Sometimes, on saturday afternoons, I am a cheap bastard. When that happens, I go to the Electric.
The Electric is an old cinema, that shows two movies (usually 6-month old releases) for $4.50.
That´s 4.50 as in pesos. Roughly 1.5 Euros. As I said, on saturday aternoons, I am a cheap bastard.
The programmer there is probably a crotchety old geezer who has seen 89000 movies in fity years, but the pairings he comes up with are a thing o beauty.
Right now, you can see Secret Window with Taking Lifes. Or Hidalgo with a Denzel Washington movie. Or Startsky & Hutch with Master and Commander (!?!)
I chose the first menu, armed myself with a radioactive-yellow drink called Pomelo Neuss, and prepared to see Mr. Depp get weird.
I had read rather bad reviews of both movies, and was surprised to like both of them.
I must confess I have read almost everything Stephen King published (noone has read everything he publishe, including him), and liked, when younger, a lot of it. I hadn´t read this one, though.
It´s a unusual movie. The opening through-the-mirror shot is damn good, and makes lots of sense in the end.
Depp is a disturbed individual. Here he plays a crazed person.
It features Angelina Jolie´s naked breasts. That´s an automatic two-star movie at least. It´s also not a bad thriller, although it has enough plot holes to drive a truck into them.
The double feature (spoilers)
Amazingly, both movies are about the same subject. In one, a man contains two souls, in another, a soul so dislikes his human vessel, it reformats it into others through murder.
The clinical term for the first case is schizophrenia, for the second there isn´t one because it only exists in fiction.
The idea of a person loathing himself so much he wishes to become someone else appears for example in Les Miserables. Here we have Jean Valjean as a psycho.
Jean Valjean is shown goodness by a priest, and decides to become good, and he becomes a respected man, then he is shown evil in law, and becomes a father, and a fugitive.
Here, the assassin is shown contempt by his mother, and becomes a hermit crab, changin human shells, becoming someone else for a few years at a time, over and over.
And Javert is played by Jolie, looking damn good in discrete white blouses and black suits (she should keep dressing that way).
In Secret Window Depp is harassed by himself, and ends the movie by embracing his other personality, and is, in the end, thoroughly happy with himself.
As you can see, the characters in both movies are victims of self-esteem issues, of different kinds.
I am writing this on a public computer, and the keyboard is sticky. In particular, the d often fails. So, some letters may be missing.