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.


INSOMNIA
2002, Warner Bros., 118 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Nolan

Detective Al Pacino heads for Alaska to track serial killer Robin Williams, but the differences between the two men might not be as stark as Pacino would like to admit. Remaking the 1997 Norwegian crime masterpiece, Christopher Nolan infuses the material with his own sensibility to create another of his portraits of deeply driven, deeply flawed and all-too-human heroes.


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