Screen Junkies » Robin Williams http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:32:16 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 David Letterman Presented A Robin Williams Tribute Video On ‘The Late Show’ Last Night http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/david-letterman-presented-a-robin-williams-tribute-video-on-the-late-show-last-night/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/david-letterman-presented-a-robin-williams-tribute-video-on-the-late-show-last-night/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:23:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264293 Letterman's still the king of late night television in this regard.

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Rather than rushing out of the gate to get his remarks memorialized on Robin Williams‘ death, David Letterman, the grumpy talk show host with the heart of gold, took a little longer than most to get his thoughts out there. Maybe they won’t go viral or be trending, but the extra time seemed to allow Letterman to wrestle with some emotions and put together a TV tribute that was worth the wait.

Letterman was always a legend in the world of comedy, as Williams was, so their paths intersected with frequency during their careers. Letterman shares those encounters and their effects in this clip.

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The Film Cult Presents: Hook http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-hook/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-hook/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:30:57 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264199 Like the rest of the world, I too have been mourning the untimely and tragic death of supernova comedian Robin Williams. My Facebook newsfeed has been blossoming with tributes, some...

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Like the rest of the world, I too have been mourning the untimely and tragic death of supernova comedian Robin Williams. My Facebook newsfeed has been blossoming with tributes, some annoying, others delightful. As the week comes to an end, I’ve found myself remembering more and more of his work, the breadth of his career mushrooming in my mind. I’ve written about Robin before in this column, most recently for his beautiful work in the quirky 90s film, Toys. I also briefly mentioned him in my review of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen as the detachable-headed King of the Moon, a role for which he was not credited and yet stole the show. There are many movies I could write about today: Jumanji, One Hour Photo, Patch Adams, or Death to Smoochy. None of these films became true classics in their genre, and yet all of them are memorable because of him. But, today I’m going to write about my favorite Robin Williams film: Hook.

The Peter Pan story had been told a multitude of times prior to the making of Hook. There had been live-action films, the Disney animated classic, stage productions, and even television specials. Was that reason it didn’t do well financially? Why Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 32%? Its critics sight an overabundance of sentiment and schlock. You know what I say to those critics? Who the hell cares? Hook is a brilliant film. Yes, it’s syrupy at times, but only in the best, most memorable ways possible. The greater themes of the movie—courage, self-discovery, the importance of family—all rise above any and all overly-sentimental traps throughout the film. And the only reason the film works, the only reason we can look past all that cloying storytelling, is Robin Williams.

As Peter, the overworked father being forced to holiday in England with his rambunctious family, Robin puts his inner demons to work. We see the darkness under the clown. He is angry and lashes out as his wife and children. On his face, from one moment to the next, can be seen rage, guilt, and disappointment, each expertly expressed by an acting master. He’s so convincing as the angry father that the transformation he’s about to undertake is even that much more powerful.

Once in London, he and his family stay with Wendy, the woman who raised him from childhood. Wendy is portrayed by the eternal Maggie Smith. Her fragile strength is disarming. When she tells Peter the truth of his identity, their chemistry is crackling. And why does she tell him who he really is? Well, Captain Hook (played by Dustin Hoffman) has kidnapped Peter’s children and demands Peter go back to Neverland to rescue them.

What follows is the journey we all must take. As an adult, Peter has forgotten who he is. He no longer sees the joy and fun in life, having forgotten how to play and use his imagination. Upon returning to Neverland, Peter becomes the classic skeptic, disbelieving everything. Having been ruled by a kid named Rufio since he left, the Lost Boys have been running wild without leadership, hoping that Peter would someday return. When he does, they can’t really believe it. In the movies first truly heart-wrenching scene, only one boy believes Peter is truly Peter Pan. He makes Peter kneel down and starts rubbing his face, searching for some proof that the ageing, stressed-out man before them is the great Peter Pan.

 

 

Sometimes, it takes the wisdom of an innocent heart to see who we truly are. As adults, we pour ourselves into our own children, our relationships, our jobs. But who are we? Did we forget how to play or what used to bring us joy? Let the child in you search your tired, caffeinated face for the eternal youth within. Robin is so vulnerable in this scene, allowing the young actor to reach into his soul. I often think the reason this film never did as well as it should have was because so many of us are discomforted by the idea of looking that closely at ourselves. Maybe what we’re witnessing in the above scene is too raw, too real for the average bro or chick to handle.

