Laff at the Movies

“Hollywood Today Live” coming to WOTV September 14th

September 2nd, 2015 at 6:58 pm by under Entertainment
"Hollywood Today Live" team

“Hollywood Today Live” team: AJ Gibson, Kristen Brockman, Porscha Coleman, Tanner Thomason, Amanda Salas

“Hollywood Today Live” coming to WOTV Monday-Friday at 5pm on September 14th

The show will begin airing to 50 million viewers on 45 stations across the country as an hour long entertainment news and talk variety show.

“Hollywood Today Live” will make its national debut Monday, September 14th.

From Press Release:

“Produced overlooking the corner of Hollywood and Vine by Media General’s production studio, BiteSizeTV, the show engages TV viewers through social media while delivering the latest and most outrageous movie, TV and pop culture news, exclusive celebrity interviews and the hottest red carpet premieres.”

Hosted by Ohio native AJ Gibson; Kentucky native Kristen Brockman;  quadruple threat (actress, singer, dancer and choreographer) Hollywood native Porscha Coleman; comedian and Oklahoma native Tanner Thomason; and Las Vegas native and frequent red carpet correspondent Amanda Salas.

The show’s live production takes place each weekday, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. PST (12pm – 1pm EST), overlooking the Hollywood Walk of Fame at a street-­‐level studio allowing fans to watch and interact with the show.  A dedicated in-­‐studio “Tweet Suite” will connect guests directly to those watching from home via Twitter.  “Hollywood Today LIVE” will air in 12 of FOX Television Stations’ markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and 33 of Media General’s markets including San Francisco, Tampa and Indianapolis.

Viewers can watch their favorite moments from “Hollywood Today LIVE” every day at HollywoodTodayLive.com.

On twitter: @OfficialHTL, @AJGibson, @kristenbrockman@PorschaColeman, @TannerThomason, and @AmandaSalas  (more…)


Grand Rapids restaurant in “The End of the Tour” scene

July 30th, 2015 at 1:19 pm by under Entertainment
"The End of the Tour" New York Times anatomy of a scene series

“The End of the Tour” New York Times anatomy of a scene series

Grand Rapids New Beginnings restaurant featured in scene released online

“The End of the Tour” is the focus of the latest New York Times ”anatomy of a scene” series with director commentary from James Ponsoldt.  The scene was filmed in a New Beginnings restaurant in Grand Rapids in 2014.

The movie is set in 1996 and in this scene (about 17 minutes into the movie according to Ponsoldt), with Jesse Eisenberg (reporter David Lipsky) interviewing Jason Segel (author David Foster Wallace).  Ponsoldt talks about what’s happening in the scene, not changing much about the look of the restaurant, the music playing in the background, and how the actors collaborated with him in the process.

“The End of the Tour” will open in New York and Los Angeles July 31st.  It will open August 14th in Detroit and August 21st in Grand Rapids.  In addition to Eisenberg and Segel, the cast includes Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, and Ron Livingston.  The drama based on the true story of David Lipsky, the Rolling Stone reporter who interviewed the Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace for five days in 1996.  The movie is rated R for language including some sexual references, it runs 1 hour, 46 minutes.

You can watch the entire ‘anatomy of a scene’ video on New York Times website.

"The End of the Tour" New York Times anatomy of a scene series

“The End of the Tour” New York Times anatomy of a scene series

The movie filmed for about 5 weeks in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Grand Haven, and the the Muskegon County Airport Terminal in February and March 2014 and spent about $2.1 million in Michigan, mostly in the greater Grand Rapids area.   The Michigan Film Office said that the movie was  approved for the state’s film incentive.  ”End of the Tour” was awarded a $495,380 incentive based on $2,105,652 of projected in-state expenditures. At the time it was labeled “one of the biggest projects in 5 years”, as the limited projects drawn by the Michigan Film Incentives had mostly gone to the Detroit area.  The movie also filmed in Minneapolis and New York City.

(Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?autoplay=1&v=fqUa5sYHC9s&app=desktop )

Past blog posts about “The End of the Tour”:

5/27/15: http://blogs.woodtv.com/2015/05/27/the-end-of-the-tour-trailer-poster-and-release-info/

3/11/14: http://blogs.woodtv.com/2014/03/11/end-of-the-tour-spending-2-1-million-in-michigan/

3/5/14: http://blogs.woodtv.com/2014/03/05/movie-closing-lane-of-196-for-end-of-the-tour/

2/19/14: http://blogs.woodtv.com/2014/02/19/grand-rapids-will-be-segel-and-eisenbergs-end-of-the-road/  (more…)


Review: “Pixels” premise is ridiculous, writing is sloppy, and humor is PG-13 BUT it’s not bad

July 24th, 2015 at 12:01 am by under Entertainment
"Pixels" courtesy Columbia Pictures

“Pixels” courtesy Columbia Pictures

“Pixels” (2015)
Rated: PG-13 for some language and suggestive comments
Runtime: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

My spoiler-free review:

There’s a lot of original adventure, fun, and laughs in “Pixels”, but this could’ve been a much more family-friendly movie, however you can’t expect too much from an Adam Sandler comedy.  I wasn’t expecting much so the movie was a lot better than I expected.  There were a half-dozen suggestive sentences of dialogue and a large handful of bad words that the movie didn’t need.  Cutting out those things would make it a better movie for families and probably earn the movie a PG rating and a higher score from me.

So now you know going in this movie is not for most kids under 13… it’s really geared more for the adults that grew up in the 80s than the kids… even though it’s being marketed for the entire family.  I give it 6.5 out of 10.

Warning to parents: “Pixels” more than earns its PG-13 rating for quite a bit of bad language and a lot of suggestive comments

But its not terrible…. this is mostly a matter of marketing as a family movie and then not delivering a movie that is acceptable for a family with kids under 10.  The special effects are very good, getting things to look like the 16-bit or 8-bit graphics of the old video games.  While the effects and basic premise create wonder and fantasy for the younger crowd, the story and references to 1980s video arcade games will create nostalgia for those of us who grew up in that decade.  In addition to all the video games of the past: Frogger, PacMan, Donkey Kong, Defender, Centipede, Galaga, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Duck Hunt, Super Mario Bros, Joust, Tetris, Paper Boy, Dig Dug, etc., there are a ton of 80s pop culture refences.    Ronald Reagan, Olivia Newton John, the “Where’s The Beef” lady, Madonna, Hall and Oates, “Working for the Weekend”, Max Headroom, and Fantasy Island.  Plus lines like “arcades: in ancient times, they called in socializing”… “classic arcade games: do you mean like Halo and Call of Duty?”… and “I’m just a loser who’s good at old video games”.  There are some clearly new ideas shaping the plot and makes it a little less predictable… although we have a pretty good idea how its going to end.

Slow-mo at times, the story does grind to a crawl at times when trying to develop the romantic and interpersonal relationships in this movie.  While there are some cool elements for kids: the imagination inspiring possibility of video games coming to life and hanging out with Qbert or battling Centipede and Donkey Kong… the scenes in between are clunky, typical Sandler fare.  We get that the Peter Dinklage character ‘Eddie’ is unsavory, but I don’t need you to hit me over the head with it more than a dozen times… and many of the example are hugely inappropriate for younger viewers.  Its sad, with some family-focused editing and smoother script, this movie really could have been a fun family outing.

Wait for it… matinee pricing or home video rental… its an original adventure that’s fun for kids and nostalgic for adults and much better than I expected.  But for a movie all about family… its a movie that can’t be watched by all of the family.

