Critic's Corner: Robin Williams Special Tribute
Mork vs. Fonzi
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
- Aladdin movie review - YouTube
Jeremy Jahns' review of Disney's "Aladdin." All Google Adsense revenue earned by this video will be donated by him to the "Anxiety and Depression Association of America" (ADAA) for the fight against depression..
National Suicide Lifeline is available to help you, or your loved ones, 24/7 for those needing someone to confide in if they're contemplating suicide.
- Mental Health Helpline
The Mental Health Helpine provides free information about mental health services in Ontario. Call us at 1-866-531-2600. 24/7 live answer, anonymous and confidential. Funded by the Government of Ontario.
- Telephone, Hotlines and Help lines | Psych Central
U.S. Helplines US Suicide Hotline 1-800-784-2433 NDMDA Depression Hotline - Support Group800-826-3632 Suicide Prevention Services Crisis Hotline
- Dealing with Depression: Self-Help & Coping Tips to Overcome Depression
You have more power over depression than you may think. These tips will help you feel better.
- Depression Symptoms & Warning Signs: Recognize Depression Symptoms & Get Help
Struggling with depression? Learn about depression symptoms, warning signs, and causes, plus what you can do to feel better.
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