One of the other truly powerful scenes in Hook is the dinner scene. Once Peter has begun his training, he is exhausted. Swinging around trees isn’t as easy as it used to be. He sits down, ready for a huge meal, only to discover there’s no food in the steaming pots. It takes a game of insulting one another, of believing, to make the food appear.

 

 

These two scenes embody the theme of self-discovery in Hook. They show us that belief reminds us of who we truly are. And its this discovery that allows Peter the strength and courage to face his fears and rescue his children.

As we all now know, Robin wasn’t able to rescue himself. Perhaps he forgot the lessons Hook taught us all. Perhaps he forgot that in another world he would never age and adventure would always be just over the next hill. Maybe that’s where he went. I don’t know what demons possessed Robin, but I can tell you that even though they took his life, they have not won. As the fans have shown us in the last week, all of us still believe. Robin may have stopped believing in himself, but we will never stop believing in him.

When he finally takes ownership of whom he truly is, nothing can stop Peter from rescuing his children. He fights hook and wins. He delegates power and leaves the Lost Boys in able, kind hands. Still an adult, yet always a child, once the day is saved, he knows he must go back to the real world. He has a life there, a family and a job. But, after his adventures in Neverland, he is not the same. He is a man filled with love and hope, magic and belief. This is when we get to see Robin at his most energetic, crawling into Nana’s doghouse, making snow angels, and jumping onto window ledges. The family reunited, the film ends with Uncle Tootles flying around Big Ben.

Each of us has our own journey to take, our own revelations and self-discoveries to unearth. Let Hook be your starting and ending point for this journey. Let the magic of Robin’s acting show you how to feel. Let it allow you the space to cry and laugh, jump and play. Let the genius Robin Williams left behind remind you that even though we’ve all lost a friend, we still have his work, and that all it takes is one happy thought to fly.

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R.I.P Robin Williams: On the Passing of an Icon and the “Legalized Insanity” of Comedy http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/r-i-p-robin-williams-on-the-passing-of-an-icon-and-the-legalized-insanity-of-comedy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/r-i-p-robin-williams-on-the-passing-of-an-icon-and-the-legalized-insanity-of-comedy/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:33:27 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264064 Robin Williams was a walking, talking stream of consciousness, an errant television signal from another planet that had (barely) been contained to a human vessel in some sort of freak accident. We'll dearly miss him.

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By Jared Jones

It’s funny — the first thing I did after allowing the news of Robin Williams‘ passing to settle last night was rewatch his appearance on Inside the Actors Studio. A comedy and film icon with over 100 voice and acting roles to his credit (and more memorable characters than my video library could possibly hold) had just died, and rather than dust off my ancient VHS copy of Jumanji and remember the good times, I was looking for closure in the deadpan monotone of James Lipton?

I guess I sought out Williams’ appearance on Inside the Actors Studio out of the misguided sense that it would reveal who the real Robin Williams was. Surely, the episode would consist of a series of deep, “revealing” questions that hinted at the pain, the depression, the drug abuse that Williams had battled against throughout his legendary career. Surely, I would get a glimpse into the man behind the perpetually contorting mask.

Some eight minutes into Williams’ appearance, the only question he had even come close to answering was about his style of comedy, which he had dubbed “legalized insanity.” The rest was basically an extended improv, featuring prop work, audience interaction, and no less than 10 characters; an immigrant, a southerner, an old-timey politician, a smoker speaking through an electrolarynx, etc. Dizzying, hysterical, and almost overwhelming, the bit was the epitome of every joke that’s been made about Robin Williams’ style of comedy since he rose to popularity some 40 years ago, and it freaking killed. Most of the audience was doubled over with uncontrollable laughter, and even Lipton was in stitches. Robin Williams was treating this prestigious, learned audience like the Saturday night crowd at the Laugh Factory, and he was on fire.

Forty impression-filled minutes later, Williams borrowed a pink scarf from a woman in the audience and used it to transform into a female movie director from Bombay, then a terrified Iraqi woman, then Robin Van Schoppel: Gay Rabbi, and finally, an Iron Chef host.