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Review: “Ant-Man” is the funniest superhero movie ever

July 17th, 2015 at 12:30 am by under Entertainment
"Ant-Man" poster courtesy Disney/Marvel

“Ant-Man” poster courtesy Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

“Ant-Man” (2015)
Rated: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Runtime: 1 hour, 57 minutes
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi

My spoiler-free review:
A man in a leather suit with an insect-like helmet who can shrink down to miniature size, and ohh by the way – communicate with ants.  It may have been “astonishing” in 1962, but this superhero concept that could have come across as corny in 2015 is surprisingly cool thanks to director Peyton Reed, lead actor Paul Rudd, and a writing team that includes Adam McKay and Rudd himself.   Eventhough it doesn’t fit in the chronology of the comics that it’s based on, the movie does well to fit into the larger MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), without being too heavy handed about it.

With its great laughs, intriguing family focused story, great character development, exciting adventure, and dazzling effects, “Ant-Man” is primed to be a surprise hit for both audiences and the studio it came from!!  I give it a 9.0 out of 10… Marvel gets the adventure comedy heist right delivering laughs, action, and family sentiment.  I haven’t had this much fun at an action movie since “The Avengers” (2012).

Worth the 3D – while there’s nothing really jumping out of the screen at you, its okay because the immersive aspect of the 3D really works for this movie, giving you depth of field when shrinking down to ant size

Not so serious – In a cinematic world with a patriotic super soldier, a hammer wielding Norse God, a scientist with Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde tendencies, and a billionaire with a high tech suit of armor… it may be hard to take the “Ant-Man” suit seriously.  So it makes perfect sense to have a comedic actor cast as the lead of “Ant-Man”… and the writing team to include two well know names behind hit comedy movies (McKay and Rudd).  This is the funniest superhero movie ever with genuine LOL moments – its not corny, dry, raunchy, or over-the-top humor… it has jokes for all ages and Ant-Man isn’t a snarky know-it-all like Tony Stark.  Scott Lang (Rudd) is a relatable family man, with funny comedy throughout – these are true laughs.  The movie “Ant-Man” doesn’t take itself too seriously- while the trailers constantly poke fun of the name of the suit – the movie also recognizes the oddity of the superpower and the science of it.

Founding member no more – in the Marvel comics, Dr. Hank Pym (original Ant-Man) was one of the first Avengers, but because of the way the movies were released, and the risk of introducing this character earlier in the MCU (see above)… the backstory had to change, so we start with a flashback more than 25 years to 1989.  I am a big fan of special effects, when done well, so I only mention them when they are great, or really bad.  The flashback scene is our first indication that the folks at ILM were taking this movie very seriously… with their ability to make Dr. Pym look like 1980s era Michael Douglas… and that amazing work continued throughout especially with the effects of shrinking and growing plus the interactions with ants and miniature Ant-Man.

Marvel blender mixes up another successful entry: pairing a legendary actor in Michael Douglas with the likable Rudd, positioned opposite the younger but overly aggressive businessman and the doctor’s daughter, with a very good script full of adventure, character development and humor, plus great effects and a feeling of fun… this movie is hard not to like!  Maybe it’s from what I’ve been reading since Iron Man (2008) hit the big screen or I’ve seen in animated TV series, but this movie feels familiar, eventhough these characters are not well known outside the comic book world.

Makes entomology cool – between Dr. Pym’s crash course in the different types of ants and how they can help Ant-Man, the winged ant dubbed “Antony” by Scott, and the little personality/sounds given to them – the movie makes ants fun and exciting for all ages.

Final battle is funny, in a good way there’s a scene involving the two insect-themed superbeings and a bug zapper, there’s two big laughs involving Thomas the Train, and while the battle in the bedroom looks like a play set of action figures come to life, its also quite funny for a fight scene.

Part of the MCU – “Ant-Man” ties in well with Avengers and other MCU movies (multiple references to Avengers on and off screen, several to Iron Man , one to Spider-man), sets up Scott joining with Avengers in the future and possibly positions him opposite of Iron Man in the next movie “Captain America: Civil War” (May 2016).

