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…
Was this ever different! To the point where I still remember just sitting back and going, 'Wow...just-wow.' Movie induced catatonia. It's funny how much this movie 'got' about our image-obsessed culture only now, those images of perfection are everywhere. People plan and contrive every mundane detail of their lives and to outsiders, it looks so much more attractive than what they have only it seems more...intentional. We want the world to think every second of our day is brilliant and transcendent. Here, at least, it's a 'trust' placed in the hands of one anonymous person that is betrayed. No one even thinks about it now. We accept that hundreds of troubled individuals might be looking on and envying us...in fact, that's what most of us aspire to.
An artifact from that brief period where Robin Williams was trying to play as many psychopaths as possible, there's some interesting stuff here about who has access to our lives (made all the moreso by the undercurrent of the switchover to digital photography making guys like Williams' sad-sack photo developer obsolete). Some of the set design is a bit in-your-face (he works at a dehumanized uberWalmart, all plastic and ugly flourescent lighting), but ultimately it gets a mood going.
While it's creepy and hard to watch at times, the film's greatest asset is Williams, who turns out an excellent performance.
Robin Williams interpreta a un tipo de psicópata que no se sale de lo que se esperaría de un papel elegido por él.
El desarrollo de la película nos va mostrando la soledad del personaje de una manera clara e interesante pero que no muestra mucha profundidad.
A partir de que la historia llega a su climax empieza a desbaratarse y llegar a un final bastante simple que no deja impacto. Pero aun asi es interesante la mayoria del tiempo.
Es buena pero pudo ser mucho mejor.
Someone give Mark Romanek more feature work!
This is a fantastic Soderberghian (I'm still not wholly convinced Steven Soderbergh had nothing to do with this movie) thriller that explores the soul-crushing humanity of a character we'd so readily dismiss as a "weirdo", whether in another film or in reality.
Robin Williams was a true treasure, and his performance in this unjustly overlooked film deserves to stand amongst his greatest dramatic work.
EDIT: Oh! I forgot to add:
I love that an early signifier of something being "wrong" with Sy is that he's not laughing while watching The Simpsons.
Nice aescetics, promising premise... Bad, fluffy bad ending. So un-scary it was scary.
This picture perfect thriller is riveting, uncomfortable and nearly masterful. Although the movie seems to go by in a flash due to it's short length, each character finds time to develop properly. Of course the main focus of the film is the nearly flawless performance given by Robin Williams.
I'm all for movies leaving "open for interpretation" type endings, but this film didn't quite give enough guidance and offered a little too open of an ending. I did enjoy that this movie offered a creepier story than I expected, I just wish the director would've helped the audience understand how much of the film was in Sy's imagination and how much was real. With it offering so many variables, it almost doesn't fully tell any type of story at all, which is frustrating to a viewer such as myself. I'd like to see this tried again now, especially because I believe todays viewership is ready for an even creepier Sy character.
"Get the picture", lol for real with that line?
Suggest any, but please do not state the twist in the comments :)
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