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Secret Window [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Secret Window [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Depp Steals The Show Here..., 23 July 2004
Secret Window(2003)
If you happen to be one of Stephen King's "Constant Readers", good adaptations of his novels/short stories come around once in a blue moon. Fans fondly remember movies such as "The Shining", "Misery", "Cujo", "Christine", "The Green Mile" and "The Shawshank Redemption", but after that things got more than a little mediocre, with "Pet Semetary" and "The Dark Half" being the only movies watchable. "Secret Window" was brought to the big screen by writer/director David Koepp, and he based his movie on Stephen King's Novella 'Secret Window, Secret Garden', which can be found in the book 'Four Past Midnight'. After Koepp drafted the Screenplay for "Secret Window", he hired uber-popular actor Johnny Depp as the main character(Mort Rainey), and Timothy Dalton, who starred in 'The Dark Half' movie. So in the world of King-dom, does "Secret Window" stand as a triumphant adaptation, or a miserable failure? Read on to find out...
Plot-
Mort Rainey is an accomplished novelist working on a brand new novel when an unexpected knock at the door changes his life forever. A man named Jack Shooter(Played by John Turturro) claims that Rainey stole the story he wrote 7 years ago. Rainey is disbelieveing at first, but after reading Shooter's manuscript, he realizes his story and Shooter's are exactly the same, and he can't believe that Shooter is accusing HIM! As Shooter grows more impatient with Rainey's inability to admit that "he stole his story", Shooter begins wreaking havoc on Rainey's life, first killing his dog, to burning down his ex-wife's house, and finally resorts to murdering to get Rainey's attention. Mort Rainey is soon thrust into his own story, and only the ending can solve his mystery......
Acting/Directing/Etc.-
"Secret Window" definitely benifits from the cast, as Johnny Depp('The Pirates of the Carribean', 'Edward Scissorhands') and John Turturro('The Green Mile', 'O Brother Where Art Thou?') are both magnificent actors, and fortuneatly the have the most important roles in the film. Johnny Depp, much like his role in 'The Pirates of the Carribean' as Captain Jack Sparrow, seems distracted, sleepy, lazy, and disillusioned, and Depp does a magnificent job playing the washed-up writer. Turturro plays Jack Shooter, the angry writer from Mississippi with an unmistakeable southern drawl, and Turturro does a good job playing the "country hick", and his accent is believable at the same time. David Koepp does a decent job directing, while I had no problems with it, there wasn't anything that distinguishes "Secret Window" from any other movie in terms of directing. What really hurts 'Secret Window' is how the screenplay seems to drag along, and what little action there is turns out to be a tad mellow and disappointing, and the big "showdown" you might be expecting never happens. For that, "Secret Window", while being a Horror movie, isn't scary AT ALL, and turns out being much more of a drama with a disturbing ending if you ask me. Unlike critics of "Secret Window" I don't think you will figure out the plot twist unless you have read the books, as it isn't easy to decipher otherwise.
Opinion-
Overall, "Secret Window" is a good adaptation of the novel, but I feel that the plot just simply drags on in many places, and when the viewer finally gets to the climax, it's nothing special. If you plan on buying "Secret Window" because you want a "scary" movie, I feel you may be more than a little disappointed. In the end, "Secret Window" is worth a rent, but not worth spending more than $10.00's of your hard earned cash.
RECOMMENDED FOR FANS OF STEPHEN KING, STEPHEN KING MOVIES, AND JOHNNY DEPP. DON'T COME IN EXPECTING A HORROR MOVIE, MORE OF A DRAMA! WORTH A RENT, BUT I DON'T RECOMMEND BUYING IT!
Also Recommended-
The Shining- Stephen King(DVD)
Misery- Stephen King(DVD)
Four Past Midnight- Stephen King(Novella Collection)
Thanks For Reading!


Hey Ho Let's Go - Anthology
Hey Ho Let's Go - Anthology
Price: 14.54

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ramones Mania Sweeps The World....., 23 July 2004
Hey Ho Let's Go! Ramones Anthology(1999). The Ramones' Second Compilation.
