Philip Seymour Hoffman

Could Drug-Replacement Therapy Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman's Life?
February 04, 2014

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

Philip Seymour Hoffman: 1967-2014
February 02, 2014

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

There Will Be Dud: Paul Thomas Anderson’s First Mediocre Movie
September 14, 2012

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

What Do We Know About Paul Thomas Anderson’s New Scientology Film?
June 25, 2012

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.

Philip Seymour Gergen?
December 22, 2008

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