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…
Starring Robin Williams, is an splendid story that has got the unique performance of Williams. Film has got the moderate cinematography work as well as pureness of being story within its limits.
In the Charlie Rose interview included on the DVD, director Mark Romanek names such "lonely man" thriller/character studies as "Taxi Driver" and "The Conversation" as inspiration for the type of story he wanted to tell in his first feature. Watching this again years later, with those movies now a part of my cinema education, the film is better contextualized. Unfortunately, that also means coming up short against those benchmarks.
First, some honest praise. Williams' performance is perfectly modulated, even compared to his other forays into drama. There's never a sense of the "comedian drabs down for Oscar™" bullshit; Sy Parrish is too simultaneously unassuming and unsettling to feel like they're pulling for Academy plaudits. Bolstered by Romanek's Kubrickian visual sense…
- In the age where the norm means going on Facebook and seeing album after album of people and their lives, this film works as a precursor to that act. While not being as accessible, Williams' Si is terrifying in the sense that he is a little of all of us in this technical age. People put pictures and albums on their Facebook walls, giving us a glimpse of their manicured life --- and it all looks so perfect. This is a film about voyeurism, but not in the Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window sense, instead, it is becoming more personal as we move closer to the technology that allows us to be Stewart or Williams' characters but from our…
Film 359 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge
It's been a while since I watched Good Will Hunting, but One Hour Photo might just feature the late and great Robin Williams best ever performance.
Taking on the role of Syd, a lonely and very disturbed photo developer who takes an unhealthy interest in a family who are regulars to his work, Robin Williams in a revelation here, even with all his disturbing and increasingly unstable behavior, you still feel overwhelming sympathy for Syd. Which is a testemant to an actor who can pull that off with such a messed up character.
The rest of the cast are fine, but nowhere near as talented or interesting as Williams, but they serve…
Last movie before I (temporarily) move to Ireland. What an unsettling choice. An essential watch for Robin Williams fans, and anyone who loves a good dark thriller involving a creepy sociopath. The music, cinematography and editing are intensely chilling.
EDIT - Lol, the guy who directed this, Mark Romanek, also directed the video for Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off". He also did Johnny Cash's "Hurt", which makes sense.
And looking back, it makes sense that cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, longtime David Fincher favorite, shot this. It has a very Fincher feel, with fluid and crisp camerawork, precise editing and haunting atmosphere.
Beautiful cinematography. The sets are so sterile and sparse that the commentary on the relationship between capitalism and film cuts right through the mix, especially in the film/digital transition period this filmwas made in . The score was very NIN-esque, I thought, and I can definitely hear Reznor's influence. Robin Williams's performance is so intriguing. Functions well as a thriller. Overall a very well-thought out film with the look to match.
really really creepy film. very well done.
An early 21st century creeper from the same guy that showed you how to fuck like an animal. Robin is awesome in this brilliant film I saw in the theatre by myself then championed it back in September 2002. Oh, boy.
Though it has a good lead performance (but almost the entire rest of both cast and characters are flat and wooden), One Hour Photo is as on-the-nose a thriller as they come. Just about everything - the acting, the cinematography, the music (especially the music) - is so heavyhanded thrillerlike that the obviousness of the whole works against the atmosphere Romanek wants to create. The story elements - especially in the first half - are just as clichéd or obviously creepy that it becomes difficult to actually appreciate the atmosphere that it being thrown at you. There is no buildup, no gradual increase of tension. Instead Romanek wants to jump straight to that eery thriller feeling without actually doing any of the work to get there. Not worth your time.
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