Friday, October 11, 2002

I am now posting to a site called A sinister cabal of superior bloggers on music, books, film, popular culture, and technology (their words not mine). Click on the link to your left that says Blogcritics....
I find this amusing...

From the Mobtown Shank #155, Dug Sohn responds to my review:
I'm not even sure what all that review meant, but I'll tell you this, One Hour Photo was about One Hour and Thirty Five Minutes too long. Are you kidding me? That movie sucked. One-dimensional characters/performances, and a plot line that could be conceived by a dorky teenager reading Vogue - creepy guy obsesses with hot chick whose new fancy hair style every five minutes confuses him and sends him over the edge. OOOH I"M SO ASCARED NOW TO GO TO WALLMART AND HAVE THE LOSER DEVELOPING PICTURES OF MY DOG LICKING MY DICK OBSESS OVER ME AND MAKE MY DOG SCREW A CAT. Now that's a film.
Why blog? Why not. Thought I'd give myself a forum for things I wanna share, lambaste, toast, etc. Saw "One Hour Photo" last night. Good film. Not great but good.

A film which simultaneously explores alienation and obsession as well as is a nuanced and powerful indictment of American values such as they exist today. Writer/Director Romanek launches a salvo albeit a subtle, relentless one against the reigning corrupt consumerist values that dominate American culture. Less overt in its skewering than "American Beauty," it is a darker and more pernicious view. The seamless combination of dialogue, color palette, music and editing created an ominous feeling throughout the film keeping my stomach churning.

The interesting thing that Mark Romanek did with this film - which is something that I always enjoy- is to make the viewer sympathize with an unsympathetic character, such as the one played by Robin Williams. I felt sympathy for this person who on the surface is repulsive in that he is a dark room voyeur- he is the person that I imagine is hoarding the cache of porn photos (as an ex-roomie of mine once did who worked at a One Hour Photo). Sadly this character is lonely and alienated with a pathological need to connect with a suburban family he idealizes. The family appears to be perfect but in actuality under the surface are materialistic and completely emotionally empty. The film skewers consumerist American values and it is not a coincidence the setting of this is a shopping mall - the great American shrine to consumerism. Less satirical then Solondz, although both explore themes of desire and alienation, Romanek's vision of family life is anything but a Kodak moment.