Stories about Robin Williams

10 highly recommended classics to watch this Eid with your family, because why not?

This Eid, whether you’re waiting for the guests to arrive or are dragging your family to meet relatives who live out of the city, whether it’s your first Eid after marriage or you’re a pro at it by now, whether you seek distraction for the kids so the adults can relax, or want to unwind after a long day of hosting, I’ve got you covered. All you need is a playback device with enough storage (or bandwidth) to hold (or stream) these highly recommended fun flicks. Here’s highlighting the top 10 Hollywood and Bollywood talkies of the last 20 or ...

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With its modern twist, ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ does justice to the original while appealing to all generations

 I remember watching Jumanji about hundreds of times when I was a kid. I remember the drumbeats of Jumanji, inducing fear in my sibling and my cousins as we’d bite our fingernails every time we’d hear those dreaded beats. And then, of course, the fantastic Robin Williams as Alan Parrish, who was the life of the film itself. For the longest time, movie remakes have turned out to be epic disasters, such as Ninja Turtles, The Mummy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Conan The Barbarian, and so on and so forth. None of these have been able to do justice ...

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Jumanji returns after 22 years, but with a remote-controlled twist

If you were a kid growing up in the 90s, chances are you saw Jumanji and loved it. Following the story of a sinister board game whose gameplay affects real life, the film was one of the benchmark children films of the 90s and for many people, one of their first introductions to the late and great Robin Williams. Now some 22 years later, it makes a return in the form of a sequel but there’s a twist. Instead of a board game, this one is about a Jumanji videogame which when played, consequently sucks its players into its world and transforms them into the characters of ...

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Nostalgia galore: Can the new Aladdin and Jumanji do justice to the good ol’ classics?

Hollywood is a big fan of the remake phenomenon. There are some movies whose legacy we feel is better served left untouched but studio executives have other ideas. So whether we agree or not, movie reboots will always be a staple in commercial cinema. Regardless of our feelings for these remakes, how about we look at some of these films that have dared to be as good if not better than the originals. 1. Aladdin (1992) Following the rip-roaring successes of live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and The Jungle Book, it’s no surprise that Disney would further exploit this particular trend. But what is actually pleasantly surprising ...

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Louie: Packed with awkwardness and laughter

Louie is a TV show based on the semi-autobiographical life of  famous stand-up comedian, Louis CK. From the awkwardness to the heartfeltedness, Louie is a show that tries to understand the meaning of life. The show stars Louis CK, living his life as a stand-up comedian along with his two daughters in New York City. Similar to the early Seinfeld (1989-1998) episodes, Louie switches often from his stand-up routine to his mundane everyday life drama. Shot with a low budget and minimum crew, Louie stands tall in its creativity and storytelling. The show has had many famous guest stars including Jerry Seinfeld, ...

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Eight enchanting movies to watch with your mom this Mother’s Day

As the saying goes, “A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie” – Tenneva Jordan Such sacrifice and affection is the nature of a mother. She always endeavours to give every single thing to her children with heedful apprehension for them, albeit she herself endures a lot suffering. The unconditional affection and patience of a mother works more unswervingly and warmly with her children. For them, she is a teacher, mentor, friend and a psychotherapist who observes all, absorbs all, feels all as well as heals all. She ...

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Aao Parhao – Jo Seekha Hai Wo Sekhao

As part of a remembrance to Robin Williams, I arranged a showing of Good Will Hunting and invited some school friends over. After the movie ended, one of them remarked on the critical role the protagonist’s teacher, Prof Gerald Lambeau (played by Stellan Skarsgård), a Fields Medal winner, and mentor  Sean Maguire (played by Robin Williams) had in his development. “We didn’t have anyone as dedicated as them. Not even close.” I had to disagree and thought back to an incident back in March 1991. The phone rang and my mother picked it up. “Hello, is this the home of Sibtain Naqvi?” a lady asked. My mother ...

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Can Saad Haroon be the ‘Funniest Person in the World’?

Comedian Saad Haroon has been making people laugh for over 10 years now, and he now stands on the cusp of achieving something truly great. Saad is representing Pakistan in the finals of the inaugural ‘Funniest Person in the World’ competition and this weekend saw him perform in front of legendary comedians at Los Angeles’ ‘Laugh Factory’ – a venue that has hosted top performers such as Richard Pryor, Chris Rock and Robin Williams. It was wonderful to see Saad don a sherwani for his semi-final performance and to entertain an American audience with quips about biryani and the hospitality of Asian parents. Ahead ...

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Emmys 2014: And the winners are…

I may not be a brilliant student, an exceptional debater or a God-gifted artist but the one thing I know I am is an avid television enthusiast and major celebrity gossiper. And I wear these badges with pride, might I add. Be it the Oscars, the Golden Globes or the Emmys, my mother and I get up at 5:30am every year and watch these magical ceremonies live. It’s like religion. I, for one, love watching the Emmys more because it congratulates and justifies all the hours I put into these television shows and the trivia I’m willing to solve. This might seem childish ...

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Do you need a ‘reason’ to be depressed?

‘An unemployed man, tired of the financial crises, hangs himself to death.’ ‘A woman takes her own life before killing her children due to conflicts and problems at home’. ‘A jilted lover shoots himself in front of the girl he wants to marry.’ The lack of awareness about mood disturbances, including depression, are obvious by the kind of media coverage of the incidents of suicide, which often broadly and superficially look at the obvious external stressors and fail to highlight it as a mental health issue that can affect even those who apparently may not have any external social or/and financial stressors. The recent ...

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