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Time travel is a tricky concept to pull off in any medium, especially film. If the movie is “about” time travel, it can easily get bogged down in trying to explain the mechanics and paradoxes involved in said time traveling. The best time travel films (like Back to the Future and Looper) aren’t really about time travel at all, but instead put the focus on the characters and story so that any specifics regarding how it all works become secondary. This is true of writer/director Richard Curtis’ third directorial effort About Time, which is a surprising turn from the director behind Love Actually and Pirate Radio that manages to balance humor, heart, and time travel in equal measures, resulting in an effectively emotional gut punch. Read my review of About Time on Blu-ray after the jump. The Film As I said, the best time travel movies are the »
- Adam Chitwood
At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson, Anna Karenina) discovers he can travel in time. Tim’s father (Bill Nighy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life. The idea for About Time came from a conversation that director Richard Curtis (Pirate Radio, Love Actually) had with a friend about what they would do if they were told that they had only 24 hours left to live. … Continue reading →
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- Meredith Ennis
Actor and director who could imbue the many wretches, prigs and braggarts he played with a wrenching humanity
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who has died aged 46 of a suspected drugs overdose, had three names and 3,000 ways of expressing anxiety. He was a prolific and old-fashioned character actor, which is not a euphemism for "odd" – it means he could nail a part in one punch, summoning the richness of an entire life in the smallest gesture. And, yes, he could also look splendidly odd, with his windbeaten thatch of sandy hair, porcine eyes and a freckled face that would glow puce and glossy with rage. His acting style was immune to the temptations of caricature. His rise in the 1990s coincided with the emergence of a new wave of American film-makers, and his versatile, volatile talent became integral to some of the most original Us cinema of the past 20 years.
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- Ryan Gilbey
★★★☆☆Touted as the final film in British filmmaker Richard Curtis' sparse directorial career, About Time (2013) is his third and perhaps most considered feature: a sci-fi-inflected romantic comedy that very much slots into - but arguably attempts to depart from - the storytelling techniques Curtis has become known for. Typically schmaltzy, optimistic and sincere, this third outing bypasses the near-total worthlessness of sophomore feature The Boat That Rocked (2009) and returns to the relentlessness of Love Actually (2003), where life's simplicities were easily ironed out and romance was romanticised all out of proportion.
- CineVue UK
Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead at his home in New York of a suspected drug overdose, aged 46. Born in Faripoint, New York in 1967, Hoffman began his career in the early 1990s with a guest role in Law & Order, but enjoyed his breakthrough in 1992 when he appeared in four films, including Scent of a Woman.
During the 1990s, he enjoyed film roles in the likes of The Getaway and Nobody's Fool, as well as making a small appearance in Paul Thomas Anderson's feature debut Hard Eight. He would reunite with Anderson on a further four films in Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and The Master, as well as earning acclaim for a string of performances in films such as Happiness, Flawless, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Almost Famous and Capote - the latter of which saw him receiving the Academy Award for Best Actor.
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- Gary Collinson
When People asked Twitter and Facebook users what their favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman movie was, the result was pretty unequivocal: Twister. That gave us pause, but then we started thinking about some of the actor's less-valued films. Even when the film might not have been great, Hoffman always was. Twister (1996) Someone so loved Hoffman's Dusty from this film that they created a tribute video to him. Would it be a stretch to call his performance the best thing about Twister? Probably not. Pirate Radio (2009) A heavily fictionalized account of the "pirate radio" ships broadcasting then-banned rock and roll to England in the 1960s, »
- Alex Heigl
It’s with a very heavy heart that we begin this week’s Movie News Cheat Sheet with the news that Philip Seymour Hoffman has died of an apparent drug overdose. As reported by the New York Times, Hoffman was found in his West Village apartment at about 11:30am with a syringe in his arm. He was clean for 23 years, but just last year did admit to “falling off the wagon.” Hoffman’s got an Academy Award and a slew of unforgettable titles to his name, but personally, the standouts will always be “Twister” and “Pirate Radio,” “Twister” having been a film I grew up with and still watch repeatedly and “Pirate [ Read More ]
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- Perri Nemiroff
Very sad news has been confirmed today as the tremendously talented actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead at the much too young age of 46. No cause of death is currently known, but Hoffman has struggled with substance abuse in the past and an overdose is suspected here. Few in the business had a more diverse filmography than him, so as tragic a loss as it always is whenever an entertainer is taken from us, this one just seems all the more depressing and hard to process due what he still had left to share with the world. A Best Actor Oscar winner for his lead performance in the biopic Capote, Hoffman was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his scene stealing turns in Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt, and last year for The Master as well. Along with multiple BAFTA, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, and Screen Actors Guild citations, »
- Joey Magidson
Top 10 Mark Harrison 6 Jan 2014 - 06:29
As ever, some spectacular performances were overlooked in last year's rush of movie releases. Here's Mark's pick of the most underrated...
Here on Den Of Geek, It's become something of a tradition that when the end of the year rolls around, and the big awards bodies almost determinedly overlook genre cinema, and that we compile a list of the underrated and underappreciated performances by actors in the last cinematic year.
We've tried to pick out turns that either went unnoticed in most reviews, or simply should have gotten more praise. It's less about the great performances that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are sure to overlook, than it is about giving praise where it's due.
It's unusual that this is either the most wide-open race in a while, or there aren't nearly enough people talking about who will definitely win »
9 items from 2014
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