Last week, Hollywood lost two actors who enriched any movie they appeared in.
Maximilian Schell passed away February 1st, 2014 at the age of 83. Instant Netflix has only three of his movies available but two of them are ones he directed (Marlene and My Sister Maria). The other is House of the Sleeping Beauties. I highly recommend the documentary Marlene.
Philip Seymour Hoffman died tragically at the age of 46 on February 2nd, 2014. There isn’t really a need to rehash this as his death, presumably from a heroin overdose, is all over the media. He was one of my favorite character actors.
Instant Netflix has eight of his films available for streaming, from Leap of Faith in 1992 to Salinger in 2013. The best, from a Hoffman perspective, is probably A Late Quartet though my favorite is The Talented Mr. Ripley. The others are Nobody’s Fool, Hard Eight, Punch-Drunk Love, and Mary and Max.
R.I.P. Maximilian Schell and Philip Seymour Hoffman – you will both be missed.