Tuesday, 12 August 2014

RIP Robin Williams: List Hero's Top 10

As a tribute to the amazing hairy-armed Robin Williams, who gave laughs to grown-ups and children alike as well as providing some of the most wonderful acting ever seen on screen, here are my ten favourite Robin Williams flicks.

10 / Insomnia  /  2002

In Christopher Nolan's thriller, two Los Angeles homicide detectives (Al Pacino and Hilary Swank) are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.  In a rare twist for Williams, he plays the killer.

9  /  Dead Poets Society  /  1989

In this critically-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated affair, Williams plays English teacher John Keating who attempts to inspire his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day.  

8  /  Jack  /  1996

Jack is a fairly forgotten movie nowadays; it seems amazing to think that this was directed by Francis Ford Coppola (director of The GodfatherApocalypse Now).  However, I have to admit that this had me in tears when I first saw it. Due to an unusual aging disorder that has aged him four times faster than a normal human being, Jack (Robin Williams) enters the fifth grade for the first time with the appearance of a 40 year old man.

7  /  Mrs Doubtfire  /  1993

A childhood classic!  After a bitter divorce, an actor - played by Williams - disguises himself as a female housekeeper, Mrs Doubtfire, in order to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

6  /  Awakenings  /  1990

Here Williams plays Dr Malcolm Sayer, who is treating the victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago that have been catatonic ever since.  However, now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.  The film features stunning performances from both Williams and Robert De Niro.

5  /  Hook  /  1991

Another childhood classic!  When Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan (Robin Williams) must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.

4  /  Good Will Hunting  /  1997

Will Hunting (Matt Damon), a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist (Williams) to find direction in his life.  This Oscar-nominated movie was written by Damon and Ben Affleck, directed by Gus Van Sant.

3  /  Jumanji  /  1995

Yet another childhood classic!  When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man, Alan Parrish (Williams), trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

2  /  Aladdin  /  1992

In this Disney classic, Williams goes into a league of his own with his voice-over work as the Genie.

1  /  One Hour Photo  /  2002

In my favourite Robin Williams movie, he plays the creepy employee of a one-hour photo lab who becomes obsessed with a young suburban family.  Superb stuff.