RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman

I really enjoyed Philip Seymour Hoffman’s work. I think my 3 favorites of his roles were Joseph Turner White in State and Main (understated and earnest), Sean in Next Stop Wonderland (small role, but hysterical), and Lester Bangs in Almost Famous (so great).

Since his death this weekend from an apparent overdose of heroin, he’s being hailed as the greatest/most well-respected actor of his generation, which is my generation. I’d agree with that.

The tragedy of a death too soon is something that many people more eloquent than me have written about, but there’s something that is starting to piss me off. They’re reporting that police found 50 bags of heroin at Hoffman’s home, and both the authors of news articles and comments on these articles are saying Hoffman was anywhere from a dealer to planning his suicide to stocking up for the heroin apocalypse.

For a heroin addict, 8-10 bags per day is pretty normal. When I worked at the drug clinic at UVM doing buprenorphine trials, someone with a usage of less than this wasn’t even eligible for the study. We had a lot of people even doing 12-15. So we’re talking about less than a week’s supply. Not a plan for suicide or distribution or a heroin apocalypse. Just an addict, but one with enough money to purchase a few days at a time instead of having to resort to theft or prostitution every day to make the buy. So if you hear/see someone defaming Hoffman based on the 50 bags report, set them straight.

Thanks for all the great movies, Philip Seymour Hoffman! You were great!

Movie Night

2011 Resolution: Watch one movie each week with Morgan to expose her to new ideas, good filmmaking, and smart dialogue (and/or cultural touchstones). Nominate films for the list in the comments!

  1. Bickford Schmeckler’s Cool Ideas
  2. Next Stop Wonderland
  3. Ghost World
  4. The Big Blue
  5. High Fidelity
  6. Never Cry Wolf
  7. Wristcutters: A Love Story
  8. Cinema Paradiso
  9. The Royal Tenenbaums
  10. The Night We Never Met
  11. Serenity
  12. Run Lola Run
  13. Waiting for Guffman
  14. Children of Men
  15. Thelma and Louise
  16. Grosse Point Blank
  17. Heavenly Creatures
  18. Kill Bill Vol. I
  19. Shine
  20. Kill Bill Vol. II
  21. Being John Malkovich
  22. Living in Oblivion
  23. Moon
  24. Cecil B. Demented
  25. The Kids Are All Right
  26. Memento
  27. State and Main
  28. Shakespeare in Love
  29. Dead Again
  30. My Left Foot
  31. Go Fish
  32. The Player
  33. The Squid and the Whale
  34. The House of Yes
  35. Best in Show
  36. Harold and Maude
  37. Boyz N the Hood
  38. Dancer in the Dark
  39. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  40. Rushmore
  41. My Own Private Idaho
  42. Party Girl
  43. American History X
  44. Camp
  45. The Crying Game
  46. Pi
  47. Before Sunrise
  48. This Is Spinal Tap
  49. The Secret of Roan Inish
  50. The Usual Suspects
  51. Brazil
  52. The Amateurs

Movies that would be on the list, but that I’ve already had her watch: Donnie Darko, The Shawshank Redemption, Roman Holiday, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Almost Famous, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Princess Bride