5 Great Philip Seymour Hoffman Movies To Celebrate His Career

The news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death on February 2nd 2014 came as a shock – wave for the movie world, as Academy Award winning actor didn’t show any sign of sickness or any clue that he would be leaving us so soon. Although his sudden demise is still under investigation, the media jumped on assuming the cause of death was, what else, a drug overdose, as Hoffman had a history of abuse that seemed to have laid dormant for the last 20 years, but was there and it showed its ugly face not so long ago.

But no matter how we speculate, no matter what judgements we pass in the days to come, no matter how we blend facts with suppositions, the truth is only one, and it is as painful as it can be: he won’t come back, the world losing thus a star that had the potential and the brilliance to keep us entertained for many years. As a tribute to this great artist, we will look at five great Philip Seymour Hoffman movies to celebrate his career and remember some of his most outstanding performances. And while perhaps the younger generation associates his name and figure with the more recent Hunger Games franchise, we will go back in time and see some of his greatest accomplishments.

5. Charlie Wilson’s War – 2007

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This is a drama brilliantly led by super star Tom Hanks, but the movie made the Oscar Award Nominations due to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s role. He played CIA agent, Gustav “Gust” Avrakotos, a man of many skills and many faces. While the audience knew that Tom Hanks can act beyond any comedy boundaries and turn a drama into a blockbuster, it was Hoffman’s performance that took the movie to the Oscars. Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Hoffman made the world realize he was indeed a sophisticated chameleon, a man who could interpret any character and do it beyond any imagination.

4. Doubt – 2008

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The iconic figure of Father Brendan Flynn opposing iron – lady Sister Aloysius Beauvier was another Hoffman role that took his steps on the right carpet, once again nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. The dynamics between him and Meryl Streep are breath taking, while the movie was nominated for 5 Oscars. It is something to see, independently from Hoffman’s performance, but it got ten times better with him in it.

3. The Ides of March – 2011

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A great political movie that indeed gathered an assembly of cinema gods makes this list of five great Philip Seymour Hoffman movies to celebrate his career not only because it is a famous movie with a famous cast that put their hands on a lot of nominations and awards but proved once again that Hoffman could play any character and could turn any movie in a masterpiece. His performance is flawless and made his name forever be remembered in the history of cinema.

2. The Master – 2012

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For this performance, Hoffman won the Critics Choice Award in 2013 for Best Supporting Actor and a Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar Award nomination. The movie itself received 3 Oscar nominations and it is still one of the most powerful movies to date. Hoffman shines bright playing Lancaster Dodd and reminding everybody that he was a true artist when it comes to dramatic movies.

1. Capote – 2005

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We can all safely conclude that 2005 and, subsequently, 2006, were Philip Seymour Hoffman’s years in cinema. For his leading role in 2005 crime / drama as Truman Capote, Hoffman left home that year, and the next, with all major movie awards in the industry. An Oscar Award for his leading performance, a Golden Glove for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, the BAFTA Film Award for best actor, the Critics Choice Award and a few more. It was by far his best performance and one might wonder why he didn’t insisted on receiving lead roles from then on, but now, unfortunately, this is a question we will never have an answer for.

There are more than five great Philip Seymour Hoffman movies to celebrate his career, and if you remember bits and pieces of the Great Lebowski, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Mission: Impossible III or The Boat That Rocked, you will realize that Hoffman’s presence managed to light up the ski and make a movie memorable. Rest in peace Philip Seymour Hoffman, you will be missed!

IT was about time: 3 Classic Movies That Deserve A Remake

You know what they say, when Hollywood is out of ideas, it will dig up the archives and choose to remake and rehash some old classic, giving it a hint of CGI and some new character development siding. In an industry dominated by franchises and long series of movies that seem to never end, maybe a remake is healthy and welcomed from time to time, although there are voices who ask for originality and films that will never receive a sequel and do not ask for one in the first place.

But thinking back to the old glorious days of the art of making movies and searching through the rumors and the words whispered at every corner, it seems that the next year, and maybe the next two or three, we will witness the revival and the rebirth of some old classics. And given their titles, there are some classic movies that deserve a remake, better directors, a new take on the script and just a bit of modern special effects. While everybody’s eyes are set on the upcoming Robocop and Godzilla remakes, let’s take a step forward and see what else is out there in terms of classic movies that deserve a remake.

