Quick Takes: “The Theory of Everything” and “A Most Wanted Man”

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The Media 10 doesn’t usually reviews movies, but we are changing that with “Quick Takes” a new segment that gives at most two paragraphs to recently seen movies.

The Theory of Everything (★★★)

“The Theory of Everything” is constantly at war with biopic conventionalism. With a sentimental, above-average script sculpted into something much more aesthetically pleasing. With top class directorial choices, acting,  editing, cinematography, and composition, “The Theory of Everything” is a step above the rest of its genre’s field.

A Most Wanted Man (★★)

“A Most Wanted Man” feels like a procedural espionage thriller. Almost too procedural, as it hinges on the performance of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman who delivers in every on-screen moment. The story, adapted from John le Carré’s book of the same name, was probably best formatted for that medium. However, a strong conclusion makes the film worth the watch.

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Awards: 2015 Golden Globes Predictions – Updated

ben-affleck-gone-girl-trailerAwards: 2015 Golden Globe Predictions – Updated

We have fully updated all of our Golden Globe Predictions. This includes all categories, from the major film categories, to the mini-series and tv movie categories.

We have listed the top 5 in ABC order per category below, to give us an idea what the Golden Globe nominations would look like if they came now. Keep in mind a lot of TV shows and mini-series will come out between now and then, so the tv categories should be taken with a grain of salt.

Here is where we stand on all our predictions:

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Top 10: Philip Seymour Hoffman Performances

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Top 10: Philip Seymour Hoffman performances

When I had heard that the Oscar-winning actor had passes away, I felt devastated. More than I usually would for a Hollywood actor I have never met, but calling Philip Seymour Hoffman a Hollywood actor wouldn’t do him justice. He was a master of the craft, he was one of the greatest actors of all time. Period.

The first film I watched with Hoffman in it was “Doubt,” I had heard great things about him in “Capote,” but never got around to seeing it. In the climax of “Doubt” Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep square off and my mouth was on the floor. I was in shock, I had never seen such an impressive display of acting.

In the spirit of Media 10, we have put together Philip Seymour Hoffman’s top 10 performances. We are still waiting to see how he does in “A Most Wanted Man” along with some other potential Oscar contenders, but for now here is where the list stands. Normally it’d be counter-productive to create a list like this, because we all thought Hoffman had dozens of great performances left in him. Such a tragedy.

Here is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Legacy. His top 10 Performances of his career:

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