Episode 182: Florence Foster Jenkins

19 Jan

In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins and Tim Burton’s Ed Wood.

2 Responses to “Episode 182: Florence Foster Jenkins”

  1. Jeremy Calcara January 19, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

    I loved this episode. I get really insecure sometimes and fear that I’m actually really unintelligent or unbearably annoying and that people have been just merely putting up with me my entire life because they’re nice or because they care about me in spite of myself. My greatest fear in these moments of self doubt is that at some point, someone is going to say something to me that will cause me to unravel this facade being laid out by my loved ones where I find out how awful I really am. I’ve always pictured it playing out somewhat like the famous scene with detective and the slowly dropping coffee cup and the bulletin board at the end of The Usual Suspects. It’s in this sense that I really connected with Florence Foster Jenkins, especially when she read that awful review at the end. Her perspective when her shortcomings were revealed to her touched my heart. “People may say I couldn’t sing but no one can say I didn’t sing.” In your excellent chat about the value of art that is objectively bad, I think that putting yourself out there in an activity that you’re passionate about is never the wrong thing to do. The tragedy would be if you never tried.

  2. Robert March 25, 2017 at 8:24 pm #

    Wow, what a delay in responding. My money’s on you never even seeing this response. Many apologies, Jeremy, especially since you bared your soul in the first half. I know exactly what you’re talking about – and if it’s any help at all to you, I think what you and I are feeling is something that’s universal. Maybe even the higher we go in our educational pursuits, the higher we go in our career successes, the deeper we get into any relationship we have, the more pronounced our fear of being “found out” becomes. Because only we know who we are deep down: needy, forgetful, selfish, overly emotional, untrusting, and on and on. The best I can say is that, luckily, someone else knows who we are, too, and he still loves us right then and there. It’s a relief… to a point. It’d be nice to get that kind of blanket validation from someone face to face. But that justification is a great starting point, which is also the ending point. It’s really all we need. Sounds like hokem, but it’s what I believe. Glad you liked the episode… and again, sorry for the delay. I don’t check these posts like I should!

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