My blog is about the scenic, stressful, spectacular life (and everything screwy in between) of a
California girl turned expat transplanted to the land down under: North Queensland, Australia.

September 03, 2010

Hed’s Friday Flick.


I decided to try something new (okay, I totally stole it from Indygrrrl) and give a movie review every Friday. Considering the tiny town we live in, and the 5 p.m. cut off time the town’s nightlife has, I have all the time in the world. We rented eight DVD’s and I bought two movies for my collection, “Trainspotting” and “Natural Born Killers” (go watch them, they are amazing!). I’m not promising the reviews are for new movies, but how many times have you gone to a video store and gone, “damn! I wanted to see that movie when it came to the theatre but didn’t!” Well, maybe an old movie I watch will kickstart your butt to the older movies section!

The movie I want to write about is “One Hour Photo”. It stars Robin Williams…hey don’t close this blog yet! Robin isn’t some comedian-on-meth in this picture, I promise. And there is no flubber at all in the movie. Anyway, it stars Robin Williams as a nice quiet employee of a Costco-type store where he works in the photo department. We see him greet a mother and son a little over excitedly and he seems to know a lot about them, even reciting the address where they live to them. The mother asks for 2 copies of her photos, and the camera drops down to the order form and it shows him writing down “3”. He goes home and has this CRAZY INSANE collection of the woman’s family and all their intimate moments: birthdays, vacations, the birth of their son, etc. They look like one big happy family in the pictures. But pictures don’t show you the real side of life sometimes, do they?

I think the thing I liked best about the direction of this movie is the small pauses, the long stares Robin Williams takes, almost daydreaming his way through life. The way the movie is shot makes him unbelievably creepy, and you want to get inside his mind and know what he’s capable of. The ending (no I’m not going to spoil it for you!) is open, so you end up sitting there wondering what happened after the credits roll. (Oh, and a half-naked Michael Vartan helps too!)

I give this movie 6 hed stars. ««««««

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