Graduate Student at Loyola University Chicago.
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#Philip Seymour Hoffman
I had a dream last night that I ran into Philip Seymour Hoffman. I effusively told him how much I loved his performance in “Death of a Salesman” and how the play changed my life.
His performance in “Death of a Salesman” is his best work EVER. No other human being could be that powerful, sorrowful, domineering, cowering, and sympathetic in one performance. Hoffman is wonderful and I will never forget seeing him on stage.
“I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher, but above all I am a man. Hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.”
- Philip Seymour Hoffman in the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film The Master
The TomKat divorce is only making me more excited to see “The Master”
PT Anderson’s The Master coming to blow minds and annoy Tom Cruise earlier than expected.
Thank You Harvey Weinstein!
"More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones."
- Truman Capote
Dir. Bennett Miller. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman
"It’s as if Perry and I grew up in the same house. And one day he stood up and went out the back door, while I went out the front."
- Capote (2005)
I’m beyond excited to see Philip Seymour Hoffman in Catching Fire next year. I think he will bring a lot of charm and unease to the film as Plutarch Heavensbee. Seeing him on Broadway in “Death of a Salesman” was a life changing experience. I had a huge fan girl moment when I read some quotes from his EW interview about joining the series:
"He’s somebody who’s part of the revolution, but you don’t know it," he continues. "The idea that somebody would be risking themselves in such an extreme way to join something that’s that dangerous because he thinks it’s the future… that’s interesting stuff, you know?"
Meanwhile, Hoffman is doing his homework on Suzanne Collins’ books to ensure he knows everything possible about his character. “It’s good,” he says of Catching Fire. “I’ve read the script, which is true to the book — I kinda ruined it for myself! But I’m reading it anyway, because I really want to find out everything I need to know about this guy.”
The central question in my life right now, this week, is when will I see Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.” I’ve been checking showtimes every day since last Tuesday. So far, it looks like the Landmark is my only play. In it’s limited run last weekend, the film broke box office records for selective release.
I know, in my bones, that this movie will change me. That’s how PTA rolls: you walk in to his films and come out reborn. I’m ready to be reborn again by “The Master”- in a non-Tom Cruise way, of course.
Saw The Master yesterday and it did not disappoint. I’m still puzzling through it and would like to see it again at some point. The score and look of the film is excellent. The film hit me in a different way then There Will Be Blood- made me question more my view of myself and how I interact with people, over questioning my view of religion and community. I thought Joaquin Phoenix was mesmerizing, but in a way I’ve never seen before on film. He plays THE most unsympathetic, degrading, unhinged, un-redeemable character. I don’t know how he did it and I don’t care to find out. Philip Seymour Hoffman is a true master. His character is so wonderfully mannered and utterly beguiling. Amy Adams kind of scared me. I thought she was brilliant and I’m going to have to think more about her role.
Anyway, another PTA masterpiece for sure.
Fall 2013 Preview: Most Anticipated Fall Movies
2) THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE(November 22)
Dir: Francis Lawrence
As a fan of the books, ‘Catching Fire’ is the best in the series, guaranteeing this second film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, and Donald Sutherland will be an explosive, intense, and emotional ride. We meet some of the best characters in Collins’ world and see the evolution of Katniss as the unwitting leader of a revolution. Newcomers Sam Clarfin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffery Wright, and Jena Malone only increase my excitement for the second installment.
He often played creeps, but he rarely played them creepily. His metier was human loneliness — the terrible uncinematic kind that has very little to do with high-noon heroism and everything to do with everyday empathy — and the necessary curse of human self-knowledge. He held up a mirror to those who could barely stand to look at themselves and invited us not only to take a peek but to see someone we recognized. He played frauds who knew they were frauds, schemers who knew they were schemers, closeted men who could only groan with frustrated love, heavy breathers dignified by impeccable manners, and angels who could withstand the worst that life could hand out because they seemed to know the worst was just the beginning. And what united all his roles was the stoic calm he brought to them, the stately concentration that assured us that no matter whom Philip Seymour Hoffman played, Philip Seymour Hoffman himself was protected.