Eric’s Bad Movies & What’s the Big Deal? – March 3

So a friend of mine, for reasons known only to him, watched “Texas Chainsaw Massacre II” not long ago, and told me it would be suitable for Eric’s Bad Movies. I believed him. However, I knew that there were two more theatrical sequels in that franchise, and that if I didn’t want to cover all of them (which I didn’t) I should probably choose the worst one. These things generally get worse as they go, so I went with the fourth and final installment, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.” If parts 2 and 3 are worse than this, they are very bad indeed. I know they don’t have the combination of Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey, though.

For What’s the Big Deal?, I wrote about “Days of Heaven,” a 1978 film by Terrence Malick that’s well known for its gorgeous cinematography. It stars Richard Gere, who was 32 years younger when he appeared in that than he was when he appeared in “Brooklyn’s Finest,” which opens Friday. My point is that Richard Gere is now very old.