ONE HOUR PHOTO (2002); Written and directed by Mark Romanek, famous for his music video career like his contemporary David Fincher although not as filmographically consistent or better put, persistent, his only known cinematic effort “One Hour Photo” proves that he’s not just some guy who knows how to make glossy and stylish pieces alone. The film, perhaps one of if not THE best of performances given by the likes of the usually comedic Robin Williams, takes its influence not only from Romanek’s eye for visual style and it’s utility as a storyteller in itself, but also from films he claims to have been inspired by such as Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation” and the Scorsese directed and Schrader scripted “Taxi Driver”, films about lone men in their particular professions and their relationship to the world around them. He crafts a tense and forlorn picture about a man whose lack of a life and attempt to superimpose himself into the lives of a particular customers only leads to an inevitably tragic realization and desperate reaction but, like that of Schrader’s Travis Bickle, cathartic and transcendant outcome wherein our obsessive photo developer may have a chance to grow from where he was stunted. It is rich in visual detail and doesn’t allow it to smother the story or its characters but to supplement and enrich their expression. Romanek proves that he can be just as cinematically inclined as Fincher, and maybe even more interesting with his subjects.
BRICK (2005) Written and directed by Rian Johnson, whose primary approach in directing this neo-noir of a hard-boiled teenager (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) unveiling the mystery around his lover’s death was, according to him, akin to Dashell Hammet in using less to tell more. (TO BE FINISHED)
DOWN IN THE VALLEY (2005) Written and directed by David Jacobson, (TBC)
THE FREE WILL (2006) Written by Matthias Glasner, Jürgen Vogel and Judith Angerbauer, directed by Glasner,
WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN (2006) Written and directed by Cam Archer,
LARS AND THE REAL GIRL (2007) Written by Nancy Oliver and directed by Craig Gillespie,
PEACOCK (2010) Written by Michael Lander and Ryan O’Roy, directed by Lander,Read less