Just a Quick Thought: Remembering Kobe Bryant

Sunday, January 26, 2020 has proven to be an extraordinarily difficult and surreal day for hoops and sports fans in general. I’d like to pause my movie reviewing for a second to remember basketball player Kobe Bean Bryant, who passed away a day after Lebron James, currently of the Los Angeles Lakers, passed him forContinue reading “Just a Quick Thought: Remembering Kobe Bryant”

In Memoriam: Stephen Hawking

It is a heavy beyond leadened heart that has moved me to create this post. One of the brightest lights in our universe has eked out its final flicker. The iconic physicist Stephen William Hawking died today at the age of 76. His family says that he passed away peacefully in his home in Cambridge,Continue reading “In Memoriam: Stephen Hawking”

OCMC: Robin Williams, what a concept. . .

I think in order to best encapsulate this week, and the range of emotions that have also been dealt with over the past couple, I will include this excellent montage of photos of Robin throughout his career that has been put together by a personal friend of Steve Oedekerk (the man responsible for one ofContinue reading “OCMC: Robin Williams, what a concept. . .”

OCMC: Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire in Mrs. Doubtfire

We have reached the end of the voyage, dear friends. Our beloved Captain is due back on shore tomorrow, where he shall drop anchor and bid adieu to us after one fine week of sailing the high seas. I guess I better drop the metaphor before it gets even more confusing. Basically, now that the week whereContinue reading “OCMC: Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire in Mrs. Doubtfire”

OCMC: Alan Parrish in Jumanji

“AAAAHHHH!! AHHH!!! . . . . . . AH!” Noises. Robin Williams came equipped with many of them, and in this outrageously fun film from the mid-90s, he’s provided an opportunity to tap into that part of him that was more. . . . shall we say, animalistic? As a child who got trapped inside the dangerousContinue reading “OCMC: Alan Parrish in Jumanji”

TBT: Dead Poets Society (1989)

As if this wasn’t going to happen you guys. . . This is the perfect combination of fitting in with this month’s sort-of-theme (going back to school, woo!) and the ongoing tribute to one of my favorite performers of all time. We now have an opportunity to crack into what many of us probably hold dear to our heartsContinue reading “TBT: Dead Poets Society (1989)”

OCMC: Seymour “Sy” Parrish in One Hour Photo

Here we have one of those roles where Robin Williams simultaneously truly impressed me and deeply concerned me. His ability to detach — as evidenced by this chilling character, a lonely one-hour-photo developer named Seymour “Sy” Parrish — seemed like a mere eject button he could push (“get me outta here”), an escape route so desperately neededContinue reading “OCMC: Seymour “Sy” Parrish in One Hour Photo”

OCMC: Chris Nielsen in What Dreams May Come

Despite What Dreams May Come possessing a healthy amount of material that tends to bring tears to the eye, here’s an ultimately uplifting and sweeping drama that appeals on a more universal level than Bobcat Goldthwait’s darkly comic rumination on the nature of the living memorializing those who have passed. For anyone concerned about “what happens after death,” this filmContinue reading “OCMC: Chris Nielsen in What Dreams May Come”

OCMC: Lance Clayton in World’s Greatest Dad

Okay, I believe I’ve got this week mapped out the way I want. We’re going to start with the heavier performances and work our way out of the dark side of things. Like Anakin Skywalker, only trending in the opposite direction. So this little. . .thing that I’m doing. . . .to pay proper tribute to the fullContinue reading “OCMC: Lance Clayton in World’s Greatest Dad”

O Captain, My Captain: A Tribute to Robin Williams

Beginning next Monday, I will kick off my week-long tribute to Robin Williams, a man whom the title ‘genius’ or any other lofty descriptions most certainly apply but still somehow don’t seem to do justice. The news of his passing on Monday, August 11 hit me like a tidal wave. Not an entirely unpredictable reaction either,Continue reading “O Captain, My Captain: A Tribute to Robin Williams”