Remembering Robin Williams Through Movies

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Remembering Robin Williams Through Movies

Robin Williams has had plenty of memorable roles over the years, but these were some of his finest.

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No Bicentennial Man? It was syrupy and not a great script, but for some reason I remember enjoying it.

Aw come on, still no Fisher King. That movie gets ignored way too much.

I freaking love Baron Munchausen, although I love most low budget fantasy films that use extensive puppet props, elaborate sets and embellished make-up work, e.g. Labyrinth.

Theres an idea for a future list Bob, if you're into that sort of thing.

OT: I havn't actually watched most of these films although I hear many are very good, imma check to see if any are on Netflix later me'thinks.

Also, I just realized that people who have never seen Patch Adams may have the same idea as me and give it a try...

...WHY DID NO ONE THINK OF MAKING HIM THE RIDDLER!

aaaaaah! Thanks Bob, now I have to deal with this on top of knowing his last movie will be Night at the museum 3.

My favorite movies starring Robin Williams are Aladdin, Dead Poets Society, and What Dreams May Come... I seem to enjoy his more dramatic roles. One of these days I should give Good Will Hunting a try...

Also seeing the summary for his last movie? ...Yeesh, talk about awkward... bet it'll be hard to watch that movie now without cringing. (Also What Dreams May Come won't be easy to watch after this... damnit...)

el_emmens:
...WHY DID NO ONE THINK OF MAKING HIM THE RIDDLER!

aaaaaah! Thanks Bob, now I have to deal with this on top of knowing his last movie will be Night at the museum 3.

I think Robin Williams was considered to be the Riddler during the making of Batman Forever, but they ultimately chose Jim Carrey.

He also tried to get the part of the Joker in the first Batman movie.

Now THAT would've been interesting.

I still think one of my favorite Robin Williams performances is from the season 2 premier of Homicide: Life on the Street where he plays a father vacationing in Baltimore with his wife and children when his wife is murdered in a robbery gone wrong. This was 1993-1994 so just after his more family friendly movies and it was a real shock to see him taking on such a serious and dour role. Out of all the celebrity appearances in that show, I think his was the best, just watch for yourself.

I think it is truly amazing at how much of an outpouring there's been for the man. Christopher Titus, one of my favorite comedians, said Williams was the whole reason he got into standup and was floored when he finally met the guy who merely said "Settle down Chris, I'm just like you" (Titus disagreed). Then there's Jessica Chastain saying that Williams sponsoring a Julliard scholarship let her be the first person in her family to get a degree, Ben Affleck going as far to say he and Matt Damon owed everything to Williams since if he hadn't signed up for Good Will Hunting they never would have earned their fame. It's just amazing at how charitable and generous he was, earning him real respect and admiration from so many people. You don't see guys like that often and it's a shame he left.

I grew up with the man. He defined my childhood as well as my adult life. It was truly special to graduate from his family-friendly movies like Aladdin, Flubber, Jumanji, and Hook, to his adult movies like Good Will Hunting, Patch Adams, Fisher King, and What Dreams May Come.

What can I say? The man made me laugh and cry and, even if I never met him, he made my life a happier, funnier place. We all wished we could tell him "thank you" for that.

Why did you not include Jumanji? I must have watched that film about 10 times in my childhood!

I'm glad Bob included One Hour Photo. Such a creepy turn by Williams that really showed his range. My wife and I still will say, "You're acting like Syd!" whenever either of us say something weird.

One Hour Photo is just too dark and Insomnia is his best movie by far. What makes both of these films interesting is that it is clear that he was inserting his own struggles into the personality of his psychologically damaged characters.

Netflix has the single greatest review of One Hour Photo on it. It's a 1-star review that only says, "I'm sorry I wasted 30 min watching this mess. It was sooo creepy I couldn't any more." If that's not a glowing recommendation, I don't know what is.

CrazyGirl17:
(Also What Dreams May Come won't be easy to watch after this... damnit...)

Yeah, when my friend's and I got together to watch some Robin Williams movies, I chose What Dreams May Come, which I hadn't seen in 12 years and was the only one that had. I remembered Robin Williams pulling his wife out of hell....but not why she was there. Needless to say, things got super awkward and I was rightfully ridiculed.

Okay, I see why you hesitated on that World's Greatest Dad, too... eesh... Robin Williams' death feels like the floodgate that suddenly let loose all sorts of other misery upon the world. I'm not saying that to be disrespectful, it just feels like it was the first bit of bad news which was then followed by the entire situation in Ferguson, which just got worse and worse, so, it feels to me like Robin took a lot of the joy that kept people happy with him...