And that’s more or less when I accepted just who Robin Williams was. The unprompted outbursts, the constant barrage of voices and characters; that was just him doing him. Robin Williams was schizophrenia fully realized; a walking, talking stream of consciousness, or an errant television signal from another planet, maybe, that had (barely) been contained to a human vessel in some sort of freak accident. He was certifiably bonkers, but managed to harness those crazy, kneejerk, Id-driven thoughts we all have into a routine. If he weren’t so damn famous, he’d probably be locked up. Hence, “legalized insanity.” He was also one of the kindest, most outgoing guys in the industry, which is probably why they allowed him to stick around as long as he did.

Williams always came across — to me at least — as someone who chose comedy out of a greater desire than making other people laugh. It wasn’t a mindless indulgence to Williams, although the speed at which he could fearlessly fire off material might lead you to believe it was. It was a necessity, a distraction from the soul-crushing normalcy of people who weren’t Robin Williams. To write it off as a coping mechanism would be too easy, but comedy seemed to be the only way he could exist in a world so mundane, so profoundly inhibited.

And that’s perhaps the saddest truth about comedy (and the success garnered by it), that those gifted with it are seemingly the most conflicted, depressed people among us, often as a result. Because comedy is creation — a single person’s unique understanding of the world around them, from premise to execution — and creation often breeds dejection. Where there should be self-confidence, there is only doubt in one’s abilities. Like any drug, comedic success builds a tolerance within you that can only be satisfied with a bigger, better high. Perfection becomes your endgame, impossible as it may be, and eventually, the bottom always drops out.

We’ve seen it with countless comedy greats: Chappelle, Seinfeld, Pryor, and so on. The pressure to constantly best yourself, to make each and every person you meet laugh no matter what condition you might be in…it’s too much for most. Eventually, you just drop all your shit and flee to Africa, so to speak, or become a recluse. You do anything within your power to avoid the mountain of expectation your own damn mind has convinced you that you need to rise above. It’s exactly what happened to Williams, and exactly what has happened to dozens of praised funnymen before him.

Moments before bringing about the apocalypse in Stanley Elkin’s The Living End, God revealed himself to the legions of the assembled dead and the living billions and addressed them all at once. He was moments away from bringing about the annihilation of everything he had created, and his reasoning behind it was simply “Because I never found my audience.”

“You gave me, some of you, your ooh’s and aah’s, the Jew’s hooray and the Catholics’ Latin deference — all theology’s pious wow. But I never found my audience.”

I’d like to think that Robin Williams found his audience. Maybe not during his time here on Earth, or maybe not in whatever afterlife you prefer to picture him in, but within himself. Robin Williams was the only audience necessary for Robin Williams, and the only audience that could truly appreciate his greatness. A hyperbolic or egotistical or plain rude statement it may be, but it’s ultimately fitting for a man as truly original as Williams. Go ahead, try and name one person who you could even begin to compare to him, celebrity or otherwise. Name one person so unashamedly wacky, so multifaceted and uninhibited, that they could even begin to understand the constant influx and outpour of thought that Williams has displayed in almost every public appearance since 1975. I don’t know about you, but I’m extremely grateful that I cannot.

To pull a quote from one of William’s more recent efforts, World’s Greatest Dad, “I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up alone, it’s not. The worst thing in the world is to end up with people that make you feel alone.”

Here’s hoping you found your audience, Mr. Williams.

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The Film Cult Presents: Toys http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-toys/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-toys/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:15:02 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263414 Warning! Spoilers Ahead! Toys didn’t get a fair shake. I saw it in the theater when I was a teenager, and the visual effects mesmerized me. It was a Magritte...

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Warning! Spoilers Ahead!

Toys didn’t get a fair shake. I saw it in the theater when I was a teenager, and the visual effects mesmerized me. It was a Magritte painting come to life. I never understood why I didn’t do well, especially with such a phenomenal cast. Toys was one of those movies that just didn’t click with audiences. Not only was it a flop at the box office, it was nominated for a Razzie, which by the way, it didn’t win.

Starring Robin Williams, Robin Wright, and LL Cool J, Toys tells the story of the Zevo family, which owns and operates the Zevo Toy Factory. The patriarch, who is about to die, decides to give the company to his brother, who in turn wants to start creating war toys, which his nephew Leslie (Robin Williams) thinks is a bad idea. One is inclined to agree with Leslie, seeing how introducing war toys into the magical world being almost literally painted before one’s eyes would be a travesty to the abounding magic. A family drama ensues, things get pretty dark, and then everything turns out okay.

