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…
Plastic-y feel to the movie which fits the mood of the movie. Incredible performance by Robin Williams. A movie that disturbs and crawls under your skin. Something not done too well in many films these days. Cinematography is picture perfect... something you would expect in a movie about a one-hour photo guy. Great movie.
2002 - a year when the gimmick of 'dramatic Robin Williams' officially expired. Between "Insomnia" and this, it is undeniable that there are roles where Robin Williams simply doesn't fit. And it has nothing to do with him being pigeon-holed into a very specific brand of comedy (cocaine brand maybe?), because when the story is right and the character fits, Robin Williams can bring it and he does it hard. Sadly, it's not the case in "One Hour Photo", but I'd be willing to cede some of the blame on the director's shoulders... and maybe the writer's ... But it's the same person, so tough luck, I should say, monsieur Romanek.
I actually remember liking this film back when I…
The screenplay is so-so (the implied child abuse stuff being INCREDIBLY unnecessary) but it's nicely directed, has great production design from the guy that did it for Romanek's Closer and The Perfect Drug music videos for Nine Inch Nails, and of course great performances all around.
Some actors become so associated with a type of film or a certain role that their career becomes stagnant and boring, and it seems to be especially true of comedians. The need to break out and try something different becomes critical, and it was at that point in Robin Williams' career when he made "One Hour Photo."
This is a hypnotizing, almost poetic thriller, beautifully directed and staged by Mark Romanek. Basking in the film's restrained glory, it's hard to believe that he is a former music video director since there is nothing flashy or flamboyant about this picture. Every scene is carefully constructed and designed to keep the viewer on their edge of their seats, and it's much smarter…
One Hour Photo is a breathtakingly intense look at obsession. The performance from Robin Williams is undoubtedly masterful, an un-enjoyable disturbed performance that leaves the viewer often recoiling physically from the creepiness. A look at fascination, obsession and family dynamics, this film is shot incredibly with the colour white being extremely prevalent. Unbelievably performed, this is a film that haunts and scares the viewer without ever letting up.
Intriguing premise, but a thin script by writer/director Mark Romanek doesn't nearly push the concept far enough. Instead, a fatal 45 minute first act drags out the initial creep factor without revealing much more about Robin Williams' unhinged photo lab technician.
Instead, Romanek splits the structure of the film between Williams and his target--a young suburban family whose obliviousness to Williams' creepy stalking is comical. The split point of view doesn't help understand the psychosis at the heart of the story, but by the end it becomes clear why.
The film saves all it's information for a large reveal in the ending, which is powerful enough, but, with so little context for the rest of the film, it feels more like a short film awkwardly stuffed into a feature film's shoes.
Watched this before and didnt think too much of it way back then. I was very wrong as this is a cracking wee film. I think putting together the ending this time made this really work well. Solidly made low budget film that is superbly acted by the late great Williams.
It's missing just a little extra spark.
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
- Gone Girl
- Fight Club
- Citizen Kane
- Mystic River
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