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Critic's Corner: Robin Williams Special Tribute

Updated on September 12, 2014

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For those of you that might've read my last update hub, I did mention that "Critic's Corner" wasn't going to come back until December, but I decided to make a special exception in light of William's passing. From this point forward, "Critic's Corner" will become a monthly series; hence you can expect to see a new "Critic's Corner" hub once every month from here on out.

"Critic's Corner" is essentially a hub series where I'll be analyzing many film critics, and their unique styles; while also delving into various topics that relate to the entertainment industry, and how I feel about them.

Take in mind, "Critic's Corner" is going to highly opinionated, as it's more of a commentary on what my exact thoughts are on a particular subject matter pertaining to the entertainment industry in general.

Anyway, without further delay, lets get on with the show...

Robin Williams interview on CNN

My thoughts on Robin Williams career, and untimely death.

While I can't say that I've seen all his films, the ones that I have seen before were pretty good, as I can't recall ever watching a bad Robin Williams movie. Even the ones that were panned by critics like "Jack", "Bicentenial Man", "Hook", "Toys" and "Patch Adams", I was still able to find some joy watching them.

Indeed, Robin Williams is a man that'll truly be missed. Not only was he arguably one of the funniest comedians of all time, but he's arguably one of the best actors of all time as well. He was masterfully able to take on dramatic roles like he did in "Dead Poets Society" and "Awakening", yet he was also capable of taking on great comedic roles such as his voice work in "Aladdin" and etc. When it came to acting range, there were few better than Robin Williams himself.

He could easily go from playing an antagonistic role like he did in "Insomnia", but he could instantly turn around to make a lighter film like "Mrs. Doubtfire" at a drop of a hat.

I'll admit when I was a child, Robin Williams was not my favorite growing up. Sure, I grew up on quite a few of his films, and I have grown to respect the man over the years. And like Disney's animated classics, I have to admit Robin Williams has grown on me over the years, to where I would definitely say he's one of the best actors that I've ever seen.

It seems like only yesterday that I was just a kid watching reruns of "Mork and Mindy" with my father. Heck, I can still remember the first time I saw him voice the infamous genie character from "Aladdin."

I was a bit touched, when I heard that he died fairly recently. Granted, I never met the man, but I have to say it's very sad to hear about his suicide attempt on his life.

From what I've heard about his death, it seems Robin Williams suffered from depression that forced him to take his own life. To be honest, the topic of depression really hits home for me because quite a few people that I've known throughout my life suffered from depression. And like Williams, they were highly suicidal as well. I won't say their names on this hub, as I don't think they would appreciate me revealing their identities.

However, I will say this much. Depression is a serious matter in today's society, and sometimes people that suffer from depression can be prone to do harmful things to themselves, without thinking about the outcome of their actions could have on others around them. Therefore, I urge all my readers that if you know anyone that suffers from depression, and they happen to be suicidal, then please don't shrug it off. It's a serious issue in today's society, and it's sad that many people commit suicide over it everyday.

Therefore, if you know anyone that suffers from depression, and they happen to be suicidal, then please try to do whatever you can to help them. Sometimes this can include talking things out with them, as sometimes all they might need is a good friend. Or, you can have them seek medical attention as well. For those of you that might be suffering from depression, or know anyone that does, then I will be including a few links down below to help out those with depression.

Robin Williams was by far one of the greatest actors and comedians of all time. His films and comedy acts has brought joy to billions around the world. Plus, Robin Williams has helped so many from his charity works in the past like the Prince's Trust Fund, which helped disadvantaged young people achieve their potential. He also helped out in the Christopher Reeves' charity that researches treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury, and other neurological disorders. The charity also works towards improving the quality of life for people living with disabilities. And, I haven't even begun to mention all the charity work that he's done over the years, as this only to give readers a small sample of his generosity.

The man has done so much during his lifetime that it's a shame that he felt compelled to take his own life. As Michael Jordan once said on how there would never be another Larry Bird or another Michael Jordan, I have to say that there will never be another Robin Williams either. May he forever rest in peace.

Top Ten Robin Williams Performances

You Ain't Never Had A Friend Like Me- by Robin Williams

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      Steven Escareno 3 years ago

      Yeah, I think Robin Williams will always be known as one of the best actors of all time, as well as one of the best comedians to have ever lived. It's almost a crying shame his last film had to be "Night at the Museum 3" because that film was basically nothing more than more of the same crap you got from the last two films. I sincerely hope the Academy Awards honors him this year because it'll be a huge crime if they don't.

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      Breanne Ginsburg 3 years ago

      Robin Williams was such an amazing actor. My favorite movies with him in it include The Birdcage and Good Morning, Vietnam, along with Good Will Hunting. I also liked Mork and Mindy and so many other movies and shows with him in them.

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      Steven Escareno 3 years ago

      lol i wouldn't be surprised if it was on youtube. i might look it up later to add to this hub, but we'll see.

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      Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Me too. You can find the clip on You Tube.

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      Steven Escareno 3 years ago

      thanks. although to be honest, I don't think i did the man justice in this hub, but it's a shame he died the way that he did. I think i remember that oscar event your referring to, but i vaguely remember it though. I just hope wherever he is that he's resting in peace.

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      Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey

      I saw your comment on the celebrity forum about Joan Rivers. I don't watch much TV, that's why I usually try to catch the awards shows so I know what people are watching.

      This is a beautiful tribute. Robin Williams was my favorite comedian. I think he was really that sweet and vulnerable person inside. If you watch the video where he wins the Oscar for Good Wil Hunting, he looks shy and childlike before he walks up to the podium. I suspect that was the real him.