On Dec. 20, 2007, the Indy printed a review by Andy Smetanka of Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. As Smetanka was prone to do, the review went down an unconventional path—this one ending up as a love letter to the film's star.
In light of the actor's death Sunday morning, the review, "Still the Best: Adoring Philip Seymour Hoffman," captures a great deal of what people will miss about the actor. An excerpt:
We love him as a warped moral mirror and a medium for exorcising our feeblest, most cowardly hankerings by acting them out on our behalf.
You can read the full review here.