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.
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!
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.
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 tend to severely dislike those Hollywood remakes of foreign comedies (and by foreign I mean anything not American). The humour usually falls flat and a lot seems to get lost in translation. This is one of the few examples where it worked rather well.
La Cage aux folles is a delightful comedy and quintessentially French. This remake somehow managed to capture that really well, but still managed to make it a successful transition to American culture. It is essentially still the same story, so all opportunities for strong situational comedy remain, yet it is within the performances this film excels.
Nathan Lane is scrumptiously gorgeous here. His performance is not only unbelievably…
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Like the update of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner I forgot we still needed. While it already feels a smidge dated, the truly all star cast makes this one shine. Nathan Lane plays it just on the edge of too much, but really had me laughing out loud.
Wow. I'm saddened that I didn't watch more Robin Williams films before he passed away ):
But anyway, hilarious film. Found out it was directed by director of The Graduate after watching movie. Then things made sense.
Seeing Gene Hackman in drag was not as bad as one would think.
The only real reason to watch this film is for Lane and Williams. When the two of them are on screen together it's electric, but other than that, I never really understood the appeal of this film. The son character is supremely cruel and gives the whole movie a feeling of negativity. If I were his parents I would disown him!
While I saw this at an earlier age, I couldn't appreciate how funny it was. In memory of Robin Williams, The Alamo was showing this and it really was a treat. With Gene Hackman being the weakest link, the core cast is phenomenal. This serves to make the film very funny at times and heartfelt at others.
Killer opening shot.
As we go hurtling away from 1996, the irreverence of the ‘The Birdcage’ is sort of like the doppler effect, bending in pitch over time. There’s still funny stuff in here, and Robin Williams’ moments of resignation and quiet reflection far exceed what this screwball remake deserves. It’s one of several elements that contributes to a classy warmth that insulates this from being completely disposable and crass.
I'll say this about Mike Nichols: he knows where to put a camera, and how to get the hell out of the way. This push-in on Williams is probably my favourite shot in the film.
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