*The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman resonates so personally because he’s not the actor that everyone wants to be – it’s because he so closely resembled the actor that we all, secretly, think we’d be like.
Hoffman never possessed those movie-star quality looks like his co-stars – Damon, Clooney, Gosling, Hawke – did. He was an everyman, with a few extra pounds and not much fashion sense and hair that could charitably be described as “scruffy.”
He looked like he could be any one of us, any person just walking in off the street – just with reservoirs of acting talent that gave him the means to slip into the skin of anyone
*There are a lot of ways we can poke fun at the great city of Atlanta.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” for one. Or being the hometown of Kris Kross (though those backwards pants were pretty awesome).
Or the fact that their baseball team continually turns into a pumpkin when October comes around – seriously, without that one World Series they’d be regarded as the new Buffalo Bills. Yeah, for all of that wonderful stuff Atlanta’s given us (Coca-Cola, Lil’ Jon, “The Walking Dead”), the city’s also given us plenty of fodder for humor.
Last week’s events, though … yeah, Atlanta, that’s just really, really shameful.
It’s funny to see what sets people off about a certain acclaimed movie after a while. It’s almost like the public just can’t accept a great piece of entertainment for what it is anymore; there’s got to be one piece picked apart, one misplaced brushstroke on a masterpiece.
Already this year we’ve seen in happen with “American Hustle” (criticized for “not really having a story,” whatever that means) and “Gravity” (being totally scientifically inaccurate), and now the targets of pop-culture salvos apparently have turned their targets on “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Oprah Winfrey and Dir. Lee Daniels on the set of ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’
*It was a mixed bag when the Oscar nominations were announced this year. “Twelve Years a Slave” earned a ton of well-deserved recognition – but “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” was, sadly, shut out of the honors. Oh well.
Oh well. At least the Academy will have something to owe Daniels when his next picture comes out. Anyways, here are our five big observations from the announcements that came out recently.
“The Butler” was robbed – For whatever reason, voters did not shower the highly acclaimed (and big box-office hit) “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” with honors.
*Oh, New Jersey. You’ve given us plenty of wonderful things – Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Bruce Springsteen, “The Sopranos” (of course, you’ve also given us Bon Jovi and the Jersey Shore cast, but we won’t mention that now).
And yet, for all of those cultural icons, your political scene seems to provide the most Garden State entertainment for the rest of the country.
We thought it might be hard to top the mess that was the Jim McGreevey governorship – you remember, the one that ended with him resigning and coming out as a “gay American” after giving a state homeland security position to his Israeli lover – but darned if Chris Christie isn’t trying to beat the rather high bar set by one of his predecessors.
*It’s telling just how sad the unfortunate death of the great character actor James Avery made us last week.
Of all the sitcom characters that graced our screen through the 1990s, there were few that were as lasting as the memorable ensemble that made up the cast of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”