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Hitch at his best...a preview of things to come
Having grown-up in the late 70's and early 80's watching such "scary movies" as "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Holloween" and of course "Friday the 13th", I thought I knew what scary was, that is until I saw Psycho.
Psycho was the only movie that truly scared me, because something like that could really happen. :::::Spoiler coming:::::
Let's face it Norman Bates was Ted Bundy, the Hillside Strangler and the Son of Sam all wrapped up in a neat little albeit warped package! He was a serial killer before there was such a thing in mainstream media...I even wonder if there was such a term as "serial killer" when the movie was filmed, (if anyone knows please let me know).
A young woman stops at a roadside motel to spend the night, she meets an unassuming shy and attractive young man. She checks into her room and she takes her last shower. But the question is who kills her, is it Norman or his mother? Regardless of who it is, the point is that what happen isn't as far farfetched as hockey mask wearing madman or a halloween mask wearing escapee from a mental hospital, stalking his sister, Norman is really the boogie man. He is what goes bump in the night, he is the stranger that your mother told you not to get into his car! However unlike Bundy and the others, you actually find yourself feeling sorry for Norman Bates, he he truly tortured and definetely psychotic, but you really want to know why he is in such a state, what drove him to madness and then ultimately murder.
Psycho was a rude awakening for movie audiences in the 60's, it was a lost of innocence. How appropriate that a movie that started off the 60's was a preview of things to come...the murders of Martin, Bobby, John, Malcom and Medger. The Vietnam War, the civil rights movement and race riots in Los Angeles and Detroit. I may be over-simplifying things but if you step back and take a look I may not be too far off.
I just got back from seeing Harry Potter and I must say...what an improvement! The acting was better, the graphics were better and the new additions of Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart and Jason Issacs as Lucius Malfoy...what casting! I didn't know until this morning that he was playing Draco dad's and as soon as I realized, well anyone that saw him in the Patriot knows why.
The movie was much darker then the first so I wouldn't recommed it for anyone under the age of 11, unless the child is very mature for their age. I am looking forward to seeing the third installment eventhough it is going to be hard to replace Richard Harris, he will be missed.
All in all I enjoyed the movie and I would recommend it.
Mamet Does It Again
I became a fan of David Mamet when I rented "House of Games" on video after it was reviewed on Siskel and Ebert(yes I actually paid attention to what they said...Ebert not Siskel). It really doesn't matter how I came across Mamet, all that matters is that I did.
After watching "Heist" on DVD the other night I am sure of two things, I will never miss a theatrical release of another of his films and like a fine wine he just gets better with time.
I found the dialogue amazing, sometimes it was a bit overdone but so what. Delroy Lindo and Gene Hackman were amazing, those two should give lessons on what it is to be a pro! Ricky Jay was his usual cool self, Danny DeVito well was Danny and Ms Pidgeon was her usual sly and if I am not mistaken was the first time that I actually saw her use her sex appeal in a movie...I didn't recognize her at first, damn it is amazing what some make-up and a hair cut will do!
If you are a fan of Mr. Mamet...then rent this video or to save time just go out and buy it...you will wind up doing it anyway. I did!