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#1 of 66 OFFLINE   Inspector Hammer!

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Posted June 13 2002 - 01:39 PM

I saw it today on E!, and it looks pretty good!

Robin Williams looks and acts really creepy in this one.

For the second consecutive time following 'Insomnia', he plays an unstable psychopath, only this time he plays what appears to be an older man who works in a photo booth and becomes dangerously fixated on a family who's photo's he developes.

I know, it sounds corney, but the trailer was pretty effective.

I must say i'm very interested in seeing this movie.
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Posted June 13 2002 - 01:54 PM

I'll check and see if it's downloadable anywhere...
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#3 of 66 OFFLINE   Matt Stone

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Posted June 13 2002 - 02:01 PM

Okay...Quicktime.com has it up. It does look interesting...so I'll prolly go see it.

I was waiting the whole time for something really funny...kinda black-comedy-esque, but no. Regardless, it'll definitely be one I'll see.
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Posted June 13 2002 - 04:18 PM

I seen it before Insomnia looked Ok,,a Good Acting Job im sure from RW ,hes quite a fine actor in the right role.

#5 of 66 OFFLINE   Morgan Jolley

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Posted June 14 2002 - 04:13 PM

Wouldn't this be the third mentally unstable character he's played this year? Death to Smoochy, Insomnia, now this.

Nonetheless, I saw a trailer and it looked really good. RW used to be my favorite actor (don't know why he no longer is, nobody is actually) and I can trust he will make some good dramas when he tries.

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Posted June 15 2002 - 02:14 AM

Williams is EXCELLENT is this..

This is by far his best work....



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Posted June 15 2002 - 04:48 AM

I've been wanting to see this film since I heard about it last spring and it peaked my interest even more in the fall when I read a positive test screening report on it. Williams' previous two films were decent to weak (he made Death to Smoochy a better film and IMO, he should've never been in Insomnia), but I'm hoping for the best (and especially after Dugger's comments) that One Hour Photo will be great.

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Posted June 24 2002 - 09:38 AM

This film has been getting some really good buzz since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

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Posted June 25 2002 - 03:57 PM

this trailer (12 megs, remove the spaces or %20) has been out for a little while, it does look quite interesting.

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Posted July 31 2002 - 06:46 AM

I just saw the trailer. He does look creepy in this one! Makes me glad I can develop my own pictures.

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Posted August 01 2002 - 02:53 AM

Hmm saw the trailer for it quite a while back. Been waiting to hear any news on the film would really like to see it. Anyone have any reviews or know any for this film?

#12 of 66 OFFLINE   Edwin Pereyra

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Posted August 20 2002 - 09:40 AM

This film opens in limited release tomorrow but I have yet to find a theater that shows it actually opening tomorrow.

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Posted August 20 2002 - 11:38 AM

Then again, you all don't know what kind of pictures I develop!

Here is hoping they are legal.

One Hour Photo is said to be yet another groundbreaking role for Robin Williams (I think the man has had about seven now). The cinematography and art design for the film look very impressive, in a hollow, modern sense.

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Posted August 20 2002 - 01:04 PM

Ok, here's the release schedule (courtesy of Andrew of Fox Searchlight):

