03 February 2010

Something Filled Up My Heart With Nothing

This past week was a very special time in the arts community in Nashville. Our very own Belcourt Theatre and Art House was selected as one of eight cities to host an exclusive screening of a 2010 Sundance Film Festival selection.

Nashville was lucky enough to premier The Extra Man to a packed theater. And without trying to sound dramatic...it was delightful!

Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel and starring Kevin Kline, Paul Dano (from There Will Be Blood fame) and John C. Rielly, the film packs so much emotion into 108 minutes. Kline's character, specifically has you laughing hysterically one moment and nearly brought to tears the next. Dano's evolution as a character is nothing short of flawless and John C. Rielly pulls off one of the more awkwardly hilarious rolls of the year.

Each character has their own flaws and the own demons to slay, but it's so great to see a common thread of the need for basic human relationships be a major theme as well. It's beautifully presented and developed throughout the film and it's something that a lot of film makers have a tough time actually capturing.

When this film is out in either theaters or DVD, it's one you must watch. It's definitely one of the best I've seen in the last year.



At 8:03 AM, February 04, 2010 , Anonymous Ryan said...

Love Dano, O'Reilly and, at most times, Kline. I also love the Belcourt and movies, generally. Not to be missed are also my love of Nashville and the Copeland set, particularly. Next week will be grand.


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