Film Screening 10th May, 2003

Poster for One Hour Photo

One Hour Photo 

8:00 PM, 10th May, 2003

  • M
  • 96 mins
  • 2002
  • Mark Romanek
  • Mark Romanek
  • Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Dylan Smith

In One Hour Photo, Williams once again proves his acting skill goes well beyond the warm and fuzzy nice guys we are accustomed to seeing him play. He is Sy Parrish, employed at an in-store photo-developing counter. Outwardly, he appears the model employee, devoted to perfection in his work and to tending to his customers' needs. But Sy's interest goes beyond the professional, particularly in the case of one family ((mdash)) the Yorkins. To him, Will (Vartan), Nina (Nielsen), and their son, Jakob (Smith) are the perfect family. He has covered a wall of his apartment with extra copies of their photos that he has developed for himself. In his mind, he is their 'Uncle Sy'.

Of course, eventually the line between reality and fantasy begin to blur for Sy, and he starts to take an active (and creepy) interest in the Yorkin family. When he finds out that Will is cheating on his wife, he decides that action is needed.

This is an effective thriller that captures the audience with a growing sense of unease as Sy's mental condition deteriorates and his actions become more alarming. While you won't stop sending your photos off for developing, next time you might look twice at the bland person behind the counter.

Bronwyn Davis

Poster for Insomnia


10:00 PM, 10th May, 2003

  • M
  • 113 mins
  • 2002
  • Christopher Nolan
  • Hillary Seitz
  • Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Martin Donovan

Will Dormer (Pacino) and partner are flown to a small Alaskan town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. They are under scrutiny by Internal Affairs, so are being hidden away. But while trying to apprehend a suspect, Dormer's partner gets shot. What happened is clear, but the truth may not be as it is laid out. The 'truth' of his partner's death only multiplies the emotional complexity, and Dormer still has a murder to solve, though he can't sleep in the 24-hour daylight and is being blackmailed by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation.

Christopher Nolan (of Memento fame) has delivered another fantastic movie. He brings out a new side of Pacino, Swank, and Williams and pieces them all together in a wonderful mix of drama, mystery, and thrills. One of the best elements of this film is watching these three actors deliver fantastic performances and engage one another, so involved in each other's fate ((mdash)) yet so separated by the situation. Don't miss it.

Steven Cain