HBO Documentary Review-‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind’


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A comedic force of nature with a mile a minute wit and enough manic energy to transfix you with every word; that was Robin Williams to me. This film dives deep into Robin’s essence, illuminating his past and unfortunately his untimely exit from this world. Marina Zenovich directed this intimate portrait of one of the greatest comedians of our time. The film follows the familiar documentary format, starting with the early life and continuing through, hitting the career highlights throughout. However, what struck me most about Zenovich’s approach was how she presented the material. Robin narrates a lot of the film himself, through audio clips from past interviews or comedy bits. You never see him during these clips but his voice guides you through the film with the help of photos and stand up clips. It’s so powerful to simply hear someone’s voice who is no longer with us.

Never-before-seen footage and interviews with his closest friends and family are interwoven throughout the film, helping the viewer to understand how special this man was and how many lives he impacted with his gift of comedy. His first wife, Valerie Velardi, talked about the Robin she knew before he was in the public eye. Billy Crystal, David Letterman, and Steve Martin talked about the genius comedian who needed comedy like he needed air. His struggles with alcohol and drug addiction that permeated his private life also seemed to seep into his life on the stage. Billy Crystal admitted, “It’s a very powerful thing for a lot of comedians–that laugh is a drug. That acceptance, that thrill, is really hard to replace with anything else.”

I ran the gamut of emotions while watching this film. Clips from his stand up shows made me laugh out loud. Hearing from Billy Crystal about the last time he talked to Robin made me cry. Listening to his son Zac describe his many adventures with his father made me smile. Of course I loved seeing clips from his many classic movies such as Mrs. Doubtfire and Aladdin, but what touched me the most were the personal interviews from those who knew him best.

Robin Williams was part of my childhood. I literally wore out our VHS copy of Aladdin as a kid, replaying the Genie’s scenes over and over. Every time I would be given the unenviable chore of vacuuming the house, I would dance around with the machine like I was Mrs. Doubtfire. When I was feeling down, I would play his stand up special on the history of golf. This man shaped my sense of humor and brought so much joy to my life.

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind is a captivating look into the life and career of one of the funniest people in the world and a fitting tribute to the man who made so many of us forget our troubles and just laugh.





2017 Golden Globes Recap

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The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards belonged to La La Land, which swept its categories taking home a record 7 awards. The evening was a pretty standard Hollywood affair although not as much humor as previous years when Tina & Amy hosted. Jimmy Fallon did his usual musical opening with cameos from all the nominees and he popped in throughout the show as needed. However, he didn’t really hold the weight of previous hosts for me. Based on social media reaction, Kristin Wiig & Steve Carell would be my choices to host next year. The night rounded out with some poignant speeches & a touching tribute for a mother and daughter we lost too soon.

Let’s recap:

Opening: Reminiscent of his Emmy’s opening, we started off with Jimmy Fallon singing in a limo in a La La Land inspired musical number. Jimmy loves his musical openings. Many nominees took part, including a fun rap from Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown. We rounded out the bit with a quick Tina Fey cameo and of course no Fallon performance is complete without a Justin Timberlake dance number.


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Every year when I watch these award shows I am painfully reminded that no matter how much I try to watch all the movies and tv shows I can, I still barely crack the surface. Hopefully I can catch up before the Oscars…

Winners in Order of Appearance:

Best Supporting Actor-Motion Picture: Aaron Taylor Johnson (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Actor: Tv Series-Drama: Billy Bob Thorton (Goliath)

Best Actress: Tv Series-Comedy: Tracee Ellis Ross (Blackish)


I love Julia but finally someone else won! She doesn’t seem too sad about it though. (Courtesy of

Best Tv Series-Comedy or Musical: Atlanta

Best Actress-Limited Series or Tv Movie: Sarah Paulson (The People vs OJ Simpson)

Best Limited Series or Tv Movie: The People vs OJ Simpson-American Crime Story

Best Supporting Actor-Limited Series or Tv Movie: Hugh Laurie (The Night Manager)

Original Score-Motion Picture: La La Land


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Original Song-Motion Picture: City of Stars (La La Land)

  • I bought the soundtrack as soon as I left the theater. The songs definitely get stuck in your head in the best way. Although, I was sad for Moana. How Far I’ll Go is an amazing anthem that deserves recognition too.

