Addiction and Philip Seymour Hoffman

When talent is wasted it’s always a disappointing and desperately sad occasion. Philip Seymour-Hoffman has been described by his peers as one of the luminaries and shining lights of the acting world. But this is about more than Seymour-Hoffman, this is about mental health affecting all walks of life and being more random than even the most severe of diseases. Rest easy, Philip.

12 Years A Slave – Steve McQueen

12 Years a Slave raced to critical acclaim on immediate release. Telling the tale of Solomon Northup, a free black man sold into slavery, 12 Years looks intimately at the often forgotten period of depravity in North America. Steve McQueen’s film is an honest, brutal glimpse into man at his best and at his worst.

The Dallas Buyers Club – Jean-Marc Vallée

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto conspire to put to film the story of a former abusive, homophobic bull-riding lay-about who after contracting HIV befriends a straight-up transgender fashionista. Jean-Marc Vallée sees in The Dallas Buyers Club an opportunity to bring to light some truths belonging to the era, but that can still be relevant in this day and age.