Toys is never going to show up on a 'Best of' list of his movies, but there was an epitaph on William's character's father's tombstone which I'll forever associate with him.

"Let Joy and Innocence Prevail"

Good Will Hunting? I know we can't bring up every movie but he got an Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in that and it's a true classic in its own right. This happens to be the only Oscar he ever received. Williams actually had a long history of nominations with comparatively few awards considering the volume of great work he did.

Here's his oscar speech for it. One of the best speeches the Oscars have seen.

Patch Adams most likely should have gotten a nod too.

What Dreams May Come always stuck with me. Vivid and dark, quite a contrast. One of my first thoughts was how much sadder he made this movie to watch. Man has done some major films with suicide as a theme. I also really enjoyed Bicentennial Man though I know that wasn't as popular as it could have been. Jumanji was a great role for him too.

Why the Law and Order episode? Doesn't really qualify as a movie... though it was the last thing he got an award in (I wonder if he was feeling irrelevant after having been nominated for so many things since then without recognition for the work).

Jack is one of the first movies I remember being sad when watching. Probably the first time I remember saying that he's an amazing actor.

You know, I've seen a lot of major actors die, it happens as it must happen to all. I thought "that's really sad" when I heard this news and moved along. But for some reason, the reality of Robin's death keeps coming back to me. I'm actually truly saddened that he's dead rather than just vaguely sentimental about a lost legend. I don't mean I'm mourning or anything so intimate. But my heart is heavy for the loss and that's not common for me with people I haven't personally met. Strange on face value, but I think we all realize that this man brought the world a lot of happiness.

Thank you for mentioning one of my favorites with One hour Photo and Death to Smochy. Toys is the one I still think as his best. Was the first movie I really got attached to. First movie I had the soundtrack to. The man's best things are things people don't tend to know about. What Dreams May Come being the perfect movie that all of the family. The Final Cut being one that still feels like a cathartic release for Williams, that I still love since it has this eerie feel of what may be. It feels like if you made a movie about an editor, and a bit sad there isn't more movies like that.

Fun fact, the SVU episode is based off a real event.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strip_search_prank_call_scam

Furbyz:

Yeah, when my friend's and I got together to watch some Robin Williams movies, I chose What Dreams May Come, which I hadn't seen in 12 years and was the only one that had. I remembered Robin Williams pulling his wife out of hell....but not why she was there. Needless to say, things got super awkward and I was rightfully ridiculed.

She commits suicide and he goes threw hell to reach her. Rather then stay in heaven alone, choices to be in hell with her.

mykalwane:

Furbyz:

Yeah, when my friend's and I got together to watch some Robin Williams movies, I chose What Dreams May Come, which I hadn't seen in 12 years and was the only one that had. I remembered Robin Williams pulling his wife out of hell....but not why she was there. Needless to say, things got super awkward and I was rightfully ridiculed.

She commits suicide and he goes threw hell to reach her. Rather then stay in heaven alone, choices to be in hell with her.

And she doesn't just go to hell, she goes to the darkest dankest part of hell reserved solely for those who take their own lives.

Truly a sad movie to watch now...

mykalwane:

Furbyz:

Yeah, when my friend's and I got together to watch some Robin Williams movies, I chose What Dreams May Come, which I hadn't seen in 12 years and was the only one that had. I remembered Robin Williams pulling his wife out of hell....but not why she was there. Needless to say, things got super awkward and I was rightfully ridiculed.

She commits suicide and he goes threw hell to reach her. Rather then stay in heaven alone, choices to be in hell with her.

Too late, we watched it 3 days ago. That would've been very helpful then.

Its hard when one of the big stars of your childhood passes away like this, most of my early film memories have starred or involved Robin in some way. But I'm glad that there has been so much support for the guy (minus a few dicks on twitter).

I'm sorry, but you will never, ever, ever convince me that Hook was anything but an amazing movie. The nostalgia goggles are welded to my face and will never come off.

Other than that, I have nothing really to contribute to this that other people haven't said better than I ever will.

Gizen:
I'm sorry, but you will never, ever, ever convince me that Hook was anything but an amazing movie. The nostalgia goggles are welded to my face and will never come off.

Other than that, I have nothing really to contribute to this that other people haven't said better than I ever will.

Exactly. Jim Sterling would disagree with Bob on that, so I'm assuming Bob doesn't watch MDF here. Also, Aladdin was far from a smarmy douche. And Bob, you left off Jumanji! That was my jam as a kid.

