Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Who Played It Best? Norman Bates

Do you believe its cool when stuff gets remade? Or do you think it is Hollywood telling us they are out of ideas?
I have never understood the need to remake every cool thing that happens nowadays, especially when there are independent filmmakers tearing it up on a regular basis who deserve to be better-known than they are. I would certainly say that I am not apposed to remakes, I just wish they were more than they ever amount to. To me, the best possible idea for a remake would be to remake a movie that wasn't so universally embraced, and see if there is anything that could make the film better. No movie is perfect in my book, but why the need to remake a classic after it has already been deemed a classic? Because of its unrelenting fan base? Seems like a waste of time and money, if you ask me. "Last Action Hero" was a Arnold Schwarzenegger movie from the 1990's. It was about a kid who got a golden movie ticket, and through the ticket, he was transported to the realm of movies. That seemed like a the coolest idea for a five-year-old movie addict like myself. But even at five years old, I could smell the squandered opportunity on that one. With a premise like the one "Last Action Hero" presented, why would the whole movie revolve around the boy running around telling everybody he saw that they were in a movie?
Better question, why would anybody try to out-Hitchock Alfred Hitchcock?
Yep, as crazy as its sounds. A 1998 remake of "Psycho" was unleased to the public, starrying Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates.
Who did it better, Anthony Perkins or Vince Vaughn?
Honestly, this isn't even a debate.
The 1998 remake of "Psycho" gave a ridiculous new definition of the word remake. Everything that happened in the movie was copied from Hitchcock's film, frame by frame. There was no new insight, no new routes, no new creative ideas. Watch both the Hitchcock film and the 1998 film next to each other, and the only difference is that one is in color and one is awesome. Vince Vaughn was all wrong for Norman Bates, but at the time, so was Anthony Perkins. But stack the two performances together, and it isn't a contest. Unless you are a fan of Freddie Highmore's portrayal on TV's "Bates Hotel." (Its not that I am NOT a fan, I just haven't had a chance to see the show at all, it is on my to-do list, I assure you.) Then I foresee Perkins being the clear-cut winner.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comment section below or email me ( You have until next Wednesday to vote for your favorite Norman Bates.
Last week, our first ever showdown between a Television AND a Movie portrayal took off last week. It featured Jack Torrance from Stephen King's "The Shining" Guess who won...
As you can see, he loved it

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