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Secret Window (2004)
Good First Two Acts, Then It Loses Itself
I am, admittedly, not a major fan of Johnny Depp but I do respect his good roles. I love John Turturro. And this movie had great performances turned in by both. The directing is solid, as is the writing (with the except of one or two very weak lines.) The movie is impressive for the bulk of the movie, but then it instantly dumps itself with the third act twist. This is not the filmmaker's fault by any means, it is purely Stephen King's. The story they're basing the movie on also has a great buildup to an awful end. Still, worth seeing, even if you're groaning your way through the last 10 minutes.
7 out of 10
The Debt (1993)
I enjoy short movies, so I specially tuned in to IFC to watch The Debt. I was completely unimpressed. It was in the obligatory black and white of indie shorts. It tried to maintain a style of retro-metro, much like Pulp Fiction did, only not done well. The story was just confusing, and for such a basic one, it leads me to believe it just wasn't told well. The directing was nothing out of the ordinary, although sometimes that isn't a bad thing, this was just bland.