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Top 5 Philip Seymour Hoffman Performances

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For the first time ever, Anderson and Bryan dedicate an entire episode to celebrate the career of a tremendous actor as they list off the TOP 5 PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN PERFORMANCES.

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50 thoughts on “Top 5 Philip Seymour Hoffman Performances

  1. I did not get out of that scene that Brandt actually watches Bunny, never thought that for a sec. I think he’s just so proper that he would react that way when she said that. I can see how Bryan might think that tho, it’s that whole “protest too much” thing.

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    Posted by Raquelle Lowell | March 14, 2014, 12:04 PM
  2. Even if Bryan does “spoil,” Anderson doesn’t have to make such a HUGE deal out of it. Like Bryan said, “did you have to drive it home?”

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    Posted by Raquelle Lowell | March 14, 2014, 8:31 AM
  3. Big Big Lebowski fan, seen it many times, never once thought Brandt actually watches Bunny suck

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    Posted by matt | February 19, 2014, 7:35 PM
  4. i think bryan pays to watch cocks being sucked, so his initial instinct was to assume everyone does.

    /i don’t actually think this

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    Posted by johnny queso | February 12, 2014, 2:03 PM
  5. Sniff Trax The Big Lebowski

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    Posted by Salt the Wound | February 11, 2014, 9:10 AM
  6. I just got Jonah Hill’s signature on my Wolf of Wall Street poster at Arclight…..
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

    #schoolgirlscreams
    #delight

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    Posted by Michael P. Gowdy | February 10, 2014, 11:33 PM
  7. Gotta echo the overwhelming sentiment here and agree that BB is totally wrong about Brandt. Seen Big Lebowski 10+ times and never once assumed that he actually paid to watch. She was definitely just trying to embarrass him.

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    Posted by eliotdolson (@leftcoastsuit) | February 10, 2014, 10:19 PM
  8. Bryan you are 100% correct. Brandt was played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

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    Posted by Hashmeer | February 10, 2014, 6:05 PM
  9. Bryan’s completely wrong about the Big Lebowski, Brandt doesn’t watch Bunny chug cock, she just said that to be crass and embarrass him

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    Posted by Sam | February 10, 2014, 4:02 PM
  10. He was so good in The Master. Not a great movie but I think that would be my number one.

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    Posted by R.L | February 10, 2014, 3:43 PM
    • I have to agree. I just saw this for the first time on the weekend and thought it was a good movie. PSH was excellent in it. Or what about The Talented Mr. Ripley. I haven’t seen it in a while but I remember PSG was strong. These should have been on one of your lists. Weak.

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      Posted by Mike Glee | February 11, 2014, 3:40 AM
  11. I am with everyone else and Anderson on this one as well. I think people tend to see things in movies that they see in themselves. Says a lot about what kind of kink Bryan must be into. Pour Christie!

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    Posted by Nathan | February 10, 2014, 11:56 AM
  12. Anderson is right, I’ve seen TBL many times and never thought he actually paid to watch Bunny deep throat a flesh rocket. Sorry Bald….

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    Posted by Mike Cole | February 10, 2014, 11:40 AM
  13. I have to agree with Anderson re: Brandt in “The Big Lebowski.” Brandt is very uptight and was mortified by Bunny’s comment because of that, not because he has some kind of voyeuristic kink.

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    Posted by Wes Raine | February 10, 2014, 9:34 AM
  14. Unlikely to pop up on “flick-fessions”, this movie I saw today was, for me, the most visually stunning movie of the year – Terraferma. Warning…it’s for people who don’t mind subtitles and believe visuals can be compelling despite missing a transforming robotic dinosaur. Enjoy.

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    Posted by JP | February 9, 2014, 10:09 PM
  15. Bryan spoiled Inside Man as well.

    Saying a movie is a “heist that went perfectly” or a “heist that went wrong” falls under spoiler territory haha. Sorry Bald, you are improving though

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    Posted by Eric | February 9, 2014, 9:06 PM
  16. watching “Ed Wood” for the first time… This thing is difficult to get through.
    It’s from Burton’s post-Batman era when he wanted to add a Disney-like touch to everything.
    Gag me with a jackhammer.

