Essential Philip Seymour Hoffman performances
Dan Mahowny in 'Owning Mahowny'
It was actually Roger Ebert who really put "Owning Mahowny" on my radar in 2003. The late critic put the film on his top 10 list and he was completely right. The film remains a bit of a deep cut in Hoffman's career, but no less exemplary for his ability to slip under the skin of a role. It's also a portrait of obsession (gambling) that obviously registers a newfound pang of sadness in the wake of Hoffman's passing. His uncanny way of depicting men with demons will forever be held in a new, unfortunate light, but genius is genius and Hoffman exhibited it here.
- Kristopher Tapley