What Films Would Go In A Philip Seymour Hoffman 24 Hour Marathon?

By Gabe Toro 2014-02-04 14:27:20discussion comments
Philip Seymour Hoffman was a father and a husband, an artist and a raconteur. He was a star and a character actor, an artist and a worker, a marquee attraction and a member of the ensemble. Hoffman filled many roles throughout his fertile career, becoming an in-demand talent without conventional good looks, without a media-friendly personality, and without a consistent onscreen persona. He could be fierce and pathetic within the blink of an eye, and while he was generous in ensembles, he had the capability to blow co-stars out of the water.

The passing of the 46-year-old Oscar winner sent reverberations throughout Hollywood. The industry had undoubtedly lost one of its brightest lights. But we are fortunate that Hoffman crammed a vivid, unpredictable career in those few years he shared with us, giving us a chance to recognize a performer that brought us a raft of memorable performances in, more importantly, a magnificent body of work.

So we’ve set out to honor him with this 24 Hour Philip Seymour Hoffman marathon. Hoffman’s filmography is an embarrassment of riches, and ultimately you could fill two days or more with some of the heroes and miscreants in his repertoire. The goal here was to provide a solid collection of performances and films that represent the diversity he brought to the art form. It was also to stuff a full day’s worth of film into one schedule, giving the viewer a chance to sample nearly every flavor Hoffman could provide, at a breakneck speed that allows for very limited breaks. Hopefully you’re ready for some full-throttle Hoffman.

It’s with a heavy heart that we mention this list doesn’t even include room for Boogie Nights (where he plays a pathetic hanger-on), State And Main (erudite screenwriter) and Flawless (where he goes toe-to-toe with Robert De Niro). There was also an impossibility in finding spots for his ensemble acting in Happiness, The 25th Hour and Moneyball. Any list you make would ultimately exclude some of Hoffman’s best work. Sound off with your own in the comments section below.

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Hoffman collected many lead roles as his stature grew, and his work had enough integrity that seeing his face seemed like a recommendation on its own. However, in Cameron Crowe’s nostalgia-fest, Hoffman is deployed as the perfect weapon, used early and quickly as mentor figure Lance Bangs, a disaffected hippie who now thinks it all stinks. In Hoffman, Bangs is defeated professionally and emotionally, but he perks up with the chance to pass his dogma onto a young wannabe, one of many savagely funny character beats in this bittersweet film. At noon, the film’s shaggy-dog charms and good-time vibe are the ideal place-setter.
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