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    Posted by Michael P. Gowdy | February 9, 2014, 12:44 AM
  17. Hoffman’s performance in Charlie Wilson’s War didn’t lose to Heath Ledger; he lost to Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men. Hoffman lost to Ledger the next year, for his performance in Doubt.

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    Posted by Jeff | February 8, 2014, 11:23 PM
  18. BB got it sooooooooo wrong. Brandt probably had never seen porn before. Too respectable.

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    Posted by Taylor | February 8, 2014, 9:38 PM
  19. Bald, in the words of Jane Goodall “You have no idea how wrong you are”

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    Posted by scarbury | February 8, 2014, 6:55 PM
  20. Bryan’s claim about Brandt/Bunny never even crossed my mind. Her comment was out-of-nowhere and unsolicited which was the point. There’s no reason to believe it was any less random or unsolicited in relation to Brandt than it was in relation to Duder. I don’t even think it was intended so much to be a real offer (not saying she isn’t crazy enough to follow through or whatever) just something shocking and attention-grabbing to say. In general, great decision to dedicate a top-five to PSH given the circumstances. It was also a cool opportunity to bring up movies never mentioned before on the show, something very welcome after listening for many years. I wasn’t too concerned w the specific lists or placements, just saw it as an opportunity to dip into a variety of his performances and the movies he was in. One more thing: I usually like Anderson’s take on stuff even if I don’t fully agree with his conclusions, BUT, I was totally surprised by his thoughts on Frozen. I’m totally fine w not liking it, even though it was one of my favorite animated movies in a while. But, I think it was very specifically fresh, subversive and surprising. (I won’t mention specific details but general comments that are light-medium Frozen spoilers ahead) He discussed the tired way in which the younger princess meets that guy at the beginning, but being tired was the point. Later in the movie there’s a big twist in her love story that worked as commentary on that earlier stuff and the played-out love story tropes. Also, the older sister’s story was totally void of any love story and that her struggle was kind of a fresh, serious take on her being a “misfit” and having a secret she was ashamed of. Some critics/viewers interpreted that as her literally being gay or at least symbolic of coming-out struggles. I totally see that interpenetration but don’t think it necessarily has to be specific sexual orientation vs just shameful secrets, not belonging stuff, Either way tho, sort of a fresh conflict spin — at least for Disney films. And beyond all that, the fact that the central relationship wasn’t romantic at all, but about sisterhood differentiated it from a lot of standard Disney fare. Still, solid TFV episode.

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    Posted by Pop Joe | February 8, 2014, 4:56 PM
    • Plus, there is continuous imagery throughout the film Frozen that is smarter than the average Disney film. The continuous metaphor of closed doors and open gates resonates more through repeat viewings. This was a smartly written, perfectly vocalized Disney movie. I didn’t think they had it in them without Pixar.

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      Posted by Jeremey Gingrich | February 9, 2014, 3:54 PM
  21. I agree that PSH was great in The Big Lebowski but he didn’t steal the show.

    there were 2 PSH movies that didn’t get nearly enough love.

    Synecdoche, New York is a brilliant masterpiece that relies entirely on PSH. A film that breaks down and defines the ego and purpose of all art. I am surprised that both of our hosts don’t even like the film.

    The second (and very different) its the EXTREMELY underrated MI3. I understand that Bryan and Anderson are not big action movie guys but if you are this is one of the best, with PSH playing one of the best villains of all time. It suffered because Tom Cruse was acting all crazy when it came out, plus its the third in a trilogy so i am sure it gets pre-judged as bad but not only is it the best Mission Impossible movie its one of the best action movies ever.

    5 stars for both IMHO

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    Posted by p1nbacker | February 8, 2014, 9:24 AM
    • Also i agree Cate Blanchett was flawless in blue jasmine but am i the only one who realises the plot is basically “streetcar named desire”?

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      Posted by p1nbacker | February 8, 2014, 9:28 AM
      • No that has been brought up a lot, and I don’t think the film is hiding the fact that it is an homage. If I were trying to describe it to someone that had never heard of it I would say it is a 21st century Streetcar where the ex husband is essentially Bernie Madoff.

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        Posted by Kid D-Brock | February 9, 2014, 2:13 PM
  22. Bryan – you are totally wrong about TBL. Very disappointing. Blame it on the tumor.

