Watching Robin Williams

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What if you decided right now that you wanted to watch a Robin Williams movie? Which one might it be? And which vendor has the movie?

That’s why I pulled this (incomplete) list together: so that I would know whether to head to Apple, Amazon or Netflix to watch. I hope the list helps someone else, too!

Mork & Mindy, 1978-1982

Mork

  • Amazon: purchase only
  • Apple: n/a
  • Netflix: DVD only

“Punching and pushing and calling someone names means you like them?”

“Look, if I wanted a pen and coffee I’d have mugged a waitress. You know what, I don’t need any more pens. Look at this. And look at that, it’s a Ronald Reagan pen, it’s got no point.”

Popeye, 1980

Popeye

“Poppa. Pretty soon, you and me are going to be together again, huh? Yeah. Thirty years ain’t that long. Besides, next Wednesday’s our annual-versity. Yeah? Yeah. Stay alive. That’s all I’m axskin’ you. Good night, Poppa.”

The World According to Garp, 1982

T.S. Garp

“Imagining something is better than remembering something.”

“We’ll take the house. Honey, the chances of another plane hitting this house are astronomical. It’s been pre-disastered. We’re going to be safe here.”

Moscow on the Hudson, 1984

Vladimir Ivanov

“Yesterday I bought my first pair of American shoes. They were made in Italy.”

Good Morning, Vietnam, 1987

Adrian Cronauer

“Gooooooood morning, Vietnam! It’s 0600 hours. What does the ‘O’ stand for? O my God, it’s early!”

“Excuse me, sir. Seeing as how the V.P. is such a V.I.P., shouldn’t we keep the P.C. on the Q.T.? ‘Cause if it leaks to the V.C. he could end up M.I.A., and then we’d all be put out in K.P.”

“Hey, we’re back. That last two seconds of silence was Marcel Marceau’s newest hit single, “Walkin In The Wind.” And now, here are the headlines. Here they come right now. Pope actually found to be Jewish. Liberace is Anastasia and Ethel Merman jams Russian radar. The East Germans, today, claimed the Berlin Wall was a fraternity prank. Also the Pope decided today to release Vatican-related bath products. An incredible thing, yes, it’s the new Pope On A Rope. That’s right. Pope On A Rope. Wash with it, go straight to heaven. Thank you.”

“I’m tired of people tellin’ me what I can’t say. “This news isn’t official.” “That comment is too sarcastic.” I can’t even make fun of Richard Nixon and there’s a man who’s screaming out to be made fun of!”

Dead Poets Society, 1989

John Keating
Touchstone Home Entertainment

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”

“O Captain, my Captain. Who knows where that comes from? Anybody? Not a clue? It’s from a poem by Walt Whitman about Mr. Abraham Lincoln. Now in this class you can either call me Mr. Keating, or if you’re slightly more daring, ‘O Captain my Captain.’”

“You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!”

“I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think for yourself.”

Awakenings, 1990

Dr. Malcolm Sayer
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

“The human spirit is more powerful than any drug – and THAT is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. THESE are the things that matter.”

Hook, 1991

Peter Banning / Peter Pan
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

“Rufio, if I’m a maggot burger why don’t you eat me! You two-toned zebra-headed, slime-coated, pimple-farmin’ paramecium brain, munchin’ on your own mucus, suffering from Peter Pan envy!”

“Jack, Maggie, all you have to do is think one happy thought, and you’ll fly like me.”

The Fisher King, 1991

Parry
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

“There’s three things in this world that you need: Respect for all kinds of life, a nice bowel movement on a regular basis, and a navy blazer.”

“I’m a knight on a special quest.”

Aladdin, 1992

Genie / Merchant
Walt Disney Video

“Thank you for choosing Magic Carpet for all your travel needs. Don’t stand until the rug has come to a complete stop. Thank you. Goodbye, now. Goodbye. Goodbye. Thank you. Goodbye.”

“Three wishes, to be exact. And ixnay on the wishing for more wishes. That’s all. Three. Uno, dos, tres. No substitutions, exchanges, or refunds.”

Mrs. Doubtfire, 1993

Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire
Fox Searchlight

“My first day as a woman, and I’m getting hot flashes.”

“Dear Miranda, wake up and smell the coffee. Can’t you see the lust in that man’s eyes? It’s too soon, dear, really. You’ve got to give your divorce some time, dear. Let your sheets cool down before you bring someone else into the bed, alright?”

“Lou, millions of kids see this cartoon, it’s like sending each one of them a pack of cigarettes and saying ‘light up.’”

