Philip Seymour Hoffman

Science says that abstinence-only detox treatment doesn't work. But the culture of rehab has yet to catch up.

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The actor, found dead this afternoon in his New York apartment, defied all Hollywood convention.

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I wanted "The Master" to be great. Instead, it's a pretentious dud.

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I know it’s not customary, but the customary is fading like spit in the sun. So I want to review two trailers for Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, The Master, which will be released in October. The second trailer appeared online in June, the first a month earlier. They accompany the limited announcement that the film, set around 1950, is about one man who starts a new religion, and another who becomes his follower. It remains to be seen whether this description is accurate or sufficient. I want to approach the trailers as two films, each about ninety seconds long.

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Philip Seymour Gergen?

Philip Seymour Hoffman is already my favorite actor, but if he keeps this up, he might become my favorite pundit as well.

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