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Friday, 27 May 2011

Top 5: Philip Seymour Hoffman Performances

Philip Seymour Hoffman is easily one of the best actors working today in Hollywood. He is effortlessly charismatic despite his features which are far from being typically "good looking".
He chooses excellent roles with few exceptions and even when in a sub par film he always stands out amongst the rest of the cast. His career has been a mix between small roles in large casts such as in the films of PT Anderson, artistic independent type films such as Synecdoche New York, Award winning films such as Capote and mainstream blockbuster successes such as Mission Impossible 3.

His career is a relatively short one, have lasted 20 years to date. He had his first on screen role in 1991, however he only rose to fame with his performances in Paul Thomas Anderson's films of the late 90's.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

15 Questions Meme

I was urged to participate in this meme by Stevee @ Cinematic Paradox, and seeing as I just finished my marathon I though I might as well.

It was thought up by Anna @ Defiant Success and consists of 15 Questions about film, which I will now try and answer.

So here goes:

Silent Film Marathon: Final Film

Well, this marathon now comes to a close. It has been a most interesting and informative marathon that lasted longer than I expected.
As interesting as the marathon was, I still look forward to reviewing some more recent films, day after day of Silent film watching did get tiring after a while, maybe I had been over ambitious, but I'm pleased with the result.
If you want a complete list of the films I reviewed just click on this icon which you can find either in my review index or on my blog sidebar (where it will not remain much longer):

For this final post, I have decided to do away with my original plan, which was to watch and review the Soviet film Ivan. I was greatly disappointed by Arsenal, a film of the same director, so decided to remove Ivan and replace it by a more interesting film.
Over the course of the marathon I had seen a certain silent film mentioned in the comment section quite a few times, this would be Nanook Of The North.
I decided that this would be an excellent replacement as it is considered one of the staple films of the era. Luckily it was on Youtube in it's entirety.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Silent Film Marathon: Film 15

Similarly to the previous film reviewed, L'Age D'Or, Charlie Chaplin's City Lights is not technically a Silent film either, but unlike Bunuel did with the previous film, Chaplin obviously consciously made the chose to make this silent even though it he had the choice not too.

If I remember correctly, this was the first Charlie Chaplin film I ever saw. I was greatly impressed and even after seeing more of his work I believe it to be one of the best of his films, alongside Modern Times.
However, this is by far his most charming film.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

End Of The Week Post

Films Watched this Week:

Road To Perdition - 2002 directed by Sam Mendes
A well made but forgettable film. Tom Hanks was rather miscast in the lead role as a ruthless hitman, but then again I've never really been a fan of his work.
While I'm on the subject of performances, Daniel Craig was pretty bad, very unconvincing with a terrible accent. Paul Newman was of course excellent, but the big surprise for me was Jude Law, I've never liked his work before, but here he was perfectly cast and did a great job as the extremely creepy and rather pathetic killer.
I thought it was well directed, and the story was interesting enough, but it just failed to make much of an impression on me. It failed to draw me in and left me detached and only semi-interested throughout, yet I appreciate the skill with which it was made.