One of the reasons the movie didn’t do well was because of its marketing. I really need to have a talk with marketing departments. I get that they are trying to attract the largest audience, the most money. “We gotta make our money back,” and all that, but come on. Don’t try to sell me a kid’s movie when what you’ve actually got is an art-house film swarming with surrealist imagery and sounds. I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that marketing departments are among the biggest (and most useless, yet necessary, if you can wrap your head around that) headaches in the film industry.

Toys was marketed as a children’s film, a film filled with fun characters, happy music, and beautiful cinematography. They couldn’t have gotten it more wrong. Toys is far from a children’s film. I’m not even sure it’s a film for grownups. Like so many of the films I write about, it’s for the displaced person who doesn’t want to leave the comfortable world they’ve come to know because they know the outside world is dangerous. Toys is for the outsider, that person who didn’t want to play war games with the other children, who instead wanted to create their own worlds by looking at the clouds, pondering the universe around them, and spinning through their imagination. They didn’t want to kill; they wanted to create.

Toys takes the imagination of these kinds of minds and puts it on film. The message is beautiful, and the acting is great. It’s a shame this film didn’t get more of an audience because it should be a classic. To me, and many others from the comments I see on Youtube and other media outlets, it is and will always be a classic.

One of the stunning aspects of the film is also the music, which in part may have had something to do with the film’s failure. Hans Zimmer and Trevor Horn did the music, and while beautiful and serene, there’s a sense of danger and distance to it. It’s sort of like when your in an airport in Belgium and you hear synth music pumping the background. Your jet-lagged; everything is beautiful, and some perfectly composed music the likes of which you’ve never heard of before seems to be following you around. It’s beautiful; but it’s different. And for American audiences in 1992, it may have been too different. You’d be hard pressed to find a copy of the soundtrack now, but listening to some songs on Youtube this week, I realized how ahead of their time they really were, and how stunning they sound now. It’s the same sound that Trevor Horn would later bring to Tina Turner’s album Wildest Dreams, which he produced the entirety of in 1995.

Tina Turner aside, Toys is a dark, broody meditation on the trappings of childhood. It’s the sort of film that questions the very notion of growing up. Who says one must leave the fantasy and toys behind? Grown ups in this film are marked as the kind of people who want to kill. That’s the message, that if you decide to grow up, you want to play at killing things. Who wants that? The alternative in Toys is to stay imagining, to stay alive through the magic of the imagination. Sadly, in this world where men and women who hold on to the child-like wonder of life (including the toys that accompany it) are labeled as weird, so much so that a movie that celebrates leaving open of the jeweled gates of childhood imaginings was thought too out there to be worth spending money on. Watch Toys again, groove to Trevor’s synths, and let your imagination out of the gate.

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‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Sequel To Harken Back To Robin Williams’ Tolerable Days http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mrs-doubtfire-sequel-to-harken-back-to-robin-williams-tolerable-days/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mrs-doubtfire-sequel-to-harken-back-to-robin-williams-tolerable-days/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:10:34 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261109 Just when a nation had healed from an epidemic of run-by fruitings.

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Robin Williams, a man now know to go on rants and spastic runs that would rival D.C.’s most notable crack addicts, is returning to what works. Namely, a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel that will have him returning to the guise of a British nanny, which he originally did to see his kids.

Of course, it’s unlikely that will remain the premise, as his kids are probably now in their mid 30′s, and unless they’re really stupid, remember that it was revealed that Robin Williams’ character was the nanny all along. But, I’m sure he’s gotta hide out from the mob, or get in character or something to see maybe his grandkids? Who knows.

This is one of Williams’ most notable and tolerable roles, and certainly the one that brought recognition to him as a mainly comedic actor, despite the fact that he REALLY wasn’t in that many comedies.

Run through his roles in your head. Or, screw it. Use IMDB. Not a ton of flat our comedies, are there ?

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‘Jumanji’ Remake Gets A Writer. A Nation Waits With Bated Breath. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jumanji-remake-gets-a-writer-a-nation-waits-with-bated-breath/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jumanji-remake-gets-a-writer-a-nation-waits-with-bated-breath/#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2012 19:12:50 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252325 "JUMANJI!"

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Did you know that Jumanji is being remade? Now you do.