Damn good choice on Death to Smoochy being on there, it's one of my absolute favorite satirical films and has a pleasantly dark and grim tone to it with its heavy exaggerated tone of the children's shown business. It's one of my favorite films of Williams as well and also one of the first movies I ever saw and recognized Edward Norton in.

Aiddon:
I think it is truly amazing at how much of an outpouring there's been for the man. Christopher Titus, one of my favorite comedians, said Williams was the whole reason he got into standup and was floored when he finally met the guy who merely said "Settle down Chris, I'm just like you" (Titus disagreed).

Titus is one of my absolutely favorite 'realistic' comedians of all time and to know that he was inspired/wanted to be a comedian because of williams is not surprising when I think about it... But definitely something cool to hear. I've rarely seen Titus hold back and he just fucking gives it his all, even if it is extremely uncomfortable or awkward or hurtful, but he never truly comes off as... what I think most people would define as 'offensive'. Both Norman Rockwell is Bleeding and Love is Evol are two of my absolute favorite monologues/stand up specials of all time, probably up there with My Girlfriend's Boyfriend from John Birbiglia (Absolutely AMAZING performance if you've never seen it and also dripping with realism) and Williams big HBO monologue he did a few years ago.

I mean if there's definitely one thing that I feel towards williams, it's that there's plenty of quality material for all the mud that gets slung his way for the less than beloved titles like Ms. Doubtfire or Jumanji...

Casual Shinji:
Aw come on, still no Fisher King. That movie gets ignored way too much.

I agree I was thinking "I wonder what they will say about Fisher King" the whole way through. Cmon Bob if you are going to list his best movies you HAVE to include that one.

And here I was hoping RV would be on the list. In all seriousness though me and my family LOVE that movie. Simply because they rented RVs and honestly shit like that happened to them. If they had gotten anyone else in that movie I doubt it would've held together. Robin Williams really does hold the whole production together on that one. That and Flubber.

Now's the part where people rage about my taste in Williams' performances isn't it?

Man, Good Will Hunting is, in my opinion, Williams' best performance ever. I mean, I grew up watching Jumanji, Flubber, Doubtfire, Hook, etc, but Good Will Hunting just absolutely topples every other performance he's ever done. Really, if anyone wants to look at Williams' at his best they should check out that film. Well, his best when it comes to acting; everyone knows Williams' was at his best when it comes to stand-up comedy.

PunkRex:
I freaking love Baron Munchausen, although I love most low budget fantasy films that use extensive puppet props, elaborate sets and embellished make-up work, e.g. Labyrinth.

Baron Munchausen is a very fun collection of stories. If you like the film you may want to check out the originals :D Wonderfully goofy given their age.

I think there is one thing that can be said about Robbin Williams. Even if he was in a bad movie, he was still awesome. The rest of the movie may fail, but his parts were always great, be it drama or comedy, he would sell it.

Truly, he will be missed.

And I need to check if my friends and I are still on to watch a bunch of his movies this weekend.

Ferisar:

PunkRex:
I freaking love Baron Munchausen, although I love most low budget fantasy films that use extensive puppet props, elaborate sets and embellished make-up work, e.g. Labyrinth.

Baron Munchausen is a very fun collection of stories. If you like the film you may want to check out the originals :D Wonderfully goofy given their age.

I will defo give them a look.

I remember watching Popeye as a kid! I had no idea it was Robin Williams. I think Good Morning Vietnam is my favourite Robin Williams movie, it has a good balance of plot and humour. I also have fond movies of watching Jumanji and Hook as a kid - Hook is wrongly labeled as terrible, thank you Movie Defense Force and Movie Bob for agreeing.

One of my favourite actors. He was so versatile. His movies made me laugh, cry, and inspired me in many ways. For a long time, I didn't even realize that he was so talented at dramatic roles too. It wasn't until I saw him play a chillingly understated role as the villain in Insomnia that I took a deeper look at his career and discovered all kinds of dramatic gems.

"Bicentennial Man" needs to be on this list. I really enjoyed that movie, despite how sappy the final part was (which makes it so different from the cerebral, cold, Asimov tale it was based on).

Odd that in "The Birdcage" Robin Williams sports the cliche gay moustaches to play a gay character.

"One Hour Photo" is awesome and scary. That movie always makes me think how, if Tim Burton had directed a third Batman movie, Robin Williams would have been the Riddler. That is such a HUGE missed opportunity... The Riddler is my favorite Batman character and I think no one, no one will ever be as fit for the part as Robin Williams would have been.

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