke
  18. Ouija (2014) – Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Bianca A. Santos
  19. Dumb And Dumber 2 (2014) – Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden
  20. Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Jena Malone, Jason Momoa
  21. The 100 (2014) – Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonnell, Bob Morley
  22. The Big Bang Theory (2007) – Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg
  23. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) – Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Noel Fisher
  24. Hercules (2014) – Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes
  25. Once Upon A Time (2011) – Ginniger Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas

 

Chuck Lorre

It’s a nervous time at Chuck Lorre Productions. Yes, the company has some of the most popular television sitcoms of the modern era in their production schedule and founder Chuck Lorre has been in the industry since his days on “Roseanne,” yet the nerves will once again be surfacing as new show “Mom” hits the airwaves. Let’s take a look at some of the sitcoms that Chuck Lorre Productions have put to air over the years.

“Grace Under Fire” (1993-1998) – One of the most forgotten sitcoms from the Chuck Lorre Productions stable is “Grace Under Fire,” a show that centered around the ironically named Grace Kelly (played by Brett Butler). The show touched on some pretty confronting story-lines – at the beginning of show Grace had just divorced her abusive, alcoholic husband while she herself was battling her own alcoholism. The show might not have ever reached the dizzy heights of some of CLP’S other shows but it did show that this was a company that was willing to produce some creative television.

“Cybill” (1995-1998) – Another surprise hit from CLP was the underrated “Cybill.” Ironically the show starred Cybill Shepherd as a struggling middle-aged actress who was desperate to make it in Hollywood. While some were critical of the show its ‘warm’ feel was popular with its audience and the show also become an award winner picking up two Golden Globes and a number of Primetime Emmy Awards along the way. Sadly despite its success CBS axed the show after its fourth season, a move that Cybill Shepherd believes was as a result of the fact that there were tensions between the cast and crew backstage.

“Dharma & Greg” (1997-2002) – There was a time when “Dharma & Greg” ruled the airwaves. It’s star Jenna Elfman was an A-Lister and the show could do very little wrong. Fans loved the simple story that at its heart was the traditional ‘Odd Couple’ tale. Assistant DA Greg Montgomery (Thomas Gibson) fell in love with free-loving unconventional Dharma Finkelstein Montgomery (Elfman) and then married her which created some absolute gems for the screenwriters along the way. The show won over a legion of fans during its time on television and even managed to pick up a Golden Globe for Elfman along the way.

“Two And A Half Men” (2003-current) – The first of the modern day CLP juggernauts arrived in the surprise hit “Two And A Half Men.” Yet another odd couple story this time it centered around the serious but lovable loser Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) having to move in with his over-sexed, substance abusing brother Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen). Oh and of course the ‘half man’ Jake Harper (Angus T. Jones) also had to move into a household that wasn’t very child-worthy at all. The show became an instant ratings success picking up a plethora of awards along the way including two Golden Globes. Even the very public meltdown of the show’s star Charlie Sheen couldn’t bring down the show. After some very angry war of words Sheen was replaced with big time star Ashton Kutcher and while the ratings took a hit the show has continued along and is currently in its eleventh season.

“The Big Bang Theory” (2007-current) – The second big modern day hit for CLP is the ‘show that keeps giving’ “The Big Bang Theory.” The show which creatively centers around four geniuses, Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) and their sexy neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco). The show really has shown just what a genius Chuck Lorre is, the fantastic ‘geek references’ and brilliant subsidiary characters have made “The Big Bang Theory” a must see television show for fans right around the world. The show may have also won a Golden Globe but its success is probably better summed up by the fact that a production company in Belarus decided to completely rip off the show while a group of Brazilian Biologists named one of their discoveries in such a way they could include Sheldon’s famous ‘Bazinga’ catchphrase.

“Mike & Molly” (2010-current) – With “Two & A Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory” going great guns the CLP creative juices got flowing again and out came “Mike & Molly” a television show that was all about two characters who started dating after meeting at an Over-Eaters Anonymous Meeting. The show broke all conventions in the sense that at a time when obesity became frowned upon yet seemed to celebrate the weight of the two main characters, Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) and Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy). Despite McCarthy’s sucsess on the big screen in movies such as “Bridesmaids” and “The Heart,” Mike & Molly hasn’t exactly matched its stable-mates in the ratings stakes but it is has still managed to win a number of awards including a Primetime Emmy.

