Monday, September 1, 2014

Top Ten Movies to Look Out For In September



10 – This is Where I Leave You (Sept. 19)


Director: Shawn Levy
Writer: Jonathan Tropper
Actors: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Abigail Spencer, Dax Shepard, Jane Fonda, Timothy Olyphant, Connie Britton
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rated: R

At first glance I wasn’t very into this movie. My fiancĂ©, however, thought it was an interesting premise.

The truth is, watching trailers for all the movies coming out to the public in September was painful. About an hour in I still hadn’t seen anything even remotely interesting. The idea of watching my dog sleep sounded like a better use of my time. I managed to find a few gems in the mix, but I guess ‘back-to-school’ time just isn’t optimal for the good movies to hit theaters.

So, I let John talk me into being interested in This is Where I Leave You. Yes, it looks like a glorified “two people who hate each other stuck in an elevator” recipe, but the cookie-cutter aspect will likely benefit from the comedic timing of Tina Fey quite a bit.

After all, I watched every single episode of 30 Rock, no matter how stupid the episode was, and couldn’t look away.

I may not be super excited for this one, but it doesn’t look too bad.

9 – The Boxtrolls (Sept. 26)


Director: Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable
Writer: Irena Brignull, Adam Pava, Alan Snow
Actors: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Dee Bradley Baker, Steve Blum, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Fantasy
Rated: PG

I first became aware of this movie during the Comic Con episode of The Wil Wheaton Project. There was a bit about the insect food-stand at the convention and Isaac Hempstead Wright. I hadn’t seen the trailer yet, but I was already intrigued since there’d be a Game of Thrones actor involved.

I doubt anyone gasped in shock to learn that I’m a fan of the fantasy series. No, I haven’t read the books yet. Yes, I hate myself for it. Moving on.

The trailer did not disappoint. There was a high level of adorableness packed into the Coraline-like animation. Not only that but, if it’s done well, it will probably have a decent storyline that can entertain both kids and adults. I think it’s important for parents to like the movies their kids like. Especially since their kids will likely watch the movie 9000 times.

If you’re going to see it so many times you can recite the lines, you might as well try to enjoy it. The Boxtrolls may actually reach the balance that allows something like that.

8 – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (Sept. 12)


Director: Ned Benson
Writer: Ned Benson
Actors: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, William Hurt, Bill Hader
Genre: Drama
Rated: R

It wasn’t the story that motivated me to add The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby to this list. It seems like a basic loved-and-lost story. What it came down to was the way the story was presented in the trailer.

If I’m interpreting what I saw correctly, the story seems to be told from both the perspective of the girl and the guy. I find that very interesting. I’m also not sure I’ve ever seen it done before. I’m not an expert, so it may have been done several times but, to me, it’s a new concept and highly original.

What I’m hoping is that the trailer is depicting the actual movie and not just offering a little bit of bait and switch. It’s not unheard of for a trailer to avoid accuracy in order to draw viewers.

Assuming the trailer is accurate and I’m interpreting it correctly, I look forward to seeing how they tackled the unique method of story-telling.

7 – Reclaim (Sept. 19)


Director: Alan White
Writer: Carmine Gaeta, Luke Davies
Actors: John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe, Rachelle Lefevre, Jacki Weaver, Luis Guzman, Brianna Roy
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Rated: R

Unlike the previous movie, Reclaim made the list primarily because of the content of the story. Yes, there’s a certain Taken aspect. The story seems to revolve around a kidnapping, after all. However, the reasoning behind the kidnapping is terrifying and fascinating and, most importantly, new.

The type of con the characters are involved in seems like a new low for the antagonists. Preying on a couple that desperately wants a child and can’t have one? It feels like the bad guys are kicking a puppy.

It doesn’t hurt that John Cusack is a phenomenal actor. He’s a little underrated for my taste, actually. If he’s playing the baddie, then that is reason alone to see this film.

6 – Honeymoon (Sept. 12)


Director: Leigh Janiak
Writer: Leigh Janiak, Phil Graziadei
Actors: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown
Genre: Drama Thriller
Rated: R

Another Game of Thrones actor! She’s not the whole reason I chose this movie and she certainly has nothing to with why Honeymoon appears so high on the list.

I think the trailer was great. I can guess a bit at the story, but not so much that I feel like anything has been ruined for me. I don’t know if the big bad has to do with aliens or some kind of demon, I couldn’t tell you, but it doesn’t matter to me.

Whether the movie winds up being more horror or sci-fi doesn’t affect me, because I like both genres. Of course, the fact that it’s labeled a drama/thriller has me a little nervous that the entire movie is just a schizophrenia-based story and we’ll find out at the end that none of the ‘bad stuff’ actually happened.

Concerns aside, Honeymoon looks every bit as thrilling as it’s supposed to.