8/21, NY, New York, Sony Lincoln Sq. Cinemas
8/21, NY, New York, Union Square Theatre
8/23, CA, Los Angeles, Grove Stadium 14
8/23, CA, San Francisco, Bridge
8/23, CA, Westwood, Regent
8/23, IL, Chicago, Pipers
8/23, ON, Toronto, Cumberland Four Theatre
8/30, AZ, Scottsdale, Camelview Plaza
8/30, BC, Vancouver, Fifth Avenue
8/30, CA, Alhambra, Atlantic Palace 10
8/30, CA, Aliso Viejo, Aliso Stadium
8/30, CA, Anaheim Hills, Anaheim Hills Festival
8/30, CA, Berkeley, Act
8/30, CA, Brea, Brea Stadium
8/30, CA, Burbank, AMC Media Center 8
8/30, CA, Cerritos, Cerritos Cinema
8/30, CA, Chatsworth, Winnetka
8/30, CA, City Of Industry, AMC Puente Hills 20
8/30, CA, Corona, Corona Cinemas
8/30, CA, Covina, AMC Covina
8/30, CA, El Segundo, Beach Cities Cinema
8/30, CA, Encino, Town Center
8/30, CA, Foothill Ranch, Foothill Towne Center 22
8/30, CA, Fullerton, AMC Fullerton 20
8/30, CA, Glendale, Glendale Cinemas
8/30, CA, Hemet, Regal Hemet
8/30, CA, Hollywood, Pacific Arclight
8/30, CA, Irvine, Utc
8/30, CA, La Habra, La Habra Marketplace 16
8/30, CA, La Verne, La Verne
8/30, CA, Laguna, Rancho Niguel
8/30, CA, Lakewood, Lakewood Stadium
8/30, CA, Long Beach, Long Beach Stadium
8/30, CA, Long Beach, Movies
8/30, CA, Los Angeles, Los Feliz
8/30, CA, Ontario, Ontario Palace
8/30, CA, Orange, AMC 30 At The Block
8/30, CA, Orange, Stadium 25
8/30, CA, Palm Springs, Courtyard 10
8/30, CA, Palo Alto, Cinearts
8/30, CA, Pasadena, Playhouse
8/30, CA, Pleasant Hill, Century
8/30, CA, Rancho Mirage, River Cinema 12
8/30, CA, Riverside, Jurupa Stadium 14
8/30, CA, Riverside, University Village Cinemas
8/30, CA, Rolling Hills Est, The Avenues 13
8/30, CA, Sacramento, Crest Theatre
8/30, CA, San Diego, Hillcrest Cinema
8/30, CA, San Jose, Century 25
8/30, CA, San Jose, Camera Three
8/30, CA, Santa Barbara, Paseo Nuevo
8/30, CA, Santa Clarita, Valencia Stadium
8/30, CA, Santa Rosa, Rialto Cinemas Lakeside
8/30, CA, Sausalito, Cinearts At Marin
8/30, CA, Simi Valley, Civic Center 16
8/30, CA, South Gate, South Gate Stadium
8/30, CA, Temecula, Temecula Stadium 15
8/30, CA, Universal City, Universal Cineplex Odeon Cinema
8/30, CA, Ventura, Buenaventura
8/30, CA, Vernon Hills, River Tree 8
8/30, CA, West Hills, Laemmle's Fallbrook 7
8/30, CA, Westlake Village, Westlake Village Twin
8/30, CO, Denver, Esquire
8/30, CT, Greenwich, Plaza
8/30, CT, Hartford, Cinema City
8/30, CT, New Haven, York Square
8/30, CT, Norwalk, Garden
8/30, CT, Stamford, Landmark
8/30, CT, Trumbull, Marquis
8/30, DC, Washington, Outer Circle
8/30, FL, Ft Lauderdale, Gateway Theatre
8/30, FL, Miami, Sunset Theatre
8/30, FL, Miami Beach, South Beach Theatre
8/30, GA, Atlanta, Tara/Atlanta Theatre
8/30, IL, Chicago, Esquire
8/30, IL, Highland Park, Renaissance Place Cinema
8/30, IL, Lombard, Yorktown Cinema
8/30, IL, Oak Park, Lake
8/30, IL, Skokie, Crown Village
8/30, IL, South Barrington, South Barrington
8/30, IL, Warrenville, Cantera
8/30, MA, Boston, Copley Place
8/30, MA, Cambridge, Kendall Square Cinema
8/30, MA, W. Newton, Cinema
8/30, MD, Baltimore, Charles Theatre
8/30, MD, Bethesda, Bethesda Row Cinema
8/30, MI, Birmingham, Uptown
8/30, MN, Minneapolis, Uptown
8/30, MO, Frontenac, Plaza
8/30, NJ, Montclair, Clairidge
8/30, NJ, Rocky Hill, Montgomery Cinemas
8/30, NJ, Voorhees, Ritz Sixteen/Nj
8/30, NJ, Westfield, Rialto
8/30, NY, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights Pavilion
8/30, NY, Farmingdale, Farmingdale 10
8/30, NY, Greenburgh, Cinema 100
8/30, NY, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens
