A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
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…
Dear Mr. Williams...
Why do you do this to me?
I love it when you give such excellent performances like this, but why must you tease us all with this fantastic actor inside you and then go make shit like RV, License to Wed, Happy Feet (the list goes on and on). Let's look at the last 5 films in your filmography...
World's Greatest Dad (you were so close to making a comeback, then you make...)
Night at the Museum 2 (as shit as the first one)
Old Dogs (tried to watch it; caved after 15 minutes because it was so bad)
Happy Feet 2 (looks as bad as the first one)
The Big Wedding (hasn't come out yet, but…
"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…
In all his kids-friendly movies I always thought Robin Williams was a little creepy, making the decision to cast him as the depressed, psychological train-wreck with sociopathic tendencies a stroke of genius. It seems almost as if he was born to play this role and the acclaim he received for his portrayal of Sy is entirely justified as he is creepy and unnerving right from the beginning and not once made me feel comfortable. Through fantasies he expresses his wish and need to be part of a family and for that he chose the rather rich family of Michael Vartan to project himself into. His work as a photo finisher allows him to know a lot more about said family…
My review -- this film is now on DVD and it made a solid profit margin. The plot of this film is as follows, the viewer meets Sy he is the manager of this photo booth section in a megastore, the viewers first impression is that Sy is just a quiet man that leans his life towards everything must be done in a routine and nothing out of place. But the viewer quickly learns that this quiet man isn't all quiet inside his mind and he is just waiting for the right time to show his mental strength and unwavering passion to succeed at his goals. This is possibly one of the best performances from Robin Williams, because of his…
It was constantly good in terms of script quality, but it lacked something to make me "woah".
A very deliberate, compelling, creepy, sometimes unbearably awkward and suspenseful story of a lonesome photomat worker who lives vicariously and voyeuristically through the photos of his customers. He fixates on one "perfect" family in particular.
Robin Williams plays Seymour (okay, not that subtle) or "Sy," the mercurial photo worker. Sy becomes obsessed with the lives of this family, fantasizing about being with them in lieu of a family of his own. Williams is a master of passive-aggressive understatement here. He's a terrifying figure with a benevolent demeanor. He truly feels he is doing right, but is so caught up his fantasy world that he has no basis in reality, and his righteous indignance morphs into violence.
Williams himself has never…
Really weird movie, Robin Williams is phenomenal. Quite a serious role. Before you watch it bear in mind there is no facebook at the time, which having existed would have made everything normal.
An Overlooked nice piece
Sy Parrish has been doing photo development for 20 years. He has a vast knowledge of modern photography and develops photos at a local department store for a living.
But he lives a sad and lonely life and begins spying on the Yorkin family, his most regular customers who seem to have everything in the world.
Sy begins to feel that he wants to be in the Yorkin's life, but when he discovers that the Yorkins are not as perfect as they seem.
He becomes obsessed with exposing the imperfections of the Yorkin family that could tear them apart.....
He won the Oscar for GWH, and he may have been suitably sinister in Insomnia, but here he does something so…
I've always loved the movies where the protagonist is the antagonist and anti-heroes are some of the most interesting to me. They are never one dimensional and are relatable but despicable. Robin Williams in One Hour Photo is no exception and he is very creepy, making for an excellent departure from his normal crazy comedy routines. It's great to see how he slowly becomes more and more fascinated with this family, to the point where he is obsessed. The film then ends on a good note and the audience finally learns why Robin Williams' character is so damn creepy and it's amazing that the movie could make me feel sorry for such a weird insane man. Anyways, One Hour Photo…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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