The 1995 fantasy adventure film is in the stable of Columbia has picked up a writer in Zach Helm who really thinks he’ll tap into the wants and needs of America’s family after the oh-so-close attempt with Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and the hope of the upcoming Ben Stiller vehicle The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

One can only assume that a Columbia Pictures executive is haunted by some sort of restless supernatural being that can only be quelled with a rewrite that kills off Robin Williams‘ character, allowing the spirit to finally remain at rest and quit haunting the BMW and Malibu beach house of this unknown studio exec.

Because, otherwise, why would anyone be doing this?

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The Oscars Trailer Suggests They’re Putting Off Fresh Material For 2013 At The Earliest http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-oscars-trailer-suggests-theyre-putting-off-fresh-material-for-2013-at-the-earliest/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-oscars-trailer-suggests-theyre-putting-off-fresh-material-for-2013-at-the-earliest/#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2012 20:22:45 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=241718 The Oscars want to demonstrate they're more the same than ever with this parody piece.

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Oscar producer #1: Who do young people like?

Oscar producer #2: Definitely Josh Duhamel and Megan Fox. I saw my son watching Las Vegas once. Who do old viewers like?

Oscar producers #3-#16 (in unison): BILLY CRYSTAL AND ROBIN WILLIAMS.

Oscar producer #1 (who also happens to be Vinnie Jones‘ agent): Ok. I heard “Billy Crystal,” “Robin Williams,” and I’m going to go ahead and toss Vinnie Jones in there too. I think a few people said “Vinnie Jones.”

And that’s presumably how we got this Oscar trailer, which features no fresh faces or ideas, but rather plays to the conception that Billy Crystal is some sort of long-retired Oscar guru, instead of some aged comedian that wasn’t funny enough to host anymore until Brett Ratner got all homophobic at a screening.

Well, (bland) mission (bland) accomplished!

In this 2012 Academy Awards trailer, we get a gag that seems to have come straight out of Bruce Vilanch’s ass (gross). The goal of this trailer is certainly to generate excitement for Billy Crystal’s hosting gig at the 2012. This proves to be a fool’s errand, as it’s simply impossible to get excited about anything Billy Crystal does these days. Clearly, his selection is a backlash against Franco and Hathaway’s poorly-received turn last year, but at least people talked about the Oscars the following days.

When people try to talk about the Oscars following the telecast on Sunday February 27th, plain oatmeal will ooze out their mouths and dribble down their chins.

Which, admittedly, will be the funniest thing about the Oscars this year.

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The Best ‘Patch Adams’-Related Home Invasion Story You’ll Read All Day http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-best-patch-adams-related-home-invasion-story-youll-read-all-day/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-best-patch-adams-related-home-invasion-story-youll-read-all-day/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:06:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238365 Reminds me of the time I used the Catherine Zeta-Jones film 'No Reservations' to diffuse a race riot.

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Remember when we were younger and our teachers would always tell us, “If you are subjected to a home invasion, put on a screening of Patch Adams for the invaders and they will be lulled gently to sleep?”

Well it works!

In 2010, Jesse Dimmick broke into a Topeka, Kansas house while on the run from the law. He held the couple hostage at knifepoint while formulating an escape plan. Presumably to kill some time, the homeowners fed Dimmick Dr. Pepper and Cheetos while popping in everyone’s favorite movie of all time ever, Patch Adams, in which Robin Williams plays a doctor who learns the healing power of laughter.

Predictably, Dimmick fell asleep, the couple escaped, called the cops, and the cops apprehended the captor after shooting him in the back. However, Dimmick is now suing the couple for breach of contract in that they had promised to hide him from the cops in exchange for money.

I would like to know who Mr. Dimmick’s civil attorney is, because I make fun of movies for a living, and even I know that if a contract calls for illegal action, then it’s unenforceable. I would shift the suit to “infliction of emotional distress via exhibition of a film in which Robin Williams plays an insufferable man-child.” That would be like money in the bank.

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7 Films That Cheat The Aging Process http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-films-that-cheat-the-aging-process/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-films-that-cheat-the-aging-process/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2011 22:13:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234209 You can't cheat death...except in the movies.

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In Time features a future society where the aging gene is switched off at 25 years. Once you hit that age, you have one remaining year to live. Time has essentially become the currency and should you be able to afford it, you can purchase more time. But if time is the currency, how can you use time to buy time and why do I have a headache suddenly. Ouch.

I dunno. Sounds pretty weird. A similar concept was famously done with Logan’s Run, but aging and immortality have been popular themes in science-fiction and fantasy. These seven films all approach age and immortality in their own unique way.