5 – Hector and the Search for Happiness (Sept. 19)


Director: Peter Chelsom
Writer: Maria Von Heland, Peter Chelsom, Tinker Lindsay, Francois Lelord
Actors: Simon Pegg, Christopher Plummer, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Toni Collette, Jean Reno, Veronica Ferres
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rated: R

I will never have enough Simon Pegg. As a comedic actor, he is simply one of the best from this generation of actors. The only movie I’ve seen of his that I didn’t care for was How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.

It helps that the trailer for Hector and the Search for Happiness looks amazing. If the trailer got me to laugh as much as it did, I feel like it’s safe to expect even more from the movie. The drama aspects were apparent, but they didn’t seem to overwhelm the comedy.

I’m ashamed of it but even though the happiness/a penis joke is older than my mother and has been done to death, there’s never been a time in my life when it hasn’t made me chuckle.

I fear I might be an easy laugh.

4 – The Equalizer (Sept. 26)


Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writer: Richard Wenk, Michael Sloan, Richard Lindheim
Actors: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo
Genre: Action, Thriller
Rated: R

It seems like every month we’re getting a movie about an older actor proving that he can still kick some ass. This month there’s two of them. I realize I might catch a little heat for this but here it is: I have no interest in A Walk Among the Tombstones starring Liam Neeson. It’s got nothing to do with him as an actor; I just saw absolutely nothing redeemable about the recipe film he happens to be starring in this month.

My old-guy-kicks-ass pick-of-the-month for September went to Denzel Washington for The Equalizer.

There were moments in the trailer so epic that the hair on my arms stood up a little. The obvious worry is that the editors blew their load on the trailer and there won’t be any other awesome action in the actual film. That worry aside, I feel like it’d be worth it just to see the trailer in context.

On an alternate note, I think Chloe Grace Moretz is some kind of super-human. Were you aware that she’s in 6 different movies in 2014? How the hell does she keep all the personalities straight? Does she even have time to breathe?

3 – The Scribbler (Sept. 19)


Director: John Suits
Writer: Dan Schaffer
Actors: Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Gina Gershon, Sasha Grey, Garret Dillahunt, Michael Imperioli, Billy Campbell
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rated: R

I’ll start this off by stating that I’m not familiar with the graphic novels this movie is based off of. None-the-less I was hypnotized by the trailer.

The mind-bending story was nearly eclipse by the spectacular visuals.

The Scribbler seems like something highly psychological with an in depth plot. The actors aren’t all that bad, either. I’m not really a fan of Michelle Trachtenberg for my own personal reasons, but Eliza Dushku is on my list of ‘completely underrated’. I haven’t seen her in anything, personally, since Dollhouse.

I’m going to be looking up the graphic novels in order to prepare. If The Scribbler is being shown near me, I hope to see it in theaters.

2 – The Maze Runner (Sept. 19)


Director: Wes Ball
Writer: Noah Oppenheiim, Grant Pierce Myers, T.S. Nowlin, James Dashner
Actors: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Rated: PG-13

The first time I saw this trailer on TV I was transfixed. It looks like a combination of two of my favorite book series, The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson. I’m sure you can see why it looks like The Hunger Games but the part that feels like Percy Jackson to me has little to do with the movies, or the Greek/Roman gods, and everything to do with a couple of independent books in the series. In the interest of not delivering spoilers I’m going to just let curious parties pick up the series to see what I mean.

Many of the actors in The Maze Runner are smaller names, and I’m seriously looking forward to how they do in something this grand and spectacular. This is the kind of movie that could raise any of them into a more public eye.

1 – Tusk (Sept. 19)


Director: Kevin Smith
Writer: Kevin Smith
Actors: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Harley Quinn Smith, Lily-Rose Melody Depp, Johnny Depp (Rumored)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rated: R

Kevin Smith is a crazy, wonderful, bastard.

On one of his podcasts, the glorious Kevin Smith left a decision to his fans. After a long conversation with producer Scott Mosier, Smith asked his fans to take to twitter and decide whether or not he should write a movie based on the story they had been discussing. So, #WalrusYes was born and Smith did not disappoint.

Yes. You are reading that right. This horror story doesn’t involve vampires or werewolves or the Phelps family rejects. It is a horror story based around a fucking walrus. Tell me one other movie you’ve seen that can claim to be that.

Ok. Justin Long looks like an 80’s porn star with that ridiculous mustache and there is something significantly weird about a walrus being catalyst for horror, but come on. I know I’m not the only one looking forward to it. After all, how many people tweeted #WalrusYes after that SModcast? Enough to make it happen.

If you’re worried that it might be a little too weird for you, remember these words well: It’s Kevin-fucking-Smith. Have you SEEN his movies? The man thrives on weird. The weirder he goes, the better the movie. Compare Jersey Girl, a relatively common story, to something like Clerks. If his movies get better as they get weirder than, logically, this is going to be the best movie he’s ever made.

