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 Posted:   Feb 8, 2014 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

. . . why did he go ahead and do the role?




LOL!
brm

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2014 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Ah, yes. The Brazilian Dream (not the American one.)

If you listen to Sidney Lumet's informative commentary track, hes repeats over and over "this is a melodrama"
In other words, it is not supposed to be a serious, realistic drama but an exagerated
over-the top entertainment
A fine film if you watch it with thatn in mind!
bruce


I excitedly dashed for the DvD and loaded it to spot Lumet's commentary, but unfortunately, the region 2 PAL doesn't have it. It's only got 5.1 or stereo options. Explains why I didn't notice it in the first place, I guess.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2014 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   Rexor   (Member)

Wow, Greg, these were powerful and thought-provoking comments. This tragedy with PSH has turned around my attitudes to heroin completely. I now think this should be legalized; this means I've made a 360 degree turn.

eek

If it becomes legal, will there be fewer tragedies?

-Rex

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2014 - 10:17 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)


But I must say that I was startled by some of the tributes to Hoffman I saw tonight on MSNBC and CNN -- some felt that he was the greatest living American actor, which seemed just a bit of an exaggeration. I thought he was okay, sometimes even good, and VERY good as Truman Capote. But he was, going beyond American actors, no Ben Kingsley or Liam Neeson or Anthony Hopkins or....



You always get that with vox pop surveys of anything - the more recent events are always uppermost in the mind. I'm sure similar things were said about Heath Ledger.

And, yes, my sympathy is reserved primarily for his kids, without any apology. I was little more than one myself when I lost my father, and 37 years later I don't think a day goes by without wishing he'd lived to see things like home computers, the internet, CDs, digital photography and air conditoning in cars as a standard feature (something he used to go on about smile ). It'll be worse for them, being younger.

So sympathy for his kids, and - on the grounds that he must have bought 70 bags of heroin from somewhere, thus helping to perpetuate a horrible industry - sympathy for people who are caught up in drug addiction who haven't had one hundredth of his privilege or ability to fund lifestyle choices.


Well said. From a stage presence/acting point of view, I never thought he was very remarkable... rather dull/neutral to my mind. But the tragedy is still tragedy. Too bad folks who taste success also then find themselves enabled to fall prey to addictions. Definitely sympathies for family etc. . What TallFellow said.

EDIT: I wonder if he had the addiction before he became an actor, or before he became a successful actor...

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2014 - 7:31 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

. . . why did he go ahead and do the role?




LOL!
brm


This photo almost looks like Hoffman has a little alien right arm, but that's Marisa's. Freaky.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2014 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

This photo almost looks like Hoffman has a little alien right arm, but that's Marisa's. Freaky.


Hahahahaha! Totally!

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2014 - 11:45 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

From a stage presence/acting point of view, I never thought he was very remarkable... rather dull/neutral to my mind. But the tragedy is still tragedy. Too bad folks who taste success also then find themselves enabled to fall prey to addictions. Definitely sympathies for family etc. . What TallFellow said.

EDIT: I wonder if he had the addiction before he became an actor, or before he became a successful actor...


Sorry you didn't appreciate his qualities as an actor, which for me were very impressive. Perhaps if you saw more of his films and watched his performances closely, you'd have a greater appreciation for his versatility and the believability of the characters he played. Maybe not. As re the EDIT: PSH recognized his addictions as a student at age 22, and entered a rehabilitation program at that time to get sober. He remained sober for 23 years, but then took a drink at a wrap party in 2012, and went off the deep end from there.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2014 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Very very interesting, which was sought of the point I was making. The average person, turn a few events around and tragedy can start or will occurred.

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2014 - 9:06 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

This photo almost looks like Hoffman has a little alien right arm, but that's Marisa's. Freaky.

Ha, Hoffman has T-Rex arms.

 
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