Although it happened yesterday, I still cannot brain that one of the greatest actors of our generation, Philip Seymour Hoffman, has died. I mean, I am genuinely floored.
So last night, BDH and I sat down to watch Pirate Radio, which is one of our favourites, and features a brilliant Hoffman, and also contains what I think is one of the most awesome intros ever.
Dude. THE COUNT, yo.
Hoffman did much greater work than this, which is stunning in that I really, really love this movie and his performance in it. I mean, he won an Oscar for Capote and was nominated for three others (including this year), for crap’s sake. The man was an incredibly gifted performer. An incredible talent. Also, by all accounts, an incredibly well-liked, well-respected man by his peers. And, as it happened, an incredibly human man with problems.
But I like to remember him in this, one of my favourite actors in one of my favourite roles and with a soundtrack of some of my favourite music. Rest well, good sir.
So today, I encourage you to seek out the movie (WARNING: CONTAINS MUCH SWEARING AND CARRYING ON OF A SLIGHTLY SEXUAL AND MOSTLY RIDICULOUS NATURE AND I LOVE IT LIKE WHOA) and not only enjoy a fun comedic turn by the much-mourned PSH, but also has a fantastic sixties soundtrack.
You’ll get The Kinks’ “All Day and All of the Night”, which is now forever linked to PSH in my mind, and is a favourite of Stinkerbelle’s because of the movie:
Also, “Elenore” by The Turtles:
The Isley Brothers “This Old Heart of Mine”:
Shake the winter blues with “Sunny Afternoon” by the Kinks:
Do some “Dancing in the Streets” with Martha and the Vandellas:
Enjoy some more pop-y goodness from the Turtles:
And a sweet Beach Boys’ tune:
But really, if you like 60s music even a little, go watch this movie. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. And enjoy a lovely wryly comedic performance by one of the finest character actors of our time.