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Florence Foster Jenkins

mv5bmja0mzc4mjmxml5bml5banbnxkftztgwodiwntqxode-_v1_uy268_cr00182268_al_The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. (IMDb)

Nominations: Leading Actress (Meryl Streep) and Costume Design

So, I love Meryl. But I remember seeing the premise for this movie, seeing that it was a fluff, cute, commercial film, and thinking “this was her 20th Oscar nomination?” But you know what? I get it. She took this fluff piece and really elevated it to something with heart. She hilarious and heartbreaking all at the same time. I don’t know why I doubted her. I should have known better. The rest of the film is pleasant enough. Hugh Grant is charming, the costumes are super fun, the singing scenes are really funny. Nina Arianda is a scene stealer as a socialite’s newest wife. I’ll be honest though, I was not digging whatever Simon Helberg was doing. If that’s how the man really was, ok fine. But I felt he was playing a caricature while every one else was playing characters. Anyway, this is a pleasant enough diversion.

6.5/10

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Posted by on February 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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The Pirates! Band of Misfits

the pirates! band of misfitsPirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. (IMDb)

If you’re like me and Wallace and Gromit was a staple of your childhood, then you understand why I wanted to see this. Also, this cast list is loaded, with names like Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, and a ton more. And for the most part, I thought this was quite cute. It’s a funny storyline, pirates teaming up with Charles Darwin for a science convention. The jokes are pretty funny, and a few actually were more adult than I’m used to seeing in animated movies (which I found out later were changed for the “American” version…dumb.) And all of the small allusions to British culture in the 1880s are pretty funny as well. (The Pirate Captain drinks with Jane Austen and then she ends up dating The Elephant Man…and Queen Victoria knows how to wield katanas…not even kidding) The animation is always gorgeous, stop motion never ceases to amaze me. My big problem was length. I know it was only an hour and a half, but that even felt a little too long. The problem was the scientist of the year bit took up the majority of the movie, when the really good story stuff happens in the back half. Nevertheless, this is a fun, albeit absurd animated movie if you need a few laughs.

6/10

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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