There better be a midnight showing.

All hail the master of awesome.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

S.W.A.T.: Fire Fight (2011)


Number Rolled: 98
Movie Name/Year: S.W.A.T.: Fire Fight (2011)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Length: 88 minutes
Rating: R
Affiliated Companies: Stage 6 Films, RCR Media Group, Original Film
Executive Producer: Rui Costa Reis, Eliad Josephson, Scott Putman
Director: Benny Boom
Writer: Reed Steiner, Randy Walker, Michael Albanese, Ed Arneson
Actors: Gabriel Macht, Robert Patrick, Carly Pope, Giancarlo Esposito, Kristanna Loken, Matt Bushell, Nicholas Gonzalez, Micah Hauptman, Shannon Kane, Gino Anthony Pesi, Kevin Phillips, Dennis North, Brad Bukauskas, Iris Frank, Tim Holmes, Ricky Wayne, Ele Bardha

Paul is a member of the Los Angeles S.W.A.T. team. In 10 years of service he’s never lost a hostage. When someone needs to be sent to Detroit for hostage-rescue training, there’s no one better for the job. Upon arriving in Detroit, Paul needs to prove himself to the team and gain their respect as he trains them to the best of his ability.

This sequel had the same issues the original S.W.A.T. movie had, and then some. Just like the first, the storyline was somewhat on the dumb and unbelievable side. With that being the only problem, it could have been redeemable. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.

Also like the first movie, S.W.A.T.: Fire Fight felt like it was patched together out of several television episodes instead of a single story. I get that the movies were based off a 1975 series, but that’s no excuse. There are plenty of movies based on TV shows that feel like actual movies, such as: Serenity, The A-Team, Charlie’s Angels, and so many others.

The end result of setting the movie up like a TV show instead of what it is? A mish-mash of bullshit.

S.W.A.T. at least had some seriously awesome acting. Where Gabriel Macht (Suits, The Recruit, The Spirit) and Robert Patrick (True Blood, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Walk the Line) were pretty damn good in the sequel, it wasn’t enough to overshadow the rest of the crap-cast.

It comes down to one single thought: there are some sequels that are just plain unnecessary.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 35%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 3/5
Trust-the-Dice Score2/5

Movie Trailer: 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Dredd (2012)


Number Rolled: 68
Movie Name/Year: Dredd (2012)
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Length: 95 minutes
Rating: R
Affiliated Companies: DNA Films, IM Global, Peach Trees, Reliance Big Pictures, Rena Film
Executive Producer: Stuart Ford, Michael Elson, Deepak Nayar, Adi Shankar
Director: Pete Travis
Writer: John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Alex Garland
Actors: Karl Urban, Jason Cope, Olivia Thirlby, Rakie Ayola, Lena Headey, Tamer Burjaq, Warrick Grier, Wood Harris, Deobia Oparei, Domhnall Gleeson, Joe Vaz, Scott Sparrow, Nicole Bailey, Junior Singo, Luke Tyler, Langley Kirkwood, Edwin Perry, Karl Thaning, Michele Levin,

Mega City One is the backdrop of a chaotic post-apocalyptic reality. Within that chaos, only Judges work to try and enforce some kind of order. When Judge Dredd is forced to see how Prospective-Judge Anderson does in the field, he takes her on a routine homicide call in the slums. Things go wrong very quickly and they meet the villainous Ma-Ma in battle.

I enjoy this movie. I can’t really speak to how well it holds to the comics, but I’ve heard many fans state how happy they were that Karl Urban (Star Trek, Bourne Supremacy, Riddick) never took off the helmet. Apparently, Judge Dredd is always wearing it in the comics. I’ll have to take their word for it.

Dredd was visually incredible. I didn’t really like the way they portrayed the effects of the drug from a first-person stand-point, but I understand why they did it. Keep in mind; it’s not for the faint of heart, though. That kind of attention to the visual aspects paired with the intense amount of gore could be a little more than some people can handle.

My issues with the story are minor and barely worth mentioning.

The acting was outstanding, though I find the character of Ma-Ma significantly annoying and difficult to watch. It has nothing to do with Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, The Purge, 300), it’s the character itself. It makes me want to literally throw tomatoes at the screen.