“I’m a hip old granny who can hip-hop, bebop, dance til ya drop and yo yo, make a wicked cup of cocoa.”

“Newspaper? Are you taking one of those personal ads: DWF seeks WWM with BMW into light B&D?”

Jumanji, 1995

Alan Parrish

“Hey, hey, I’m sorry, okay?… Twenty-six years buried in the deepest darkest jungle, and I still became my father.”

“A game for those who wish to find / a way to leave their world behind. You roll the dice to move your token, doubles get another turn, and the first one to reach the end wins.”

Jack, 1996

Jack Powell

“Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer skies, when the stars are strung across the velvety night, and a shooting star streaks through the blackness turning night into day. Make a wish. Think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did.”

Jack, 1996 @ Amazon

The Birdcage, 1996

Armand Goldman

“Yes, I wear foundation. Yes, I live with a man. Yes, I’m a middle- aged fag. But I know who I am, Val. It took me twenty years to get here, and I’m not gonna let some idiot senator destroy that. Fuck the senator, I don’t give a damn what he thinks.”

“You do an eclectic celebration of the dance! You do Fosse, Fosse, Fosse! You do Martha Graham, Martha Graham, Martha Graham! Or Twyla, Twyla, Twyla! Or Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd! Or Madonna, Madonna, Madonna!… but you keep it all inside.”

Good Will Hunting, 1997

Sean Maguire

“You’re not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: this girl you’ve met, she’s not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you’re perfect for each other.”

“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”

“You’ll never have that kind of relationship in a world where you’re afraid to take the first step because all you see is every negative thing 10 miles down the road.”

Patch Adams, 1998

Hunter “Patch” Adams

“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”

“Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death.”

“I wanted to become a doctor so I could serve others. And because of that, I’ve lost everything. But I’ve also gained everything.”


One Hour Photo, 2002

Seymour “Sy” Parrish

“And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it’s this: I was here. I existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.”

“The shutter is clicked. The flash goes off and they’ve stopped time, as if just for the blink of an eye.”

“Family photos depict smiling faces… births, weddings, holidays, children’s birthday parties. People take pictures of the happy moments in their lives. Someone looking through our photo album would conclude that we had led a joyous, leisurely existence free of tragedy. No one ever takes a photograph of something they want to forget.”

Robots, 2005

Fender

“We’ve come to rescue our friend, you evil bag of bolts, and you shall be defeated by the very outmodes that you scorn and detest!”

“I know that sounds bad, but I’m just doing musical arm farts. You know how to do those? They’re hard to do because we’re made of metal, but that’s where the skill comes in.”

Night at the Museum, 2006

Theodore Roosevelt

“Anything’s posible Lawrence. If it can be dreamed, it can be done. Hence the twenty-foot jackal staring right at you.”

“Some men are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them.”

The Butler, 2013

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“I can’t see any situation where I’d send federal troops to the South, ever. It could cause another Civil War.”

“I have today issued an executive order, directing the use of troops under federal authority, to aid in the execution of federal law at Little Rock, Arkansas. This became necessary…”

The Crazy Ones

Simon Roberts

Beating a dead horse: another post about newspaper economics

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I promised myself I would not step into the latest gnashing of teeth over the future of corporate media, but here I am.

About a week ago, David Simon (“creator of The Wire and Treme“), wrote this in the online Columbia Journalism Review:

It’s grievous what is happening to regional newspapers, especially. But the whole industry will continue to collapse until everyone swallows hard and goes behind a paywall…. Once the content of the larger papers is no longer available to aggregators, then regional papers can safely take that same path and, maybe, there is an online revenue stream that will allow high-end journalism to survive.

Short of that, the great Molly Ivins is right, this is nothing more than slow suicide.

Simon abandoned journalism (he once worked for the Baltimore Sun) for the confines of a pay-wall monopoly: HBO (owned by Time Warner and responsible for one-quarter of parent company profits in 2010). He’s clearly an excellent weaver of fictional stories, but that does not mean he understands digital economics or today’s news business or even the pressure that cable TV feels from fiber-to-the-home. Continue reading

YouTube Politics: Obama To Hold Google+ Hangout Monday

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Obama, 2012 SOTU, White House Photo

In 2007, Google and YouTube broke into presidential politics by holding a “debate” in conjunction with CNN. At the time, Google had owned YouTube for less than a year.

Flash forward almost five years. On Monday at 5.30 p.m. Eastern, Google+ (which is also less than a year old), is the stage for a presidential response to last week’s State of the Union address. As in 2007, the questions are generated by us. And as in 2007, which questions get answered is not being left in the hands of the crowd.

From 2007:

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