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…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It’s interesting to watch this movie after TAXI DRIVER, since these two are similar, but also different. Visually, TAXI DRIVER does its best to look as dirty and grimy as possible, while ONE HOUR PHOTO looks almost sterile. Both are about mentally disturbed loners, who at one point snap. TD has a less likable protagonist, who ends up doing something that may be considered a heroic deed, even if it’s super bloody and who knows what his real intentions were. OHP’s protagonist is actually someone, who gets our sympathy to a degree, but what he ends up doing, is something that simply can not be justified, doesn’t matter how you twist it.
And both movies are seriously great! Although this one here loses a half point for its in-your-face kitchen sink psychology explanation for what made Sy tick.
Robin Williams is great in this and it seems not a lot of people remember him in this role. I think he is the main reason the film works so well, great atypical role for him.
I love that an early signifier of something being "wrong" with Sy is that he's not laughing while watching The Simpsons.
One of the creepiest sociopath thrillers I've ever seen. But hey! What level of psychosis has a stalker average in social networks? Now it allowed or must be the age of a stubborn old man to be viewed badly by society?
Film 6 of the "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
I have a hard time with scary movies, in that I rarely get scared, and not all that grossed out either. The exception is mental illness; done right and it transfixes me. One Hour Photo does it right.
It is mostly due to Robin Williams, of course. We are used to see him in bumbling, charming, comforting roles. Here, instead his character's desire for a connection leads him to basically try to play one of those Robin Williams characters, that quirky uncle who gives the best presents and most comforting advice. It cannot work, but watching it fail is breathtaking
Finally got round to this one, which quite often counteracts some of its more interesting ideas with a few unneeded cliches. It's very much a one man show as Robin Williams completely transforms himself as the lead character and absolutely carries the film and gives it a real grounding in humanity. A very talented man supports some interesting ideas which ends up with a worthwhile, but uneven film.
Robin Williams is super creepy as the ever so helpful supermarket photo assistant. I'll never take my camera to ASDA again.
Like a fine, creepy wine.
Its certain that Williams is fantastic, but overall the story lacks substance to it and seems a bit superficial.
A glorified made for TV movie, but that's not a complete knock against it. It's a psychological thriller that has an aesthetic similar to the Kodak camera photos Robin Williams's Sy develops, it's never flashy, letting Williams completely control the film. There's a lot it has to say, on the surface it's about the affect of isolation and being viewed as an outsider. But it's structure surrounding the development of photographs is quite outdated but resonates even more about the role of appearance in society.
Suggest any, but please do not state the twist in the comments :)
It has to be a reveal, something…