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One Hour Photo
The things that we fear the most have already happened to us...
Sy "the photo guy" Parrish has lovingly developed photos for the Yorkin family since their son was a baby. But as the Yorkins' lives become fuller, Sy's only seems lonelier, until he eventually believes he's part of their family. When "Uncle" Sy's picture-perfect fantasy collides with an ugly dose of reality, what happens next "has the spine-tingling elements of the best psychological thrillers!"
This is possibly one of the best depictions of a sociopath I've ever seen.
Romanek's film is an intriguing study of the world of a man who does not really have an identity, but finds gratification of his own life in that of others. What makes this film so unsettling is the way Williams portrays him. He really manages to bring across a sense of realness that is truly amazing to watch. His slow descent into his own fantasy intermixed with the real world problems of his targets is paced and structured beautifully.
Romanek is a visual director. He does things in One Hour Photo with colours that are breathtaking to behold. He uses them with strong, bold strokes and…
I've heard people argue that loneliness is the primary sickness of Western society, and they might be onto something. In this technological age we're more connected than we've ever previously been, and via a dozen different portals, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Yet somehow many of us feel (at one time or another) disconnected, stifled, uncertain and isolated. That old expression about feeling alone in a crowded room has never been a more appropriate sentiment than in an age saturated with virtual stimuli and ever-diminishing attention spans.
Like another excellent film that tackles this subject, Notes On A Scandal, One Hour Photo is about a fixation borne out of loneliness. Sy is a solitary middle-aged shadow who…
And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it's this: I was here. I existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.
It's a long way from this debut to Mark Romanek's much better second feature, but those lines just as easily could have been plucked from Alex Garland's screenplay for NEVER LET ME GO. (Each in their own ways are tales of misfit toys seeking transcendence through their "art.") Romanek's astute eye juxtaposes the stark, Kubrickian sterility of SavMart with the warmer hues of the Yorkin home and the dim drabness of Sy's lonely place, and Robin Williams' performance subtly darts across this…
THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS.
One of the great qualities of Robin Williams is his ability to keep surprising us. Yes, his off-screen act seems to be a repetitive act of doing the same schtick over and over, but in the movies, he always takes chances. For me, there's never been a bigger risk to one actor than his performance in "One Hour Photo." Williams plays Sy Parrish, a bland, smiling salesman at a one hour photomat that occupies the corner of one of those vast Mega-marts where you can buy everything from toothpaste to radial tires. As a human being he's pretty forgettable. He is just another face mixed into the tapestry of your busy day. You do your business…
Most people don't take snapshots of the little things. The used Band-Aid, the guy at the gas station, the wasp on the Jell-O. But these are the things that make up the true picture of our lives. People don't take pictures of these things.
A beautifully calibrated script which hits moments of genuine cinematic virtuosity. Romanek, having cut his teeth on the music video scene for over a decade prior to this feature clearly has a hungry to create the best feature he could muster. His direction is slick and though I felt the family dynamic and a couple of peripheral characters took away from the movie's plausibility, Robin Williams gives what might be his most heart-breaking performance. The victim…
"And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it's this: I was here. I existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture."
There are so many great movies from Robin Williams' filmography to choose from, from Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire, to Jumanji and Hook. When choosing tonight's film, to commiserate the late Robin Williams, I chose to go for one of his more serious roles that show that Williams wasn't just a "funny man" but a fantastic character performer that truly deserves the title of "legend" and "great".
Sy Parrish is a perfectionist with OCD tendencies who is obsessed with photographs. Not because he…
I have to say Robin Williams performance as Sy the photo guy is truly outstanding. He elicits sympathy from the audience and really is a towering presence in terms of his acting throughout the film.
The Yorkin Family played decently by Michael Vartan, Connie Nielsen & Dylan Smith are integral to the plot and each gives convincing if not outstanding performance, after all the film centres around Sy and his obsessive behaviour.
Gary Cole as Sy's boss is okay, and he helps in pushing Sy over the edge.
Also I have to applaud the fledgling movie director Mark Romanek, his minimalist approach to the sets and Robin Williams appearance paired with the very dark material worked exceptionally well. The sombre and…
This is not that great of a movie. Like every other Robin Williams movie, he is the most valuable asset, and he gives a really good performance which should surprise no one. But the second half doesn't live up to the first half, and the ending felt like a massive letdown. Also, some of his internal monologues in the beginning felt like a 13 year old writing Twitter poetry. I don't know, man. Cool concept, but not really worth the fact. 3/5 for Robin Williams.
Creepy and cool and well-shot. Robin Williams is great.
The plot of this film is amazingly developed in a crescendo of both thrill and emotional complexity and entanglement. Robin Williams proves once again his genius on embracing a strong remarkable character, which leaves the viewer both intrigued and repulsed. Brilliant and often overlooked piece of art.
One hour photo is an interesting psychological thriller, but above all it is a testament to the acting ability of Robin Williams. Often did he play comedic roles, in 75% of those roles he was a character with a heartfelt backstory. Rare was it for him to play villains, and even rarer to play someone in the grey zone between extremes. Here he does all of this. Sy is an unsettling and tragic character that one minute you could hug and call the cops on the next. This character fits no mold but that of a human and the script and performance bring that to an unsettling and tragic light. But also think of all the themes in this film…
i need a photo developer like sy to hook me up with the flawless prints.
I've been aware of Robin Williams' dramatic roles and his comedic ones for many years. But, when I learned of his participation in this movie, I was quite perplexed. A dramatic/comedic actor in a thriller movie? That rarely works this day and age.
But upon seeing this movie, I've learned just how diverse Williams is when it comes to acting. He steals the show with his convincing creepy behavior (and he manages to keep his performance straight without cheesing it)
The atmosphere presented in the movie is well-balanced, and the allusions to photographers/photography tricks are very clever (and limited to prevent overuse)
I would say more, but I don't want to ruin the experience for you. It's a satisfactory effort from a man who has proven to hold no bounds when it comes to any genre of film.
Holy smokes! This was fantastic! Easily Robby Wills best performance. I had no idea what I was in for but this was amazing. Loved ever second, writing and cinematography are especially immaculate.
Good but boring
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).