It’s Mother’s Day, which means it’s time for all of us to take time out and pay tribute to the ones who brought us into this world. But what to do? The Boston area is full of wonderful ideas to make sure your mother has a lovely day. You could take her on a walk through the Public Garden. You could treat her to lunch at Legal Seafood. You could dig up her corpse, stuff it, and have lengthy conversations in which she convinces you to murder female travelers. Or you could buy her flowers. So many possibilities!
For the past several years, the Brattle Theatre has celebrated Mother’s Day with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s oedipal masterpiece PSYCHO. If your mom can stomach a little violence (along with a dollop of potentially uncomfortable subtext), why not take her out to celebrate her day with Norman Bates and his best friend? Hell, even if your mom isn’t around, is there ever a bad time to watch PSYCHO? If nothing else, it will help stave off your BATES MOTEL withdrawals. Oh, and just in case your dad gets jealous of all the fun, tell him not to worry: this year, the Brattle will be following it up with a Father’s Day screening of THE SHINING. He’s earned it; he always did work too hard.
PSYCHO (1960) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30
Brattle Theatre (40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138)
$10 ($8 for matinee screenings)