A Tribute To Philip Seymour Hoffman

I was so devastated when I got the mobile alert about actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passing away today in NYC. He was definitely one of my favorite actors and his career has included a wonderful mix of indie and blockbuster films. But in everything he did, PSH displayed a level of talent that has been unmatched by most actors of his generation.

So upon hearing the news of his passing I immediately started thinking back to some of my favorite PSH roles. If I was going to run a memorial Philip Seymour Hoffman movie marathon, I would make sure these films were included in the lineup.

Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead

This dark drama starring PSH, Ethan Hawke and Albert Finney is about two brothers who arrange a robbery of their parent’s jewelry store that goes horribly wrong. The ending is brilliant, dark and incredibly twisted and I could not get enough of this movie.


This film starring Robert De Niro and PSH is a comedy/crime/drama about an ex-cop (De Niro) who takes singing lessons from a drag queen (Hoffman) after a stroke leaves him with speech problems.

Boogie Nights

This film about the 70s porn industry features a great cast, is directed by one of my favorite directors (Paul Thomas Anderson) and features PSH in a great supporting role. This clip showcases Hoffman’s range and ability to show such great vulnerability.


Another drama directed by Paul Thomas Anderson features another great cast (PSH, Julianne Moore, Tom Cruise, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy and many more). It’s one of those movies where there are multiple plot lines but all of the stories are connected. PSH plays a nurse trying to find the son of his patient.


This film is mainly about Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton’s characters- oh and those annoying tornados- but it’s easy to forget that PSH was in this film too. Love him as Dusty!

Pirate Radio

PSH stars alongside Bill Nighy, Nick Frost and Kenneth Branagh in this film based on a true story about a group of people who run an illegal radio station after the British government has banned rock and roll. Those crazy Brits!

Of course there are a million gazillion trillion other films PSH has been in, but these are my favorites.

Rest in peace Philip Seymour Hoffman. And thanks for the cinematic memories.




5 Movie Picks for the Weekend: June 7-9

It’s the weekend! Whoo-hoo! We made it through another week.

So what are you doing this weekend? I’m sure at some point you will be watching a bit of TV or picking a movie to watch. Here are 5 picks for films to watch at home this weekend.

These picks are found on Comcast premium channels. All times Central.

Cache, 9:40-11:40pm Friday on Indie channel
This French film stars Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche as a successful couple who start receiving disturbing videotapes of their personal lives. Great thriller!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, starting at 7pm Friday on Sundance.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 7-10:15pm
The Girl Who Played with Fire, 10:15-1:30am
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, 1:30-4:45am
This is the original 2009 trilogy based on the best-selling books. If you’re going to be up late, it is worth a viewing. Series is also on Netflix Instant Streaming.

Pan’s Labyrinth, 6-8:30am, Saturday on IFC
One of my favorite films, this grown-up fairy tale by director Guillermo del Toro is about a young girl in fascist Spain who escapes her hellish world in an imaginative and very dark fantasy realm. If you’re going to be up early tomorrow- or you stayed up late watching the Dragon trilogy!- I highly recommend this movie. Please note: while this is a fairy tale, it is TV-MA and I do not recommend it for young children. It is quite dark. Watch out for The Thin Man!

Dog Day Afternoon, Sundance, 7-9:15pm Sat (also plays 7:45-10am on Sunday)
An engrossing classic film starring Al Pacino in the real-life story of an attempted bank robbery. Stunning ensemble cast and story. Directed by the amazing Sidney Lumet (love his work!), this film also stars John Cazale.

All The President’s Men, Sundance 9-11:30p, Sun
Another classic, this film is an account of the Watergate scandal from the perspective of two journalists. Stars Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford. A great way to wrap up the weekend!

Whatever you watch this weekend, enjoy yourself! Pop some popcorn. Dim the lights. And enjoy the show!

Happy viewing!