Best Supporting Actress-Motion Picture: Viola Davis (Fences)


“It’s not a money maker but it does scream art. It does scream heart.” (Courtesy of

Best Supporting Actress-Tv Series: Olivia Colman (The Night Manager)

Best Actor-Comedy or Musical: Ryan Gosling (La La Land)


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Best Screenplay-Motion Picture: Damian Chazelle (La La Land)

Best Animated Film: Zootopia

  • This category had some heavy hitters as well. Kubo & Moana were amazing & heartfelt.

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A lovely little tribute to Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds was shown. Still chokes me up. Can’t believe they are both gone.


Best Foreign Language Film: Elle (France)

Best Actor-Limited Tv Series or Movie: Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager)

Best Actress-Tv Series Drama: Claire Foy (The Crown)

Best Tv Series-Drama: The Crown

  • This was a powerhouse category, an embarrassment of riches truly. Winning out over Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, This Is Us and Westworld. All winners in my book.

Winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: Meryl Streep


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  • Amazing tribute from Viola Davis. Probably one of the finest introductions I have ever heard. Can I have Viola introduce me at every function/meeting I have for the rest of my life?! Meryl Streep took the opportunity to talk about others rather than herself. I’ve never heard someone talk about politics so eloquently.  Some people might not agree with her political statements but we can all agree she is definitely deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Best Director: Damian Chazelle (La La Land)

Best Actor-Tv Series Comedy or Musical: Donald Glover (Atlanta)

Best Actress- Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical: Emma Stone (La La Land)


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Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical: La La Land

  • & La La Land gets the sweep!

Best Actor-Motion Picture Drama: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)


I bet Matt Damon is regretting giving up that role now…

Best Actress-Motion Picture Drama: Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

  • Wow, quite the upset. I think the last time an actress from a foreign film won best actress was Marion Cotillard.

Best Motion Picture-Drama: Moonlight

Best Moments:

  • Evan Rachel Woods’ tuxedo
  • “My first job skit” with Chris Pratt being unable to say anything but “actor”
  • Inspiring acceptance speech from Emma Stone
  • Kristin Wiig & Steve Carell’s hilariously somber tribute to Best Animated Film
  • Ryan Reynolds & Andrew Garfield kissing each other when they lost out to Ryan Gosling
  • Touching tribute to Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds


  • Teleprompter fail at the start of the show
  • Sofia Vergara’s Freudian slip (anal tradition)
  • Hidden “Fences” gaff not once but twice

Overall it was a fun evening but this was just the precursor to the main event! The Oscars are coming in February & I’ve got a lot of movies to catch up on.

I leave you with the genius of Carrie Fisher:

“Take your broken heart, make it into art.”



Game of Thrones Season 6 Finale Spoiler Review/Recap


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**Warning: This post will be discussing episode 6×10, other events of season 6 and predictions for future seasons. Ye have been warned!**

Alright let’s dive right in! I know the season 6 finale has already been out a week, but I needed that time to soak in all of it’s magnificence and watch it 10 more times. That had to be one of the most satisfying finales I have ever watched! Every character’s storyline was wrapped up in a very definitive way yet still set up next season’s storyline so perfectly that I had to shout in frustration knowing we have a year long wait until the story can continue.

