Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Come as you are.
A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancé's right-wing moralistic parents.
The late Robin Williams stars in this wonderfully frothy comedy with brilliant support from Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Hank Azaria and Dianne Wiest.
The heart-warming tale of a lovely gay couple who must overcome having an asshole straight son. This could have been cringe-inducing but it's a winner.
The only thing I really wish for it is that it didn't take itself so seriously at times. Other than that, its a riot of situation comedy with some grand performances. Williams' gurning takes a back seat in a relatively "straight" role, while Lane tears the scenery to shreds in an utterly dedicated, hilarious and heartfelt performance. Hackman fulfills the role with enough bewildered comedy and the couple to be are both capable. If only Wiest were given more to do beyond a few bright moments. Brilliantly scripted and run by its great and diverse characters.
Wicked performances by an all star cast however Nathan Lane outshined them all! His over the top flamboyant caricature was a real riot! Add Robin Williams to the mix and they'll have you rolling on the floor laughing! Hank Azaria was insanely funny he made me laugh so hard it hurt!
One of the funniest, wittiest, political satires I have ever seen!
As someone who experienced the same sinking feeling as many when I heard the news about Robin Williams, I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and watch one of his films in commemoration. Although I grew up watching Jumanji, Flubber and Mrs Doubtfire, I thought I'd try something new. The Birdcage was perhaps not the best choice as Williams actually makes two suicide jokes in it which feel a little uncomfortable now but it was still a great way to look back on his talent.
His performance as gay nightclub owner Armand Goldman is not the craziest he's ever done but is the crucial counterpoint to Hank Azaria and Nathan Lane's more over the top performances.
The film has a…
I've seen The Birdcage so many times that I've lost count, but it's still just as funny as the first time I watched it. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are a modern-day Hepburn and Tracy, bouncing lines off each other like they've been doing it since the beginning of time. Another thing I love so much about this movie is that it was made during a time when gays in mainstream comedies were there for you to mainly laugh at because they were flamboyant characters with little to no depth, making them impossible to empathize or identify with. The Birdcage changed all that. Here is a film that you can watch and uproariously laugh at the gay main characters and…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Very watchable, but not all that memorable.
Insanely complicated crane shots for such a simple (and still funny) movie.
This film is exciting. Both as an example of cinematic storytelling and for progressive portrayals of homosexuality in mainstream film. A first act that feels awkwardly icky at times turns into a sweetly accepting story of modern American life. Sure the film needs to end on a certain note, and everything ends rather fast, but Mike Nichols directs some excellent performances, and Emmanuel Lubezki brings enough visual life to the proceedings that this doesn’t turn into a filmed play and instead comes to life as a real cinematic achievement. Maybe it works more as a progressive work of art, but right now it feels like an engagingly cinematic story about acceptance.
Accomplished comedy, The Birdcage is a well acted and directed picture that boasts a stunning cast of talented actors, a great story, a well thought out script and is a an engaging film that features a wonderful performance from late, great actor Robin Williams. Aside from Williams, there are plenty of great performances here, especially that of Hank Azaria. The story has a fine blend of comedy with serious overtones in a way that makes The Birdcage standout. The cast elevate the material, and under the direction of Mike Nichols, he crafts a near perfect film that relies on effective, memorable performances to really make this standout. We can see the result on-screen. The Birdcage works very well and is…
Robin in a Cage...
Interesting. This is my first visit with "The Birdcage." I've seen a Broadway production of the musical it's based on, but never the film. It missed the mark on this mid-late '90s farm boy. It also can't go without mention that I believe Mike Nichols' film was all but banished from theaters in rural Missouri. The silent type of conservative-minded Christian America banish, if that makes sense. Ironic though per the film's antagonist side (Gene Hackman). But, to no surprise, it's not what you'd call a small town opener. Still, there was only one theater playing one movie at a time. Crazy (and quite refreshing), considering how things are today, huh? Small towns are bird cages…
It is amazing how much of this movie takes place before the parents actually meet. I took a look at the runtime and was shocked that most of the movie had already passed before it got to the "meat". It makes it all much more entertaining though, as you're much more invested into the tension because of the detailed setup. Honestly the whole movie is worth watching just for the look on Robin William's face when Nathan Lane walks into the room. That is an absolute perfect expression of repressed panic if I've ever seen one.
"That's just what Rush Limbaugh said,"
And by "Family Values," They Clearly Mean "My Family"
There are multiple references to suicide in this movie; there are even more references to death. I hadn't realized that until I watched it again. Oh, I did remember the histrionic threats, but that's not all of it. There are two discussions about cemeteries, which is hardly usual in a supposedly lighthearted comedy. A mix-up (there are, of course, many mix-ups in this film) causes someone to refer to dead parents after it was explained out of the person's hearing that the character was visiting said parents. The moment which drives the plot is the death of a minor character in the bed of a fourteen-year-old black prostitute. Another important plot…
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All of the features in which Robin Williams appeared. RIP to a brilliant man.
Listed chronologically. Includes voice acting and…