On Monday, we all found out that Robin Williams passed away. The news of his death is incredibly sad. While reports on his official cause of death are still inconclusive, it’s thought that Williams committed suicide.
The news of the actor’s death struck me hard because someone I knew recently committed suicide. Everyone who knew this person was absolutely shocked and destroyed when they found out. Depression is a sneaky disease and sometimes it strikes the people we least expect to be affected by it. Williams was a funny, caring man, and it’s hard to believe he could be so affected by sadness. So, while you watch these awesome films this week in memory of Williams, think about the people in your life who may be suffering from depression and reach out. This is a terrible disease we all need to fight and the only way to do so is with love.
Streaming on Netflix
1. “Hook“: This movie was one of my favorites when I was young. It was just so magical and fun! And, truth be told, I still yell, “Ru-Fi-OOOooooo,” whenever I’m generally trying to act obnoxious. Watch as Peter Pan battles Captain Hook to get Pan’s kids safely back home, and freed from Neverland.
2. “Jumanji“: This is another stellar movie that kids (and kid-like adults) will enjoy. This lighthearted, adventure-fueled movie follows two siblings as they play Jumanji, a magical game. Little do they know that once they start the game, they’ll unleash a bedraggled man who has been stuck inside the board game for years. If the team finishes the game, they’re all freed, and all the other terrible things the game unleashes will go away. If not, well, let’s just say it’s not good.
Streaming on Amazon
3. “Insomnia“: This crime drama stars Williams in one of his serious roles. The film follows a LAPD homicide detective who is trying to solve a murder in Alaska. Streaming for as low as $2.99.
Streaming on Hulu Plus
4. “Mork and Mindy“: This was Williams’ first big role. He played Mork, a sweet alien from planet Ork. He came to Earth to study humans. While he’s studying the locals, he meets Mindy who puts him up in her attic.
Streaming on Vudu
5. “One Hour Photo“: Williams plays a somewhat strange one-hour photo lab worker who becomes obsessed with a family. The typically funny man strips away the laughs for this roll and trades them in for a strange shade of creepy. Streaming for as low as $2.99.
6. “The Birdcage“: This fun film follows a gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion as they try to “play straight” to appease their son’s fiancee’s conservative parents. Streaming for as low as $2.99.
If you know someone who is depressed, reach out. Whenever I’m going through a depression episode, a phone call from a friend helps me get out of bed. So, don’t be afraid to try and connect with a loved one — they will appreciate it.
If you are depressed and thinking about suicide, please call someone you love, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.
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