We start the episode off with a beautiful piano score from Ramin Djawadi that matched the tone and emotions being played on screen perfectly. At first I was a little taken aback due to the piano/organ parts. The usual score never really utilized those instruments before to my knowledge, but the music complimented the visuals so well that I was completely enthralled for the entire sequence. I knew there was no way Cersei was going to stand trial willingly but I truly did not expect the lengths she would take to get her way. She truly is on “Mad Queen” levels, but more on that later. I wanted so badly for Margaery Tyrell to escape the explosion, having felt she had so much more to offer the overarching story but alas it was not meant to be. The performances from Jonathan Pryce (High Sparrow) and Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) in that last scene, where you can see it in their eyes that they know Cersei has won, is just top notch. I was happy to finally put an end to the High Sparrow storyline but ultimately sad that it was at the cost of Queen Margaery, one of the best to play the game. We’ve been with her from Renley to Joffery to Tommen but in the end it was the High Sparrow that ended her reign. Natalie Dormer said as much in her interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Margaery is a fatality of the High Sparrow underestimating Cersei. She had the reins taken away from her, from being in control of the situation; the High Sparrow took the reins and it proves that he underestimated Cersei in a way that Margaery never would have. She ends up dying on the show not because she didn’t beat Cersei, but because she trusted that someone else — the Sparrow — was handling her.” 

Rest in Peace Sweet Rose.


Ok, I’m off my Margaery soap box. Cersei is basically Queen by default because she literally killed off all the competition and a good chunk of the population of Kings Landing (Goodnight gentle Tommen). Fine. Fine. Just go ahead and keep that throne warm for Dany. I can’t wait for next season when Drogon burns you to a crisp and eats you a la Lord Farquaad in Shrek!


Up in the North, Jon Snow is finally recognized by his peers and crowned King in the North (I always shout this any time I read it) much to the chagrin of Littlefinger. Don’t mess this up Lord Baelish! The North is in a good spot right now! Sansa, you better keep your secret admirer in line! Side note: MVP for this scene goes to Lady Lyanna Mormont. That little girl was boss. #LyannaForPresident We also learned that finally, finally R+L=J or in simple terms Jon is half Targaryen half Stark! Look it up non nerds! What does that mean going forward? Well I hope it means Jon gets to ride a dragon. Dany’s got 2 spares. Come on writers!

Before we talk about Daenerys let’s give a round of applause to Arya for giving us one of the most satisfying deaths of the season! A girl is finally done with her Assassin’s Creed training and has made her way to Westeros & she’s not wasting any time! Walder Frey eats a slice of humble Frey pie and meets his demise at the end of Arya’s sword.



And now, ladies and gentlemen, I hope you are sitting down because FINALLY Daenerys Stomborn of the House Targaryen, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea has set sail for Westeros!!! It only took 6 seasons everybody! Let’s See:

  • Army of Unsullied
  • Hoard of Dothraki
  • Ironborn Fleet
  • Support of the Tyrells & Martells (courtesy of Varys)
  • 3 Mother ‘Effin DRAGONS!!

Dany is more than well equipped to take the Iron Throne & Cersei better pray Jamie comes to his senses & kills her before she becomes dragon fodder next season.

Oh you think you will have a long reign? That’s cute. 


Side note: Dany has ditched Darrio for Yara and Tyrion was made Hand of the Queen. If you weren’t smiling from ear to ear for Tyrion during that moment you are dead inside!

So in a season full of answers and finallys, we end on a high note, salivating for the next chapter.

Predictions for next season:

  • Dany vs Cersei Queen Bowl
  • Continuation of Lady Olenna vs Sandsnakes Smackdown
  • Stark Reunion (I’m looking at you Arya & Bran)
  • Brienne + Tormund: A Love Story
  • Littlefinger doing littlefinger things
  • White Walkers come in towards the end of the season & wreck sh*t up
  • The Red Woman meets up with the Hound & the Brotherhood with No Banners
  • Sam actually uses that Valyrian steel sword
  • Miguel Sapochnik directs every episode!!!

Next season is gonna be straight fire!! Til next time……


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