It’s a good movie, in the long run. Great action and very entertaining.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 78%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 72%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 4.3/5
Trust-the-Dice Score4/5

Movie Trailer:


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Stage Fright (2014)


Number Rolled: 4
Movie Name/Year: Stage Fright (2014)
Genre: Independent
Length: 88 minutes
Rating: R
Affiliated Companies: Serendipity Point Films, XYZ Films, Citizen Jones,
Executive Producer: Mark Musselman
Director: Jerome Sable
Writer: Jerome Sable, Eli Batalion
Actors: Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf, Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Kent Nolan, Brandon Uranowitz, Ephraim Ellis, Melanie Leishman, Thomas Alderson, James McGowan, Eli Batalion, Steffi DiDomenicantonio, Leanne Miller, Adrianna Di Liello, Ryan Bobkin, Greg Dunham, Ty Fornhan, Rick Miller, Tristan Slade Mitchell, Chelsey Pozdyk, Jeni Ross, Darren Summersby

When Camilla was a little girl, she wanted to be just like her Broadway-star mother. After the woman was murdered, though, her life took a turn. She grew up with her brother and her mother’s boyfriend, cooking at a drama camp. Now, she’s decided to take a chance and perform among them, despite the bad memories.

Back in May, this movie made my Top 10 Movies to Look Out For article. As a corny b-horror movie fan, I thought the comedy, horror, musical, Meat Loaf, factor would make for an interesting combination. Especially since the last time all those aspects came together we got Rocky Horror Picture Show.

As it turns out, there was some serious cult-following possibility in this movie. Not Rocky Horror level, of course, but not bad. There was lots of music with lots of goofy characters and a solid setting.

It was kind of weird; sometimes in a good way, sometimes not so much. There were very few times during the movie where I felt mediocre about it. Every moment was extreme, either loved or hated.

In the end, I decided that I mostly liked the film. If nothing else, it was hilarious and the mystery was decent.

I would recommend watching it with friends for a better experience.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 33%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 30%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 3.3/5
Trust-the-Dice Score3.5/5

P.S. If you stick around through the credits, the music is worth a laugh near the end. Listen to the lyrics.

Movie Trailer:


Monday, August 18, 2014

The Wedding Pact (2013)


Number Rolled: 60
Movie Name/Year: The Wedding Pact (2013)
Genre: Romance
Length: 90 minutes
Rating: NR
Affiliated Companies: Freefall Films, The Cartel, Phase 4 Films
Executive Producer: Henry Boger, John Perry, Jonathan B. Schwartz, Stan Spry
Director: Matt Berman
Writer: Matt Berman
Actors: Haylie Duff, Leslie Easterbrook, Joyce Hyser, Angie Everhart, Sandra Taylor, Scott Michael Campbell, Chris Soldevilla, Eric Scott Woods, Kelly Perine, Sophie Tilson, Alexandra Manea, Ryan Sanson, Conrad Backmann, Lisa Renee, James Doherty, Joe Russell, Greg Lindsay, Brandy Redd, John Hundrieser, Eleanor Wells, Terryl Daluz, Jacquelina DeMarco, Matt Molchen

Mitch has terrible luck with women. In college, however, he knew this girl, Elizabeth, and was desperately in love with her. They made a pact that they would get married in 10 years if they were still single. When Mitch goes to collect he finds she’s already spoken for.

There wasn't a single coherent thought in the entire movie. The plot was scattered and forced and just terrible. I didn't expect something amazing out of the film. I was really just hoping for something that wouldn't make me prefer watching paint dry.

If you want to watch a film with this kind of storyline, look for My Best Friend’s Wedding. I would not recommend sitting through this one.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 14%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 1.1/5
Trust-the-Dice Score1/5

The Random Rating: PG-13


Movie Trailer:  


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge!

I know, it's got nothing to do with movies. Still, it's a cute way to gain awareness for a serious disease. I donated to the cause and had fun doing my little part. Regular post for tomorrow, tune in then! As always, may the dice be with you!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Robin Williams: The Path of a Legend

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If you have any social media account, or have turned on your TV in the past few of days, then you know that Robin Williams was found dead. His family has asked for privacy and there are enough journalists and reporters out there ignoring that request, I won't be one of them.

Instead, I would love to look back at this legend’s career time-line.

His work speaks for itself, of course, and needs very little introduction. Everyone knows about the big things: Aladdin, Mork & Mindy, Good Will Hunting, Jumanji, Dead Poets Society, and so many others. Williams’ time-line is much greater than that, though. Where did he get his start? What will be the last movie he graces his fans with?


I only wrote a basic blurb about each entry in his timeline and I had to forgo adding most of his appearances as himself. If I had written more, and added every single appearance, a decade could have gone by without my being done. IMDB has 538 total credits, over all categories, for the late-great Williams.

Robin Williams spread joy and laughter as an actor for roughly 38 years, 39 if you count the movies that are still in post-production. However, he was also a stand-up comedian, a writer, a producer, even a director. The world of film will never be the same without his silly antics and depth of talent.

1977

Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?


Robin Williams played a lawyer with a toothache. Not much of a premiere for the beloved actor, especially since all his scenes were cut when the movie was originally released. The movie was released a second time in 1980 and advertised as “Robin Williams’ Movie Debut.”

