Sunday, August 9, 2009

Can’t lives on Won’t Street

Phillip Seymour Hoffman portrayed a flaming drag queen and vocal coach hopeful of a trans-gendering surgery named, Rusty Zimmerman. Robert DeNiro’s character Waldo Koontz, was a narrow-minded homophobic, retired police officer possessing many chauvinistic intolerances. The two characters were neighbors in a cramped brownstone located in Manhatten’ Lower East Side who despised each other and their lifestyles tremendously.

In the midst of a heated argument over what is morally correct and socially acceptable behavior, the two adversaries were matched blow for blow until Rusty knocked Waldo’s breath out with this simple yet profound statement; “Can’t Lives On Won’t Street”. The (1999) film Flawless depicts two, extremely strong-willed people who desperately need each other for different reasons. The journey that bridges the gap between them reveals that the pair are not as dissimilar as once thought; but are indeed each possessing the same qualities both esteem in their friendships, love and life. Together, they find the road between them is a common one full of the same aspirations; to be genuinely accepted, appreciated and loved by those they’ve come to care for the most.

This is one of the best films I have ever seen. Poignant and punched full of twists that will make you rethink your own biases, stacked on top of superb acting by two of the greatest talents in film history will lead you to the same conclusion. Phillip Seymour Hoffman won four awards in 2000 for Best Actor including the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild.

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