8/30, NY, Malverne, Malverne
8/30, NY, New York, Loews Kips Cinemas
8/30, NY, New York, Orpheum
8/30, NY, New York, Chelsea Cinemas
8/30, NY, New York, Cinema 1
8/30, NY, New York, AMC Empire
8/30, NY, Roslyn, Roslyn
8/30, OH, Cincinnati, Esquire
8/30, OH, Cleveland Heights, Madstone Centrum
8/30, ON, Concord, AMC Interchange 30
8/30, ON, North York, Bayview Village
8/30, ON, Oakville, AMC Winston Churchill
8/30, ON, Scarborough, AMC Kennedy Commons
8/30, OR, Portland, Fox Tower
8/30, PA, Philadelphia, Ritz Five
8/30, TX, Dallas, Inwood Theatre
8/30, TX, Houston, River Oaks Village
8/30, VA, Arlington, Shirlington
8/30, WA, Seattle, Guild 45th
9/6, AB, Calgary, Eau Claire Market
9/6, AB, Edmonton, So Edmonton Common Cinema
9/6, CA, Del Mar, Flower Hill Cinema 4
9/6, FL, Boca Raton, Shadowood Square Theatre
9/6, FL, Tampa, Channelside Cinema
9/6, LA, New Orleans, Canal Place Cinema
9/6, NM, Albuquerque, Highridge
9/6, NM, Santa Fe, Devargas
9/6, NY, Rochester, Little
9/6, PA, Bala-Cynwyd, Bala 3 Theaters
9/6, TX, Austin, Barton Creek Square Cinema
9/6, TX, San Antonio, Fiesta Theater
9/6, WI, Milwaukee, Downer
9/13, AK, Anchorage, Dimond Center
9/13, AR, Fayetteville, Razorback Cinema
9/13, AR, Little Rock, Breckenridge Cinema
9/13, AZ, Prescott Valley, Harkins Luxury 14
9/13, AZ, Tucson, Park Place 20
9/13, CA, Arroyo Grande, Festival Cinema
9/13, CA, Davis, Signature Stadium 5
9/13, CA, Elk Grove, Century Laguna 16
9/13, CA, Fresno, Fresno Stadium 21
9/13, CA, La Mesa, Grossmont Stadium
9/13, CA, Modesto, Brenden 18
9/13, CA, Monterey, Century Galaxy
9/13, CA, Roseville, Olympus Point 12
9/13, CA, San Diego, Carmel Mountain
9/13, CA, San Diego, Town Square
9/13, CA, San Luis Obispo, Palm
9/13, CA, Santa Cruz, Cinema 9
9/13, CA, Stockton, Regency
9/13, CA, Visalia, Signature Stadium 10
9/13, CO, Boulder, Arapahoe
9/13, CO, Colo Springs, Tinseltown 20
9/13, CO, Denver, Chez Artiste
9/13, CO, Durango, Gaslight
9/13, CO, Ft. Collins, Cinemark 16
9/13, CO, Highland Ranch, Highland Ranch 24
9/13, CO, Louisville, Colony Square
9/13, CO, Loveland, Metrolux
9/13, CO, Westminster, AMC Promenade 24
9/13, CT, Waterbury, Holiday Cinemas
9/13, FL, Aventura, Aventura Mall Theatre
9/13, FL, Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs Theatre
9/13, FL, Boynton Beach, Movies/Boynton Beach
9/13, FL, Coconut Grove, Coco Walk Theatre
9/13, FL, Delray Beach, Delray Theatre
9/13, FL, Ft Myers, Belltower Theatre
9/13, FL, Gainesville, Royal Park Theatre
9/13, FL, Jupiter, Abacoa Cinema
9/13, FL, Jupiter, Jupiter Theatre
9/13, FL, Oldsmar, Wodland Square Theatre
9/13, FL, Orange Park, Orange Park Mall Theatre
9/13, FL, Palm Gardens, Pga Cinema
9/13, FL, Sarasota, Burns Court Theatre
9/13, FL, Tallahassee, Miracle Theatre
9/13, FL, Vero Beach, Indian River Theatre
9/13, FL, Winter Park, Winter Park Village Theatre
9/13, GA, Alpharetta, Mansell Crossing Cinema
9/13, GA, Athens, Beechwood Cinema
9/13, GA, Atlanta, Galleria/Atlanta Cinema
9/13, GA, Decatur, North Dekalb Cinema
9/13, GA, Kennesaw, Barrett Commons Cinemas
9/13, GA, Lawrenceville, Colonial Cinema
9/13, GA, Marietta, Merchants Walk Theatre
9/13, GA, Morrow, Southlake Pavillion Cinema
9/13, HI, Honolulu, Dole Cannery 18
9/13, HI, Honolulu, Victoria Ward All Stadium Cinemas
9/13, IA, W Desmoines, Sierra (Art)
9/13, ID, Boise, The Flicks
9/13, IL, Rockford, Colonial Village
9/13, IL, Springfield, White Oaks
9/13, IN, Bloomington, Showplace East
9/13, IN, Evansville, Stadium 16
9/13, IN, Indianapolis, Castleton Sq (Art)