Back in the Mid. to Late 70's, Underground Punk was taking the world by storm, with bands such as The Clash and The Sex Pistols dominating the Punk Scene. But one lone American band, taking influences from The New York Dolls and The Stooges, called The Ramones, were just as popular. Adding more traditional Rock N Roll to Punk, The Ramones were one of Punk's most influential bands, and were one of Kurt Cobain's biggest influences for his band Nirvana. Although nobody would say they were incredibly talented, The Ramones were able to mold a catchy, hooky, Punk tune, emphasizing vocals and inane lyrics to appeal to listeners, while always having the chugging guitar right behind it. So it's no surprise, at the Turn of the Century, The Ramones released a massive 2-Disc career retrospective, containing almost 60 songs, and a booklet containing The Ramones ENTIRE career. So how does Hey Ho Let's Go-Ramones Anthology stack up? Read on to find out....
PROS-
-ALMOST SIXTY SONGS ON TWO DISCS!- The Ramones Anthology has 58 songs on TWO(!) discs, so you can expect bank for your buck!
-HAS ALL OF THE RAMONES' BIGGEST HITS!-The Ramones Anthology has instantly recognizeable hits such as "Blitzkrieg Bop", "California Sun", and "I Wanna Be Sedated", which won't fail to please Casual fans!
-SO MANY UNDERRATED MASTERPIECES!-The Ramones Anthology is basically made up of underrated masterpieces, including "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker", "Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio?", "Judy Is A Punk", and so many more!
-COVERS ALL OF THE RAMONES ALBUMS- From 'The Ramones' to 'Adios Amigos', The Ramones Anthology has songs from every album, making this a superb retrospective!
-EACH DISC FULLS UP THE 80 MINUTE LIMIT!-Unlike most compilations, The Ramones Anthology takes up almost 80 Minutes on each Disc, showing you get what you paid for!
-THE BOOKLET IS A VIRTUAL HISTORY ON THE RAMONES!-The Booklet for The
Ramones Anthology is 80 pages(!), making it the longest, most detailed, and interesting booklet I've ever read through! Great!
CONS-
-EXPENSIVE!-The Ramones Anthology will set you back 30 Dollars, while 'The Ramones Mania' and 'Loud, Fast Ramones:Their Toughest Hits' will only set you back Fifteen Dollars, making it less accessible to casual fans.
-NO NEW TRACKS!-The Ramones Anthology has no new tracks, so it's basically worthless to Diehard fans, and it's too expensive for casual fans, making it very inaccessible.
Overall, Hey Ho Let's Go- The Ramones Anthology is a very good and detailed compilation, but casual fans and diehard fans may be turned off because of its lack of new material and price. But,if you were only going to buy one thing by The Ramones, I would suggest picking this up. If your a casual fan, I recommend the 'Ramones Mania' compilation, because it's also very good and a lot cheaper.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, IF YOU'RE ONLY GOING TO BUY ONE THING BY THE
RAMONES, YOU SHOULD BUY THIS! IF YOU'RE WILLING TO SHELL OUT 30
DOLLARS, IN THE END THIS COMPILATION IS WORTH IT!
Also Recommended-
The Essential-Clash
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here Come The Sex Pistols!-Sex Pistols
The Very Best Of-The Pixies
Thanks For Reading!


The Who By Numbers
The Who By Numbers
Price: 5.76

31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Who's Most Personal Album, 21 July 2004
This review is from: The Who By Numbers (Audio CD)
(Actual Rating- 4.5 Stars)
The Who By Numbers(1975). The Who's Eighth Album.
After the Massive Success of 'Who's Next' and 'Quadrophenia', The Who, instead of composing a Rock Opera or a Concept Album, decided to just Rock it out, and for that reason, some of
Townshend's most personal songwriting comes out to play. Pete Townshend chronicles his problems with alcohol ("However Much I Booze"), women ("Dreaming from the Waist" and "They Are All in Love"), and life in general. 'The Who By Numbers' was obviously a team effort, with Townshend's personal songwriting and guitar flair, Keith Moon's magnificent drumming, Roger Daltrey's sneering vocals, and John Enthwhistle's smooth basslines(The song "Success Story" is his shining moment here), The Who was ready to rock, and they succeeded well with 'The Who By Numbers'. Over time 'The Who By Numbers' has become a huge hit, going Platinum and spawning the major hit "Squeeze Box" and the minor hit "Slip Kid", showing it's legacy is still intact. So how does 'The Who By Numbers' measure up? Is it a dark moment in the Who's career, or a good one? Read on to find out!
