This week's Saturday Night Special is a Roman Polanski film titled "The Ninth Gate." It was released in 1999, and starred Johnny Depp! You know I never planned on doing movies this new, and then I realized that what I think is new, is now 22 years old.
A lot of people think if you watch enough movies, you'll get smarter, but it's not really working for me! I regularly watch stuff like The Three Stooges or "Burn Notice," and probably shouldn't even be watching films like this where you have to actually think! Hence the age olde question, should entertainment be mentally painful?
So.............Pull my finger, and you just might find out!
"The Ninth Gate" pits Frank Langella as Boris Balkan vs. Johnny Depp as a guy named Dean Corso.
Supposedly there are only three copies of a ancient book in existence, and Boris owns one and wants Dean to find out if the other two are legit or not, and he's willing to pay him a lot of cash to do it!
To say that Roman Polanksi has a sketchy past is a bit of an understatement, but there's no denying that the man has an incredible eye, and has made some great films. His "Chinatown" is a real fave of mine!
Dean Corso starts noticing that some of the plates in the books are different. Why nobody noticed before is anybody's guess. If they had, there wouldn't be much of a story!
These two plates are so radically different, it's extra difficult to believe nobody ever saw the differences before!
The women in the movie are an odd lot! There's the Girl from Where, and the dead Baroness, or is it Memorex?
This is a large assemblage of creeps you're never going to know anything about, except that they are a bunch of freakin' devil worshiping weirdos!
"The Ninth Gate" was shot in Spain, Portugal, and France, and has some really beautiful scenery in it!
I believe this is the Château de Puivert in Aude, France.
At this point, Dean Corso's problems are nowhere close to being over! More pain needs to be inflicted first!