Tag Archives: Robin Williams

Awakenings

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SIMPLE MIRACLE.  In 1969, physician Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) arrives at a Bronx hospital; after successfully using a different drug for catatonic patients, he sees them miraculously ”wake up”. This adaptation of Oliver Sacks’s experiences depicts the obvious anxiety and joy of coming back to life after being … Continue reading Awakenings

Teddy Roosevelt in the Movies: Bear Hunter, and Wax Doll

A sucker for presidential biographies, I’m about to finish Kathleen Dalton’s excellent book “Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life”. Much beloved by the public, Roosevelt constantly ranks as one of the most popular U.S. presidents ever. His accomplishments in life are impressive. Born into a wealthy and prominent New York family, young Teddy received a good education … Continue reading Teddy Roosevelt in the Movies: Bear Hunter, and Wax Doll

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

ONE FINAL NIGHT TO SAVE THE DAY. When Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) learns that the magical tablet that makes everything in the Museum of Natural History come alive at night is corroding, the race is on to save it. The third film in the franchise is very similar to its predecessors, but still has greater … Continue reading Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Good Morning, Vietnam

TIME TO ROCK IT FROM THE DELTA TO THE DMZ!   In 1965, Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) arrives in Saigon to serve as a DJ for Armed Forces Radio Service, but starts breaking protocol right away. Williams’s breakthrough, a story inspired by the real-life Cronauer, was a big commercial and critical hit, a perfect vehicle … Continue reading Good Morning, Vietnam

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

EVERYONE HAS A BAD DAY. HENRY HAS ONE EVERY DAY. When the hot-tempered Henry Altmann (Robin Williams) is told that he has a brain aneurysm, he provokes the exhausted doctor (Mila Kunis) to the degree that she tells him he only has 90 minutes left to live. This remake of the Israeli movie The 92 … Continue reading The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

The birdcage

COME AS YOU ARE. When Armand Goldman’s (Robin Williams) son is getting married to the daughter of an arch-conservative Republican senator (Gene Hackman), there is one detail that needs to be covered up – the fact that Armand is a gay club owner. This Americanized, Miami-set version of the French La Cage aux Folles (1978) … Continue reading The birdcage

Good Will Hunting

SOME PEOPLE CAN NEVER BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES, UNTIL SOMEONE BELIEVES IN THEM. A professor and a therapist (Stellan Skarsgård, Robin Williams) try to make a twenty-year-old janitor (Matt Damon) at MIT realize that his brilliant mind should not be wasted. The drama that made Damon and Ben Affleck into household names in Hollywood became a … Continue reading Good Will Hunting

Dead Poets Society: Against the Stream

HE WAS THEIR INSPIRATION. HE MADE THEIR LIVES EXTRAORDINARY.    This movie was released when I was 13 and I remember what kind of effect it had on us all. Suddenly, we expected every teacher at school to be like John Keating, an inspiring “captain” we’d be willing to fight for. That was the ideal, … Continue reading Dead Poets Society: Against the Stream

The Big Wedding

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START ACTING LIKE A FAMILY. When their adoptive son Alejandro (Ben Barnes) is about to get married, Don and Ellie (Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton), who are divorced, have to pretend to still be married in order to satisfy Alejandro’s biological mother. This remake of a French romantic comedy, Mon … Continue reading The Big Wedding

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

ONE QUIET VOICE CAN IGNITE A REVOLUTION.  A brisk walk through American history and the civil rights movement in particular, as we follow a black man (Forest Whitaker) who serves seven presidents in the White House from Eisenhower to Reagan. How is the cause best served is the most important question asked in the film. … Continue reading Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Mrs. Doubtfire

She makes dinner. She does windows. She reads bedtime stories. She’s a blessing… in disguise.   When Miranda Hillard (Sally Field) divorces Daniel (Robin Williams), he takes drastic means to be close to his three children, turning himself (with a little help from his makeup artist brother) into a sixtysomething, Scottish housekeeper. A huge box-office hit … Continue reading Mrs. Doubtfire

Shrink

THE DOCTOR IS OUT. Renowned Beverly Hills psychotherapist Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey) is having a breakdown, fueled by his drug addiction… but that doesn’t stop him from seeing patients. An independent production made with all the best intentions, but sometimes that’s not enough. The movie introduces us to several people in L.A., many of them … Continue reading Shrink

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OFF THE BATTLE IS ON. While Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) has been busy creating a business empire for himself, his old buddies at the Museum of Natural History are being shipped off to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The kind of mandatory sequel where no one involved has to work hard to … Continue reading Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian