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Philip Seymour Hoffman: A Viewer’s Guide
Our guide to the Oscar-winner’s greatest big screen moments

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FOR THE FAN: Doubt (2008)

John Patrick Shanley’s adaptation of his own stage play gives Hoffman free rein to bamboozle us with the slippery, sinister Catholic priest. Is he a child molester, as Meryl Streep’s pious Sister Aloysius suspects, or just a kindly man in the wrong business? The ambiguous nature of his performance gels brilliantly with a stagey but intriguing melodrama that Shanley translates from Broadway with mixed results. The success of the film’s central idea – that Arthur Miller-y notion that faith considerably lightens the burden of proof – depended on audiences walking out with doubts of their own. Streep and Hoffman, a powerhouse duo, made sure that they did.

 

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1 Big Lebowski and State & Maine?
OK, only 7 movies so some must be left out but....!! More

Posted by Heidionline on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 16:31

2 amazing actor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGOYZY-ne-0 More

Posted by bill the butcher on Tuesday November 6, 2012, 04:22

3 you forgot LOVE LIZA
his amazing work in LOVE LIZA More

Posted by bill the butcher on Tuesday November 6, 2012, 04:20

4 The Talented Mr Hoffman
The Boat That Rocked wasn't that bad. It was certainly a lot better than Love, Actually and one of Richard Curtis's better creations. And no mention of The Talented Mr Ripley? Surely a classic supporting performance. Boogie Nights: how could it be left out? More

Posted by stilli666 on Monday November 5, 2012, 17:12

5 SNY
on 1st place Synecdoche, New York More

Posted by bereski on Monday November 5, 2012, 11:09

6
What about Synedoche New York?!?! More

Posted by ukedge87 on Saturday November 3, 2012, 09:59

7 And what about.....
Idea of March or Almost Famous? More

Posted by Mark Daws on Friday November 2, 2012, 14:01

8 Hmmm
Surprised not to see Boogie Nights and Punch Drunk love get mentions but I guess that is just a bit of favouritism on my part. Good list though. More

Posted by guysalisbury on Friday November 2, 2012, 13:14

9 RE:
ter is the third time Hoffman has worked with Paul Thomas Anderson, a five-film partnership that kicked off when his cameo, I've read this a few times now. Pretty sure I'm not drunk and it just doesn't make sense. More

Posted by matty_b on Thursday November 1, 2012, 23:14

10
Charlie Wilson's War didn't get him a Best Actor nomination, it was supporting. There's been several mistakes in articles recently. More

Posted by Marcus Brody on Thursday November 1, 2012, 21:28

11 Synecdoche NY? Talented Mr Ripley? The as-of-yet-unmade-DarkKnightRises-sequel-where-he-plays-Penguin-OR-the-Riddler?
? More

Posted by veedlemonster on Thursday November 1, 2012, 21:08

12 I DID NOT WANT TO HAVE TO BRING IT UP (AGAIN!)
... But, Empire, Brian Cox last week now Mr. Hoffman and still no 25th Hour - it's fantastic! Other than that, great choices. More

Posted by bergkamp on Thursday November 1, 2012, 18:04


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