I think we're all still trying to absorb the news that the great Robin Williams has passed away of an apparent suicide.The cause of death just makes it sting more. Sometimes the ones that make us laugh are the ones that are hurting the most. It's tragic all around, depression is a nasty disease. I hope one day the stigma around depression and suicide can be lifted. It's not a "selfish" act, it's a desperate one, and words like that can hurt. But I'm going to try to keep this light, because that's what Robin Williams really was for me. He was funny and likable. So much so that I couldn't even watch Jack without crying as a kid (and probably as an adult if I tried again) because the mere thought of people being mean to Robin Williams is un-fucking-bearable.
Here are my 5 favorite Williams films. RIP sir, you were a big part of my childhood.
1) One Hour Photo
This is my all time favorite Williams performance because it was something so different from what I was used to seeing. (I mostly watched his family films at the time)
I randomly get "Prince Ali" stuck in my head all the time. William's iconic voice as the Genie was perfect. I loved this one as a kid, and it's one I hope my own child enjoys as well.
3) Bicentennial Man
I went to see this in theaters twice. I was 12 when it came out, and I loved every minute of it.
4) Good Will Hunting
How can I not include his Oscar winning performance? This film is excellent. (and I'm due for a re-watch sometime soon)
5) Mrs. Doubtfire
I will still watch this movie when it's on TV. I thought it was hilarious when I was a kid. I can't even tell you how many times my friends and I would say "p-p-p-p-p-piss off, Lou" to each other. The whole premise is absolutely ridiculous, but the lesson it teaches is not. Plus this tweet from David Neary made me see it in a whole other light, and I'm so glad he shared this with us.
Honorable Mention: Jumanji, Fern Gully, Insomnia, Dead Poets Society
I'm really due for an Insomnia re-watch as well.
Never Seen: House of D, The Birdcage.