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Goodbye Philip Seymour Hoffman

On 01, Sep 2015 | No Comments | In Opinion | By Tetra Films

I took my time responding to the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. It really threw me for a loop. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that we never really know celebrities; we watch them on screen and associated feelings towards them. We connect to the to the characters they portray and have a vicarious catharsis. It’s pretty amazing if you think about it; we suspended our disbelief enough to transcend ourselves and become someone else (if the protag does his/her job that is). Then the credits roll, we put on our coats and fall back into our body.

As absurd as it may be, I felt like P.S Hoffman was a friend, I followed his career with a sense of mutual accomplishment. I still remember him as ‘Dusty’ in Twister, the lovable dork that leapfrogged him to stardom. Do you remember how you felt when you watched him in Magnolia? He was so empathetic his character inspired me to be a better person, really. This is the power of movies and the effect of great acting, they can inspire you to the bone and can provoke continual waves of emotional shifts. I re-watched Flawless in honor of him. He played a drag-queen opposite DeNiro who ends up teaching him singing lessons after he has a stroke. Directed by Joel Schumacher, which is rather mature for him, it’s a spectacular film, dare I say…perfect ;). The movie was really early on in his career and he absolutely steals the show, acting circles around everyone. I highly recommend it.

I’m going to miss him, not as much as his wife and three kids, but in my own way. I was looking forward to watching him grow into an old, great man; watching him capture that ineffable quality and then express it in his subtle, idiosyncratic ways. When I watched The Master, which I loved even though it’s very dense, directed by the maestro Paul Thomas Anderson, there’s a point where Joaoqin Phoenix suddenly jumps up and if Phillip Seymore Hoffman hadn’t moved the hanging lamp, he would’ve smashed his head. It was such a real moment in the false reality that is film. And that’s what I felt he brought to the craft, an extreme presence, a careful awareness, and total immersion into his role.

He has delivered in so many films, and I suggest that you check them out. If you have the stomach, Happiness is a phenomenal, gut-wrenching, beautiful, ugly and probably one-time-view movie worth experiencing, but be warned…

He truly will be missed and at the very least we have his legacy of greatness personified on celluloid.

Bye for now

~ Willyness

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Magic in Unexpected Places

On 26, Aug 2015 | No Comments | In Opinion | By Tetra Films


So I’ve watched a bunch of “Not quite superhero” movies: Super, Defendor, Special, Griff The Invisible and Kickass 1 & 2. Some of them I loved, others not so much. They did get me thinking about how these ‘ordinary’ people want to make a difference in the world (or they’re crazytown), so they dawn a costume and decide to kick some ass (hopefully). What I find appealing in these movies is the spirit these characters, the sheer tenacity. Though I don’t always agree with how they do it, I feel inspired that they did. Sure they can be misguided and sloppy but then so are we when we are accomplishing our dreams. We also become invigorated, creative and curious. So much shifts in the body and soul to make new realities possible.

My favourite movie out of the list was Griff The Invisible, it’s just darling. It stars Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse from True Blood) who is able to capture every nuance and make you care about him so damn much. He is so at home on camera, allowing you to drift into his world with ease. Where you think him being insular and an outsider would be off-putting, it isn’t. It only makes his character more endearing. The supporting actress, Maeve Dermody (Black Water) is so delightfully quirky and is such a treat to watch, complimenting Kwantlen perfectly. Her character is completely unforgettable and so refreshing.

I don’t want to ruin the movie by talking about it too much so I’ll just say that it helped me resurrect the Magic. And by Magic, I know you know what I mean. (Notice how I’ve been using capital M’s?) My girlfriend said something one night that was so beautiful: “People forget that as adults, we are now the magic bringers. It’s up to us to do that for each other”. Let’s create as much magic as we can, let’s keep it close to our hearts-sprinkling us with whatever we need at that moment. We don’t need to put a mask on and go all vigilante on bad guys, what we can do is use the light we have inside of us and liberate our demons. We all know that the true fight isn’t out there, it’s in h**e (censored due to cliche).

That’s all I got for tonight. Not bad for a 2 am post.



– Super: Rainn Wilson (The Office). To savage for me, claims to be a comedy, it is not. Missed the mark. Too bad because I love Rainn Wilson.

– Defendor: 2nd on my list. Very good performance from Woody Harrelson. Funny, quirky, at times hard to relate. Totally recommend it.

– Special: Michael Rapaport (Hitched). Really wanted to like this. I don’t want to spend the time trying to figure out what exactly went wrong with this movie. I remember being bored, confused and waiting for it to end. Darn. Rapaport was awesome as usual.

– Kickass 1: Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-ass 2) Awesome. Dorky in a good way, yes it’s violent and it’s kinda weird to see a 12-year old girl kick grown guys asses but whatever.

– Kickass 2: Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-ass 1) I did not like it at all. The only tidbit that was worthwhile was Jim Carrey’s part, which they didn’t fully utilize. What happened guys?

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