I have come to acknowledge and accept my mental illness for some time now. For the most part I have…
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…
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…
Terrifying and arguably on par with Williams's portrayal of The Genie.
A guy who develops photos for a suburban department store has developed an unhealthy fixation on a young family, especially the wife and her young son. When a series of unexpected events happen, he snaps. Pretty good, actually, managing to successfully create – and then defy – viewer's expectations, while keeping a fairly solid level of suspense to the end. Ambitious for this kind of film, fairly visually striking, trying to do a lot with color as a storytelling device. Requires a couple of suspensions of disbelief, but whatever. Part of Robin Williams' uncharacteristically dark turn in 2002, alongside Death to Smoochy and Insomnia. He's pretty good, here, creating the proper level of unsettledness.
More than a psychological thriller, the movie features one of the saddest characters on film. Robin Williams is at his best here.
Wenn die Leidenschaft, Photographien zu Entwickeln und das Negativ bzw. der entstandene Abzug daraus zum Verhängnis wird.
"ONE HOUR PHOTO" ist düster still erzählt.
Fast wie eine Bewegtbild "Dunkelkammer"
im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes.
Der Hauptprotagonist Parrish (brillant schaugespielt von Robin Williams) ist ein introvertierter Typ, der anscheinend keine Freunde oder etwaiges Soziales Leben besitzt.
Seine einzige Motivation besteht darin, hinter einer kleinen Theke in einem großen Einkaufsgeschäft seine Arbeit als Fotolaborant zu vollziehen, in der Er wie kein zweiter "manisch" aufblüht und in dem auch kein anderer seine Jahrelange Expertise besitzt, was u.a.
die Herstellung, Technik und Beurteilung von Photografien angeht.
Er bekommt regelmäßigen Besuch einer Familie namens "Yorkin".
Der einzige wirkliche Kontakt, abseits seinem Mitarbeiter und seinem vorgesetztem.…
This film goes 8/10ths of the way toward being a perfect thriller. At the last minute, it's as if the filmmakers had a sudden change of heart and decided to soft-pedal it. Should've been a 5-star knockout, until somebody chickened out and steered the thing off into bland, inoffensive mediocrity. Fuck this test-audience-friendly timid corporate Hollywood filmmaking.
Must give credit to Robin Williams, however, for an astoundingly nuanced performance. He doesn't let you write his character off as just another cookie-cutter archetypal creepy stalker. Robbins plays the voyeuristic Sy (short for Seymour -- "See More" -- get it?!?) as a tragically flawed genuine human being. The world is a poorer place without Williams' special talent. Rest in peace, good sir.
I've never liked Robin Williams. Not because he didn't have talent but because he used it so badly, lapsing into his chatshow guest schtick in far too many movies and rarely challenging himself. One Hour Photo is a valediction of the man's talent and a condemnation of the man's ambition. The irony is the complex Sy is probably more like Williams than few realised, his initial geniality becoming erased by an almost cosmic loneliness. It's a great performance that arguably deserved a better film; other elements are anaemic (such as the weak supporting cast) and the film swings between cleverly playing against conventions and attempting to mainpulate the audience with Sy's more extreme behaviour.
Hey this movie sure is shot well
Story is thin and predictable. no wow effect. Robin Williams is good in his role.
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…