BONUS CONTENT IN CREDITS … there are 2 scenes in the credits that both look ahead and they are more than just Stark and Dr. Banner talking or a villain’s turn to the camera… there is some real meat to these impact of these “extra” scenes (because they are carefully planned by Marvel Studios).

The first is the MID CREDITS scene that looks ahead at Hope’s future in the MCU (anything more would be spoiler – happy to discuss in comments below, or on Twitter (@aaronlafferty).

Second is the END CREDITS scene featuring three characters from previous Marvel movies talking about what they are going to do given their situation and who might help them. (no names there because of spoiler impact… but if you’re a big picture MCU fan… then you must see this scene that is important to Phase 3 of the Marvel movies… happy to discuss in comments below, or on Twitter (@aaronlafferty).

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Review: “Inside Out” entertains and educates about emotions

June 19th, 2015 at 6:36 pm by under Entertainment
"Inside Out" poster courtesy Disney Pixar

“Inside Out” poster courtesy Disney Pixar

“Inside Out” (2015)
Rated: PG for mild thematic elements and some action
Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Genre: Animation/ Fantasy/ Comedy

My spoiler-free review:

In “Inside Out” we experience what goes on inside Riley’s head: her thoughts and feelings expressed through different clearly defined and memorable characters, its a movie that may help kids more easily explain their emotions.  Some of the concepts may go over the head of the youngest viewers, but even if little kids don’t connect the characters to emotions… its still an entertaining movie that the whole family can enjoy…. I give it 8.5 out of 10 … and can lead to some teachable moments down the road.

The main human emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger are the main characters.  They help form memories into different colored globes, then there are more significant memories called core memories… those core memories make up “islands of personality” –  different traits that determine who she is (friendship, family, hockey, honesty, etc.).  The movie tries to explain why we have memories and thoughts pop in and out of our mind.  These are concepts that are pretty easy for an adult understand, but a little more complex for the younger crowd.  But Pixar smartly repeats it enough that it should make sense by the end of the movie for most age groups.

Amy Poehler leads the cast as the voice of Joy, Phyllis Smith voices Sadness – the emotional star of the movie, Bill Hader plays Fear keeping Riley out of danger, while Lewis Black is Anger – ready to strike at any time, and Mindy Kaling perfectly plays Disgust – who hates bad fashion and broccoli.

Kids can learn from the main concepts of emotions and memories and how they shape your personality, but they can also learn from the characters themselves: as Joy is always being  positive among the other emotions when bad things happen or bad memories are recalled; Sadness causes problems but she can’t help it – unintentionally making more of an impact than Joy and it’s affecting Riley’s overall personality; the other emotions have to take over when joy and sadness are not there to “run” things.   We also get glimpses inside the brains of mom dad and others who have similar characteristics with the same five emotions just like Riley – it’s a lesson for kids that they have the same emotions as adults – but there is a constant competition in our heads over which emotion is in charge.

During the adventure we see long term memory, imagination land and dream productions studios, the subconscious and the train of thought which transports things around inside her brain, plus we learn how some memories are forgotten.  The movie evoked giggles and “wow” from 10-year-old girl watching the movie with me.

Anger gets some of the funnier lines like “congratulations San Francisco you’ve ruined pizza” or “here comes the mom bad news train pulling in”, but Sadness gets the most impactful line though: “obsessing over the weight of our problems”.

An adventure of teachable moments: Joy needs to learn that all the emotions are important he can’t just be one or the other… it’s the same thing filmmakers hope the audience learns as well!

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“The End of the Tour” trailer, poster, and release info

May 27th, 2015 at 7:09 pm by under Entertainment
"The End of the Tour" poster courtesy A24

“The End of the Tour” poster courtesy A24

“The End of the Tour” is about to begin in theaters

Several shots from the filming in West Michigan in 2014 can be seen in the new trailer for “The End of the Tour”.  The movie filmed for about 5 weeks in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Grand Haven, and the the Muskegon County Airport Terminal in February and March 2014.   The production closed some streets during filming and even some lanes on 196 through Grand Rapids (see frames from trailer below).  At the time it was labeled “one of the biggest projects in 5 years”, as the limited projects drawn by the Michigan Film Incentives had mostly gone to the Detroit area.