Perhaps the production company, Dauntless Productions, wasn't completely ethical in claiming their movie introduced Williams to the public. It didn't matter much anyway, since their advertising fell mostly on deaf ears. Few people remember Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses? as the comedian’s debut.

The Richard Pryor Show


For his first appearance on television, Williams appeared on the first and second episodes of The Richard Pryor Show. The variety series was hosted by another legend, Richard Pryor. At the time, Robin Williams was just starting out in the TV/Movie business, but it makes sense that he would get his first exposure alongside another comedy genius.

Laugh-In


Still an unknown figure in Hollywood, Robin Williams took part in one episode of this sketch comedy. The simple title and format had been taken from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Williams played various parts in the sketches.

Eight is Enough


After The Brady Bunch there was Eight is Enough, a sitcom about a family with eight children. It ran for 5 seasons. Williams wasn’t in all of it. Instead, he had a part in a single episode, “The Return of Auntie V.” Information about this role is very difficult to find.

1978 –

The Big Laff Off


From what I understand, The Big Laff Off was a live stand-up comedy show that showcased 40 amateur or novice comedians over six nights. Robin Williams performed on one of the days.

Robin Williams – Off the Wall


Off the Wall was the first full-length stand-up HBO comedy special that Williams performed in.

America 2-Night


This was a talk-show parody that continued the Fernwood 2 Night series. Williams played a character that appeared on two episodes, Jason Shine.

Happy Days


Mork, the character that would wind up catapulting Robin Williams out of obscurity, originally appeared on Happy Days in two episodes. Many of the comedian’s fans already know that but, did you know, that Mork's dialog was completely improvised by Williams?

Mork & Mindy


Mork & Mindy was where Robin Williams finally built up his name. It was a show about a quirky alien living with a ‘normal’ young woman in her twenties. The show was a spin-off of the Mork character in Happy Days and lasted four seasons. Williams not only had actor credit for the show, but he was also credited as a director on one episode. 

Most of Williams fans remember the show fondly, even if it was before their time. Nanu Nanu.

1979 –

Out of the Blue


This television show was also considered a spin-off of Happy Days. Robin Williams appeared on it as Mork, but only on the first episode, “Random’s Arrival.”

1980 –

Popeye


The character, Popeye, was not new when this movie came out. 

Popeye first appeared in 1928. The first person to truly bring the character to life in a live-action film, however, was undoubtedly Robin Williams. Olive Oyl-loving, Bluto-beating, Swee’pea-adopting, spinach-loving Popeye was represented perfectly by the new-to-movies Williams.

For the record, this movie (and pretty much all-things-Popeye) was the reason I loved spinach as a child.

1982 –

An Evening with Robin Williams


This was Williams’ second full-length HBO comedy special. It was better received than his first.

The World According to Garp


The World According to Garp was based on a book by John Irving. It’s about a boy born to, and raised alone by, a feminist woman. The movie follows Garp, Williams' title character, as he grows up and develops interests that don’t mesh with his mother’s.

Faerie Tale Theatre


This series dedicated time and energy to bringing children’s stories into high-quality live-action television. Robin Williams appeared in the episode dedicated to “The Tale of the Frog Prince.” In it, he played the Frog and Prince Robin.

SCTV Network


This was a Canadian television show dedicated to sketch comedy that parodied television in general. Robin Williams was on one episode, “Jane Eyrehead,” and played various characters.

1983 –

The Survivors


Columbia Pictures produced this movie about two men that are hard on their luck and cross paths with a hitman that hates them both. It’s a comedy with some action in it. Williams played one of the star characters, Donald Quinelle.

1984 –

Moscow on the Hudson


Dramedy (Drama + Comedy) was the bread and butter of Robin Williams. Playing Vladimir Ivanoff in this film was his second step toward the more well-known films in the genre that he worked on later in life. Moscow on the Hudson is about a Russian musician that defects to America and has to try and learn to fit in.

Pryor’s Place


Richard Pryor had this television series between 1984 and 1985. He discussed life as he knew it when he was growing up. Robin Williams appeared on one episode, “Sax Education,” as Gabby.

1986 –

Robin Williams: An Evening at the Met


This was the third of Williams’ full-length HBO comedy specials.

The Best of Times


Robin Williams played Jack Dundee in this sports underdog/second chance movie. It’s about a man trying to get past the worst moment in his life – when he dropped the ball in a football game.

Club Paradise


Club Paradise follows the main character, Jack Moniker (played by Williams), as he retires from being a firefighter and moves to an island. There he helps the owner of a resort bring things back up to code. The humor is slightly slapsticky and tongue-in-cheek.

Seize the Day


This was Robin Williams’ first fully drama film. He played Tommy Wilhelm, a salesman that lost everything and moved to New York to try and pick up the pieces.

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam


An enormous supporter of the troops, Williams was found voicing Baby-san in this heartbreaking documentary about the Vietnam war and those lost in it.

