ALADDIN
1992, Walt Disney Pictures, 90 min, USA, Dir: Ron Clements, John Musker

The Disney renaissance sparked by THE LITTLE MERMAID continued with this dazzling fantasy based on the Arabian Nights folktale. When street urchin Aladdin comes into possession of a magic lamp, he uses its power to woo a princess but runs afoul of the evil Grand Vizier. As the lamp’s wisecracking Genie, Robin Williams is at his stream-of-consciousness best (legendary animator Chuck Jones called this film "the funniest feature ever made” for good reason). Composer Alan Menken’s original score and song (“A Whole New World”) both earned Oscars.


BOULEVARD
2014, Starz Digital Media, 88 min, USA, Dir: Dito Montiel

Robin Williams’ final film offers a haunting look at a man leading a double life. Nolan Mack (Williams) shuffles between his job at a Nashville bank, the house he shares with wife Joy (Kathy Baker) and his father’s nursing home the same way he has for years, until he spots Leo (Roberto Aguire) on the boulevard. Nolan picks the young hustler up not for sex but for conversation, but as their meetings continue his comfortable façade grows increasingly difficult to maintain. With Bob Odenkirk. “[A] tender but unsentimental take on a story that benefits from finesse.” - John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter.


DEAD POETS SOCIETY
1989, Walt Disney Pictures, 128 min, USA, Dir: Peter Weir

“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” When a new student (Ethan Hawke) arrives at an exclusive East Coast prep school in 1959, he and his roommate (Robert Sean Leonard) are encouraged to think for themselves by new English teacher John Keating (Robin Williams), whose unusual approach runs afoul of the school’s headmaster (Norman Lloyd). This superbly crafted coming-of-age drama earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Director and Williams’ performance, and a win for Tom Schulman’s original screenplay.


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