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…
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.
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…
"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…
This would be a pretty ordinary, forgettable film if it weren't for Robin Williams' chilling performance. He takes a dark turn as a deranged photo clerk who becomes obsessed with a family he develops pictures for. Out of all of Robin Williams' roles where he has deviated away from his usual schtick, this one stands out as the most transformative for me (yes...even including Mrs. Doubtfire).
This film provides an edgy glimpse into a satirical look on our own society's narcissistic tendencies.
If only the objects of desire were not so terribly bland.
"One Hour Photo" is a chilling, disturbing, unpredictable and intensely engaging thriller that explores it's story and themes quite flawlessly. Although well-shot and well-directed, the weight of "One Hour Photo" is anchored by a fantastic performance from an unrecognizable Robin Williams, who completely disappears seamlessly in the role, perfectly exhibiting a dark and creepy character.
Still a harrowing invasion.
Still a fantastic performance from Williams.
Revisen el maravilloso trabajo de Jeff Cronenweth como director de fotografía.
Robin Williams gives a great, genuinely creepy performance in this interesting, occasionally dubious story of a photo technician who becomes obsessed with a couple and their son. There are some brilliantly startling moments in this film - none more so than the first sight we get of Sy’s (Williams) living room wall giving us an impression of the extent of his obsession with the Yorkin family and ultimately his insanity.
There are issues throughout the film that are dissapointing though. The score is lousy, the story of the Yorkins is patchy at best and the final manhunt for Sy seems out of place and false. It is, however, gripping despite being very disturbing. Whilst Sy’s closing conversation with a police…
One Hour Photo is a beautifully shot and acted film that gradually loses momentum but remains compelling due to Robin Williams' towering performance.
featuring one of the last few outstanding performances in ROBIN WILLIAMS' career, his turn as an ill man still seems fresh but the movie's amazing directing is so well crafted, so carefully thought that it makes for a simple, subtle film that keeps you at the edge of your seat.
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