Good Morning, Vietnam


For a long time this was the movie that Williams was best known for. The line “Goooooooooooood morning, Vietnam!” was more popular that can be described in a single blurb. I was only 4 years old when this film came out and, even though I haven’t seen it first-hand, I can quote most of it. 

Jonathan Winters: On the Ledge


I’m not 100% sure what Robin Williams’ part in this TV movie was. I watched some of it and it seems like a 1 man show. I couldn't find very much on it through my normal avenues, either.

1988 –

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen


A silly, ridiculous, film about Baron Munchausen's journey. Robin Williams played the King of the Moon and fit right in with the laugh-enticing cast.

Rabbit Ears: Pecos Bill


This was a short animated video, geared toward children, about the wild west and narrated by Williams.

Portrait of a White Marriage


In this movie, Williams made a simple, uncredited, cameo as an air conditioning salesman.

1989 –

Dead Poets Society


This movie is arguably Robin Williams’ most popular film. With his passing, there were several thousand tweets of “O Captain, My Captain.” This movie is where he was linked to that statement. Williams played the teacher, John Keating.

1990 –

Cadillac Man


Cadillac Man is about a womanizing car salesman that’s dealing with more pressure than any man could possibly handle; several girlfriends, quota’s to meet, alimony and even a missing daughter. Robin Williams played that salesman (Joey O’Brien).

Awakenings


This film was based on a true story and featured Robin Williams as Dr. Malcolm Sayer, a doctor that refused to give up on a patient in a coma. The patient, played by Robert De Niro, woke up and needed to learn how to live out of his original time.

1991 –

Dead Again


This was Robin Williams’ first thriller and he wasn't top-billed. He played Doctor Cozy Carlisle, a disgraced psychiatrist.

Shakes the Clown


This is the first I've heard of this movie and the trailer is absolutely creepy. Even though it’s going to give me nightmares for the next week, it’s labeled another Dramedy. Robin Williams used a pseudonym (Marty Fromage) in order to play Mime Jerry in this strange clown drama.

The Fisher King


Robin Williams played Parry, a homeless man that lost his wife to a grisly murderer as a result of a shock jock's (Jeff Bridges) rant. When the shock jock found out about Parry’s insanity resulting from that murder, he took responsibility for him.

Hook


I don’t care what critics say, this movie was one of my favorites when I was a little girl and I still like it. It’s a Peter Pan movie, but with a twist. It indicates that Peter Pan left Never, Never Land in order to start a family and subsequently forgot who he was. When Hook returns, a much older Peter is called back, with no idea what to do. Robin Williams played Peter.

A Wish for Wings That Work


This was a TV short that had Williams, billed as Sudy Nim, voicing the Kiwi character.

Rabbit Ears: The Fool and the Flying Ship


This was another video short geared toward children that Williams narrated.

1992 –

FernGully: The Last Rainforest


This animated film was about a fairy girl and a bat sidekick that shrink a human in order to save his life. Williams voiced that awkward, clumsy, comical bat.

From Time to Time


This is a video short that I can’t find any information on and I can’t find the actual video of. I think IMDB lied to me. I don’t believe it exists. So this is the =3 Ray William Johnson episode that Robin Williams appeared on. Enjoy the substitute.

Aladdin


Do I need to say anything? If you don’t know what Aladdin is or that Robin Williams was the Genie, then it’s time to hit-up Amazon and buy yourself a DVD. Don’t rent. Buy. It’s not like you won’t watch it several times.

Toys


This surreal children’s film is about a general inheriting a toy factory and the workers trying to keep him from inventing weaponry in place of toys. It didn't do well at the box-office, but Robin Williams was definitely not the problem. He played Leslie Zevo.

1993 –

Mrs. Doubtfire (Actor/Soundtrack/Producer)


This is another essential Robin Williams film. It was HUGE when it came out and remains huge. It’s the epitome of a 90’s comedy and the film that every movie of that genre and time needed to live up to. Hilarious. 

Williams played Mrs. Doubtfire and Daniel Hillard and gave an amazing performance that made sure the movie would stand the test of time.

1994 –

Homicide: Life on the Street


This was a basic crime solving TV series that lasted seven seasons. Robin Williams played Robert Ellison on one episode, “Bop Gun.”

Being Human


Because of the UK and US Being Human series, I found it difficult to find a trailer for this movie. I did eventually find one, however, and you will see it above. The movie follows the soul of one man through four life-times. 

In Search of Dr. Seuss


This movie was about a reporter who wanted to learn about Dr. Seuss and wound up finding out about his life from various characters of his. Robin Williams played the father.

1995 –

Nine Months


In this sweet comedy a couple finds out that they’re set to have a baby even though they’re not nearly ready for it. Robin Williams played the kooky, seemingly unqualified, Dr. Kosevich.

