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From a "Berserk" fan
A fascinating fresco painted in blood. I discovered this movie thanks to the Berserk manga as I learned that Kentaro Miura was inspired by this movie. It certainly was. We are dragged into the Middle Ages (what I believe is closest) not simply by the setting and costumes, but also by the way the story proceeds and the way of thinking and acting of the characters. Everything seems so distant from the common moral canons but in a disorienting way. The gaze that the director offers us is amoral, not immoral. Fun to watch. Good acting. So much in an unpretentious movie.
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
I was not a fan of the sci-fi genre...until I saw "Andromeda Strain"
This movie taught me what the sci-fi genre is about. The atmosphere is already striking from the opening credits and the soundtrack. A different kind of atmosphere that I have not found in other movies of the genre. I would call it "pure sci-fi". Despite being from 1971, it is one of the most exciting "science and technology" experiences I've ever seen in a movie. Yes, old transistors, test tubes, microscopes ... tangible things that you don't struggle to identify as plausible. Scientists look like ... scientists, middle-aged, non-athletic people, each one with his humanity but not particularly concerned with personal matters (what a relief). These assumptions make the fantastical components of the story more engaging. A pleasant discovery.
Smart and affectionate remake
A sincere and silent tribute to the master. Screenplay and editing are almost identical to the original (very few differences in the setting, cultural gap..). The game works much better if you have seen Hitchcock's "Psycho" before. The director Gus Van Sant highlights his creative vein with the use of tonal gradations. Great performance by Vince Vaughn, certainly the original Norman Bates remains inimitable, but this is also the point of the whole movie: even if you do it exactly the same, putting your talent in it, it is not possible to equal that masterpiece. Very enjoyable.