Top of the Morning, Aug. 13, 2014
We asked our film critic, CHUCK KOPLINSKI, for his three favorite Robin Williams movies:
The Birdcage (1996)
"In this remake of the French comedy classic 'La Cage Aux Folles,' Williams plays gay cabaret owner Armand Goldman, who pretends to be straight for the sake of his son, who's bringing home his finacee's conservative parents (Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest) to meet him before the wedding. This is one of the few films in which the actor's manic persona was well matched to the material, while in his scenes with Nathan Lane, who plays Armand's partner who gets pushed to the wayside, you see two like-minded performers playing off one another and producing comic gold."
Good Will Hunting (1997)
"Williams won his only Oscar, for best supporting actor, for this role, and rightfully so, as he's required to dial things down and dig deep as a widowed psychologist who finally comes to terms with his grief and own failings by helping a troubled young genius (Matt Damon). Williams is great here because he finds a way to move us in a still and subtle way that's effective."
"In this remake of the Norwegian thriller, Williams plays a mystery writer in a far northern Alaskan town who finds the walls closing in on him when he's accused of murdering one of his young fans. The actor does a marvelous job of giving us a glimpse of the evil that lurks below his character's mild-mannered faade, effectively reminding us that monsters do indeed walk among us."