Sad news indeed regarding Philip Seymour Hoffman. I quite enjoyed his performance in Capote.
Speaking of films and the deceased, I'm pretty stoked to be getting a multi-volume collection of Theo Angelopoulos's output from his earliest days as director to his last film before his death in 2012. It has English subtitles, but it's not US region, so I'm going to have to unearth my region-free player from storage. It's a shame most of his work has yet to see a proper releases here in the States, as he was to my mind and many others one of the greatest living directors of our time.
I've given a few extracurricular lectures on his films, along with Tarkovsky, Sokurov, and Hou Hsiao-hsien. Good times.