The movie that had a greater effect on the bathroom habits of its audience than any other has just turned fifty.
I’m of course talking about Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
This movie is a generational chiller. My mother saw it in the theater when my father was off doing his national guard service, and had to go home to her mother because she couldn’t stand sleeping alone. I saw it on TV, and tried to take my shower without closing the curtain for weeks. My husband can do a killer impersonation of Anthony Perkins smile in the very last scene. I have forbidden him to use this particular talent when I’m in the room.
I love animation. I especially love animation by people who know how to work with all its possibilities and absurdities.
I’d heard that a project was afoot for an animated movie based on The Book of Kells, one of the worlds most beautiful illuminated manuscripts, and I was really looking forward to it. I expected to be impressed, maybe even amazed if I was lucky.
I did not expect to be so utterly charmed.
First, let me say, I never read the book, and still haven’t, but I understand the movie has really next to nothing to do with it, except for the edible weather.
That said, I enjoyed this, and my seven-year-old adored it.
It has unusually good plotting for a kid’s action flick, fine voice acting, good gags, both sight and otherwise, and a greater than usual amount of suspense at the end. I was expecting the commentary on over-eating and there’s the usual Be True to Yourself and Your Parents Really Do Love You messages, but I DIDN’T expect commentary on immigration, environmentalism and the beauty culture. It also has one of the best on-screen portrayals of a geek I’ve ever seen. I KNEW this guy.
Amusing light fare if you’re seeing seeing your cartoons on your own these days. It’s also a painless way to spend a rainy afternoon with the kids if you need to get them out of the house, although you will have to sit through the trailer for The Princess and the Frog again.
So, last night, we got the sitter and my DH and I went off to see STAR TREK.
When I first heard about the impending reboot, I was worried. Extremely worried. In fact, I was torn between annoyed (so, like, nobody’s got any NEW ideas?) and frightened (they’re going to SO screw up my favorite show!).
But, then I started watching the trailers posted over at BookSpot Central and first I began to hope. Then, I began to get excited.
And it really lived up to both my hopes and my expectations.
The new actors really nailed their parts. The writing was excellent and clearly the people responsible for the script got what was important for both the original series, and a successful reboot. The action was first rate, the dialogue was snappy, of course the special effects were wonderful.
I grew up on the original series (and watched the first two spin-offs religiously), so I can’t say whether this will bring new viewers, but for me, it was a lot of fun and well worth the ticket price.