Logan’s Run

In Logan’s Run, the future is devoid of sucky old people taking forever to climb the stairs. This is thanks to an advanced computer that controls the population by decreeing all humans be vaporized before they turn thirty. To ensure no oldsters crash the party, everyone is born with a Lifeclock crystal in the palm of their hand. When it changes color, it’s disintegration time.

Jack

Diagnosed with an extreme case of Werner’s syndrome, Jack Powell ages four times at faster than average children. Causing him to be born after a ten week pregnancy and having to shave by the time he enters 1st Grade. If that weren’t bad enough, he’s closed off to the outside world save for his parents and Bill Cosby. That would mess any kid up.

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Enough, Already: 9 Songs That Are Wildly Overused In Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/enough-already-9-wildly-overused-songs-in-films/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/enough-already-9-wildly-overused-songs-in-films/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2011 23:39:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=226004 This list could constitute a ten year-old's playlist for two years.

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A carefully crafted soundtrack aids the audience in going on a journey with a film’s characters, whereas a lazy soundtrack says, “here’s some happy feel-good crap; Turn your brain off and try not to confuse our film with She’s All That.”

The presence of these songs in any film conveys that the producers want to use something familiar and trite enough that you might confuse their bad movie with some other movie that probably isn’t as awful as the crappy film you’re watching.

Get excited.

9. “Who Let The Dogs Out?” – Baha Men

There was once a time when children’s films were made that didn’t contain this song. It was a simpler, richer time for cinema. If you hear this song and aren’t having an uproarious time, then you aren’t doing what the producers of the movie want you to do. Obey the producers. They work hard. This song is lazily featured in The Hangover, Shallow Hal, Rugrats in Paris, and Snow Dogs, which is delightful, because that film is ABOUT DOGS (being let out).

This song is used when a child, Zach Galifiankis, or an animated animal is raising all kinds of heck. 

8. “Gimme Shelter” – The Rolling Stones

This song became a de facto Scorsese trademark in Goodfellas, Casino, and The Departed, it has also popped up in Air America, Layer Cake, Adventures in Babysitting, Children of Men, and myriad television shows.

This song is used to signify that stuff is happening. 

7. “Semi-Charmed Life” – Third Eye Blind

One of the most ubiquitous songs of the late 90’s crept into more than a handful of films and almost every trailer, letting audiences know that seeing this movie would be a really good time, just like crystal meth, which this song is about. It’s featured in Dirty Work, Mr. Nice Guy, American Pie, Wild Things, and Contact.

This song is used when a creative-type in San Francisco is riding their bike home from work to their apartment and roommates. 

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Casting Round Up: Williams, McAvoy, And Wilkinson Are Priests, Robbers, And Villains http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-williams-mcavoy-and-wilkinson-are-priests-robbers-and-villains/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/casting-round-up-williams-mcavoy-and-wilkinson-are-priests-robbers-and-villains/#comments Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:29:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217685 Robin Williams will be starring in 'Patch Adams 2: The Heart Beats On'. Just kidding. I hope you haven't already smashed your computer.

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James McAvoy is in the wrong place at the wrong time, Robin Williams is gonna bug the hell out of a bunch of A-listers, and Tom Wilkinson will be an over-the-top villain. Let’s get going…

James McAvoy is close to teaming up with fellow Brit Danny Boyle for Trance, a heist thriller that would see him playing a character named Simon who is stuck in the middle of a botched bank job. Michael Fassbender was first attached to this project, but apparently he put it aside when he decided to do every other movie in Hollywood. (Variety)

Robin Williams is also circling Gently Down the Stream, a rom-com that would feature Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton as a divorced couple that pretends to be married for the sake of their kids. Robin Williams will play an obnoxious priest, just like he did in License to Wed. Old Robert De Niro never would have put up with Williams’ B.S., but times hav echanged. The film will also star Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, Amanda Seyfried, and Katherine “Buzzkill” Heigl. (Showbiz 411)

Finally, Tom Wilkinson will be gracing The Lone Ranger with his presence as a railroad tycoon, which one can safely read as “bad guy. I am now openly rooting for Wilkinson to prevail over both Armie Hamer’s Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp’s Tonto. I’m tired of seeing Johnny Depp prevail, and Armie Hamer will always be a snooty Winklevoss in my eyes. I hope whatever damsel Wilkinson ties to the train tracks gets run the hell over. (Variety)

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Don’t Call The ‘Happy Feet 2′ Teaser A Comeback http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dont-call-the-happy-feet-2-teaser-a-comeback/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dont-call-the-happy-feet-2-teaser-a-comeback/#comments Fri, 27 May 2011 16:52:29 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=213851 Like penguins?

