When Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away in 2014 from combined drug intoxication, film fans remember his subtle genius in his performances. Even though he has been celebrated for his later roles, the performance that resonates with me the most is his turn as the late rock journalist, Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous. But, with Bangs also being a victim of an overdose … Continue reading Art imitating life: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in ‘Almost Famous’
It has been a while since I posted on here. I could blame it on hectic schedules but it is also due to somewhat stunted creativity. But, partially inspired by the recent London Film Festival, I want to (quickly) write about this year in film. More specifically, the year what women ruled in cinema. Warning: this might be a bit messy. In … Continue reading Celebrating Women in Film: 2015
One of the latest films to hit the waterworks in the cinema-going public is The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ensel Elgort. Reading the synopsis, it does sound blubbersome (so I might avoid it at the risk of sobbing in public, which I hate), but it got me wondering, what were the last films that made me cry? An article from an … Continue reading To cry or not to cry?
It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post. In-between work and screenings (and just plain laziness), I haven’t had a chance to put my thoughts together. So, I’m now pulling my finger out of my ass and doing something about it. On the way home from work this week, I spotted a promo poster for Jon Favreau’s new film Chef. I have … Continue reading Angst from crowdsourced marketing
Cinema has changed in the last ten years, that goes without saying. But it seems that nowadays, people don’t give two hoots about the pleasure of watching a film in a darkened room that is not in their house. It is a lingering pain in the ass, when one person ruins the fun for everyone else. So, here is a comprehensive guide on how to … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to Cinema Etiquette – certified 18.