The production spent about $2.1 million in Michigan, mostly in the greater Grand Rapids area.   The Michigan Film Office said that the movie was  approved for the state’s film incentive.  ”End of the Tour” was awarded a $495,380 incentive based on $2,105,652 of projected in-state expenditures.  Although that amount is far less than the $20 million that Eisenberg’s “30 Minutes or Less” spent in 2011, the last time he made a movie in Michigan.

The movie has had many positive reviews since its world premiere January 23rd at Sundance Film Festival.

The story:
The drama based on the true story of David Lipsky, the Rolling Stone reporter who interviewed the Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace for five days in 1996.  Jason Segel plays David Foster Wallace while Jesse Eisenberg portrays David Lipsky.  Based on the memoir “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself” by Lipsky, the film follows his personal five-day interview with the author, 12 years before his suicide in 2008 at age 46.

Details:
“The End of the Tour” is Directed by James Ponsoldt – “The Spectacular Now” (2013) and “Smashed” (2012).
The cast includes: Eisenberg, Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, and Ron Livingston.
The R rated drama runs 106 minutes and is scheduled for a July 31st release, that will at least begin in limited markets.

Scenes from the trailer, released today by distrubutor A24:
( Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?autoplay=1&v=fqUa5sYHC9s&app=desktop )

"The End of the Tour" courtesy A24

Jesse Eisenberg in “The End of the Tour” courtesy A24

"The End of the Tour" courtesy A24

Scene in GR in 2014 “The End of the Tour” courtesy A24

"The End of the Tour" courtesy A24

“The End of the Tour” courtesy A24

"The End of the Tour" courtesy A24

Jason Segel in “The End of the Tour” courtesy A24

"The End of the Tour" courtesy A24

“The End of the Tour” courtesy A24

"The End of the Tour" courtesy A24

“The End of the Tour” courtesy A24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past blog posts about “The End of the Tour”:
3/11/14: http://blogs.woodtv.com/2014/03/11/end-of-the-tour-spending-2-1-million-in-michigan/

3/5/14: http://blogs.woodtv.com/2014/03/05/movie-closing-lane-of-196-for-end-of-the-tour/

2/19/14: http://blogs.woodtv.com/2014/02/19/grand-rapids-will-be-segel-and-eisenbergs-end-of-the-road/

So what did you think?  Please post a comment!

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Review: “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the biggest superhero spectacle yet

April 30th, 2015 at 7:00 pm by under Entertainment
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" poster courtesy Disney-Marvel Studios

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” poster courtesy Disney-Marvel Studios

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015)
Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments
Runtime: 2 hours, 21 minutes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

My spoiler-free review:

This is the “Empire Strikes Back” (1980) of superhero movies… a blockbuster action sequel that holds its own with the original, our heroes are in peril, they are being tested like never before, facing a grave threat, the team and individuals are being tested while the team is being pulled apart.

I give it 9.5 out of 10 … putting it in a tie with the first team up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU): “The Avengers” (2012).

Warning for parents: there is a lot of action and some offensive language… which Captain America tries to discourage.

Super Team … the movie wastes no time getting into the action, picking up a story line that started in the Agents of SHIELD television show this week.  The opening scene showcases all 6 of the main Avengers roster doing what they do best: flying, smashing, shocking, shooting, jumping, throwing, etc.   They are the Avengers but the only time they’ve really acted like a team was during the Chitauri alien invasion on New York during the 2012 film…. now with an even more formidable foe, can they truly team up to protect Earth from destruction?   There is an undercurrent of disagreement between all of these alphas – they are heroes used to working alone and have a problem when someone else tries to lead or has a different opinion… but this friction is a battle for a future film.

