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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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A Good Place to Start – “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Review

On 18, Aug 2015 | No Comments | In Opinion | By Tetra Films

Hello world,

Here I have the opportunity to speak openly and without much editing, so bare with me if I miss something super important or rant emphatically about an obscure reference, I will do my best. I recently saw ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ (Ben Stiller) and it inspired me so much that I decided to create this blog. I wanted to express myself from the heart with the intent of inspiring others. Movies have influenced my life immensely and helped me through some extremely difficult times. Their ability to transport you to another world and help you connect to yourself is astounding. In Walter Mitty, he is constantly daydreaming of being the person he wishes to be only to be dashed out of his fantasies and into a harsh reality. We’ve all been there, we’ve all imagined ourselves in another life, doing everything we wish we could do. What is it that holds us back? Fear? That weird, familiar feeling that restricts our flow, that squeezes its grip around our creativity. If only we could throw ourselves into a 90-minute film with a 3-act structure, we could then predict the destruction of our ego and rely on the gradual rebuilding of our spirit, only to accomplish our goal and redeem all our previous blunders. If only. Perhaps we could learn something from Walter Mitty, we could take away the idea that our imagination serves us to the point of making it a reality; that it’s our mental sandbox where we get to play without restrictions, rules or censors. Where we can solidify our precious ideas like the gems they are. Then, carefully, we bring those gems to our life and watch them shine, watch them inspire and change our reality. After all, that’s what movies are all about.

Well, bye for now.

Thanks for reading.



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