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…
The day after Robin Williams' death, British breakfast television was awash with tributes to the late star.
Good Morning Britain's Ben Shepard talked about how he enjoyed Robin Williams' films, his great acting and mentioned enjoying the film he was in called "Photo Booth"
Fucking Photo Booth.
Having watched Nightcrawler recently, I was in the mood to see some more great performances from actors playing disturbing characters. One Hour Photo is exactly that kind of film.
Robin Williams plays Sy, a man who works at the one hour photo place at a Walmart type store. The issue is that he starts to become obsessed with one family in particular that gets their photos developed by him, and it becomes clear very early on that Sy just isn't right in the head. Williams plays this character unbelievably well. He comes across as totally crazy, but in a down to earth way. The best part is, he is completely sympathetic too. Although you know he's messed up, you can't…
Make more movies, Mark Romanek. Please.
good but creepy.
This is a well-written Lifetime movie that is brought up LEAGUES by Robin Williams performance. Very well directed. The biggest praise I can give the film is the time. It gives you the perfect feels at the perfect times.
The family was critically underdeveloped to be interesting to me.
I didn't think any of the actors outside of Williams delivered anything above meh.
I'll give this one a very strong 3.5/5
Made me almost too uncomfortable. Some of the images reminded me of Kubrick.
Williams gives a brilliant performance in this film. The setting took me out of the movie a little bit, though, since seeing both Tekken and Evangelion referenced in the movie made me nostalgia pretty hard.
Central to One Hour Photo's appeal is Robin Williams' departure as a department store photo technician who happens to be stalking a family he yearns to be part of. Williams lends his role a skillful mix of creepiness and sympathy, turning this into a one-of-a-kind performance. That said, the film happens also to be a solid thriller that builds slowly enough to let us savour the stylish cinematography and subtly kooky tone director Mark Romanek imbues into the proceedings.
- 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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- Fright Night
- Near Dark
- The Lost Boys
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