Hearing the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s untimely death today gave me pause. It is always a bit strange when a popular celebrity dies relatively young. For me, it is a pointed reminder of our frailty, no matter how much we have going for us.
This evening, I decided to watch a movie in which Hoffman starred in 2008 (and which I had meant to see for some time). The movie is ‘Doubt‘. It’s one of those rare films that captures you, makes you feel uncertain, and leaves you with more questions by the end than answers. The acting in this film was quite an achievement. I can tell this film will have me mulling over some of its themes for some time. If you haven’t seen this movie, and you’re into more thought-provoking films, I would recommend this one.
One of the scenes that stuck me was when Hoffman’s character preaches a sermon on gossip. You can watch the clip here: