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Desc:Honestly, I hated most of Robin Williams 'Robin Williams' movies, but he was wonderful as POPEYE
Category:Classic Movies
Tags:Popeye, harry nilsson, robin williams, robert altman
Submitted:John Holmes Motherfucker
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cognitivedissonance - 2014-08-12
Go on Facebook right now and comment that making fun of Robin Williams' death a day after he died is exactly the same kind of humor Robin Williams would have expressed. This was the guy who made "Jack", "Jakob the Liar" and "Patch Adams" for Christ's sakes. He never saw a script he didn't like.

People will tear you apart, as they did to me. I will give him credit for "Fisher King" and that is absolutely all I'll respect him for.
Oscar Wildcat - 2014-08-12
While never a big fan of Robin Williams, he did make an essential contribution to the greatest stand up act I have ever seen in my life. As so.

My lover at the time "won" tickets to a comedy club in Manhattan ( winning means getting suckered into a big tab from the required drink min etc ) but I'm game coz I've never been so off we go. The acts are pretty nondescript: I just remember the mounting bar tab and thinking "oscar why do you let your penis think for you" when the host comes out and announces

"Tonite we have a special guest from LA, he's shooting a movie here in NYC, let's welcome Robin Williams!"

Everyone laughs, because WTF would he be doing here??? Very funny. Then they dim the house lights, and much to everyones amazement, the man pops out from behind the curtain. This would have been in the late 80's, at what was the height of his career.

You'd think Christ hisself resurrected right there in the green room. It is in fact Robin Williams. He launches into his usual gimmicks, and everyone rolls on their backs and exposes their bellies.

This goes on for quite a while, he's not leaving the stage, and yet.... There is still the matter of the next and last act. Yes, someone is scheduled to follow Robin Williams.

Finally, with perhaps 10 minutes remaining, Robin exits the stage. Now comes the moment of Greatness.

The next guy comes out on to the stage. Immediately, the house lights go up. He shrugs, and everyone stares. He's just fucked. There is no way around this. Just completely fucked. So he stands there telling us just how fucked he is. Next, the waitresses begin distributing the hugely inflated checks. That's at about the 5 minute point in what remains of his act. He's almost in tears. Every possible thing that could fuck this man, has done so, in every possible orifice. He's not just dying up there. He's being actively raped to death by the combined forces of the club, Robin Williams, the audience, the waitresses. Just everyone.

I don't remember much of Robin Williams act, but I'll never forget that guy who followed him. That was the greatest stand up I have ever seen. Decades before his time. To this day, I chuckle over it. I wish I could remember the guys name and tell him that no matter what he might have been thinking at the time, he really did something memorable.

aikimoe - 2014-08-12
cognitive, you shouldn't be "torn apart," simply because you displayed the social skills and impulse control of a moderate to severely autistic person. You deserve compassion.

chumbucket - 2014-08-13
Oscar Wildcat stars

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2014-08-12
In my opinion, Robin Williams was a solid dramatic actor and a terrific cartoon voice actor who had a comedic persona that others found hilarious, but to me it was painful, and it often seemed painful for him. I remember when he was nominated for an oscar for DEAD POET'S SOCIETY, and during the ceremony they showed a clip of him doing Brando in front of the class. It was the only "ROBIN WILLIAMS" scene in the whole movie, and that was the one they picked for the clip. You could see Williams in the audience looking pretty sore.

At some point during GOOD MORNING VIETNAM, I knew I'd had enough of Robin Williams doing "ROBIN WILLIAMS" and never went back for MRS DOUTFIRE which is supposed to be okay, and a whole bunch of other stuff that is supposed to be terrible (PATCH ADAMS, FLUBBER, MAN OF THE YEAR, etc.) which I suppose made a zillion dollars, but he managed to put together an impressive dramatic resume over the years, and these roles were never to be missed. He played a brilliant tormented killer in LAW AND ORDER SVU, and a murder victim's husband on HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS. He played a disgraced psychiatrist in Kenneth Branagh's DEAD AGAIN, and dedicated teachers in DEAD POET'S SOCIETY and GOOD WILL HUNTING.

ALLADIN finally allowed Williams to use his comic persona to best advantage, and he was wonderful in THE BIRD CAGE, playing (if you'll pardon the expression) the straight man to Nathan Lane.

I agree that it's not disrespectful to the spirit of Robin Williams to make fun of his death, but right now it's disrespectful to the grief of others, and you should lay off.
That guy - 2014-08-12
last sentence

EvilHomer - 2014-08-12
Dead Poet's Society and Good Will Hunting gave him a free pass for life.

infinite zest - 2014-08-12
I think it's pretty well documented but his scene about idiosyncrasies in Good Will Hunting was improvised, and the camera's shaking because the camera man is laughing. One of the finest moments in cinema.

Binro the Heretic - 2014-08-12
I loved this movie and I don't care who knows it.
Binro the Heretic - 2014-08-12
In fact, I HAVE IT ON DVD and I'm going to watch it all right now.


infinite zest - 2014-08-12

infinite zest - 2014-08-12
whoops! Yeah. Loved this movie.

Bort - 2014-08-12
I love this movie for Poopdeck Pappy. That's what I want to be when I grow up.