To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar


This film about a trio of drag queens on a cross-country trip isn't one that most people would recognize Robin Williams from. That’s because he was uncredited and had only a small part as John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.

Jumanji


This was another one of my favorite Robin Williams movies. Even when I watch it now, I find that the movie holds up to what I thought about it when I was younger. That doesn't happen all that often. Williams played Alan Parrish, a man that had been stuck in the game for decades.

1996 –

The Birdcage


I only saw this movie for the first time in the past couple of years. It was absolutely hilarious. It’s about a gay couple pretending to be a straight couple in order to impress their son’s right-wing in-laws. Williams played Armand Goldman, one half of the gay couple and he was incredible in that part.

Jack


Robin Williams played Jack Powell in this movie about a child with an accelerated aging process.

Aladdin and the King of Thieves


This was the third of the Aladdin trilogy. Not nearly as necessary as the first Aladdin. Still, any time Williams played Genie, life was good.

The Secret Agent


This is another thriller on Williams’ list, but it’s also another movie he’s not known for. He made a simple, uncredited, cameo as an assassin.

Hamlet


Hamlet is a well-known play by Shakespeare. Robin Williams took on the part of Osric for this adaptation.

1997 –

Friends


I didn't initially remember the episode of Friends that Robin Williams appeared on. I had to see the picture first. Now I remember how amusing it actually was.

Fathers’ Day


The movie depicts what happens when a woman cons two ex’s into searching for her runaway son, by convincing them both independently that they are the father. Robin Williams played one of those men, Dale Putley.

Deconstructing Harry


I never saw this movie, but it basically explains why you should change the names in any book you ever write that’s auto-biographical. At least, if you want to have any friends left and still want to tell the truth. Williams played Mel.

Flubber


Robin Williams played Professor Philip Brainard in this film about an absent-minded inventor that creates a strange new gel that begins to ruin his life.

Good Will Hunting


In Good Will Hunting, Williams played Sean Maguire, a psychologist that works with a low-class man with incredible potential in the field of mathematics. His performance is one of the aspects that made the movie so great.

Great Minds Think for Themselves


Williams reprised his role of the Genie from Aladdin in this short-lived educational TV series that taught children about famous and important people such as Albert Einstein and George Washington Carver.

1998 –

One Saturday Morning


I couldn't find much information on this TV show, but Williams became the Genie again for two episodes. I think it’s safe to say it was animated and geared toward children.

What Dreams May Come


In this romantic drama, Robin Williams plays Chris Nielsen, a man who died in a tragic accident. Heaven isn't all it’s cracked up to be, he finds, when it means he’ll never see his soul-mate again. So he goes on a quest to get back to her. It’s another one of his most popular and beloved films.

Patch Adams


This was one of my mother’s favorite movies when it came out. Williams played Patch Adams, a doctor hopeful that believed laughter was the best medicine. It’s based on a true story.

Disney’s Math Quest with Aladdin


This educational video game was the last time Robin Williams took up his role as the Genie.

1999 –

L.A. Doctors


On this dramatic TV series about patients and problems with the medical profession, Williams portrayed Hugo Kingsley on a single episode, “Just Duet.”

Jakob the Liar


Williams transported back to World War II for his part as Jakob in this film. As a Jewish shop-keep, he found himself in the ghetto, trying to keep the other inhabitants’ spirits up and hiding a young female child from being transported to a concentration camp. He is also listed as a producer for this film.

Bicentennial Man


In this film, Williams played Andrew Martin, an android with the desire to feel human emotions and the capability that put him on a path to do so.

2001 –

A.I. Artificial Intelligence


Just following his starring part in Bicentennial Man, Williams then portrayed the voice of Dr. Know in a story with a similar starting point.

2002 –

Robin Williams: Live on Broadway


Another stand-up show for the comedian.

One Hour Photo


In this haunting thriller, Robin Williams steps away from humor and into the stalkery creepy shoes of Seymour Parrish. Parrish is a photo lab tech that becomes obsessed with a family that develops their film with him.

Death to Smoochy


In this film, Williams still went totally creepy, but there was a lot of humor involved, too. He played Rainbow Randolph, a former children show star that lost his sanity and his job. He became convinced that the only way to get his life back was to kill his replacement, Smoochy (Edward Norton).

Insomnia


To end his year of creepy thrillers, Williams portrayed Walter Finch, a suspected killer, in a movie about two detectives investigating the death of a teenage girl.

2003 –

Freedom: A History of Us


Williams played several roles in this mini-series depicting the history of America.

Life with Bonnie


I don’t know much about this show, except that Williams was on one episode, “Psychic,” as Kevin Powalski.