9/13, IN, South Bend, Showplace 16
9/13, KS, Wichita, Northrock
9/13, KY, Louisville, Baxter
9/13, LA, Baton Rouge, Siegen Theatre
9/13, LA, Lafayette, Carmike's/Lafayette Cinema
9/13, MA, Danvers, Hollywood Hits
9/13, MB, Winnipeg, Globe Cinemas
9/13, MD, Annapolis, Eastport
9/13, ME, Portland, Nickelodeon
9/13, ME, Waterville, Railroad Sq
9/13, MI, Ann Arbor, State
9/13, MI, Grand Rapids, Celebration Village Cinema
9/13, MI, Novi, Novi Town Center 8
9/13, MN, Minneapolis, Lagoon Theatre
9/13, MO, Kansas City, Tivoli At Manor Sq
9/13, NC, Asheville, Fine Arts Theatre
9/13, NC, Cary, Madstone Theater
9/13, NC, Chapel Hill, Chelsea Cinema
9/13, NC, Charlotte, Manor Theatre
9/13, NC, Durham, Carolina/Durham Cinema
9/13, NC, Fayetteville, Cameo Art House Theatre
9/13, NC, Raleigh, Colony Twin Cinema
9/13, NH, Hanover, Nugget
9/13, NJ, Pleasantville, Town 16 Theatres
9/13, NV, Las Vegas, Sam's Town
9/13, NV, Las Vegas, Brenden Palms 14
9/13, NV, Las Vegas, Village Square
9/13, NV, Reno, Riverside 12
9/13, NY, Albany, Spectrum
9/13, NY, Brewster, Empire Cinemas
9/13, NY, Buffalo, Amherst
9/13, NY, Millerton, Moviehouse
9/13, NY, Red Hook, Lyceum
9/13, NY, Syracuse, Westcott Cinema
9/13, OH, Columbus, Arena Grand Theatre
9/13, OH, Columbus, Drexel E
9/13, OH, Cople Township, Montrose Movies
9/13, OH, Dayton, Neon
9/13, OK, Norman, Spotlight Theatre
9/13, OK, Oklahoma City, AMC Quail Springs Cinema
9/13, OK, Tulsa, Palace Promenade Theatre
9/13, ON, Ottawa, World Exchange Plaza
9/13, PA, E. Stroudsburg, Pocono Cinema & Coffee Shop
9/13, QC, Montreal, Latin Quarter
9/13, QC, Montreal, AMC Forum
9/13, QC, Ste. Foy, Cinemas Ste-Foy
9/13, RI, Newport, Jane Pickens
9/13, RI, Providence, Hoyts Providence Place Cinemas
9/13, SC, Columbia, Dutch Square Mall Cinema
9/13, TN, Knoxville, Downtown West Cinema
9/13, TN, Memphis, Studio On The Square Cinema
9/13, TN, Nashville, Green Hills Commons Cinema
9/13, TX, Dallas, Grand/Dallas Cinema
9/13, TX, Fort Worth, Sundance Theatre
9/13, TX, Fort Worth, Ua Hulen Theatre
9/13, TX, Frisco, Stonebriar Cinema
9/13, TX, Grapevine, Grapevine Mills Cinema
9/13, TX, Houston, Marq*E Stadium Cinema
9/13, TX, Houston, First Colony Theater
9/13, TX, Houston, Gulf Pointe Cinema
9/13, TX, Houston, Willowbrook Cinema
9/13, TX, Houston, Studio Theater
9/13, TX, Houston, Tinseltown/Westchase
9/13, TX, Humble, Deerbrook Mall Cinema
9/13, TX, Irving, Macarthur Marketplace Cinema
9/13, TX, Katy, Cinemark's/Katy Cinema
9/13, TX, Mesquite, Mesquite Cinema
9/13, TX, Plano, Tinseltown/Plano
9/13, UT, Layton, Layton Hills 9
9/13, UT, Provo, Wynnsong
9/13, UT, Salt Lake City, Century 16
9/13, UT, Salt Lake City, Megaplex 12 Gateway
9/13, UT, Sandy, Megaplex 17-Jordan Commons
9/13, UT, West Jordan, Cinemark 24
9/13, VA, Charlottesville, Downtown Mall
9/13, VA, Norfolk, Naro
9/13, WA, Bellingham, Sehome
9/13, WA, Burlington, Cascade Mall
9/13, WA, Everett, Everett 9
9/13, WA, Lakewood, Lakewood 15
9/13, WA, Lynnwood, Alderwood Cinemas
9/13, WA, Redmond, Town Center
9/13, WA, Renton, Renton Village
9/13, WA, Seattle, Meridian
9/13, WA, Seattle, Lewis & Clark
9/13, WA, Spokane, River Park Square
9/13, WA, Tacoma, Grand
9/13, WA, Vancouver, City Center
9/13, WI, Madison, Westgate
9/13, , Lansing, Celebration 18
9/20, BC, Victoria, Vic Theatre
9/20, KY, Lexington, Kentucky
9/20, NE, Omaha, Dundee (Art)
9/20, NY, Ithaca, Fall Creek Pictures
9/20, OR, Eugene, Bijou Art Center
10/4, SC, Florence, Swamp Fox Cinemas
10/18, AL, Huntsville, Madison Square Cinema

