I like to call it Mid-Term Melancholy (MTM for short) because it generally arrives around week 5 or 6 of the first and fourth Term; it gives everyone license to act like a sack of shit and makes the drive to get out of bed on a work day incredibly challenging.
It's just far too early in the Term to start heading for the light at the end of the tunnel because you're at the point of no return - the middle mark. It is too busy to make good plans and it is just plain risky and pretty socially unacceptable to admit out loud that you actually have MTM for fear of being beaten down by a colleague that clearly has much larger problems than your own.
It is probably worth noting that you don't have to work in a school environment to suffer from MTM, in fact people that haven't stepped foot in a school for years appear to get it too. Maybe because their douche-bag kids have it and brought it home with them to spread around. Who knows? Who cares?
In the words of Ben Lee, I want a TV embrace.
Release Date: 1960
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 109 mins
Gus Van Sant had an unnecessary try at remaking this classic in 1988, firstly I will never understand why he did that, and secondly it wasn't nearly as good as the black and white original. Stylishly directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this horror/mystery has enough seedy goings on to sate anyone's need for a creeping out. This movie is now considered to be the best work that Hitchcock ever produced and has been praise as a work of cinematic art by film scholars and international film critics.
The film centres on an encounter between an embezzling secretary (Janet Leigh) and a disturbed motel owner (Anthony Perkins) named Norman. At the secluded Bates Hotel, things are certainly not as they seem and Norman 's penchant for taxidermy and his relationship with his mother are all pretty odd to say the least.
Black and white can't even hinder the blood red effects of that shower scene! If you haven't been to the Bate's Motel yet, you really need to check yourself in, it's a hell of a stay!
FINAL SAY: We all go a little mad sometimes, haven't you?
4.5 Chili Peppers