Ray Walston died on Jan 1, 2001. He lived to see the 21st century, good for him.

Sanest Man Alive - 2014-08-12
I love the Popeye movie just for how goddamned surreal it is. The makeup crew should've taken the fucking Oscar that year for getting everyone's look so frighteningly accurate, Williams and Duvall's portrayals were spot-on, and the slapstick violence reminds me of all of Hoskins's pratfalls in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.

I don't even care if it actually is a bad movie, it got live-action Popeye so right there's no point in trying again.

infinite zest - 2014-08-12
I used to work at this place and this old guy came in every day, mostly to shoot the shit, often to watch whatever movie was on.. really didn't matter. Anyway we called him Popeye, because he claimed to be the one of the voices of Popeye. IMDB says otherwise but damn if he didn't nail it! Anyway, he'd just come in, pretty much to take a load off and talk about old movies and we always passed him in, even for movies that we couldn't pass ourselves into. But he always said that when he died it was going to be in the theatre because he had been going there since 1927 when it opened. Then Popeye was gone. After a month I assumed the worst had happened, and nobody had seen him. Then, in one of the worse snowstorms of the year, Popeye shows up. Now I'm really assuming the worst: He's coming here to die because that's what he said he was going to do. NOPE! Just does his popeye laugh and asks for his usual, pink lemonade with nutritional yeast. It tastes like beer. I like to think somewhere up in whatever place people go when they do go, that Popeye and Popeye are exchanging Popeye impressions.

Binro the Heretic - 2014-08-13
Holy shit! I forgot Linda Hunt was in it!

memedumpster - 2014-08-12
I had no idea so many people hated Robin Williams.
SolRo - 2014-08-12
fucking jaded hipsters.

SolRo - 2014-08-12
I forgot to add old.

They're so fucking old.

Binro the Heretic - 2014-08-12
25% "Popular stuff SUCKS!"


25% "Being an asshole on the Internet sure is fun!"


EvilHomer - 2014-08-12
What I want to know is whether they were hating him before he was dead, or after he died, when hating him suddenly became "cool".

oddeye - 2014-08-12
He's not funny and you are either a child or a retard (combo possible) if you think he is.

I don't hate him but he's shit.

Bort - 2014-08-12
I can't stand the Robin Williams movies where he's the sole wacky / iconoclastic member of an otherwise staid and humorless profession. Doesn't make me hate the guy, though, and "The Fisher King" and "What Dreams May Come" easily offset the bad movies.

May Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel give him Two Thumbs Up when he visits the Pearly Gates.

EvilHomer - 2014-08-12
I think you're just jelly.

memedumpster - 2014-08-12
oddeye, does your rage disorder solve all your other problems too?

oddeye - 2014-08-12
I don't have a rage disorder and anything related to my personality is a never ending source of trouble.

SolRo - 2014-08-12
some of us, who aren't as decrepitly old and irrelevant as oddeye, did see most of Robin Williams' family comedies when we were actual kids.

so, what is it like being so incredibly old?

memedumpster - 2014-08-12
You guys need to learn to wage love jihad.

SolRo - 2014-08-12
memedumpster will soon find himself on the no-fly list for constantly declaring that he "love jihad".

memedumpster - 2014-08-12
Struggle for snuggle, my brother.

baleen - 2014-08-12
Hey guys, liking Robert Altman movies makes you a hipster.

I'm so, so sorry.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2014-08-12
>>so, what is it like being so incredibly old?

It's terrible, but I don't think age is oddeye's problem.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2014-08-12
>>I had no idea so many people hated Robin Williams.

Not him. Some of those movies. I don't think I can name another actor who made so many movies I either hated or avoided like death that I still felt kindly toward. And once again, people don't think of him as a serious actor, and he absolutely was.

BorrowedSolution - 2014-08-12
I think whatever our respective opinions on the man are, the fact that he was by all accounts a semi-decent person who took his own life is a sad thing. It would be nice if people could focus on that for a while.

oddeye - 2014-08-12
Absolutely, regardless of how shit he was at his job of making me laugh, even ironically, he didn't deserve to become so miserable as to take his own life.

I'd rather he had just fucked off and I never heard of him again.

memedumpster - 2014-08-14
I gave you all such a segway into saying "I YAM WHAT I YAM" that I am now convinced poeTV has zero sense of humor.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2014-08-12
I was shocked and saddened, and I know a lot of people are experiencing genuine grief, so right now it's a dick move to make a federal case about how unfunny he could be. Every comedian bombs, and sometimes the ones who bomb a lot are the courageous ones. I just wish he could have played more cartoon characters.
StanleyPain - 2014-08-12
Popeye was alright. The bold approach to set design and production mixed with Robert Altman probably being the weirdest person to direct a film based on a comic strip makes it something a bit more than what it will undoubtedly turn into when it inevitably gets remade. There's way WAY too much fucking music in this movie (only a handful of songs in this really work, the others feel like trying way too hard to pad out the soundtrack), but it's still enjoyable.
baleen - 2014-08-13
I love this fucking movie.

And this song.


Jet Bin Fever - 2014-08-13
I bet that arm makeup hurt like hell when they ripped it off those furry arms of his.
oddeye - 2014-08-14
probably waxed his arms first

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