August 28, 2015 |
I LOOK UP at the heavens every once in a while and ask: When will we see the end of this interminable deluge of movies about psycho serial-killer rapist creeps stalking, hunting and victimizing scantily clad, weeping, screaming, pleading women? The subgenre has produced a few classics, such as "Psycho," "I Spit on Your Grave" and "Baise-moi," but many, many more duds. That includes "Unsullied," the feature debut from NFL defensive end-turned-filmmaker Simeon Rice. Drafted in 1996 by the Arizona Cardinals, Rice, 41, played pro ball for 12 years before turning his attention to the entertainment industry, first as a hip-hop record producer.
December 18, 2014 |
THEY SAY a protection-from-abuse order is just a piece of a paper. For Valerie Morrow, it might as well have been her death certificate. Hours after the 40-year-old mother had obtained the order on Monday, the man she'd feared the most - Stephen Rozniakowski, an enraged Delaware County cop with a history of harassment - grabbed a gun, strapped on a bulletproof vest, kicked down the door to her Glenolden home, ran up the stairs and shot her, authorities...
November 4, 2014 |
DAVID WELLS has no problem telling it like it is. Or was. The former major league pitcher talked candidly about his dislike for late Reds owner Marge Schott in a taped appearance on YES Network's "CenterStage" last night. Wells spent only a half-season with the Reds in 1995, but dealing with Schott made it seem like an eternity. "[She] was psycho," Wells said of Schott. "She's nuts - cheap as can be. You had to go in, if you wanted a pair of socks or sleeves or stirrups, whatever it was, you had to go up in her office, and it was like a cave in there . . . you had to buy them from her. She taxed our meal money.
March 16, 2013 |
This week's new DVD releases take you to worlds of fantasy, filmmaking, and furry heroes. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, Grade B : A young woman is pulled into a magical world of acrobats and artists. The film uses a rather standard boy-meets-girl plot to take the audience on a fanciful journey to a land of acrobats and artists who look at gravity as more of a suggestion than a law. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away should be appreciated like an abstract painting. It's beautiful to look at, but it isn't fully appreciated until you add in your own ideas about what all of the images are trying to say. There are positive and negatives of bringing the stage performance to DVD. It opens up the stage show to an audience who may have never had the opportunity, or the finances, to see one of the live shows.
March 14, 2013 |
* BATES MOTEL. 10 p.m. Monday, A&E. "WE OWN a motel, Norman Bates!" crows Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) in Monday's premiere of A&E's "Bates Motel. " What could possibly go wrong? I spent decades avoiding "Psycho" - so that I could continue to take showers - and even I knew the answer to that one. I finally broke down last weekend and borrowed the 1960 classic from my amused, Hitchcock-loving son, who's never quite understood why "The Birds" traumatized me as a child.
November 30, 2012 |
IT'S OSCAR SEASON - time for another homage to the wonder of movies and the people who make them, people who also, coincidentally, vote for Oscars. This year's model is "Hitchcock," an offbeat romcom featuring Anthony Hopkins as the great director, who's working on his game-changing independent feature "Psycho" while trying to maintain a happy marriage to screenwriter wife Alma (Helen Mirren). The movie has offended film historians, who note that its account of the making of "Psycho" is greatly fabricated.
November 30, 2012 |
WHEN SACHA GERVASI premiered his new feature "Hitchcock" at the American Film Institute last month (see review on Page 36), it was strange sort of homecoming. "Hitchcock, famously, never won an Oscar, though he was nominated several times. But in 1979, the American Film Institute gave him its lifetime-achievment award, and everybody was there - Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant, all of his stars and friends, and it was a huge evening for him," Gervasi said. "And he said 'I share this award, as I have my life, with [wife]
November 25, 2012 |
Remember last Christmas Day? The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo , the David Fincher thriller that pivoted on acts of rape, murder, abduction, and torture, opened in theaters across the land - a heartwarming yuletide treat if ever there was one. This Noel? How about an ultraviolent Quentin Tarantino flick in which a brutalized slave goes searching for a band of psycho bounty hunters? Although there is some family-friendly fare making its way to the multiplexes between now and New Year's - the 3-D animated Dino Time , a 3-D-ized re-release of Pixar's Monsters, Inc. , and Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away - this holiday season looks to be pretty dark, bloody, brutal, provocative, and profane.
October 18, 2012 |
THE LAST time I found myself in a dressing room makeup chair was at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall in January 2010. That day, I was being transformed into a woman (cosmetically, that is) for a story headlined "Queen For A Day. " But on a recent early-fall Friday afternoon, the location was Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, N.J., and the assignment was infinitely more fun: Spend an hour or so as a "psycho clown" at Fright Fest, the popular theme park's annual, October-long Halloween event.
May 29, 2011
What You See in the Dark By Manuel Muñoz Algonquin Books. 272 pp. $23.95. Reviewed by John Shortino Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is a famously unsettling film: The sudden act of violence in the first act disorients the audience, adding an undercurrent of menace to every scene that follows. Manuel Muñoz's first novel, What You See in the Dark , takes a cue from Hitchcock's film, with a dark twist early in the book that adds a layer of dread and impending violence to the stories of four women in the town of Bakersfield, Calif., where scenes from Psycho are being filmed.