Secret Window 2004-03-12 ( current )

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Mort Rainey, a writer just emerging from a painful divorce with his ex-wife, is stalked at his remote lake house by a psychotic stranger and would-be scribe who claims Rainey swiped his best story idea. But as Rainey endeavors to prove his innocence, he begins to question his own sanity.

Fewer and fewer movies will be being shot on actual film, because fewer and fewer movies building have film projectors. Unless there is an art house theatre nearby, any watching of older, or less renowned, films, on actual film, is pretty much impossible. When is the last time that an elderly or obscure film was available at the local multi-theater megaplex? If whoever has a film copy of that older, imprecise film, does not think it is rewarding enough to put it upon DVD, there is little which can be done about it. Soon, the only way to watch films of any kind, will be through on-line streaming. Depending on your point of view, this is both that natural progression of technology, or it's the end of the world.

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JOHN CHARD

You strike me as the kind of guy who's on the lookout for a head he can knock off with a shovel. It's actually a film that shows both the good and bad sides of Johnny Depp and Stephen King adaptations to film form. Depp plays a writer who whilst going through a divorce and living out in the country in isolation, is suddenly menaced by John Turturo, who claims he is the victim of plagiarism perpetrated by Depp. Mysteries and murky shenanigans to follow... That the film, in spite of its flimsy heart, is watchable, is down to the two stars, both are filing in for eccentricities and spooky menace respectively. Yet it's a bit of a one trick pony and difficult to take seriously, while it's also surprisingly bloodless, negating the interest of the potential Stephen King blood-lust crowd. The reveal is something of a cheat given what has gone before, belief of suspension is so stretched to breaking point, you literally should be wondering just what all other characters were doing in the film?! Still, Johnny and John, resplendent with weird hats and hairdo's, give good camera time and save David Koepp's movie from stinker damnation. 6/10

RENO

**A successful writer who accused of plagiarism.** It was based on the novel, though the original title makes more sense than this film. Maybe they wanted to avert the spoiler. But I don't think it would have affected much, because the twist comes at the final segment. The tale of a writer who is in the middle of divorce and now living alone is the lake house got threatened by a stranger, because according to him he stole his story. Followed by many unpleasant events, how he gets out of the trouble told in the next half. Feels just an okay kind. Though Johnny Depp was good. The suspense was good, particularly in the first half, but later it comes falling down. The second half was average, the twist was not interesting enough. After some point, you might predict it, but the point is it was too familiar. I especially did not like the finale, it was like not in detail. Still a watchable film, because of the actor and for decently made. So I think worth a watch if you keep a low expectation. _6/10_

Cast:
  • Johnny Depp
  • John Turturro
  • Maria Bello
  • Timothy Hutton
  • Charles S. Dutton
Crew:
  • David Koepp (Director)
  • Stephen King (Novel)
  • David Koepp (Screenplay)
  • Fred Murphy (Director of Photography)
  • Jill Savitt (Editor)
Company:

Mel's Cite du Cinema

Country:

United States of America

Genres:

Mystery

Release Date:

2004-03-12 USA

Run Time:

96 min

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