Tag Archives: Philip Seymour Hoffman

February 03

R.I.P Philip Seymour Hoffman.

It seems inappropriate to watch, think about, or speak of films and film making on the day Philip Seymour Hoffman dies of a drug overdose. Grief can appear at it’s cheapest when wrapped in the tinny platitudes of an irrational outpouring for a person never known, never met and no more special than the hundreds of […]

March 16

Performance (A Late Quartet) – Yaron Zilberman’s astonishing debut. (film review)

It is so interesting that I saw The Paperboy a week or so ago, and I put the writing problems of that film down to inexperience.  Then I go to see Performance (titled A Late Quartet in the States) and it is easily one of the best films of 2012, coming from a first time […]

December 06

Magnolia – Falling frogs and coincidence, Paul Thomas Anderson Style. (Film Review)

After being so impressed with Paul Thoms Anderson’s film The Master, I decided to plonk myself down in front of his previous works. I already reviewed Punch Drunk Love, which I enjoyed a great deal.  The next film for me in the list was Magnolia. Magnolia is a complex film packed with symbolism and imagery that for a freudian […]

November 12

“The Master” review – Paul Thomas Anderson and the Death-Drive

One of the best ways to avert a certain kind of controversy is by allowing another kind to take its place. In other words, when you are going to write a controversial book, film or piece of music, if you want to avoid the controversy, overlap it with another controversy that will divert critics and […]