Backlighting: Robin Williams

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Robin Williams was not only a fantastic comedic and dramatic actor, but he was also an amazing stand up comedian. His loss will forever leave a giant hole in the childhood memories of my generation, but the laughs will live on forever. From hearing his voice in Aladdin, to him dressing as an elderly English woman, there will never be another Robin Williams. He saved the movie RV, a film that falls flat with any other lead, but is saved by the life he brings to his character. Other classics like Dead Poets Society, Good Mourning, Vietnam, and of course Good Will Hunting would be far from what they were with any other actor in Robin’s place. Unfortunately, he had a personal battle with depression that was never fully cured and it led him to take his own life. Thank you Robin Williams. Oh captain, my captain. May you now find happiness… rest in peace.

My Top 5

  1. Dead Poets Society (1989)
  2. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
  3. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  4. Aladdin (1992)
  5. Good Will Hunting (1997)

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3 Honorable Mentions

  • The Birdcage (1996)
  • Worlds Greatest Dad (2009)
  • One Hour Photo (2002)

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The Overrated

  • Jumanji (1995)

Full disclosure, this movie kind creeped out a 9 year old me. So right out the gate I wasn’t a fan. I have seen it since in my adult life and still don’t see why people enjoy it. No, I wasn’t creeped out again, it just felt like a below average movie. When he passed this title kept coming up in clips and conversation and I wanted to pull my hair out. His catalog is so vast and has done much better work before and after this film.

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The Underrated

  • Patch Adams (1998)

This movie warmed my heart, made me laugh, and turned on the water works. I haven’t seen this movie since it’s release but I remember the emotions I went through while watching this film. Now when I went to see what I wanted to put as Robin Williams most underrated movie, I was shocked to see that Patch Adams is at 22% on Rotten Tomatoes. How? It’s not a masterpiece by any means but I would have assumed this film would be sitting in the 70s or so. For that reason, this is my pick for underrated.

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The Dud

  • Old Dogs (2009)

Woof… what more should I say about Old Dogs. I have almost blocked this movie out of my mind completely. Without going back and re-watching a clip or the trailer, I don’t have much to say besides avoid at all cost.

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5 Still on the Watch-list

  • Bicentennial Man (1999)
  •  Death to Smoochy (2002)
  • Insomnia (2002)
  • What Dreams May Come (1998)
  • The Fisher King (1991)

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2014 Fall Movie Preview

Fall preview time! It’s time to look at what has already came out this Fall and what else is on the way. Here are my most anticipated movies for September, October, and November.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Fall 2014 Movies

5. Dumb and Dumber To, November 14th

– The much anticipated sequel to Dumb and Dumber! Harry and Lloyd are back and I can’t wait! I know it won’t be as god as the first one, especially with so many years in-between, but I refuse to be anything but optimistic.

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4. Fury, October 17th

– World War II movies are and always will be in my sweet spot. The cast looks fantastic and the trailer looks awesome, but it will all come down to David Ayer. He’s been hit and miss for me.

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3.Gone Girl, October 3rd

– I don’t know anything about the story but you got me at Fincher. Seems like it might be an Oscar candidate as well. Plus this is a big opportunity for Ben Affleck to build some momentum for his Batman role next year.

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2. Foxcatcher, November 14th

– Steve Carell…. wow! Did you see him in that trailer? Looks like a great opportunity for Carell to shed Michael Scott even more  and trade his comedic chops in temporarily for an Oscar worthy performance in this dramatic piece.

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1. Interstellar, November 7th

– Christopher Nolan is looking to push the boundaries with this one. The trailer is leaving much to the imagination and not giving us much as far as the plot which is perfect. I want to be left in the dark. This is my most anticipated movie of the year.

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5 Honorable Mentions

  • A Walk Among the Tombstones, September 19th
  • The Equalizer, September 26th
  • Tusk, September 19th
  • Birdman, October 17th
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part , November 21st