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Robin Williams, A Tortured Comedic Genius

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After the death of Robin Williams yesterday I decided to look over his filmography and what made him so great. His first major role was in Robert Altman’s Popeye, which is a movie that he was perfect for but I never really cared for the movie itself. This movie is what sparked his career. He stared in plenty of movies afterwards but it wasn’t until Good Morning Vietnam that people started to realize that he was also a powerful dramatic actor. It was the first of three Best Leading Actor nominations at the Academy Award, he was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Two years later he starred in Peter Weir’s Dead Poets Society in which he plays an English teacher who attempts to teach his students about seizing the day and the love of poetry. For his performance he scored a second nomination Academy Award for Best Actor. Another two years later he teamed up with Terry Gilliam and Jeff Bridges for the movie The Fisher King. He played a homeless man on a search for the Holy Grail. It was yet another critically acclaimed performance and scored him his third nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Robin Williams managed to score three Academy Award nominations in four years. In 1992 and 1993 he stared in Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire, which he is best known for. In 1997 he teamed up with relatively unknowns Ben Affleck and Matt Damon for Good Will HuntingHis performance was highly acclaimed and completely brilliant as the therapist Sean Maguire and finally earned him Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. After this his movie choices become less interesting. He stared in a few comedies and dramas here and there but never lived up to his former glory of the 80s and 90s.

To me Robin Williams was one of the best comedic actors and a hell of an amazing dramatic actor. He acted in movies that I loved as a child and in movies that I appreciate as an adult and his death is personally effective to me.

Robin Williams Found Dead Due to an Alleged Suicide at the age of 63

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Today a great talent was lost. Robin Williams was found dead this morning due to alleged self strangulation. The last few year Williams has been dealing with depression and recently entered a 12 step program for drug addiction.

His wife Susan Schneider released a statement saying “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Robin Williams is probably best known for his Oscar Winning role Sean Maguire in the critically acclaimed movie Good Will Hunting. He is also known for his role in Mrs. Doubtfire and The Genie in Aladdin. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards and winner of four Best Supporting Actor.

He is a great talent that will be sorely missed and my prayers go out to his family.

Into the Woods Trailer

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The idea of Into the Woods is an interesting one. It brings together many fairy tales under one roof and use the musical format to tell the tale. Based on the Tony Award winning play Into the Woods brings together a big cast to play many of the characters that Disney has brought to life. After Chicago, Rob Marshall movie career hasn’t really gone anywhere special. To me it seems that Chicago may have been a fluck with the filmmaker. To me he may be able to reclaim his former glory but it seems he may have another Nine on his hands.

Set in an alternate world of various Grimm fairy tales, the film intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood“, “Jack and the Beanstalk“, “Rapunzel“, and “Cinderella“, as well as several others. When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed childless by a Witch, they must embark into the woods to find the objects required to break the spell and begin a family. The film is tied together to the original story of the baker and his wife, their interaction with the Witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy musical eventually becomes a meaningful tale about responsibility, the problems that come from wishes, and the legacy that we leave our children.

Directed by Rob Marshall. Starring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, and James Corden. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures.

The Death of Film Stock is Upon Us

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Being a native of Rochester, New York I know all there is about Kodak and George Eastman. I grew up in that region and I’ve become really interested in the history of both Kodak and George Eastman himself. I’ve been to The Eastman Theater, to see a screening of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, and toured his house. It is a fascinating venture and sure to interest any cinephile.

Recently Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, Judd Apatow, and J.J. Abrams have campaigned heavily for studios to buy film stock and use it more often than they do. The chairman of Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke announced Wednesday that their company will continue their production of film stock. According to the Wall Street Journal, prominent studios such as Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Studios will purchase a certain amount of film stock each year. This solidifies the use of film stock for certain films. I see it used more so on their smaller projects rather than their blockbuster.

Bob Weinstein, one of the chairman for TWC, stated “It’s a financial commitment, no doubt about it. But I don’t think we could look some of our filmmakers in the eyes if we didn’t do it.” This shows just how committed they are to preserving the magic of movies and their love for the medium.

I’m happy to see that people are still in support for something that has been dying out in past few years. After The Master I think that people will realize the beauty that film contains.