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I May Destroy You
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Michael Chrichton is perhaps best well known as the writer of the novel Jurassic Park, but with Westworld fans of the former can see an extreme turning of playful scenes to sheer terror.
Alfred Hitchcock was once interviewed saying that good horror is like a roller-coaster ride, which epitomises Westworld. Although the suspense is not of the same calibre as Mr Hitchcock's films, the suspense comes from not knowing how bad everything will go.
After a computer virus begins to overtake the machines, we reach the sixty minute mark of which the films suspense provide enough build up to transition to a terrifying horror film. Immediately disposing of main character[s], the film shows the viewers that no character is safe.
Although criticised, the sixty minute mark is both bold and perfect for this movie to transition into Yul Brynner as a terminator archetype.
For me, the film compares to great horror films: The Thing, Terminator and Halloween.
"I didn't know if dream was becoming reality or, reality becoming a dream" perfectly represents the self-conscious philosophy of Les Nouvelles Vagues.
Modern movies continue to take notes on Jean Luc Godard's work which revels in the art of cinema. Delightful and thought-provoking, "Bande a Part" executes the simple home-invasion movie with distinct style and freshness which still holds up to this day.
Perhaps the most iconic scene occurs at the midpoint of the film in which the characters joyfully dance the "Madison". A scene which has strong resemblance to that of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction". In fact, the writer-director famously named his production company "A Band Apart" as homage to the film.
Immediately introducing the voice-over of the character Franz, the audience are made aware that they are watching a movie, epitomising the Auteur theory which began during Les Nouvelles Vagues.
Like other Godard films, "Bande a Part" is a film which I will continue to recommend to anyone interested in movies. Simply put, it's one of the best films ever made.