Nolen is perhaps the best cinema director of the history of cinema's 50-year history. Here is my personal cannonical raking…
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…
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…
Most people don't take snapshots of the little things. The used Band-Aid, the guy at the gas station, the wasp on the Jell-O. But these are the things that make up the true picture of our lives. People don't take pictures of these things.
A beautifully calibrated script which hits moments of genuine cinematic virtuosity. Romanek, having cut his teeth on the music video scene for over a decade prior to this feature clearly has a hungry to create the best feature he could muster. His direction is slick and though I felt the family dynamic and a couple of peripheral characters took away from the movie's plausibility, Robin Williams gives what might be his most heart-breaking performance. The victim…
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…
I've been aware of Robin Williams' dramatic roles and his comedic ones for many years. But, when I learned of his participation in this movie, I was quite perplexed. A dramatic/comedic actor in a thriller movie? That rarely works this day and age.
But upon seeing this movie, I've learned just how diverse Williams is when it comes to acting. He steals the show with his convincing creepy behavior (and he manages to keep his performance straight without cheesing it)
The atmosphere presented in the movie is well-balanced, and the allusions to photographers/photography tricks are very clever (and limited to prevent overuse)
I would say more, but I don't want to ruin the experience for you. It's a satisfactory effort from a man who has proven to hold no bounds when it comes to any genre of film.
Holy smokes! This was fantastic! Easily Robby Wills best performance. I had no idea what I was in for but this was amazing. Loved ever second, writing and cinematography are especially immaculate.
Good but boring
Ever since his death, I find myself constantly discovering hidden films starring Robin Williams. Films I've never even heard of. I found "One Hour Photo" while channel surfing. It was about a quarter of the way through and I watched a bit of it before deciding to go back and start it over. The first thing that comes to mind while writing this is "Incredible". Absolutely incredible.
The film is a thriller and really well done at that. One of the best Robin Williams films I've seen.
It's entirely full of suspense, which I love, but its use of color is something else I immediately caught on to. The film uses color to focus on certain emotions or feelings Robin…
I love how much that the store captures Williams character and what is missing from his life. Really just a well made film.
An incredibly unsettling character study. Robin Williams flashes his acting chops in bringing a fascinating amount of authenticity to his role of a quiet, yet deeply disturbed sociopath. Ultimately, the film loses marks for its overly deliberate pace (which makes the 95 minute runtime appear closer to 155) and lack of any true depth in the other primary characters. Still enjoyable, however, and worth a watch simply for one of RW's best performances.
Memiliki premis yang sederhana, One Hour Photo menjelma menjadi tontonan serius dan kelam. Robin Williams yang dikenal di kebanyakan film bergenre komedi tampil menjadi karakter yang dingin, tampak psikopat dengan tingkah aneh yang kerap kali muncul.
Tema film ini adalah tentang sebuah obsesi yang berlebihan. Melibatkan perspektif individu terhadap suatu objek yang menjadi sasaran obsesinya. Dalam hal ini, kesan sempurna dari dunia yang ia bangun dari obsesinya ternyata tidak sesempurna kelihatannya.
One Hour Photo is the best horror film with the best direction, best cinematography, best score and best performance by Robin Williams, this is a haunting and sorrowful film, it's a horror film rather than a psychological thriller is because the lonely man name Sy Parrish wanting a family is actually kinda creepy and sad, I just feel sorry for him that he has no family, Robin Williams gives one of the best performance of this movie since Good Will Hunting, (R.I.P.) Robin Williams
Best Robin Williams performance ever.
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Complete list. :-(