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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…
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…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Robin Williams arbeitet in einem Wallmart als Fotoentwickler. Es wird gezeigt, dass er seinen Kunden sehr gut kennt, und seinen Job besser als notwenig ausführt. Nach und nach stellt man fest, dass er zu manchen Kunden eine ungesund nahe Verbindungs entwickelt zu haben scheint. Das Ausmaß dieses Stalkings wird erst im Laufe des Films klar. Als er wegen nicht erklärbarer, zusätzlicher Abzüge seinen Job verliert, und somit alles zu verlieren scheint, was ihm wichtig ist, versucht er sich als "Onkel" in eine Familie zu integrieren. Dies gelingt ihm auf Dauer natürlich nicht und er wird verhaftet, wobei niemand für seine Beweggründe Verständnis zeigen kann.
Aus Sicht des Zuschauers wird die Motivation von Sey the Photoguy dafür, dass das was er tut, objektiv gesehen wirklich verstörend ist, erstaunlich nachvollziehbar. Eine selbst für rw besonders tragische Rolle, da er nur aus Einsamkeit bereit ist, etwas so beunruhigendes über eine solch lange Zeit zu tun.
This column originally appeared in The Independent on Sunday:
The acting profession has lost three of its shining lights in the last couple of years. James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams have to be considered some of the finest actors of their generation, men whose work will continue to be enjoyed for as long as people watch stories on screen. The latter, whose tragic death this week robbed the world of a comedy genius, was so much more than just a deeply funny man.
One Hour Photo, released in 2002, was arguably Williams’ last great role. The man renowned for his manic energy (no film ever quite captured him in full flight, for that one must seek out…
One of Robin Williams' most defining characteristics was his versatility as an actor. The is most true of his role as a psychopathic film development clerk in Mark Romanek's One Hour Photo, which is about as far removed from any of his other films as is possible.
Seymour "Sy" Parrish (Robin Williams) works as a photo technician at SavMart, developing peoples celluloids into colourful photos with perfect precision. His life outside the department store is a lonely reality; spending his evenings watching television and tending to his pet hamster, his existence away from his work is of little value to him.
Over the years, Sy has befriended the Yorkin Family who are constantly having photos developed. He has followed the…
God, how I love this film. It really changed my opinion of Robin Williams when I first saw this movie. Of course I loved him before, but this movie helped him become my favorite actor. (Good Will Hunting later becoming what made him my favorite.) While it might not be his best movie in terms of quality, it's definitely a staple of his acting abilities. This movie is all types of creepy and I love how time specific it is now because a one hour photo place is such an obscure setting now. No one would be scared of that because no one would think about using one. Some parts get a little bizzare, but overall I think it's a really well done movie that not a lot of us think about enough really.
All I did was take pictures.
"All I did was take pictures..."
Photo lab technician Sy Parrish (Robin Williams) has no life outside of his work at Sav-Mart and over the course of time has become obsessed by one family in particular. Believing he knows them and wanting to share in their life and happiness he eventually starts to stalk them.
This is by no means one of the most uplifting films you'll ever see but it's no less intriguing for that. Despite his obvious flaws, the character of Sy Parrish is not entirely unsympathetic and herein lies the strength of the film.
That, and the mesmerising performance of Robin Williams who once again shows that he is at his best as an actor (as opposed to a straight out performer) in understated roles. His loneliness and desperation are painful to witness but it's a fascinating journey and one which deserves a wide audience.
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.
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