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What was writer/director Jay Anania not thinking?
Winona Ryder portrays a playwright who is apparently going insane. How much is in her mind? What's real and what's not? Has she been drugged? Or not? Many possibilities are suggested, but we never really learn any answers. I suppose that's meant to be profound?
THE LETTER has many closeups, and even extreme closeups. Yes, Winona Ryder looks lovely in her closeups. If you want a collection of Ryder images for your screensaver, then this is the DVD for you. But if you want a film that's entertaining, or even coherent, you must look elsewhere.
As in many of her past films, Ryder: 1. Does voiceovers, 2. Plays a writer, 3. Plays a Crazy Girl.
Alas, ever since her excellent Girl, Interrupted, Ryder's too often been typecast as The Crazy Girl. She sometimes plays other types (e.g., the also excellent When Love Is Not Enough), but isn't often enough given the chance.
And what an awful title -- THE LETTER. So generic. The IMDB lists 28 films titled THE LETTER just since 2006.
THE LETTER actually reminded me of the much better Nightmares (Totally Uncut & Uncensored), a 1980 slasher film, because NIGHTMARES is set amid a really bad, pretentious play, much like that in THE LETTER. Except that NIGHTMARES parodies the sort of pretentiousness found in THE LETTER.Read more ›
I bought this movie by accident ... rather, I chose not to return it when it arrived in the mail instead of the Bette Davis movie of the same title I thought I had ordered. It looked interesting so I kept it, and finally I decided to give it a viewing. Too bad I opened the package, thereby sabotaging my opportunity to return it...
Still, there are intriguing ideas contained within this mess of a movie... if only writer/director Jay Anania had figured out how to clearly convey what he wanted to say, and had made more of an effort at plotting (and given it the serious shot of adrenaline it needed)... there is a fascinating picture struggling to be released from this footage! Although I can't recommend this work, I have to admit that I couldn't stop watching. I was waiting for something to happen that made sense, and I think I got at least a portion of the idea, but it was too little, too late. This was a tragic waste of talent, because it's all on display here: good acting, gorgeous photography and appropriately moody music. But the sum did not equal the promise of the parts.
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I liked this movie but it took a while for me to process all of it. Upon reflection of it I like it very much. I think the acting is superb and the cast was very good. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Marina Lemar
SCOPOLAMINE POISONING! TWILIGHT SLEEP! BUTOH DANCE!
I loved this movie. I wish they had stuck to the original title "THE STARE" though, it would have made more sense. Read more
This is a wonderful film that is not for everyone. I would think that it's niche would be actors
and other artist who would have insight into the creative process. Read more
This movie is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to con money out of fans. And it worked! I paid $1.20 to rent this piece of crap from Redbox. The strategy was simple. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by subwuufer
This film seemed as though favours were being called in. I read that the director was one of James Franco's teachers and I can think of no other reason why this mess was made. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by a deanite
I didnt dislike this movie but i didnt love it. i'd say i'd watch it again to get a better understanding but i dont want to....ever.Published on December 2, 2012 by MARTINA MARTINEZ
So we waited, and waited, but about a half hour into this gave up. Boring. Always. Not one interesting scene or conversation. So painful .Published on November 23, 2012 by James Kerr