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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…
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…
Really needed an 'Awake' type of turn. As it is, way too straightforward a movie for its runtime.
"One Hour Photo" as a film has its share of flaws, but none of them are related to Robin Williams' powerful and haunting performance. It's his fullest and yet most restrained effort to date. "One Hour Photo" creates an effective portrait of a lonely, deranged man becoming increasingly frantic. He crosses the line from being harmless and pathetic, to sinister when he can no longer differentiate between fantasy and reality. There comes a time when it is no longer enough for him to fantasize, when the role of distant observer, no longer satisfies.
Robin plays the role of a man named Sy, who runs the photo-developing lab at the local Savmart. Sy has nothing in his life but his job…
Perhaps my favorite Robin Williams performance ever, One Hour Photo is another hidden gem that seems to be getting a lot more attention since Williams' last month. Unlike most Robin Williams roles, there's nothing funny or comical about this. Robin Williams proved that he could do drama in films like Good Will Hunting and Dead Poet's Society, but this took it up to a whole other level. Like Sexy Beast, it's kind of difficult to sum up shortly, so go see it for yourself. One Hour Photo is scary, suspenseful, intense, and, at some points, even grotesquely disturbing. An amazing picture altogether.
Robin Williams was perfect for playing Sy the photo guy, may he R.I.P. .
One Hour Photo is another movie that I think substantiates that Williams was able to play a large variety of roles, without him in this dramatic thriller the movie would've been much worse. Mark Romanek shares a plot that seems more realistic than many other farfetched thrillers. I went in expecting a decent movie, but One Hour Photo offers more. There is a dark undertone, admirable pacing, and some good editing. One Hour Photo motivates me to watch many more of the recently-deceased actors films.
One Hour Photo has the suspense and subtleties straight out of a Hitchcock movie, but takes place in a more modern setting. This underrated work of film stars the late Robin Williams as a photo developer for a local store who has taken an interest in the Yorkin family through the family pictures he works on. This is truly one of the most underrated and overlooked movies to come out in recent years and it really shows Mr. Williams' acting abilities when it comes to being immersed into a chilling character.
The story line, though goes off the beaten path a few times, showcases a good amount of suspense and atmosphere to keep it engaging. What makes One Hour Photo…
Wow! I never bothered watching this when it came out as the trailer sold this as yet another dull middle class in peril thriller. I couldn't have been further from the truth.
One Hour Photo is intensely creepy and chilling but above all radical, both in its form (the alienating soundscape in particular is impressive), and narrative. Yes Robin Williams plays a freakish loner with an unhealthy obsession for a well-off family, but nothing is quite that simple and appearances soon crumble. Don't expect the usual "psychopath picks up supporting cast one by one before moving in for the main target" with a satisfying solution, and the film has got one of the more disturbing scene I have seen in…
good movie, good acting, personally not one that i liked really ...but the twists & turns did catch me off guard a lil bit...i thought i knew what was going on...from the beginning you know something is wrong ...thats even in the movie summary ...but yea...didnt see that one coming, very creepy film ...which made me very uncomfortable, but very very glad i live in the digital age
I loved Robin Williams' performance in this film! he transmits everything right about his character.
the movie es fine, nothing too amazing, It could've been sooo much better with a few changes to make it more creepy and maybe fill people with anxiety
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