An Actor’s Actor Remembered
Whenever I knew that Philip Seymour Hoffman was in a movie, I knew I’d be taken care of. Whether the role was big or small, he’d crush it. While EW’s sentiment of “this one hurts” is perfect, I can’t help but think that addiction has won yet again.
Silver Spring, Md.
Most of what I’d read about Mr. Hoffman was related to his craft and how the art world will acutely feel his absence. But it was Anthony Breznican’s essay about their encounters over the years that gave me insight into his life as a family man. By the end of the piece, I found myself openly weeping over his death, not because the industry lost a great artist but because three children lost their father in such a painfully public manner.
The editors respond… To read Anthony’s essay, go to our tablet version or online at insidemovies.ew.com/2014/02/06/the-night-philip-seymour-hoffman-changed-my-life/.
I was glad to find a fitting tribute to an amazing talent. However, in your print article I did not see a mention of one of PSH’s best movies: Along Came Polly. Very few actors can win an Oscar and master comedic timing the way he did.
“The Essential Roles” has a glaring oversight: Phil Parma in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia. How can such an unforgettable performance by such an unforgettable actor be so blatantly forgotten? Wise up, EW.
I found it disingenuous of you to declare in News and Notes that The After‘s Chris Carter “created one of the most groundbreaking series of all time,” The X-Files, without mentioning that he also doomed that series to one of the longest, most frustrating deaths of all time. His later series only reinforced his apparent unwillingness to end stories satisfactorily.
Richard Sam Meyers
We Need to Talk About Kevin
I’m not surprised by Kevin Hart‘s success at all (News and Notes). I’ve had my eye on him ever since stumbling upon his stand-up while channel surfing years ago. Those who write him off as just a “black comedian” are only cheating themselves, because this man is tears-down-your-face funny. It’s sad that I still live in a country where race is even a consideration. How much other colossal talent are people missing because of skin color?
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