**Reposted from September 13, 2012**
I, like many film buffs, am eagerly anticipating Paul Thomas Anderson's new opus The Master, based on L. Ron Hubbard and the beginnings of Scientology. His oeuvre is one of the most exciting set of films by a contemporary director available even though it is only comprised of five features - Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, and The Master - and a few shorts. One of the best aspects of this oeuvre is that Anderson has worked with the fine actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on four of them and that is one of the biggest reasons I am anticipating The Master. Hoffman has long been one of my favorite actors because he has always been able to make an impression on me even if his part was only a 2-minute scene as an obnoxious craps player (shaka-laka doo, shaka-laka dooby doo). I think about his performances well after leaving the theater or turning off the DVD and that is rare among contemporary actors. He is a guy who doesn't get glory roles, those meaty leading man roles that are offered to, frankly, lesser actors who may be prettier but certainly don't command the same presence. That is one of the worst things about Hollywood - face, not talent, sells. Nearly all of Hoffman's performances stand out and that is why he is one of the most exciting actors working today. That being said, I'm here to laud my five favorite performances that Philip Seymour Hoffman has committed to celluloid (or digital whatever).