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Posted August 20 2002 - 04:12 PM

Michael, thanks for the list. This is exactly what I was looking for. Do you have other contacts with other distributors? Specifically, I'm looking for the rollout dates for Possession.

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Posted August 20 2002 - 05:29 PM

Edwin, I don't actually have any contacts - Andrew posted that list on the Fox Searchlight forums.

However, with respect to "Possession", Rottentomatoes has the following info:
AUGUST 16, 2002 (NY/LA)

I'm not sure how accurate this is, because it did open in Montreal on the 16th as well. The Focus Features official site isn't very helpful, so your best bet would be to try a site like MovieFone, MovieTickets, or Hollywood.com to find the release date for your city.

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Posted August 23 2002 - 02:06 PM

I saw it tonight. It was a better performance by Williams than in Insomnia, against which this role will constantly be compared for the next few months. His Insomnia peformance wasn't too impressive to me, as he basically acted out a copy of the performance in the original by Bjørn Floberg. In One Hour Photo, however, Williams has crafted a wholly original performance; a geeky and uncomfortable Travis Bickle who never quite lets the viewer gain any comfort in his presence.

Anyhow, Romanek's direction was surprisingly subdued. I was, perhaps, expecting something a bit more crowded, on the level of some of his music videos (e.g., Closer, The Perfect Drug, Criminal). Instead, the less visually-intrusive tone (and the often awkward color palette) worked to falsely gain the confidence of the viewer. This trust was then effectively violated when the film gave one of its few break-out moments; these would have been far less effective if they had been set against a more frenetic background. The photography and lighting is lush and entralling, and it suited the attempted mood of Romanek's script quite well. As a writer, Romanek, unfortunately, lacks the same originality that he possesses as a director, but it isn't enough of a problem to take away too much from the experience. The film's flashback framing structure is a bit tired, and the ending's stumbling attempt at an "explanation" is a bit trite, but the film is strong enough on other levels to withstand this weakness. It does, however, hold it back from achieving what could otherwise be a truly transcendant experience. As it stands, however, it's a gem of a movie that's sure to satisfy most of the high expectations of those who have been waiting a year or more for this release. It's well worth a viewing, if only to get in on the ground floor of what will hopefully be a spectacular career for Romanek.


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Posted August 23 2002 - 04:39 PM

Interesting film with a very good Williams performance. Damin more or less covered what I felt about it. I'll also dare to add that it's a Kubrickian film. Splendid cinematography and use of color, a sustained creepy tone, and a subtly revealed details. I could have done without the "explanation", and the end itself left me a bit confused. Still, One Hour Photo is a gripping film.
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#19 of 66 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted August 24 2002 - 08:04 AM

Just saw it, and I'm afraid I can't share Mark's and Damin's enthusiasm. Williams is indeed excellent, and the production design and cinematography are remarkable. (I agree with Mark's "Kubrickian" reference; there's one shot in particular that screams "homage!")

But, IMO, the script is awful -- embarrassingly so. Damin has already touched on the awkward "explanation" slipped in at the end, but that's the least of the problems. Major parts of the film depend on people acting in ways that simply don't make sense, even within the world that the film establishes. There's no way for me to give examples without spoilers, but let's just say that certain key actions by Connie Nielsen's character and by Gary Cole as Williams' boss are so inexplicable that there isn't even an attempt made to explain them. They do what they do because otherwise the rest of the movie couldn't happen. It's a shame because, for the last third of the movie, instead of being further drawn into the eerie world created by Williams' performance, I was constantly shaking my head at the silliness of the situation, which is exactly the opposite of the desired effect.

I'm not sorry I saw it, but it's a disappointment, considering what it might have been.

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Posted August 24 2002 - 03:18 PM


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