One year on, we’re celebrating one of the most diverse actors of all time the only way we know how – binge-watching some of the best films he ever made.
Exactly one year ago, the world said goodbye to one of the most entertaining and heartwarming people to ever walk the earth, Robin Williams. Robin Williams’ death hit especially hard because it meant not only losing the man himself, but also losing Genie, Mrs Doubtfire and the best Peter Pan that ever lived.
Tonight, remember the man who made you laugh and cry by streaming some of his best films.
|Moscow on the Hudson||In one of his earliest films, Williams portrays Vladimir Ivanov, a circus musician from the Soviet Union who defects to the United States. Moscow on the Hudson and The World According to Garp proved early that Williams could play outrageous in one beat and heartfelt in the next.||iTunes|
|Awakenings||Three years after Williams played the upbeat role of real-life disc jockey, Adrian Cronauer, in Good Morning Vietnam, he played a fictionalised version of a British neurologist in Awakenings. This emotional drama earned Williams and co-star Robert De Niro a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination, respectively, for Best Actor.||Stream now on Presto|
|Bicentennial Man||This sci-fi flop starring Robin Williams as the robotic servant Andrew showed a lot of promise in its first half. Unfortunately, the second half buries itself under sentimental sludge and turns into a bit of a yawn-fest. Regardless, if you’re into sappy cyborgs, check it out.|
|The Butler||Though Robin Williams only appears briefly in this 2013 drama about a long-serving presidential butler, it’s fascinating to see his transformation as US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.||iTunes|
|Insomnia||2002 was the year when Robin Williams proved he could not only play the lovable chump and the magnetic drama lead, but also the chilling villain in One Hour Photo and Insomnia. The latter combined the acting talents of Al Pacino and Williams with the creative vision of relative newcomer, Christopher Nolan.||Stream now on Presto|
|The Fisher King||In his second appearance in a Terry Gilliam film, Robin Williams plays a homeless man searching for the holy grail. When he meets an obnoxious shock jock spiralling into depression and alcoholism (pre-dude Jeff Bridges), the two spark up a friendship.||iTunes|
|The Birdcage||This film stars Nathan Lane and Robin Williams as the owners of a drag club in South Beach, Florida known as The Birdcage. Lane and Williams are a perfect on-screen duo– it’s a wonder the two never got to share the screen again.||iTunes|
|Robin Williams: Live Across Australia||This movie showcases interviews, stand up performances and other public appearances by Robin Williams around Australia. It’s a rare collection of moments of Robin Williams being Robin Williams.||iTunes|
|Hook||Everyone’s favourite rendition of the Peter Pan story stars Robin Williams as the boy who wouldn’t grow up– but evidently did! Hook is an especially touching story about reconnecting with your past and is helped along by the talents of Dustin Hoffman and Bob Hoskins.||iTunes|
|Jumanji||What year is it?! Talks of a Jumanji reboot coming in 2016 have us worried -- why fix it if it ain’t broke? Out of respect for the original, we should wait at least 26 years (the amount of time Alan Parish spent imprisoned by the board game) until a reboot is considered. Show your allegiance to the original by streaming it this weekend.|