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Entries in Philip Seymour Hoffman (8)

Friday
Oct 05 2018

"The Savages",Also Revisited

Chris Feilcontinues his look at the films of Tamara Jenkins...

The Savagescame nearly a decade after Tamara Jenkins arrived in 1998 withSlums of Beverly Hills,and the wait found the writer/director's onscreen family dynamics develop to something tougher.Turns out time brings a whole host of concerns both harder to reconcile and compromise with,both in fiction and real life.Though it deals with timeless issues like family and aging,The Savagesis also quite of its time,though in subtle ways it has maybe taken over another decade to see.What's always been clear is that the film is miraculous.

Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman star as adult siblings and unfulfilled creatives Wendy and Jon Savage,forced to care for their estranged and formerly abusive father as he succumbs to dementia.Jenkins again is fascinated with our unfortunate bodies and social pretenses,this time with the film's humor taking a more refined,unflinching swing at our very human shortcomings.

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Thursday
Oct 04 2018

Months of Meryl: Doubt (2008)

JohnandMattheware watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep.

#40 —Sister Aloysius Beauvier,a nun and Catholic school principal who wages battles with a suspicious new priest.

JOHN: Arriving at John Patrick Shanley's 2008 film adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning playDoubtfelt like stumbling upon a waterfall in the desert.After a fallow period marked by smallish,adequate performances in dull-to-dreadful films,Meryl Streep finally inherited a meaty,challenging role in a tony adaptation well worth her time and talent,and alongside fellow acting titans at that.

InDoubt,it is 1964,and Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Streep) is the harsh and unforgiving principal of a Catholic school in the Bronx.Feared by most students and routinely respected by her fellow nuns,especially the younger,guileless Sister James (Amy Adams),Sister Aloysius comes to believe that a heinous crime has been perpetrated under her roof...

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Monday
Aug 06 2018

Beauty vs Beast: Running Mates

Jason Adams fromMNPPhere with this week's "Beauty vs Beast"query -- when I saw it written in my calendar that today is the 25th anniversary ofThe Fugitivemy first thought is I must have done that movie for this series before,but a quick skim tells me I hadn't,and so here we are!I vividly rememberThe Fugitivecoming out in the summer of 1993,a banner year for this movie-lover - I had gone to seeJurassic Parka dozen times by then and I needed something fresh and new to feed this newly awoken beast inside me;Harrison Ford leaping out of a train-crash did the trick.

I went to see the film several times after that,but save a few minutes here and there on TV I don't think I have seen it since?Still it's an easy enough film to remember,especially after we spent that entire year's awards season getting the clip of Tommy Lee Jones saying "gas station,residence,warehouse,farmhouse,henhouse,outhouse and doghouse"hammered into our heads over and over and over,until he got his Oscar for it the next spring.

PREVIOUSLYTwo weeks back we hadyou tackling PTA'sThe Master- turns out that Joaquin Pheonix holds that title,taking a precise 2/3rds of your vote.SaidDevin D:

"This performance truly cemented Joaquin Phoenix as one of the irrefutable greats,and it was very nice that Philip Seymour Hoffman got to work yet again before his untimely passing with Paul Thomas Anderson in a role so sizable."

Saturday
Aug 04 2018

Mission Accomplished: Ranking the Mission Impossible Series

By Spencer Coile

Anytime the latest entry in an action movie franchise is released,it is celebrated as 'the best' in the series.No film series has better exemplified this than theMission Impossiblefranchise.What makes this series particularly special is that it set the standard for filmed reboots of classic television shows.It may not have been the first,but it certainly is the most consistent.Perhaps most importantly,it knows when to take a break.

The release ofMission: Impossible – Falloutis a clever reminder in the age of comic book adaptations arriving every month that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) will always be there to save the day.But how exactly has the series evolved over time?And isFalloutactually the best in the series thus far?

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Monday
Jul 23 2018

Beauty vs Beast: Live Without Masters

Jason fromMNPPhere with this week's "Beauty vs Beast"for you people to vote yourselves silly with -- did you know that today would have been the 51st birthday of the great Philip Seymour Hoffman?He's been gone over four years now and I ache to think of all the performances we've missed out on.No I wouldn't have given him that Oscar over Heath Ledger either,but he wasn't even nominated for the greatest film of the past two decades (that would beSynecdoche New York) so the injustices,they pile up.

But we're here to talk about another film,one I have come hard around on since its release - I was cool to Paul Thomas Anderson'sThe Masterin 2012 but my affection for it has grown with time;I'm pretty keen on it now,with its medicinal greens and hard elbows.It's only right,it taking some time - it's not the sort of film that hugs you,at least not without wanting something back,making it much like its leading men...

PREVIOUSLYNaturally the actress prevailed and then some with last week'sDouble Indemnitypoll- crossing Barabra Stanwyck was never a good idea,not when she's got that silver pistol in her pocketbook.Saidcal roth:

"That was so easy...I love Stanwyck and MacMurray reunion inThere's Always Tomorrow.I love Stanwyck,the most versatile movie goddess of all time.She could go from a Hawks screwball to two masterful perfomances in Sirk melodramas to westerns by Samuel Fuller and Anthony Mann (the director who got her best best performance ever,inThe Furies)."

Sunday
Jan 28 2018

Does 2017 = 2005 in Best Actor?

by Ben Miller

Film bloggerJordan Ruimyposited an observation a month ago on Twitter:

In 2002 Gary Oldman would have been a cinch to win Best Actor,in 2017 he's a major question mark.The Oscars have changed.亚博主页

While the awards season definitely shifted thereafter,his tweet remains at least partially true.Look at the history of the Best Actor Oscar.  From 1990 to 1997,every winner had a specific ailment (criminal insanity,alcoholism,AIDS),while 1998 to 2001 had a run of death scenes.  Of the past 16 years,starting with Adrien Brody in 2002,10 winners have been for portrayals of real people (Casey Affleck's win last year broke a four-year run of biopic winners).There are always patterns to Oscar behavior.

This year's slate of Best Actor nominees has an interesting parallel with the Best Actor race of 2005.  Let's take a look back at the lineup...

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