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A Week of Williams: One Hour Photo
by Cookie N Screen
When the news that Robin Williams had passed away earlier this week, the whole globe broke into a tears. The cascade of anguish that poured out into the internet and atmosphere were filled with wishes of warmth, dedication and utter devastation. Whilst we fondly remember his most incredible roles, a theme streaked through the actor’s portfolio; tenderness, energy, love and the skill to level darker elements such as death and mental illness. There is no denying that the bereft of Robin’s talents touched our souls. Yet there was one role that simply had us chilled, showcasing his much denied ability to become an effective and haunting villain. This is that film, One Hour Photo.
A Week of Williams: Jumanji
by William John
If you're a child of the 90's, it's a fairly safe bet that whenever you hear a deep, solitary drum beat a small part of your subconscious shivers with a concoction of fear and excitement. Your inner child, the one you've hidden behind a mask of work, coffee and other facets of adultness, suddenly remembers something, something you still secretly crave for. He, or she, feels the hairs on the back of their neck stand to attention. There's movement in the corner of your eye. You hear a distant, angry buzzing of wings. You feel the ground tremble beneath your feet. The king of the jungle roars, it's ferocity striking at the centre of your soul. The cocking of a rifle as the hunter circles in on his prey. A pack of monkeys steals your police car. Wait, what?!
Ok, maybe I'm letting my imagination get ahead of me, but deep down, isn't that the point of Jumanji?
A Week of Williams: Night At The Museum
by Gemma Williams
Night at the Museum is a hilarious family film starring Ben Stiller as a museum security guard who works in a museum where the displays animate on a night time, and so the job of being a security guard is more dangerous than one would think. One of the characters to come to life is one Theodore J. Roosevelt, or Teddy, as he comes to be known.
A Week of Williams: FernGully
by Laura W
Before Avator, there was FernGully. FernGully: The Last Rainforest is a 1992 animated film, based on the book of the same name. FernGully was one of the first animated films I ever saw in theatres. While it was not the first one that I saw in theatres (that would belong to Fantasia, and yes, I sat through the majority of it), it was one of the first and very much part of my childhood. It wasn’t too entertaining, at first. It frightened me a little, if truth be told. However, it was once Robin Williams’ Batty made his entrance, that I really enjoyed the film. It has been a childhood favourite of mine ever since.
A Week of Williams: The Fisher King
by Hayley Charlesworth
I always believed that I’d be writing about The Fisher King for this website because of my intense devotion to Jeff Bridges. Never could I have foreseen the circumstances we now find ourselves in. This week has seen I’m With Geek celebrate some of Robin Williams’ finest work, and while other writers have celebrated the likes of Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting and Mrs Doubtfire, for me, The Fisher King is the masterpiece of the bunch. Directed by the visionary Terry Gilliam, The Fisher King sees Bridges and Williams turn in Oscar-worthy performances long before their respective wins, with Williams receiving a Best Actor nomination, co-star Mercedes Ruehl receiving the Supporting Actress Award, and Bridges nominated for a Golden Globe (an award won by – you guessed it – Robin Williams.)
by Leah Stone
Let’s just get this out of the way at the start: RV (Runaway Vacation) is definitely not one of the best films that Robin Williams has starred in. It was mostly panned by critics, and Rotten Tomatoes’ consensus stated it was; "an unoriginal and only occasionally funny family road-trip movie, RV is a mediocre effort that not even the charisma of Robin Williams can save." However, because of the current circumstances and the tragic loss of such a great man and actor, I decided to focus on the positives and highlight the reasons as to why Robin is such a great actor and managed to pull along a Terribrill film. Director Barry Sonnenfield has directed great works such as Men in Black, and The Addams Family, as well as producing many others. Although, he did not create a hit comedy genius film with RV, he still created a good watch.
A Week Of Williams: Good Morning Vietnam
by Vanessa Hague
GOOOOOOOD MOOOORRRNNNNING, VIETNAM!
The immortal words, the infamous quote; if you haven't seen it and have some interest in film, you've still probably heard that line in some form.
Good Morning, Vietnam which was first released way back in 1987, is probably the role that catapulted Robin Williams into Hollywood superstardom. It is quintessential Williams viewing, his trademark wit, humour and bouncing-off-the-walls energy is present here in buckets.
A Week of Williams: The Birdcage
by Vanessa Hague
The Birdcage is one of my favourite types of film - easy viewing, a flamboyant comedy about drag queens that actually has a real message to it when you look closer... I love it.
The Birdcage which was released in 1996, is a film adaptation of the play La Cage aux Folles and stars Robin Williams in the lead of Armand Goldman. He plays a gay drag club owner who's life is turned upside down when his son, Val (Dan Futterman), comes home one day and states that he plans on getting married. Cue Armand trying to pretend that his life is "normal" as his conservative rightwing future in-laws come to visit. Plus, these aren't just any old in-laws, one of them is Senator Kevin Kelley (Gene Hackman) who happens to be the co-founder of the "Coalition for Moral Order" and is caught in the middle of a terrible scandal and thinks the wedding of his daughter will once again cement his standing as a senator who stands for good traditional American values.
A Week of Williams: Dead Poets Society
by Aly Lalji
It’s ok to mourn the loss of someone with brilliance. Robin Williams had excellence and surpassed it often. He made me cry with tears of laughter in Mrs Doubtfire, he impressed the hell out of me in Good Will Hunting with his likeable but serious side. However, it was in Dead Poets Society he inspired me like no other teacher. In fact, Williams is the reason why I become a fully qualified High School Teacher
If I’m in the challenging profession of teaching boisterous teenagers, it’s simply because Robin Williams’ charismatic performance motivated me to make a difference and make an impact in a child’s life as he did.
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