The roster of main characters is huge: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, War Machine, Falcon, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill plus Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, The Vision, and some cameos from characters that appeared in previous MCU movies.

Not just action… In addition to the team up… the movie combines the action and humor we’ve come to enjoy from the Marvel cinematic universe, I think that Director/Writer Joss Whedon actually takes it up a notch with the humor and definitely has a lot more action.  Whedon also added a romantic entanglement, lots of questionable decision-making, concerns of legacy for some heroes, the ominous interstellar threats.   He was also able to showcase the plethora of characters in such a crowded film… and it works so well.  There’s plenty of Stark, Rogers, Banner, and Thor… more of Barton and Romanoff… other heroes that got less screentime in other movies get more facetime too.  And Stan Lee gets another cameo.

The villain… I was worried about a CGI villain…. if the character struggles, the movie crumbles, but James Spader’s performance as Ultron is on par with a live-action villain like Loki.  Loki had some good still in him, but Spader’s Ultron is a maniacal robot bent on destruction – he’s menacing enough to warrant assembling of these great heroes.  The one flaw is that it was difficult to separate his very recognizable voice from the character – a little distracting for my age group who know Spader from his multitude of roles in TV and movies.

Lots of references: for the die hard Marvel fans there are references throughout to things that have happened and are going to happen, and there’s also ties to Disney’s Pinocchio (clever), the original Ultron from comics, Jane Foster, Pepper Potts, Asgard, Wakanda (Black Panther), and four of the six Infinity stones.

Stick around for the mid-credits scene that pushes ahead to future movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe… so be sure to stick around for it… it is a quick extra teasing the increasingly imminent threat of another alien attack.  (There was not an end credits scene in our screening, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a Shwarma-like scene at the end of this theaterical release.

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Coming soon….

April 24th, 2015 at 5:42 pm by under Entertainment

Coming soon….

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” 

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" poster courtesy Disney-Marvel Studios

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” poster courtesy Disney-Marvel Studios



Rental Pick: “Moon” (2009) 8.9/10

September 5th, 2014 at 9:13 am by under Entertainment

(Originally posted 1/5/2010)

Review: ‘Moon’ is a Rockwell showcase

If you haven’t enjoyed a movie with Sam Rockwell as a supporting or minor character before – “Frost/Nixon” (2008), “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy” (2005), “Matchstick Men” (2003) – this is your chance to see the actor excel – all by himself.

This is one of the best performances of the year – that won’t receive an award nomination.  This is also the 3rd best sci-fi movie of the year!!

"Moon" poster courtesy Sony Pictures

“Moon” poster courtesy Sony Pictures

(My spoiler-free review)

Rockwell is Sam Bell, a man assigned to mining energy deposits on the moon… other than a computer, he is alone and as he nears the end of his 3 years of service … he starts to lose it… but tries to hold on to his sanity.

Rockwell is brillant as a man determined to finish his job all by himself – without going crazy or being killed on his dangerous, but monotonous job – so he can return to earth and see his wife and daughter again.  The movie even puts the audience in the position of Sam so you learn Sam’s problems as he goes through them.

Rockwell easily conveys the emotions of what most of us would do if put in these positions – first all out determination to perservere, then doubt that he’ll actually be able to make it through the job.

This movie is best enjoyed when you don’t know anymore than this… other reviews and even online descriptions give away one of the twists… but there are several so don’t worry if you already heard more than I’ve told you here.  If you haven’t – don’t read any other descriptions – not even the DVD box – you’ll want to enjoy this for the terrific storyline that lies ahead.