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New ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ Trailer Is Penguin-Filled To The Max


People love penguins. And if those penguins have cute and non-threatening hip hop attitude and are animated, people love them even more. So, it stands to reason that people are going to love this teaser for Happy Feet 2, which features adorable penguins performing penguin-y renditions of “Mama Said Knock You Out” and “Sexyback.”

So if you like penguins, but you hate Jim Carrey, this will probably be the penguin movie you look to for your penguin-related entertainment needs this year. Happy Feet 2 also stars Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Pink, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Sofia Vergara.

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Francis Ford Coppola Rules Out ‘Godfather 3D’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/francis-ford-coppola-rules-out-godfather-3d/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/francis-ford-coppola-rules-out-godfather-3d/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 For all of you Francis Ford Coppola fans who are anxiously awaiting The Godfather 3D, I'm sorry to tell you it ain't gonna happen. In an interview with ElectronicHouse, the legendary director came out swinging against the craze, saying that most films aren't enhanced by 3D, except at the box office. “I feel that until you can watch 3D without glasses, it’s the same thing we know,” he says. “I personally do not want to watch a movie with glasses. It’s tiresome.” Coppola says he even removed his 3D glasses to watch portions of “Avatar,” even though it meant he was watching out of focus. Who does this guy think he is? I recently watched Clash of the Titans in 3D, and let me tell you that it was a thousand times better than The Godfather I & II combined! If Coppola has any hope of his films being accepted by future generations, he'll convert his entire catalog to 3D at once. That way we can watch Jack in the third dimension, as it was meant to be experienced. (CinemaBlend)

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For all of you Francis Ford Coppola fans who are anxiously awaiting The Godfather 3D, I’m sorry to tell you it ain’t gonna happen. In an interview with ElectronicHouse, the legendary director came out swinging against the craze, saying that most films aren’t enhanced by 3D, except at the box office.

“I feel that until you can watch 3D without glasses, it’s the same thing we know,” he says. “I personally do not want to watch a movie with glasses. It’s tiresome.” Coppola says he even removed his 3D glasses to watch portions of “Avatar,” even though it meant he was watching out of focus.

Who does this guy think he is? I recently watched Clash of the Titans in 3D, and let me tell you that it was a thousand times better than The Godfather I & II combined! If Coppola has any hope of his films being accepted by future generations, he’ll convert his entire catalog to 3D at once. That way we can watch Jack in the third dimension, as it was meant to be experienced. (CinemaBlend)

 

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Old Dogs http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/old-dogs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/old-dogs/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2009 00:20:16 +0000 Reza F. Director: Walt BeckerCast: Robin Williams, John Travolta, Seth GreenSynopsis: Two friends and business partners find their lives turned upside down when strange circumstances lead to them being placed in the care of 7-year-old twins.

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Director: Walt Becker

Cast: Robin Williams, John Travolta, Seth Green

Synopsis: Two friends and business partners find their lives turned upside down when strange circumstances lead to them being placed in the care of 7-year-old twins.

