I Will Never Be Able To See Another New Phillip Seymour Hoffman Film Ever Again!!!

February 6th, 2014 by Michael Tabor

The finest and best American actor I’ve ever had the great pleasure of seeing was far and away, Philip Seymour Hoffman. I’m a Philip-Seymour-Hoffmanpicfilm aficionado, and I certainly have a plethora of awesome talent on my list of immortals e.g. Robert De Niro & Al Pacino before they sold out, John Cazale, Newman, Hoffman, Brando, Redford, the amazing Jack Nicholson…. on & on.

However, here was Phillip Seymour Hoffman whose nuanced acting ability, subtlety, and range just simply swept you away, making it impossible to become unglued and detracted from the always-stellar performance from this rather short, overweight, unattractive and certainly non – leading man appearance.
When I Netflix a film, the most important variable I look for is “who directed the film ??? ….” 9 times out of 10 the director is the “Man” – he or she is essentially the author (auteur) and driving force behind any film or movie. Occasionally an actor can steal the show and turn a horrible movie, script, etc. into a classic or even a masterpiece. Two films come to mind (not classics but most definitely cult) 1. Al Pacino’s remake of the classic ‘Scarface’, – completely over – the – top, but Mr. Pacino made Brian De Palma’s film an all – time classic cult film (Incidentally, Mr. outrageous – over – the top, Oliver Stone wrote the script – lol) 2. There is absolutely no movie what so – ever without Jack Nicholson in ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ & even ‘The Shining’ (although the most brilliant and genius director – Stanley Kubrick directed this).

I can hardly compile a list of my favorite Phillip Seymour Hoffman films, because he was brilliant in all of them but I’ll attempt to give you my top 3:
1. “Doubt”
2. “The Savages”
3. “Capote”

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Thank you Phillip Seymour Hoffman for forever enriching my life and R.I.P. July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014.

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5 Responses to “I Will Never Be Able To See Another New Phillip Seymour Hoffman Film Ever Again!!!”

  1. magdalena Says:

    What struck me in the many articles I’ve read since his death is a man who recently asked him “what do you do?” (He obviously didn’t know who he was speaking to). Philip took off his hat and said “I’m a heroin addict”. Often things said in jest….On another note I notice you didn’t mention any female actors in your list of favorites, so I’ll add some…..Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, and I just have to mention the legendary Marilyn Monroe, she wasn’t all fluff…..Elizabeth Taylor explodes in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

  2. magdalena Says:

    Anyway, RIP Mr. Hoffman.

  3. Le duke de fromage Says:

    Magdalena, To add to your list how about Helen Mirren, Kate Hepburn, and no list would be complete without the unforgettable Bette Davis. One of the more enjoyable things about Hoffman was his transformation from early bit parts to the ultimate actor he became. His appearance in a number of movies in small roles shows the talent development of a superb actor perfecting his craft.

  4. Sal Paradise Says:

    Regarding Phillip Seymour Hoffman, I couldn’t have said it better or more eloquently, Michael. He was one of those rare, sublime actors who had the courage of their conviction and craft to be whatever the role called for, however unflattering and unglamorous. Perhaps the greatest character actor of this generation, I had the pleasure of seeing him in the now legendary Broadway production of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” in 2003 with Brian Dennehy and Vanessa Redgrave. Never have four hours passed so quickly.

  5. magdalena Says:

    Yes, of course…..the incomparable Bette Davis. She always scared me a little though. Could have been the indelible mark left after watching What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. Good to have you back, Le Duke.

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