Robin Williams Hook

Even when I didn’t think about it, Robin Williams was always a part of my life. His work was simply a part of everything that made me a person. Whether it was sneaking a peak at Comic Relief on HBO, watching old Mork and Mindy reruns after school, or catching the movies of the early nineties that turned him into a mega-star, Robin Williams was always a constant. If I needed to laugh, sing, be brought to tears or cringe uncontrollably, Williams was the man for the job.

He’s gone now, dead at the age of 63 from an apparent suicide, and it’s a horrible case of “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” I’m filled with emotion. I’m mad, I’m sad, I want to cry. But then I start to think about Williams’ legacy, his films, and what they mean to me, and I feel some comfort. Let’s take a look back at my favorite Robin Williams movies, and more specifically, performances.
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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
(DVD available as single-disc and 2-Disc Digital Copy Special Edition)
The Harry Potter franchise has marked a rare occasion in cinema, or perhaps even a first. To my knowledge, there is no other long-running, self-contained film series in history where the later entries have improved considerably on their predecessors. As the young Harry Potter has matured, so too have the films depicting his wizarding adventures, turning what initially began as a family friendly adaptation of, essentially, fluff wish-fulfillment silliness, into an artistically rendered journey of kids attempting to balance their growth into adults against the never-ending onslaught of horrors that plague their lives. Cuaron’s Prisoner of Azkaban may remain the champion when it comes to telling the best Potter story that stands on its own, but considering that The Half-Blood Prince is clearly an intermediate chapter that was designed to align the necessary pieces for the final chapter, director David Yates should be applauded for the masterful way he’s managed to sidestep that issue by maintaining a strong focus on progressing the emotional core of the story instead of becoming bogged down in the notably less compelling central plot conflict, as well as gratuitous CGI-heavy action set pieces and wand battles. It’s because of this that, against all odds, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince turned out to be my favorite entry in the series yet, delivering a strangely perfect blend of character-based melodrama, genuinely hilarious moments of comedy, and a palpable sense of dread in every frame. If I wasn’t quite convinced that Yates was capable of tying up the films in a satisfying way after Order of the Phoenix, this most recent effort has convinced me that there’s no other man more qualified for the job.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: 2-disc DVD – Featurettes on the cast and crew and the life of author J.K. Rowling, additional scenes, a sneak peek at the Universal Orlando Resort’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, and a digital copy of the film. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as a Maximum Movie Mode with the stars, director and producers.

BEST DVD PRICE*
Target Best Buy Fry’s Walmart
$15 $15.99 $14.77 $9.98
Amazon – $9.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $19.99 at Fry’s and Amazon, $22.99 at Best Buy, and $26.99 at Target (see below).

BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s Walmart
$19.99 $17.99 N/A $15
Amazon – $15.99

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worlds_greatest_dad_posterIn this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley reflect on Disney’s absorption of Marvel Entertainment, wonder if Terminator Salvation could be improved with some R-rated action, get excited about some action movie sequels, and assess the state of the Redbox legal battle. Special guest Anne Thompson from Indiewire joins us for this episode.

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Bobcat Goldthwait To Make Kinks Musical

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Chud have scored my favorite news story of the morning if not the whole last week. In an interview with Bobcat Goldthwait, the writer-director of World’s Greatest Dad, Devin Faraci managed to squeeze out one piece of scoop-style reportage:

The comedian turned director told me that he was finishing up a spree killer script right now and that after that he would head into a new world: he would make a musical. And it would be based on a Kinks record. In fact, Bobcat had recently met with Ray Davies of the Kinks to get permission.

The album in question is Schoolboys in Disgrace. Spotify Users can access a playlist I’ve made of the album now and listen to it all, legally and for free and as many times as they want. Perhaps U.S. users could supply a Pandora equivalent via the comments?

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funny people posterIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley assess their conflicting feelings on new trailers for A Serious Man and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, get excited for Spielberg’s next film, praise the third season of Dexter, and wonder if there’s any value to the works of Gregg Araki. Special guest C. Robert Cargill from Aint It Cool News joins us for this episode.

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World’s Greatest Dad Red Band Movie Trailer

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With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, Magnolia Pictures has taken the opportunity to release a red band movie trailer for Bob Goldthwait‘s World’s Greatest Dad. I had the wonderful opportunity to catch this film at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and by the time I left the theater, I was hurting from laughing so much. You can read my full review here.

This is not your traditional comedy. It’s dark. REALLY dark. For example, Goldthwait’s 2006 film Sleeping Dogs Lie (originally titled “Stay”) was about a relationship that is destroyed when a girlfriend reveals to her boyfriend that she had a past indiscretion (read: blowjob) with a dog. Believe it or not, Goldthwait’s 2009 follow-up is at least 10 times more twisted and probably 20 times funnier. Watch the red band movie trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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