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Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Visitor

Tom McCarthy is a talented writer, director, and actor. His first film, The Station Agent is on my list of favorites and his new film, The Visitor is yet another incredible film. (For those fans of HBO's The Wire, you may know Mr. McCarthy as Scott Templeton)

Last night, I went to a screening of The Visitor hosted by Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers and followed by a Q&A with Tom McCarthy and two of the actors, Richard Jenkins and Danai Gurira. The film played at Sundance this year and when it gets to a theater near you, make sure you see it. The performances in this film shine and the film has so much heart, so much feeling and emotion. I really liked it. You may know Richard Jenkins from his role as the father in Six Feet Under. He gives such a strong and very real performance in this film and carries the film. He is a versatile actor, having the ability to do comedy and drama very very well. One of my favorite comedic performances of his is in the great comedy, Flirting With Disaster, where he plays a gay agent from the FBI & Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. If you haven't seen this film, add it to your Netflix Queue.

There is a scene in the movie in which Richard Jenkin's character, Walter, attends a conference at NYU. The entire scene was shot in The Kimmel Center for Student Life, and that was a fun surprise.

Here's the trailer and there's even a brief shot of the infamous Kimmel stairs in this trailer:

Tonight, my sister and I are going to see Cry-Baby on Broadway. I never saw the John Waters' film on which this is based, but hopefully it will be fun.

I don't know what we would do without Robin Williams. It seems as though at many events he is there to do standup when there is some sort of delay.

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