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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…
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…
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…
I’ve been thinking a lot about music video directors lately, they get a bad name because of hacks like Brett Ratner and McG, but there are some legitimate artists working in the medium. One of my favorite video directors is a dude named Mark Romanek who’s videos for Johnny Cash’s “Hurt,” Jay-Z’s “99 Problems,” Nine Inch Nail’s “Closer,” and many others are as accomplished as any award winning short film. As much as I dig this guy’s style, only recently did I realize he was the director of One Hour Photo, a film I had had deep toward the bottom of my Netflix queue almost since I started getting Netflix. Realizing that one of my favorite video directors had directed…
This couldn't get better, but it did.
Comedian actor best performance was in a darker film, who knew?
This has to be the most creepiest role Robin Williams has done. I would of never thought he would of done he did a great job. He can be funny, serious that's what you call a great actor. He will and is missed.
Robin Williams did steal the show in Christopher Nolan's "Insomina", which helped in guiding him towards starring in his own psychological thriller, like, pretty much one hour later. To be such a comedy star, he worked faster in the thriller business than his character did in the photo lab business in this film, yet people were still thrown off by this crazy role. In all fairness, being annoyingly quirky made Williams one of everyone's most beloved film comedians, and now he's putting that sort of personality to deeply disturbing use for one unfortunate family. This film probably didn't help the now dying one-hour photo industry, because it by no means helps those people who were "oddly" paranoid about photo developers…
Too believably creepy (not in a good way)
It's really hard to watch this movie without clasping my hands over my eyes. Robbin Williams really knocks it out of the park.
Nothing we haven't seen before, but builds a great amount of tension and features a fantastic lead performance.
Definitely one of the creepiest movies I've seen.
THIS WAS SO GOOD AND SO PRETTILY SHOT I CANNOT 😩
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All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…