1. Stephen King’s IT

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Nobody knows much about this project, except for Cary Fukunaga’s name being announced as the movie’s director, and while he is not that famous or world – known for his abilities of creating blockbusters out of nothing like other colleagues in Hollywood, the scariest story in Derry is one of those classic movies that deserve a remake. Old Pennywise gave everybody some nightmares back in the day, not to mention the fact that Mr. King managed to turn the harmless and amusing concept of the “clown” in something that terrorizes the soul out of children and adults alike, so, conceptually speaking, IT deserves a modern, technically advanced, better played, better filmed story. Nobody knows exactly how Mr. King is going to collaborate or how deep his involvement in the project will be, but we hope they will make a great movie out of this one, because let’s face it, all Stephen King’s books can be and deserve to be rehashed and remade to rise to the expectations. 

2. The Neverending Story

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Not only among the classic movies that deserve a remake, but a classic in its own rights, both as a book and a silver screen adaptation. Word goes around that Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company is interested in revamping the old, fascinating and marvelous story, but officially, there are even less details on this project that regarding IT. Imagining what can be done today with the tech available, with a better thought and written script and a deeper view and take on the original novel, this can turn into a fantasy movie to sky rocket for children and adults alike.

3. Jumanji

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It is rumored and everything you can officially find out about it is that the project is described as “A “re-imagining” of the 1995 film, “Jumanji”, with director Zach Helm in charge. You probably know him better for “Stranger than fiction“, but thinking about classic movies that deserve a remake, Jumanji is the least favored one by critics and movie commentators. Well, the first movie was alright even for 1995, although you probably liked Zathura too, a movie based on a similar idea but taking place into space and released 10 years later. But let’s face it, be it 2014 or 2015, revamping Jumanji may not be a winning lottery ticket for the Oscars, nor maybe for making the box office explode, but it should be nonetheless fun to watch. Without Robbin Williams, for sure.

In case you missed this bit of information, the next two years will get loaded with reboots of old and classic movies, with titles like The Crow, The Thin Man and The Legend of Conan – with good old Arnold to take command of the leading role and superstar director Paul Verhoeven behind the camera. This last one is just in the rumor phase, but don’t be surprised if you see it in cinemas in a year or two. Among the best classic movies that deserve a remake, we can’t wait for rumors involving Stephen King’s The Shining or Frank Herbert’s Dune. There is so much potential there, their success could be Earth – shattering.

How Food Inspired Movies When Everything Else Was Done

We talked about the awesome things movies inspired in this world, from rock bands to board – games, we almost skipped the fact that sometimes, in the lack of a better topic or plot, movies themselves got inspired by…food. Don’t let yourself be fooled by their titles or the main action trigger (which is food), not even delights – inspired movies didn’t manage to break the pattern of the ten – twelve (somebody should really decide if they are ten or twelve, the uncertainty is a killer) ever heavy rotating plots. But given the fact that some movies became memorable only because they were somehow (even loosely) food related, we will see how the entertainment industry paid a visit to the kitchen and produced some unforgettable food inspired movies.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

It may have been one of the worst movies to ever terrify the audience, but it was so bad, it became a classic. Yes, mutant tomatoes attack the world, which, of course, needs to be saved. It was so bad, that the 1978 horror science – fiction comedy was blessed 10 years later with a sequel, The Return of the Killer Tomatoes, equally poorly rated on IMDB, but with human – looking invading tomatoes for a squeeze of public entertainment.

Wasabi

Boy was this movie entertaining, with a bad ass Jean Reno who needed one bowl of Japanese wasabi to eat with his bare finger to prove the movie’s whole point: you can be the most powerful Yakuza boss, when Reno takes the scene, you better run, because mayhem is on your way. This 2001 masterpiece evidently wears Luc Besson’s signature, which proves once again that you don’t need to invent mutant tomatoes to entertain people. Add some Jean Reno with a dash of Besson action, sprinkle with hardcore wasabi and Michel Muller’s grins and faces and you have the perfect dinner recipe.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

If you didn’t have munchies and raided the fridge four times during this animation movie, it was all for naught. This “main character’s journey from loser to hero” plot is ignited and maintained by a universal desire of having food falling out from the sky. And when a steak the size of a Cadillac lands on your house roof top, you know some things went wrong with this recipe. Mutant food? You bet your vegetarian salad on it, as the sequel released last year took where the first meatballs left off and offered yet another colorful feast. Among all the food inspired movies, these two can easily fall into the “disaster movie” category, but instead of tsunamis and waves of zombies, you have pasta and burgers. It can’t be watched without large quantities of nom – noms by your side.

