The news that Robin Williams has died is utterly heart-wrenching. While details of his death remain vague, it’s immediately clear that the actor and comedian led a brilliant life and touched millions in profound ways. There’s no better way to pay tribute than by watching one of his movies.
Again, it’s inexpressibly sad to look back at the life of a man who made so many people happy, but it’s still appropriate to smile at his genius work. For me, the first movie that comes to mind is Jumanji. I remember seeing it with my friends and mom and dad on the tv , and looking over to see both my mom and dad crying with laughter. It was a rare moment of togetherness for us, and I’ll never forget it. I’ll never forget Williams, either.
The Birdcage is streaming on Netflix now. And despite today’s somber news, it’s still funny as hell.
Here are my favorite quotes:
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.
I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone. – Robin Williams as Lance Clayton in World’s Greatest Dad
And here are my favorite movies:
Good Will Hunting – Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.
Dead Poets Society -English teacher John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day.
Jumanji – When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.
Night at the Museum – A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.
The Birdcage – A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée’s right-wing moralistic parents.
Mrs. Doubtfire – After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.
We will never forget you Robin Williams! Thanks for giving us so many reasons to smile!