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NEW ‘WORLD’S GREATEST DAD’ CLIP WITH ROBIN WILLIAMS, WEED & OLD LEADY CLEAVAGE http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-worlds-greatest-dad-clip-with-robin-williams-weed-old-leady-cleavage/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-worlds-greatest-dad-clip-with-robin-williams-weed-old-leady-cleavage/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Today, Hulu put up this new clip from the Robin Williams-starring WORLD'S GREATEST DAD, in which his character Lance Clayton makes nice with the old neighbor lady over some weed, bonds over zombies and informs her that his son (SPY KIDS' Darryl Sabara) is spying on her when she drops her top every night.  What she does with the information might shock and appall you, which is perhaps why there's an age-check gate on this clip.  We have not had a chance to see WORLD'S GREATEST DAD yet.  The above clip is intriguing but the trailer showed even greater promise.  Even Devin from CHUD.com, who seems to hate a lot of stuff out there, heaped praise on it.  The film's already available via Video On Demand.  If you're not sold, you can check out IGN's interview with director Bobcat Goldthwait after the jump.  Laura Celeste Is Very Hot (Gorillamask) Justin And Johnny: Whore Island (Holytaco) Interview With The Guy Punching The Air From Most Valuable Primate (Filmdrunk) Megan Fox Is A Genius (Manofest) Einstein Action Figures For Mega-Nerds Only (Walyou) The Worst Macguffins Ever (Pajiba) 6 Things That Shouldn't Explode, But Did Anyways (Cracked) Snuggies For Dogs, Now? (Sickpigs) 5 Fast Food Restauraunts That Make You Scared To Fart (Coedmagazine) 5 Job Suggestions For Sarah Palin (Celebjihad) Professions Women Think Are Hot (Mademan) MMA Steroid Busts Timeline (Cagepotato) Adding Celebrity Faces To Houshold Appliances And Mechanical Items (Unreality) Japanese Super Toilets Coming To America (Asylum) Manly Rugby Mascot Attacked By Fan (Bustedcoverage) A Collection Of "To All U Haterz" Videos (Uncoached) 5 High School Crushes: Where Are They Now? (Regretfulmorning) Bill O'reilly Thinks Naked Girls Are Pinheads (Bachelorguy) Happy Birthday, Jaime Pressley (Moondogsports)

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Today, Hulu put up this new clip from the Robin Williams-starring WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, in which his character Lance Clayton makes nice with the old neighbor lady over some weed, bonds over zombies and informs her that his son (SPY KIDS’ Darryl Sabara) is spying on her when she drops her top every night.  What she does with the information might shock and appall you, which is perhaps why there’s an age-check gate on this clip.  

We have not had a chance to see WORLD’S GREATEST DAD yet.  The above clip is intriguing but the trailer showed even greater promise.  Even Devin from CHUD.com, who seems to hate a lot of stuff out there, heaped praise on it.  The film’s already available via Video On Demand.  If you’re not sold, you can check out IGN’s interview with director Bobcat Goldthwait after the jump. 

Laura Celeste Is Very Hot (Gorillamask)

Justin And Johnny: Whore Island (Holytaco)

Interview With The Guy Punching The Air From Most Valuable Primate (Filmdrunk)

Megan Fox Is A Genius (Manofest)

Einstein Action Figures For Mega-Nerds Only (Walyou)

The Worst Macguffins Ever (Pajiba)

6 Things That Shouldn’t Explode, But Did Anyways (Cracked)

Snuggies For Dogs, Now? (Sickpigs)

5 Fast Food Restauraunts That Make You Scared To Fart (Coedmagazine)

5 Job Suggestions For Sarah Palin (Celebjihad)

Professions Women Think Are Hot (Mademan)

MMA Steroid Busts Timeline (Cagepotato)

Adding Celebrity Faces To Houshold Appliances And Mechanical Items (Unreality)

Japanese Super Toilets Coming To America (Asylum)

Manly Rugby Mascot Attacked By Fan (Bustedcoverage)

A Collection Of "To All U Haterz" Videos (Uncoached)

High School Crushes: Where Are They Now? (Regretfulmorning)

Bill O’reilly Thinks Naked Girls Are Pinheads (Bachelorguy)

Happy Birthday, Jaime Pressley (Moondogsports)

 

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TRAILER FOR ‘WORLD’S GREATEST DAD’ WITH ROBIN WILLIAMS. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/trailer-for-worlds-greatest-dad-with-robin-williams/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/trailer-for-worlds-greatest-dad-with-robin-williams/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Above is the new trailer for World's Greatest Dad, directed by none other than comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (forever my favorite Police Academy 'new recruit') and starring Robin Williams as a washed up writer teaching high school English and trying to raise a kid on his own.  The trailer makes the movie look pretty promising, with Williams taking the family comedy route he's treaded so many times before but then veering off a cliff and careening into the dark world of vagina jokes.  As you can see, metaphors aren't my forté. Dare I say that Robin Williams is back?  I dare.

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Above is the new trailer for World’s Greatest Dad, directed by none other than comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (forever my favorite Police Academy ‘new recruit’) and starring Robin Williams as a washed up writer teachin high school English and trying to raise a kid on his own.  The trailer makes the movie look pretty promising, with Williams taking the family comedy route he’s treaded so many times before but then veering off a cliff and careening into the dark world of vagina jokes.  As you can see, metaphors aren’t my forté. 

Dare I say that Robin Williams is back?  I dare.

 

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