Ratatouille

World’s favorite chef, this animation, besides getting a much deserved Oscar, also proved that when it comes to smart created food inspired movies, you can achieve a box office hit. The little guy is awesome and full of passion and the movie actually presents us with very studied, common sense and usable cooking tips, tricks and recipes, so you might add “educational” right there where you thought “entertaining”.

Chocolat

Nothing like chocolate to shake things up a bit. This sweet delight was the culprit for other movies too, and yes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is what pops to our minds, not to mention you have Johnny Depp in both, so… this may actually be about Depp and less about chocolate, but let’s not get into details right now. Chocolate is quite the movie character (Like Water for Chocolate from 1992 proves this point) and is just irresistible when you come to think of it, as all chocolate inspired movies had something memorable to them, intriguing, delicious, intoxicating.

Burgers, pies, bacon, yes, there are a lot of other food inspired movies out there, movies about food, movies that revolve around the concept of cooking or owning a restaurant and so on. Some are classics and some are just very low rated, but they are a nice change from alien – inspired movies or your regular boy meets girl and then 2 hours of cheesy lines. Cheesy. Nice!

3 Powerful Sorcerers We Should not Forget About

Just dare say “famous wizards or sorcerers in books and movies” and the world will split in a biblical half, with Harry Potter fans on one side and J.R.R. Tolkien’s fans on the other. Harry, Gandalf, Saruman, Severus Snape, you will hear being shouted everywhere, as fantasy literature and cinema really outdid themselves in creating some very powerful and popular characters. Some shy voices might even whisper “Lady Melisandre”, as she is indeed not a man, but some people bet she could make mighty Sauron cry and run away in fear. So as we all know, famous, powerful sorcerers dominate this world, as a tribute to the old gang, such as Merlin (who is still quite popular) or the Great Wizard of Oz, a very amusing character if you still remember your childhood years. Still popular, though.

But what abut some even older and even more powerful sorcerers we should not forget about? What happened to the real dark, malevolent, mischievous, power – thirsty ones? Are they really forgotten or just terribly underrated, now that we have spectacular CGI wizards and fantasy series so epic, they sell millions on both paper and the silver screen. So who are these 3 powerful sorcerers we should not forget about, as they were monumental back in their day and deserve our full attention?

3. Harry Dresden

Granted, he is the most famous in our list of underdogs and became quite popular in the last years, not to mention his character is so badass, you can’t have anything but respect for him. This sorcerer private investigator is the Philip Marlowe of magic cases, a man who can take a punch and a stab wound like others can take a compliment. Smiling, that is. He is to the book series what Nathan Fillion was to the Firefly TV series and in case you didn’t get it, we’re talking about the Dresden wizard in the books, not in the TV show, as you won’t get half of the character’s savory by watching TV.

2. Darth Vader

In case you forgot, Vader was the most badass, darkest, meanest and most powerful sorcerer in the Galaxy. He was the quintessence of the Sith and even if the Jedi did some magic of their own and Yoda is still considered the cutest green grammar – challenged sorcerer that ever blessed this world, Darth Vader was the true force to reckon with. One of the most powerful sorcerers we should not forget about, Vader’s legacy would still be standing if not for the pesky little ones to interfere in his life. We are thinking seriously if the continuation of the Star Wars saga should not resurrect Vader somehow, as the man had magic at his little finger. Severus Snape and Saruman should take lessons.

1. Randall Flagg

Randall Flagg, as depicted by Michael Whelan

A man of many names and of many trades, he may not say anything to you if you’re unfamiliar with Stephen King’s universe. Actually, it’s enough for you to read the Dark Tower Saga, perhaps the most underrated fantasy series of all times. You may know something about the Man in Black, Walter o’Dim, Walter Padick and a few other references, but Randall Flag is one powerful, dark, twisted, psycho and supernatural sorcerer you need to know more about. I personally wait the day for Peter Jackson to turn the Dark Tower series into the movie series it deserves and give R.F. the rightful place among the most powerful wizards in all realms of literature and cinema. If you know that Mr. King has a soft spot for crossing his own plots one book to another and insert symbols and characters’ cameos for the connoisseurs’ pleasure, then you now that Mr. Flagg actually showed up in seven of King’s novels.

So while other people are nostalgic for Merlin or the Oz guy and our peers still fight the good fight of Harry vs. Gandalf, we root for these three powerful sorcerers we should not forget about, characters the world should not only appreciate more, but give more room for them to grow in popularity. Yes, Vader included.

