Monday, December 28, 2009
Best played-down performance, ever. DeNiro is a bit of a dolt, but Stallone more than makes up for it. I highly recommend checking out Cop Land if you haven't already.
Henry Thomas (ELIOT!) is quite good as the young Norman Bates in Psycho 4, The Beginning. Now, none of you Hitchcock purists need to get all up in my face about this, I'm not saying it's cinematic quality, but it is definitely cheese quality. I, for one, LOVE horror movie sequels, well, classic ones anyway. I first saw this business when it came out on HBO, maybe in the year 1988? Janet Leigh introduced it; it was very exciting for my brother and me. We also **thoroughly** enjoyed the previous two sequels, so we were pretty easy sells. There was an element this time around, now that I'm a mother myself, of sheer DISGUST at how Mother Bates (although being very caricatured about it) treated him, and how their twisted relationship almost stirred something emotional in me, especially as the young Master Bates is propping his strychnine-poisoned mother into the rocking chair to finish out her last breaths. Reliving it with the corpse in the rocker was a little more comical than emotional, but you get the point. Ahhhh! The Bates house is on fire! The shot at the end full on looks like a bad painting, but hey. I still had a good time.