Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in BATES MOTEL

Will you check in to the ‘Bates Motel’?

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in BATES MOTEL

Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in BATES MOTEL (Image Credit: Joe Lederer Copyright 2011)

On March 18th A&E will premiere its new drama series, Bates Motel, which serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.  As you can imagine, it revolves around Norman Bates and his mother, Norma who buys the motel after a tragic incident.  The Daily Quirk was privy to a press screener of the premiere episode courtesy of A&E and it certainly did not disappoint this Hitchcock fanatic.  The series decided not to take us back to the 60’s when the original movie was made, instead it takes a pseudo retro style with the costuming of mother and son.  Additionally, the infamous house behind the motel also serves as a flashback but the townspeople and modern electronics do pop up to remind us that they are living in the new millennia.

Continue reading

Movie Review: ‘Hitchcock’

Anthony Hopkins as “Alfred Hitchcock" on the set of HITCHCOCK (Image Credit: Suzanne Tenner/FOX)

Anthony Hopkins as “Alfred Hitchcock” on the set of HITCHCOCK (Image Credit: Suzanne Tenner/FOX)

I finally made it out to see Hitchcock this past weekend but made the mistake of watching The Girl only a few days beforehand.  This led me to inevitably compare and contrast the two stories while I was watching.  Nonetheless, I will spare you the details of those comparisons.  Although the title indicates a focus on the auteur, there was a lot more focus on his wife, Alma Reville, than I anticipated.  Not that I was disappointed, in fact, I have taken Hitchcock classes and studied his films in schools but little was ever written about the significant influence Alma had on his work.  Continue reading