Comedy Drama. I recall being very impressed by Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance as a drag queen in this film.
Rather than rush a tribute to the truly great actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, I'm scheduling this film in which he stars with Robert DeNiro.
"A retired security guard (Robert De Niro), deeply conservative and set in his ways, falls victim to a debilitating stroke. His doctors prescribe an extensive program of physical therapy once he's released from the hospital, including singing lessons to help him regain his full powers of speech.
As it turns out, there's a vocal instructor living next door, so [DeNiro] signs up only to discover that his new teacher is a flamboyant drag queen awaiting a sex-change operation (Philip Seymour Hoffman)" (Rovi).
1hr. 51 mins.
Written and directed by Joel Schumacher (A Time to Kill w/Matthew McConahey; The Client w/Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones; some of the Batman movies.
"Hoffman's performance [shows] just the integrity of an actor who's committed to doing his best"--San Francisco Chronicle.
"Hoffman...shows he's one of the best new character actors, able to take a flamboyant role and find the quiet details in it"--Roger Ebert.
"The amazing Hoffman...here transcends drag-queen clichés by refusing to make them the point of his portrayal. He speaks in lulling low tones, with a theatrical melodiousness as seductive as iambic pentameter, and the real performance is the one you read between the lines—the way Rusty's rage at the world keeps glinting through his tenderness....
"De Niro...achieves an emotional eloquence as a man struggling for expression"--Entertainment Weekly.
"This could be [director] Joel Schumacher's best film"--Time Out
Meeting Place; both the building and theater are wheelchair accessible: We are going to meet in new private theater downtown to which Jane has access (seats up to about 15, projector, stadium style seating).
THE MAIN THING YOU NEED TO DO IS TO GET TO THE INTERSECTION OF 6th AVE NO. AND CHURCH ST--SEE MORE BELOW
Parking is available across the street in the Main Public Library parking lot on 6th Ave No., a half block down from intersection of 6Th & Church. < Parking also might be available on 5th or 6th but the library is a sure thing!
*****Anyone taking MTA , to come downtown, take #7; it stops at Church & 9th Ave. No. (after Lifeway announcement) or main station about 3 short blocks away; and going home, the #7 stops about 2 blocks up on 6th Ave. No. The #3 also stops at the main station if you are coming downtown; and right across the street on 6th Ave. going back towards West End. *****
Jane will be in the lobby to greet you or you can buzz the concierge. Her cell number is [masked] in case you need directions.
Derek's Additional Directions:
If this will be your first visit, the most important thing is plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early and give yourself plenty of time to find a parking space (I recommend the library too) and find the building.
Also, print these directions or be able to access them from your phone.
The Private Theater is in The Cumberland at 555 Church Street at the corner of 6th and Church. On the other corner of 6th and Church on the same side of the street is the Nashville Public Library. On the other side of The Cumberland is a UPS Store, then Grill It, then McKendree United Methodist Church at 523 Church. Subway is directly across the street from The Cumberland facing it.
You go through 2 sets of double doors when entering The Cumberland. The 2nd set of double doors is straight ahead. You can Press 6# for the Concierge Desk for either set of doors that are usually locked.
After going through the 2nd set of double doors, walk straight ahead until you can't walk further. You will pass the Club room/lounge on your right where everyone may be if you arrive early enough.
If you don't see them, then turn to your left where the hall dead ends at the[masked] sign. Then, at the Storage Room door sign - go to your right. You will pass the exercise room.
You'll see the Media Center door straight ahead. That's it. Go through that door and then you'll go through another door that says Media Center. There are also restrooms there.
Again, print these directions or be able to access them if you are going for the first time.
Thanks and have a great time!