We Know What You Did Last Summer! Blockbusters Nostalgia

Top box office movies that took people out of the house last year and literally moved them into cinemas all around the world include a lot of Sci-Fi and fantasy productions people have been waiting for quite some time, and some stand-alone we fear will be soon forgotten. If usually summer comes with a boom or two, last summer the world went mad as cinema was so generous (from the movie studios part, of course), it offered us action-packed, humor-packed and even muscle – packed silver screen big hits to please any taste.

Did they have success? If we check out the box office, we’d say they did and then some, as some of these titles kept the world on edge for a while. And with the freshly awarded Golden Globes and with the Oscars coming up in a jiffy, and with so many nominations and bets placed on so many titles, it is hard to chill out. On the contrary, if last summer you happened to be on some lush beach instead of going to the cinema and went blind for the rest of the year, we’ll walk you through last summer blockbusters nostalgia road and see if some of the movies had at least some impact, big enough to be remembered next year.

World War Z

Some of us said it already: not another Zombie Apocalypse movie, for crying out loud! Were you sick and tired of the zombie apocalypse? Apparently you were the only one, as even with Walking Dead satisfying everybody’s taste and soft spot for the undead, this movie still managed to fill in the cinemas everywhere. World War Z gave us a story about a zombie infestation that menaces mankind in all its locations, while an older (but still hot) Brad Pitt – UN employee, husband, father and wrinkle carrier – tries to save the entire world from its almost sure demise. It is a pandemic type of movie you are familiar with, but the special effects are indeed spectacular. The movie is based on a novel written by Max Brooks and called “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War”. Will you still remember it next summer? Hard to tell and probably not. 

This is the End

Seth Rogen played a dangerous bet with this movie, and apparently he won. Being his directing debut, a summer comedy involving six friends trapped in a house while a series of catastrophes basically dismantle entire Los Angeles is a dangerous premise as disaster movies have been made before, claustrophobic movies have been made sometimes way too many times before and the concept of testing people’s friendships and bonds is certainly not new. However, people who saw the movie said it was funny, different, with touches of originality, with good script and dialogues, good atmosphere and actors really enjoying playing this one. Still lacking faith? It was considered among the best movies of 2013. Will you care enough to recommended next year? Depends on what the crazy bunch comes up with next… Good potential here.

Now You See Me

This sort of Ocean’s 11 but with magic and not keeping the money made an interesting spring – summer thriller. Illusionists we kinda seen before, but this time, although people secretly hoped The Four Horsemen would hit banks, keep the money, get chased by the police and get away with it all, the movie breaks the pattern and tells us a story of four bank robbers giving the money to their constantly growing audience. Who finances their hi-tech illusions? Why are they stealing and not keeping anything? And how do they do it? And to what personal benefit? Answers you received if you saw it. Admit it, you felt quite entertained in the company of Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Melanie Laurent, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Common, Michael Kelly, Elias Koteas and Michael Caine. Will you care in the next 12 months? We’d bet our cinema ticket you won’t.

The Purge

…and we had the monster of the house this summer too, ladies and gentlemen. In a dystopic America, devastated by violence and crime, with over crowded prisons and the authorities’ incapacity to manage the situation no longer, the Government decided that one night a year, for 12 hours, any crime, infraction, violent acts and whatever bad things people would feel like committing, to be allowed without police intervention, without any medical care for the victims. 12 hours when America unleashes the beast inside and goes against anybody and everybody, in order to be good and behave for the rest of the year.

And this movie’s plot takes place inside a house! Where Ethan Hawke manages to play the disturbing role of a man trying to protect his family and make it alive to the morning, after accepting to host some strangers in his house. With an Ethan Hawke people missed quite a lot in the last years, the movie made some interesting promises, although it would have been more disturbing to the the family trying to survive the Purge night outside, and not inside the house. Not the most outstanding of the last summer blockbusters nostalgia to keep alive, but interesting nonetheless. There’s something about a Purge 2 movie, but we don’t even want to know.

If you’re wondering why we didn’t say a word about the real blockbusters movies of last summer, come on, we all saw them. Man of Steel, Star Trek into Darkness (nominated for 1 Oscar), Iron Man III (nominated for 1 Oscar), these you will hear about very soon and for a very long time from now on, as they are the winning franchises of the century, together with whatever Marvel is going to come up with, the Batman vs. Superman thingies and the rising Star Wars VII you’re gonna get fed up with before it hits cinemas. So a real blockbusters nostalgia you won’t have, as the blockbusters are already knocking at our door.