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…
"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…
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…
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…
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.
Holy shit that's disturbing the last 20 minutes of this movie are freaking discusting.
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…
Caught this on TV. Thought I would watch it again because it's probably my favorite Robin Williams performance in a serious movie. I don't picture anyone else capturing the same creepiness and loneliness he captures in this movie. It's a notch down than I remember when watching it for the first time but Williams is still as good as when the first time I saw it.
A ratos Fincher (poco) y a ratos telefilm (mucho) pero siempre Robin Williams.
"Can i see my pictures now?"
This 2002 American psychological thriller film is written and directed by Mark Romanek and stars Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Gary Cole, and Eriq La Salle.
Socially awkward and shy photo-shop technician Seymour “Sy” Parrish (Williams) works an isolated life in an apartment with only his pet hamster as company. He spends his nights alone and watching TV. However his work in the SavMart’s photo department offers him salvation as he puts 110% into all of his customer’s prints to get them the best results possible, but always under the watchful eye of his overly suspicious boss Bill (Cole).
Sy warms to a specific family, the Yorkins, who use the shop frequently and develops an obsessive fascination with them…
Masterful use of colors and lighting in this film. At times for obvious reasons, so as to mimic a camera taking photos, and the lighting used to develop film, and contrast it with reality and the characters. Other times, just for being done very well to make certain objects stand out, from a simple room, the clothes on a character, to the entire interior of a shopping center. Other than that, the film is solid, but a slow burn for the first half. Robin Williams is awesome in this. R.I.P.
Robin WIlliams is unrecognizable in this role. He perfectly embodies the character. A man that is lonely and becomes attached to a family that frequently brings in their pictures to his One Hour Photo lab. He fantasizes about being a part of their family and slowly becomes more and more involved in their every day lives. The film never really came together for me. I wanted a little more out of the characters especially near the end of the film. It's a fine film with a great performance from the late Mr. Williams but it just feels like an average film most of it's run-time.
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