Kevin Spacey is the only other actor with any significant lines in the movie – but its just his voice as the space station’s computer – and that helps the audience stay focused on Sam’s solo story and discussions with himself.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

Rockwell is great in this role … giving it credibility and depth… I give it 8.9 out of 10 … too bad he will be forgotten come award season.  This is probably my 3rd favorite sci-fi movie of the year behind “District 9″ and “Star Trek”… and yes ahead of “Avatar”. (more…)


RIP: Robin Williams – his best characters, in my opinion

August 12th, 2014 at 1:24 pm by under Entertainment
Robin Williams 2013 photo

Robin Williams 2013 photo

Robin Williams was one of the first comedians to catch my attention as a kid….. he was full throttle funny and made us laugh for decades… he will be remembered for dozens of roles, despite the box office/ratings or critical success of each film/TV show.

Williams won 1 Oscar – Best Supporting Actor for “Good Will Hunting” (1997), he was nominated for 3 roles – Best Actor for “The Fisher King” (1991), Best Actor for “Dead Poets Society’ (1989), Best Actor for “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987).

He was also a 5 time Golden Globe winner:
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical – “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993)
Special Award – “Aladdin” (1992) for his vocal work
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical – “The Fisher King” (1991)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical – “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987)
Best TV Actor – Musical/Comedy – ‘Mork & Mindy” (1979)
He was also nominated for 6  Golden Globes: “Patch Adams” (1998), “Good Will Hunting” (1997), “Awakenings” (1990), “Dead Poets Society” (1989), “Moscow on the Hudson” (1984), Mork & Mindy (1980).

Williams has more than 100 acting credits to his name on IMDB… he’ll be on the big screen again in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”, scheduled for a December 19, 2014 release, playing Teddy Roosevelt for the 3rd time.  There are also 2 more movies that are in post-production that do not yet have release dates: “Absolutely Anything” (Dennis the Dog (voice)) and “Merry Friggin’ Christmas” (Mitch).

Lists are always debatable and I know this one will bebut at the end of the list are some movies that didn’t make my list because I either haven’t seen the whole movie, or the movie at all.

With that said, here we go, my list of my favorite Robin Williams’ characters…..

Robin Williams (1978) in "Mork and Mindy" courtesy ABC

Robin Williams (1978) in “Mork and Mindy” courtesy ABC

1. Mork – “Mork & Mindy” (TV Series) (1978-1982)
2. Mrs. Doubtfire/Daniel Hillard – “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993)
3. Sean Maguire – “Good Will Hunting” (1997)
4. Genie – “Aladdin” (1992)
5. Adrian Cronauer – “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987)
6. John Keating – “Dead Poets Society’ (1989)
7. Alan Parrish – “Jumanji” (1995)
8. Patch Adams – “Patch Adams” (1998)
9. Jack Powell – “Jack” (1996)
10. Peter Banning – “Hook” (1991)
11. Tom Dobbs – “Man of the Year” (2006)
12. Teddy Roosevelt – “Night at the Museum” (2006)
13. Andrew Martin – “Bicentennial Man” (1999)
14. Maxwell ‘Wizard’ Wallace – “August Rush” (2007)
15. Dr. Kosevich – “Nine Months” (1995)
16. Chris Nielsen – “What Dreams May Come” (1998)

17. Bob Munro – “RV” (2006)
18. Leslie Zevo – “Toys” (1992)
19. Dr. Malcolm Sayer – “Awakenings” (1990)
20. Popeye – “Popeye” (1980)
21. Professor Philip Brainard – “Flubber” (1997)
22. Dwight D. Eisenhower – “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (2013)
23. Alan Hakman – “The Final Cut” (2004)
24. Dan – “Old Dogs” (2009)
25. Garp – “The World According to Garp” (1982)

The following movies I did not see movie/entire movie:
“The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” (2014)
“Boulevard” (2014)
“The Face of Love” (2013)
“The Big Wedding” (2013)
“Happy Feet Two” (2011)
“World’s Greatest Dad” (2009)
“Happy Feet” (2006)
“Insomnia” (2002)
“Death to Smoochy” (2002)
“One Hour Photo” (2002)
“The Birdcage” (1996)
“Moscow on the Hudson” (1984)

We also have a photomojo slideshow on woodtv.com for more on Robin Williams

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