Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Well, unless you were hiding in a bunker somewhere, you know what happened yesterday.
Like everyone else on the planet, I was knocked right out of my sneakers, and took the rest of yesterday to process it.

I looked over this blog, and felt like a louse for knocking three of his films, not because I'd take those opinions back, but I don't wanna look like one of the hipsters that knocked him to be cool.

So, let's remember, he starred in two of my all-time favorite films reviewed here before...

Popeye (1980)

See here, here, and here.

The Adventures of the Baron Munchausen (1988)

See here.

Robin as King Of The Moon was easily the funniest bit of the whole thing.

And also...

Death to Smoochy (2002)

From here...

You either love or hate this one.
I'm in the former camp.
Danny Devito is just great, I can't think of one he did as director that truly let me down.
Well, it's probably why I had him as an imaginary guest in "The Krazyfool Show".

The only movie with the balls to tear down the whole Barney deal.
Everyone talked about how much they hated Barney, but only Devito did something.
You should be kissing his little boots.

Anyhoo, Henry Rollins tells a great story of auditioning for this flick.
Youtube it sometime.

Tch, I was on a Devito kick, because of "It's Always Sunny...", but come on, past Me, he's Rainbow Fucking Randolph!!!

"It's a cock!! It's made of dil-dough!!".

Shakes The Clown (1991)

From here.

Robin plays the Mime Instructor.

Bicentennial Man (1999)

See here.

Others I'd recommend for your memorial marathon...

World's Greatest Dad (2009)

Man of the Year (2006)

One Hour Photo (2002)

What Dreams May Come (1998)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Being Human (1994)

Aladdin (1992)

Hook (1991)

The Fisher King (1991)

Awakenings (1990)

The World According To Garp (1982)

And of course...

Mork & Mindy (1979-1982)

Hey, Paramount, release season 4 already.

Shit, I'd rather watch the weakest of these, or even fucking "Toys", over most of what passes for comedy lately.
You can damned well bet everyone will be seeing his last five he had in the can.
That feels so fucking weird...
Five Robin Williams films, and then no more, ever.

I still haven't processed it.
It's like when Phil Hartman died.
He was supposed to be around forever.


Billdude said...

Hey, if you think *you* felt like a louse, I'm the guy who used to propose that there's an age where you stop finding Robin Williams funny, just like there's an age when you stop believing in Santa Claus. I also claimed he had been in three times as many bad movies as good ones, said that his full-frontal bit in "The Fisher King" was one of the most disgusting things I'd ever seen in a movie, and have mentioned the rumor that he used to swipe stuff from lesser-known stand-up comics for his act.

Also, for years I thought that was a Williams-soundalike that did the voice of the bat in "FernGully." I was stunned to find out it actually was Robin Williams. And that was the same year as "Aladdin." Wow, is that part of the reason he got into that fight with Disney?

Geez, I was hard on the guy. To be fair, with the "you'll stop believing in him when you get older" bit, I was mostly referring to the goofy-voice-schtick he'd do in every single interview, and I can't be a liar now that he's dead and take that back.
I also didn't blame "Dead Poets Society" on him. Awful movie, but not really because of Robin, it's all the other stuff.

What I really need to do is go watch his more acclaimed stuff from back before Disney. I haven't seen "Popeye," "Moscow On The Hudson" or "The World According To Garp."

I wonder if "Hook" was really as bad as I remember it. Spielberg really got raked over the coals for that one and I sort of retroactively decided when I was older to go with the crowd on that one. I don't think I minded it at all when I saw it in theaters when I was 9.

He was pretty good as the bad guy in "Insomnia." There's also "One Hour Photo."

Poor guy, that Sarah Michelle Gellar show he was costarring in flopped pretty badly I take it. Maybe that was part of it.

Is it "bullshit" to remember the guy's good stuff with an inflated sun-glow when he dies? I dunno if I can really blame me, you, or humanity in general for that. Maybe if we were talking about Walter White or somebody, but not some celebrity comedian.

Whelp, RIP for the good stuff then Robin. Guess I'll try to avoid the ugly obligatory suicide debates on the Internet for the next few weeks.

Diacanu said...

I'd go with "Garp".
That one's really great.

"Hook", mehhh...it's more I have happy associations with it.

I have to see "Insomnia", and "Moscow On The Hudson".

Diacanu said...

I go back and forth with "Good Will Hunting", and "Good morning Vietnam".

Diacanu said...

I've seen "Moscow On The Hudson", and "Insomnia", now.

Both are great, but of the two, I'd recommend "Moscow".

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