Track Ratings-
Slip Kid- "Slip Kid" starts off 'The Who By Numbers' perfectly, as immediately Townshend's innocent keyboarding and Moon's drumming come on, and Daltrey's sarcastic vocals poke and
prod throughout behind Townshend's piercing guitar. "Slip Kid" is Classic Rock at its best.
However Much I Booze- "However Much I Booze" is Townshend's song, as his cheery vocals and acoustic guitar playing take center-stage. It's odd "However Much I Booze" is played so
happily, as the subject matter is so dark. Nevertheless "However Much I Booze" is an energetic acoustic rocker that won't fail to please.
Squeeze Box- "Squeeze Box" displays Townshend's sultry acoustic riff behind Daltrey's vocals that sound as if they are joking. "Squeeze Box" despite its short lenghth, is one of the Who's most classic songs, with a chorus and vocals to die for.
Dreaming From The Waist- "Dreaming From The Waist" mixes Enthwhistle and Townshend's bluesy beat, Keith Moon's perfectly on-the-mark drumming, and Daltrey's oddly angry vocals to
create an excellent bluesy rocker. Good guitarmanship and chorus!
Imagine A Man- "Imagine A Man" finds the Who doing a ballad, putting the main focus on Daltrey's oddly symphonic and soothing vocals behind a placid acoustic guitar beat, picking up
slightly for the chorus. A tad too slow, but not a terrible track. A pretty good track.
Success Story- "Success Story" finds Enthwhistle's oddly "Country Western" bassline complementing Daltrey's snivelling vocals, making "Success Story" a short but sweet gem.
They Are All In Love- "They Are All In Love" is a keyboard driven ballad, mixing heartbroken vocals courtesy Daltrey and soulful keyboarding. Great musicianship here makes "They Are All In Love" a great ballad. Contains Daltrey's famous "farting" noise!
Blue, Red, and Grey- "Blue, Red, and Grey" is a folk-inspired ballad, mixing Townshend's folk guitar with Daltrey's soulful vocals. "Blue, Red and Grey" is a folk ballad, and it comes out a little slow for me. Nonetheless excellent vocals from Daltrey.
How Many Friends- "How Many Friends" is a keyboard driven rocker, using Daltrey's betrayed vocals(Quite literally, this song's about being betrayed) to make "How Many Friends" a
memorable hard rocker that contains a great chorus!
In A Hand Or A Face- "In A Hand Or A Face" screams out the speaker with Townshend's piercing electric riff, but soon Daltrey's sneering vocals take center-stage behind the delicate
keyboarding. A great end to the album, "In A Face Or A Hand" is Classic Hard Rock at its best, using all of The Who to create an excellent song. Addictive chorus and guitar work!
The 1996 Remaster of 'The Who By Numbers' contains three Extra Tracks, which are Live versions of "Squeeze Box", "Behind Blue Eyes", and "Dreaming From The Waist". The Who have always been revered as a magnificent Live act, as 'Live At Leeds' will show, and these tracks are just icing on the cake, as they are magnificent versions that rival the studio cuts.
Overall, 'The Who By Numbers', while not being The Who's best, is nothing short of great, being only slightly blemished by "Imagine A Man" and "Blue, Red, And Grey", two ballads that drag on forever without much substance. After 'The Who By Numbers', The Who would record "Who Are You", before drummer Keith Moon tragically died, making 'The Who By Numbers' one of The Who's last and most professional albums.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR FANS OF CLASSIC ROCK AND THE WHO! OFTEN
OVERLOOKED IN THE WHO'S CATALOGUE, 'THE WHO BY NUMBERS' RIGHTFULLY BELONGS IN ANY CLASSIC ROCK OR WHO FAN'S COLLECTION!
Also Recommended-
Who's Next- The Who
Tommy- The Who
Who Are You?- The Who
Thanks For Reading!
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