The best Philip Seymour Hoffman scene ever


I know everybody loves Philip Seymour Hoffman, and there are plenty of great movies and great scenes to remember in the wake of his death.

But when I think of him, I still just think of two things: his performance in Boogie Nights, which was unforgettable.  And I think of this:

It’s not even his performance exactly, although his performance is, by many orders of magnitude, the best thing in a movie that could generously be described as stupid.  It’s the sound editing.  Every time the basketball hits the backboard, accompanied by that deliriously wonderful “Let it rain!”, I’m reminded of why the universe is wonderful.

So thanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

About the author

Tom Howard

Tom Howard is the author of Fierce Pretty Things (Indiana University Press, 2019).

He received his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Fierce Pretty Things won the 2018 Blue Light Books Fiction Prize, and his individual stories have won the Ninth Letter Literary Award in Fiction, the Indiana Review Fiction Prize, the Robert and Adele Schiff Award for Fiction, the Carve Magazine Prose & Poetry Contest, the Tobias Wolff Award in Fiction, the Innovative Short Fiction Prize, the Willow Springs Ficiton Prize, the Rash Award in Fiction, and the Robert J. DeMott Award for Short Prose.

He lives with his wife in Arlington, Virginia.

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