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…
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…
Surprisingly decent little movie.
To start off Robin Williams is exceptional in this, he really takes the role of Sy fantastically and creates a very eerie and awkward atmosphere throughout the movie - which fits the tone perfectly.
As for the visuals they are also very good , i especially like the use of bland colors for Williams's character not to mention his soft spoken narration as well.
Overall this is a very chilling and unnerving psychological thriller that doesn't necessarily rely on violence but instead really explores the mind of a lonely man and how life destroying obsessions can be.
A good film that I really liked for two main reasons! First being Williams' performance, which is very engaging and creepy. The second being the excellent cinematography that framed each shot perfectly! I suppose the film does suffer from being quite surface level, but it certainly was an entertaining watch and a visual treat!
This was just terrible, of the worst movies I've seen in months. Starts out badly (beginning at the end, cliche number one) and a around the 45 minute mark, just when you think it can get any cheaper, major turn into outrageous territory. Of course, all of it is sauteed with the most middle of the road ominous score and directing.
It's all very saturday afternoon TV-worthy material, not the kind that you watch while folding your laundry but the kind that you watch while napping.
Williams is very good in is role here and Connie Nielsen is not only a good actress, but also a very beautiful woman.
Good story, good actors, good tension during the movie but the ending is dissapointing.
Robin Williams did a great job acting. I also liked how his character had bleach blonde hair and always wore a lot of white. It made him look washed out which was a great visual reinforcement to what his character was suppose to be. There was a lot of potential to be at least a four star movie, but the story line didn't take enough risks.
Se eu tivesse visto One Hour Photo no cinema, seria um dos únicos casos em que eu levantar-me-ia da cadeira e daria uma valente salva de palmas após o seu término, dada ao seu quase alcance como "obra-prima perfeita". Mas ele perfeito não chega a ser, porém não esteve longe disso.
Este é o melhor retrato e personificação sobre a obsessão. E, com certeza, um dos melhores estudos de personagem de sempre. E, com certeza, um dos melhores suspense de sempre. E, com certeza, o melhor filme de voyeurismo de sempre. É o Peeping Tom do cinema contemporâneo... ainda mal amado, mas, com o passar dos anos, se Deus ou o diabo quiser, vai ter porte de "obra de arte…
This film is very unsettling. From Robin Williams' soft, unemotional narration, to the sterile white lights that are used throughout the film, this film is unnerving. Williams is great in this film, stretching from the zany comedic roles that we are use to and going for a darker role. This film explores the idea of how obsession grows and lingers. Instead of making a psychotic thriller laced with bloody scenes, we witness a man being devoured by his psychosis, which is all the more terrifying.
Robin Williams is brilliant in this.
Starring Robin Williams, is an splendid story that has got the unique performance of Williams. Film has got the moderate cinematography work as well as pureness of being story within its limits.
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