“Mom” (2013-curent) – The latest arrival from CLP has been “Mom.” Just like “Mike & Molly” the show has an already made big screen comedy actress in its lead role with “Scary Movie” star Anna Faris playing Christy a newly sober woman trying to be there for her daughter Violet (Sadie Calvano) and seeking advice from her own mother Bonnie (Allison Janney). The show has received mixed reviews but is only thirteen episodes into his lifespan, so only time will tell if CLP is yet again onto another winner.

Chuck Lorre Productions is now of the most successful television productions companies in America at the moment. The fresh ideas that come from its writers and creator Chuck Lorre seems set to make sure that CLP remains a force to be reckoned with for a number of years to come.

SAG Awards

The 2013 SAG Awards nominations are now in. Here they are:

 

FEATURE FILMS

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role

  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave)
  • Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role

  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
  • Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave)
  • James Gandolfini (Enough Said)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osange County)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)
  • Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture

  • 12 Years A Slave – Bendict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garrett Dillahunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodward
  • American Hustle – Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Paul Herman, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Pena, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Rohm, Shea Whigham
  • August: Osange County – Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Ewan McGregor, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Meryl Streep, Misty Upham
  • Dallas Buyers Club – Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Denis O’Hare, Dallas Roberts, Steve Zahn
  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler – Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jnr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey

 

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie or Mini-Series

  • Matt Damon (Behind The Candelabra)
  • Michael Douglas (Behind The Candelabra)
  • Jeremy Irons (The Hollow Crown)
  • Rob Lowe (Killing Kennedy)
  • Al Pacino (Phil Spector)

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie or Mini-Series

  • Angela Bassett (Betty & Coretta)
  • Helena Bonham Carter (Burton And Taylor)
  • Holly Hunter (Top Of The Lake)
  • Helen Mirren (Phil Spector)
  • Elisabeth Moss (Top Of The Lake)

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series

  • Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
  • Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
  • Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
  • Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones)
  • Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series

  • Claire Danes (Homeland)
  • Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
  • Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven)
  • Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
  • Kerrry Washington (Scandal)

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
  • Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)
  • Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
  • Don Cheadle (House Of Lies)
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
  • Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock)
  • Julia-Louis Dreyfus (Veep)

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series

  • Boardwalk Empire – Patricia Arquette, Margot Bignham, Steve Buscemi, Brian Geraghty, Stephen Graham, Erik La Ray Harvey, Jack Huston, Ron Livingstone, Domenick Lombardozzi, Gretchen Mol, Ben Rosenfield, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jacob Ware, Shea Whigham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright
  • Breaking Bad – Michael Bowen, Betsy Brandt, Bryan Cranston, Lavell Crawford, Tait Fletcher, Laura Fraser, Anna Gunn, Matthew T. Metzler, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemons, Steven Michael Quezada, Kevin Rankin, Patrick Sane
  • Downton Abbey – Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Jessica Brown Findlay, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Allen Leach, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Matt Milne, Lesley Nicol, Amy Nuttall, David Robb, Maggie Smith, Ed Speleers, Dan Stevens, Cara Theobold, Penelope Wilton
  • Game Of Thrones – Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Oona Chaplin, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Mackenzie Crook, Charles Dance, Joe Dempsie, Peter Dinklage, Natalie Dormer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Michelle Fairley, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glenn, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Kristofer Hivju, Paul Kaye, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Michael McElhatton, Ian McElhinney, Philip McGinley, Hannah Murray, Iwan Rehon, Sophie Turner, Carice Van Houten, Maisie Williams
  • Homeland – F. Murray Abraham, Sarita Choudhury, Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, Tracy Letts, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Morgan Saylor

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series

  • 30Rock – Scott Adsit, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, John Lutz, James Marsden, Jack McBrayer, Tracey Morgan, Keith Powell
  • Arrested Development – Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, John Beard, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia De Rossi, Isla Fisher, Tony Hale, Ron Howard, Liza Minnelli, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Henry Winkler
  • The Big Bang Theory – Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch
  • Modern Family – Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Aubrey Anderson Emmons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ed O’Neill, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter
  • Veep – Sufe Bradshaw, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh

 

STUNT ENSEMBLE HONORS

Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture

  • All Is Lost
  • Fast & Furious 6
  • Lone Survivor
  • Rush
  • The Wolverine

Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Comedy or Drama Series

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad
  • Game Of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • The Walking Dead