Robin’s Wish: Film Review

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There have been a few celebrity deaths that have upset me more than they reasonably should, considering I don’t know the person in real life, and a prime example is Robin Williams. The shock news of his death in August 2014 made me so sad that I had tears in my eyes writing about it at work.

For weeks after he died, the media widely reported (or should I say misreported) his death via suicide stemmed from his history of depression and addiction issues, when he was, in fact, sober at the time and unaware he was battling a degenerative disease – Lewy body dementia (LBD) – a diagnosis only discovered in the coroner’s report.

His widow Susan Schneider Williams has been raising awareness about LBD ever since her husband died and has teamed up with director Tylor Norwood to address the misunderstandings around Williams’ death, his experience with LBD from 2013 until he died, and him being misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The documentary features scientists explaining the disease, friends recalling fun moments with him as well as memories of his deteriorating health, and co-workers on his last projects.

The result is a profoundly moving and poignant documentary about one of Hollywood’s great comedians and actors, with my personal childhood favourites being Jumanji, Aladdin, Flubber, and Hook. It’ll be more affecting if you’re a fan of his work (I obviously shed some tears!) but even if you’re not, I’ll be impressed if you don’t feel something hearing his close friends and co-workers talking about how this quick-witted, loud and confident man became paranoid, anxious, filled with self-doubt, suffered from delusions, hallucinations, and insomnia, and kept trying to get to the bottom of what was wrong with his mind as he wasn’t satisfied with the Parkinson’s diagnosis.

The most affecting testimony for me came from Shawn Levy, who directed Williams in the Night at the Museum franchise, with the third being filmed in early 2014 and released later that year, months after he passed. Speaking publicly about this for the first time, Levy recalled how different Williams was on the last film; how he had lost his confidence and morale, struggled with lines, and told him “I’m not myself anymore”. David E. Kelley, the creator of TV sitcom The Crazy Ones, echoed this and also spoke about Williams having to hide a tremoring hand in his pocket. Schneider Williams anchors the whole piece together and provides poignant personal insight into his condition, as do close friends and his neighbours in Marin County.

I found this documentary to be really eye-opening – I had no idea what was going on in Williams’ life in the months leading up to his death – and incredibly sad. If you are fan, this is a must-watch.

Out now on Digital and On Demand on all major platforms. For more information please go to https://www.robinswishfilm.com/

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Aladdin: Film Review

I had the lowest of expectations for Guy Ritchie‘s live-action version of Aladdin. The promotional material didn’t thrill me and I didn’t even put it on my May movies list but I was determined to see it with an open mind – and I actually liked it! It’s not perfect but it’s nowhere near the travesty I was expecting.

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Film Review

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I love these movies but I didn’t think there was much left to do with the franchise. While this is true, the third (and probably final) instalment is brilliant. I enjoyed it way more than I expected to and I haven’t laughed out loud that frequently in a cinema for a long time.

Stiller returns as security guard Larry, who discovers the magical tablet of Ahkmenrah, which brings the museum to life each night, is starting to deteriorate and the exhibits are starting to malfunction. Larry must embark on an adventure to London to find the owner of the tablet so he can fix the problem and save the museum’s much-loved exhibits.

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Matt Damon hosts a star-studded Jimmy Kimmel show

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Now, you may or may not have seen the Matt Damon “revenge” video in which he has kidnapped TV chat show host Jimmy Kimmel. He wants to get revenge as Jimmy has dissed him many times on the show and their fake feud has lasted for years. Here is that video:


Well, that was the promo for the special episode of Jimmy Kimmel called “Jimmy Kimmel Sucks” in which Matt Damon is the host and Jimmy is bound to a chair helplessly in the background.

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And what amazing revenge it was- Matt managed to get a whole host of guys on the show including Nicole Kidman (who gave Jimmy a lap dance), Gary Oldman, Amy Adams, Demi Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Demi Moore, Sarah Silverman, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Andy Garcia & Sheryl Crow. Wow! That’s a lot. Ben Affleck wasn’t a guest on the show- he was the cue-card guy and Sheryl Crow was the lead of the house band.

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Nicole gives Jimmy a lapdance

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Here is Matt talking to guest, comedienne and Kimmy ex-girlfriend Sarah Silverman:


Basically, everyone was there to criticse Jimmy and praise Matt. Obviously, it was all in good humour as Matt and Jimmy are actually good friends but it is just so funny seeing how many celebrities Matt got on board, how much fun they had hijacking the show & that the network and Jimmy actually let this happen! Genius.

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Sadly, there are no videos of the full show but here are a few news segments which summarise the show and give a few clips so you can get the picture.