kis·met \ˈkiz-ˌmet, -mət\ - noun; often capitalized
1. fate.
"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language.
That may be the measure of our lives." - Toni Morrison

"Growing up Southern is a privilege, really. It's more than where you're born; it's an idea and state of mind that seems imparted at birth. It's more than loving fried chicken, sweet tea, football, and country music. It’s being hospitable, devoted to front porches, magnolias, moon pies, coca-cola... and each other. We don't become Southern - we're born that way." - Unknown

20 June 2009

a movie review: remakes are usually bad ideas

Psycho is one of my favorite movies. It is genius. Hitchcock is brilliant.
{and i'm convinced that after you've seen it once, it's infinitely scarier every time after that because you already know what's happening}
if you've ever seen it, you know what i'm talking about

The almost verbatim, scene for scene 1998 remake is not so brilliant.
Here's why:
1. it's in color, and the color is all wrong
2. Vince Vaughn is nowhere near the caliber of Anthony Perkins
3. The rest of the casting is just odd
4. Vince Vaughn is not a believable Norman Bates
5. ditto to number four {i don't think i can stress that point enough}

What on Earth was Vince Vaughn doing in this movie? His performance almost lends itself the feel of a parody on Norman Bates, who, when portrayed by Anthony Perkins, is quite possibly the most frightening villain there is. For a better explanation that I can give on Vaughn's performance faux pas, read the last three paragraphs of this.

tampering with perfection doesn't usually work out so well

1 comment:

lotusgirl said...

I never saw the remake, but I can't imagine Vaughn as Norman Bates. He doesn't have the edge that someone would need to play that role. Perkins was amazing in it.