Robin Williams’ Best Role?

The news of Robin Williams’ death today at the age of 63 was definitely a shocker. Williams was a great comedic talent, of course, but he also had some great dramatic roles in his repertoire.

My favorite Robin Williams film was One Hour Photo. In this film Williams played Seymour Parrish, an employee at a one hour photo lab. Seymour is a lonely man who lives through the pictures he develops. These pictures fill a void and he becomes obsessed with one particular young family. Through this family’s pictures he observes what he deems to be an injustice and takes it upon himself to right this wrong.

This is a dark film and I loved how it showed a different side of Williams’ acting talent. I don’t recall this film getting a lot of publicity when it first came out. This 2002 film came out one year before Lost In Translation, another film starring a traditionally comedic actor, Bill Murray, in a dramatic role. At times I’ve wondered if the timing was switched, if One Hour Photo had come out after Translation, if people would have been more open to seeing a comedic actor in a dramatic role. Nevertheless, Photo is a gem of a film and I highly recommend watching it.




5 Movie Picks for the Weekend: June 7-9

It’s the weekend! Whoo-hoo! We made it through another week.

So what are you doing this weekend? I’m sure at some point you will be watching a bit of TV or picking a movie to watch. Here are 5 picks for films to watch at home this weekend.

These picks are found on Comcast premium channels. All times Central.

Cache, 9:40-11:40pm Friday on Indie channel
This French film stars Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche as a successful couple who start receiving disturbing videotapes of their personal lives. Great thriller!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, starting at 7pm Friday on Sundance.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 7-10:15pm
The Girl Who Played with Fire, 10:15-1:30am
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, 1:30-4:45am
This is the original 2009 trilogy based on the best-selling books. If you’re going to be up late, it is worth a viewing. Series is also on Netflix Instant Streaming.

Pan’s Labyrinth, 6-8:30am, Saturday on IFC
One of my favorite films, this grown-up fairy tale by director Guillermo del Toro is about a young girl in fascist Spain who escapes her hellish world in an imaginative and very dark fantasy realm. If you’re going to be up early tomorrow- or you stayed up late watching the Dragon trilogy!- I highly recommend this movie. Please note: while this is a fairy tale, it is TV-MA and I do not recommend it for young children. It is quite dark. Watch out for The Thin Man!

Dog Day Afternoon, Sundance, 7-9:15pm Sat (also plays 7:45-10am on Sunday)
An engrossing classic film starring Al Pacino in the real-life story of an attempted bank robbery. Stunning ensemble cast and story. Directed by the amazing Sidney Lumet (love his work!), this film also stars John Cazale.

All The President’s Men, Sundance 9-11:30p, Sun
Another classic, this film is an account of the Watergate scandal from the perspective of two journalists. Stars Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford. A great way to wrap up the weekend!

Whatever you watch this weekend, enjoy yourself! Pop some popcorn. Dim the lights. And enjoy the show!

Happy viewing!