Archive time! My entire family has up and left me this weekend-my brother is off-roading in Glamis, my sister is doing a belated Christmas with her stepkids in Arizona, and the parents are at their time share in Palm Springs. Assholes! I’m all alone in a big house…
No, not really. The BFF is in Irvine this weekend, the other BFF has ignored my texts to go dancing, and the husband is in Australia. Assholes! So I’m here. I’ll probably play video games and watch TV all weekend, as I just went to Juan Pollo (best chicken and rice EVER!) and stocked up on diet soda and low fat ice cream. Joy. My brain is kind of running on stand-by, so I give you a movie I reviewed a few months ago:
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. ««««««