notmypresident: (Scream and Scream Again)
Shout! Factory is a boutique video company that (primarily) licenses and then releases titles which the big homevideo companies have not themselves released. Corporations have no interest in anything but profits, so it's up to companies like Shout! to give consumers who want "secondary" titles released on DVD and/or Blu-ray. A lot of the time, Shout! is at the mercy of whatever materials the studios deem "good enough," and so not all of the prints are in pristine condition. Occasionally, Shout! will expend its own resources to remaster titles themselves. They also go all-out for the deluxe editions, including as many supplementary materials as possible. Scream Factory is a releasing branch of Shout! that specializes in horror films. The folks in charge of Scream are super-dedicated and have brought many titles to the market which otherwise would never have seen the light of day.

Which is a rather long-winded introduction to my having watched one of their deluxe titles last night, Psycho II. Once you get over the notion that Psycho is a movie that should never have been given a sequel, it's easy to appreciate Psycho II. It's not a great work of art, but it was crafted by people who not only loved the original movie but who managed to put together a decent premise that is nicely played. The film picks up 20 years after the end of Psycho as Norman Bates is released from incarceration in a mental institution. Some folks aren't happy with this turn of events, and soon the bodies begin to pile up. Is Norman up to his old tricks or is there something else at play? While the trick ending seems a bit out of left field and the reshoots to insert instances of graphic violence feel forced and not at all in keeping with the general feel of the film, Psycho II is an admirable job by people who were given a sow's ear and asked to make a silk purse out of it.

Now it's time for Another Hot Guy.

notmypresident: (Fear Trump)
I agree with those pointing out how it's well past time for the current "leaders" of the Democratic party to step down. They are ineffectual in the extreme. Nancy Pelosi as the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives hasn't accomplished squat and is incapable of taking the bold steps that will help refresh the party. As for her counterpart in the Senate, Charles Schumer? Every time he attempts to lambast Republican parties it's as if he's asleep at the wheel and addressing the local PTA. If there is no passion in its leaders, how can Democrats be expected to whip themselves into shape to combat Republicans in 2018? What's needed are leaders less versed in making G-rated, feel-good speeches that demonstrate how Democrats always "take the high road" and who are instead more interested in tearing down the Trump administration. It's not going to happen with Pelosi or Schumer or any of the many other Old Guards.

I, for one, nominate Senator Angus King, one of the only people willing to push back during his work with the Intelligence Commission. How refreshing was that???

Now for Another Hot Guy.