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…
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…
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…
"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…
Man I love Robin Williams
An underwhelming thriller starring Robin Williams.
First saw this when I was 12...makes way more sense to me today. RW4EVR
Remember when you had to get your photos developed? And you awkwardly couldn't look the photo guy in the eye when all you wanted was a pic of your lil guy to hand out to the ladies before asking them out on a date?...me neither
This movie stars Robbie Williams as Sy Parrish. The storyline is brilliant I throughly enjoyed it it. I would watch it again the the future and highly recommend it.
Williams is crazy (lawl) good in this. His walk, talk, posture... terrific.
The martial issues sort of come out of nowhere however and are never really developed (lawl) further than the affair.
Really appreciated the set design on the edges of stylized.
Lots of interestingly coloured and framed shots too.
Some fun theories about this one online!
Oh, and the dude from Office Space! Middle management type cast.
I know people have told me Williams is creepy in this film, but wow, they were under selling that. The film is super effective in its story telling.
And hell, that toilet scene is amazing when you think about it.
It's not often I say this but I REALLY wish this movie was longer. I wanted to gain more of an insight in to the character as he was set up so interestingly but the film ultimately goes nowhere for me, Robin Williams is fantastic to be fair but the film lacked that depth I wanted it to have.
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…