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Robin Williams

Robin Williams passed away on August 11, 2014 and so did a piece of my childhood. Hook was my favorite movie when I was a kid. I know every single moment and can recite it line for line. I literally grew up watching Robin Williams. I remember seeing Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, Jumanji, and What Dreams May Come in theaters. I even taped that episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway? that he appeared on. And now he’s gone and I can’t believe it. His death is significant. It has meaning. You’ll always remember where you where and what you were doing when you found out that Robin Williams died. It’s sad because he made you happy. He was born to entertain but he couldn’t deal with his depression. Someone who brings that much joy to the world shouldn’t be suffering.

Williams was wild and crazy, but still seemed warm and inviting. He crafted a unique persona that made you feel like you know him. And that’s why his death feels like a friend died. He made an impact on your life whether you want to acknowledge it or not. He was a controversial comedian and not the best of role models, but you can’t deny that he was a celebrity among celebrities and accomplished what most of us can only dream of. He won’t be forgotten. More importantly, he deserves to be remembered.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Lou Diamond Phillips

Lou Diamond Phillips is an actor best known for playing Ritchie Valens in La Bamba. He was a pretty good actor and it seemed like he was poised to become a movie star. But it didn’t really happen. His career kind of fizzled out. He kept finding work, but he went from staring in movies to costarring, and his movies kept getting worse and worse. He started becoming more of a television actor, and he even had to resort to reality show appearances a few times. He was once Lou Diamond Phillips, Movie Star. Now he’s Lou Diamond Phillips, That Guy. Whenever you see him pop up in a TV show or movie, you’re kind of like Oh yeah, him. He’s still alive. Good for him, and then you go back to forgetting about him. I don’t really feel too bad for him, but I would buy him a pity beer for sure if I ever met him.

Critically Rated at 8/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Filming

So production is currently underway for the Critically Rated movie. What an exciting time to be alive. I can’t give you too many details, but it’s basically the story of a guy trying to get weed on his day off and it’s based on the hero’s journey. You know, when the hero goes out into the world and is presented with a quest and has to overcome three trials while dealing with archetypical characters like the guide, the mentor, the villain, and the princess. Codirector/Producer/Cinematographer Leonard Cohen and I are only a few weeks into production and there’s still a lot of work left to be done, but I feel confident that the movie that’s been in my head for years will finally make the transition to the screen.

Filming is hard. It’s so damn time consuming. You have to find a day when everyone can film. You have to decide where and when you’re going to film. You have to stage a scene and film it multiple times from multiple angles. You’re lucky to get a minute of usable footage from a few hours of filming. You have to worry about lighting, sound, the actors’ performances, and that’s the easy part. Eventually you have to edit the film to make it flow, and add music to enhance the emotion… that turns raw footage into a film. And even then you see things that you don’t like and think of things that you need to add. And that’s when you do reshoots and recut the movie to make it more cohesive. My film takes place in one day, but it will take more than two months to complete filming it, and then another couple of weeks to edit it. I can only hope that there are no glaring continuity errors. It’s hard work, but hopefully it will pay off in the end and I can put a shiny golden statue on my mantle.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez is an actor, writer, and director. He comes from a Hollywood family. His dad is Martin Sheen and his younger brother is Charlie Sheen. He could have used his dad’s stage name to break into the scene and gain a foothold. Instead he decided to keep the family name to avoid being known as Martin Sheen’s son. He was the leader of the Brat Pack and a certified movie star in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He was wildly successful, appearing in The Outsiders, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, Young Guns, and the Mighty Ducks trilogy. He was able to transition from a teen icon into an established Hollywood presence. Then his career stalled and he hasn’t been in anything relevant in years, and his brother’s career took off. Emilio did everything right. He worked hard, he wrote and directed his own projects, he appeared in franchises and family blockbusters, while his little brother did massive amounts of drugs and slept with prostitutes and porn stars and raised a finger to the world. And Emilio Estevez faded away while Charlie Sheen took over the world, one bad sitcom at a time. At one point Emilio Estevez was hosting the party, now he’s just lucky to be invited, and Charlie Sheen is the party.

Critically Rated at 10/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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