2004 –

The Final Cut


Alan Hakman, played by Williams, is a “cutter.” In the world of The Final Cut, cutters are people who take the memories of people saved on implanted chips and cut them into short movies about their lives that their families can watch. When he works on one man, he finds a memory that could destroy him.

House of D


Williams returned to his bread and butter with this Dramedy about a boy named Tommy growing up. Williams played Pappass, the boy's mentally challenged best friend.

Noel


Charlie Boyd/The Priest is Williams’ uncredited character in this film.

2005 –

Robots


In a world filled with only robots, Williams voiced Fender, one of the robots an inventor moving to the big city meets along the way.

The Big White


When trying to cash in on his missing brother’s life insurance policy, Paul Barnell (Robin Williams) finds that not having a dead body to produce makes it difficult. When he finds one, all hell breaks loose.

2006 –

The Night Listener


Williams played a radio host, Gabriel Noone, that gets close to a young listener. However, it turns out that the listener has a bit of a secret and Gabriel is left trying to find the truth in this mystery thriller.

RV


A dysfunctional family gets into and RV and takes a trip. As with most dysfunctional families, though, they find it’s not all that easy to be in closed quarters together for that long. Williams played the father, Bob Munro.

Everyone’s Hero


Williams voiced the uncredited Napoleon Cross in this animated film.

Man of the Year


This movie is basically the story of what would happen if Stephen Colbert decided to run for the presidency, and got elected. Williams played Tom Dobbs, the main character.

Happy Feet


I. Love. Happy. Feet. Penguins, dancing, singing, and utter adorableness. There’s no going wrong. What’s better? Williams voiced my favorite character, Ramon. No one but Robin Williams could have pulled that character off well enough to be that awesome.

Night at the Museum


I don’t like Ben Stiller very much, so I haven’t seen either of these movies and I probably won’t see the third one, but I hear they’re quite funny. Robin Williams played Teddy Roosevelt.

2007 –

License to Wed


Robin Williams played Reverend Frank in this comedy about a reverend putting a couple through the ringer to ensure they’re really ready to tie the knot.

August Rush


In this music-based drama, Williams played Maxwell ‘Wizard’ Wallace. There is a rumor that Williams based his performance on Bono of U2.

2008 –

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit


I saw “Authority,” the Law & Order: SVU episode that Robin Williams portrayed Merritt Rook on. It was a psychological trip, likely my favorite episode of the entire series.

2009 –

Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction


The fourth full-length HBO comedy special.

Shrink


Williams played Holden in this movie. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the film so it would be impossible for me to describe the part his character plays. He doesn’t show up in the trailer.

World’s Greatest Dad


Lance (Robin Williams) has a strained relationship with his son. After an accident, Lance does his best to find a way to cover up information that could embarrass the boy.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian


Williams reprised his role as Teddy Roosevelt in this sequel comedy.

Old Dogs


In this movie, Williams played Dan, an old bachelor with distaste for children. Dan had to step up his game, however, when an ex showed back up in his life with twins that she claimed were his. It’s a cute movie with a great cast.

2011 –

Happy Feet Two (Actor/Soundtrack)


In case you missed it before: I. Love. Happy. Feet. Both of them. Seriously. Ramon is the best penguin ever.

2012 –

Wilfred


Williams appeared on one episode, “Progress,” as Dr. Eddy.

Louie


With use of his first name, Robin, he appeared on one episode: “Barney/Never.”

2013 –

The Big Wedding


The legendary comedian played Father Moinighan in this movie about a divorced couple pretending to be married for the sake of their family.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler


This film followed a butler as he served several presidents. Williams portrayed Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The Zero Theorem


Williams played the uncredited Church of Batman the Redeemer Billboard Spokesman. I’ve never heard of this movie, but just hearing the epicness that is that role’s title, I definitely want to.

The Face of Love


In a movie about a woman who begins dating a man who looks like her dead husband, Williams played one of her companions, Roger.

Robin Williams in Multiple Exposures


This is a short film that was done for Funny or Die.

The Crazy Ones


This is the first TV show Robin Williams had a constantly recurring part in since Mork & Mindy. He played Simon Roberts.

2014 –

Boulevard


Nolan Mack (Robin Williams) was a devoted husband with a secret life that couldn’t be hidden any longer.

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn


After being given a very short time to live by a doctor, a man seeks to reconcile with everyone his anger has estranged him from. Robin Williams played the main character, Henry Altmann.

Merry Friggin’ Christmas


This is one of the films still in post-production. Robin Williams’ character, Mitch, seems to be a father figure in an estranged family setting.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb


Another post-production film coming out this year. Williams reprised his role of Teddy Roosevelt one last time. This is the last film the comedian will be seen in.

2015 –

Absolutely Anything



This is the last film Robin Williams will be heard in. It’s a comedy in post-production and he does the voice-over work for a dog along-side another growing comedic great, Simon Pegg. It is not an animated film.