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UPDATED September 15, 2003
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(2003), R -- Massie has some skeletons in the closet... .
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Cold Creek Manor Productions, Red Mullet Productions, Touchstone Pictures
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Pictures
Director(s): Mike Figgis
Producer(s): Mike Figgis, Richard Jefferies, Lata Ryan, Annie Stewart
Written by: Richard Jefferies
Cinematography/Camera: Declan Quinn
Music: Mike Figgis
Film Editing: Dylan Tichenor
Casting: Robin D. Cook
Production Design: Leslie Dilley
Art Direction: Peter Grundy
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Copper and Leah Tilson (Dennis Quiad and Sharon Sotne) are fed up with big city life. Copper is a tired filmmaker. Leah is a business force to be reckoned with. Indeed, one business exec "reckons" her into bed with him (off screen) in exchange for a VP position [Mark 7:21], a part that could have been completely deleted with no impact whatsoever.
Copper and Leah haul the kids, Kristen (Kristen Stewart) and Jesse (Ryan Wilson) to Cold Creek Manor in Bellingham, NY. Cold Creek Manor is a stately home fallen into disrepair, but they get it and all the contents in it. Soon, the son, Dale Massie (Stephen Dorff) of the ex-owner of Cold Creek Manor (Christopher Plummer) appears in the manor, standing there as if he was part of the furnishings. After the initial shock to the Tilsons, Massie announces he used to live here: that he is the ex-owner and that Cooper now has all of his stuff, suggesting he wants it back but admits Cooper now owns it. All of it. Tension begins as Cooper finds from the leavings in the house pictures that show that Massie was a husband and a father of two children who have never been found.
Additional [vulgar] pictures found imply to Cooper that Massie is a sexual predator whose wife was quite embittered against him. The pictures were ostensibly with Massie behind the camera taking impolite pictures of his wife in inconvenient moments. Massie's performance with his girlfriend, Ruby (Juliette Lewis) augmented Cooper's impression that Massie was a sexual predator as did Massie's apparent sexual interest in Cooper's 14 year old daughter, Kristen ... another part that could have been completely left out without any loss of story continuity.
Massie also announces he just got out of jail for some traffic manslaughter charge and is looking for a job. Massie says he knows the house better than anyone else in such a way as to imply he has unspoken reasons for being there. All the style of a Hitchcockian thriller builds due to the success of director Mike Figgis to impart the necessary properties of a whodunit thriller. Cooper, being the Samaritan he was, agrees to let Massie be a fixer-upper for the house. A bad decision. Massie has some skeletons in the closet -- err -- in the Devil's Throat. [Eccl. 8:11]
But that is all the plot I will spoil. Now to the main reason most of you visit us.
Foul language is a serious issue with Cold Creek Manor. Nineteen uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary plus 17 uses of the most foul of the foul words including the insulting form of it. There is only one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive but 11 uses without it, six times by a teen girl. Since each use of God's name in vain is a sin, letting children use God's name in vain (which includes in the three-syllable sentence with God's name trailing it) invokes Luke 17:2 as well as Duet 5:11.
There is intercourse in this film between Massie and Ruby though it be masked by convenience objects. However hidden it my legalistically appear, the wrecking of the Venetian blinds, the sounds, and the activity mannerisms make it clear what is happening between the unmarried couple. [1Cor. 7:2] Even if they were actually married in real life, it would be just as inappropriate when displayed for 200 million viewers. Other issues of sexual immorality include, in addition to those noted above, still photo nudity, sexual harassment, teen girls in very skimpy swim wear and other issues challenging wholesome morality. [Gal. 5:19, Ps. 12:8]
The listing in the Findings/Scoring section provides all that was noted.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|