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    Posted by Mike Glee | February 8, 2014, 8:38 AM
  23. I have no problem with either of your lists. I am however surprised that his tour de force in Synecdoche, New York wasn’t even mentioned. I figured Anderson would at least have it on his list or also-rans. The movie isn’t great, but as per usual PSH’s performance is mesmerizing.

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    Posted by Zach | February 8, 2014, 8:12 AM
  24. Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s performance in Charlie Wilson’s War may have added two stars, but Julia Robert’s performance took away like three stars. Has there been a top 5 worst movie accents? Because that has got to be up there.

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    Posted by Kid D-Brock | February 7, 2014, 5:00 PM
  25. First off, yes Bryan is 100% wrong. The fact that he would never do anything like that is the whole point of the joke! His embarrassment shows how much Brandt is committed to staying in character, which is why he tries as hard as he can to speak positively even when spoken to so vulgarly. That is what makes it funny!!!COMPLETELY agree he is by far the funniest character in this movie. I saw it right when it came out on video when I was like 12 and I have always thought his character was so funny. At that age, I didn’t know that someone could be funny by not trying to be funny, it blew my mind. Jim Carrey = comedy to me, I had no idea there was such a thing as subtle comedy until I saw PSH as Brandt. In a way, it is almost his best role, so perfectly executed. But you can say that about all his best roles, it is what made him so amazing. This is a tough one, he really was the best actor of our generation.

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    Posted by Kid D-Brock | February 7, 2014, 4:58 PM
  26. Is every single comment on every Film Vault message board for the remainder of this podcast going to be about Byran’s incorrect analysis of that scene in Lebowski?
    Chet, don’t do it, man. You’ve already tagged me twice.

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    Posted by Michael P. Gowdy | February 7, 2014, 4:16 PM
  27. BB – you are incorrect. He is just embarrassed (and possibly gay & in love with the Big Lebowski, and not interested in her at all)

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    Posted by Joe | February 7, 2014, 1:30 PM
  28. Just embarrassed… I had no idea that anyone thought she was being honest.

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    Posted by Christopher Maynard | February 7, 2014, 1:23 PM
  29. In a Film Vault first, Bryan spoiled the ending of this episode of The Film Vault on the Adam Carolla Show yesterday.

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    Posted by Asscrackandbacksack | February 7, 2014, 1:15 PM
  30. I’m thinking perhaps he was just reacting to the fact that she quite possibly does that on a fairly regular basis (ie: propositioning guys).

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    Posted by Cory D. (@Voss451) | February 7, 2014, 1:02 PM
  31. The link for Quartet is wrong along with the name of the film. Correct Title – A Late Quartet (2012) — URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226240

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    Posted by A casual listener | February 7, 2014, 12:51 PM
  32. Bryan, you’re wrong & Anderson’s right. He was just embarrassed.

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    Posted by jratm23Jacob | February 7, 2014, 12:44 PM
  33. Just wanted to say thanks for the shout out about HARD LIVIN’ guys! -Graeme @HashtagGallery

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    Posted by Graeme Luey | February 7, 2014, 11:48 AM
  34. Bald Bryan was definitely wrong about the Big Lebowski.

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    Posted by jonbrown10 | February 7, 2014, 10:54 AM
  35. I’ve seen The Big Lebowski about a dozen times too, and I never thought Brandt actually watched Bunny either. He knows what a ho Bunny is, and is embarassed by her vulgarity. “We’re all VERY fond of her…” is kind of his uptight way of saying “We all know her bad reputation.”

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    Posted by Brian (the right way) | February 7, 2014, 8:48 AM
  36. I have seen The Big Lebowski over 15 or so times, and it has never even occured to me that Brandt did or ever watched Bunny’s movies. He is such a sweet guy that worships the Big Lebowski, and would never insult him by watching her movies. He was clearly embarassed by her because he is such an uptight guy, which is why he immediately tried to usher the Dude away after she said that. If he was in to watching her, he would have hovered to see what the Dude said. Anderson is totally right on this.

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    Posted by moviejunkie | February 7, 2014, 8:16 AM
  37. Haven’t listened, just read the films discussed, but how in the world is Doubt not on this list? His best performance imho…

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    Posted by Andrew | February 7, 2014, 3:40 AM

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