1998 – Psycho

★★☆☆☆ USA. 1h44m. Horror. Directed by Gus Van Sant. Written by Joseph Stefano (screenplay) and Robert Bloch (“Psycho”). Cinematography by Christopher Doyle. Edited by Amy E. Duddleston. Music by Bernard Herrmann, Danny Elfman, Steve Bartek. Starring Anne Heche, Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, William H. Macy.

A modern remake of the 1960 film of the same name directed by Alfred Hitchcock, in which an embezzler arrives at an old motel run by an insane killer named Norman Bates. Both films are adapted from Robert Bloch’s 1959 novel of the same name.

2008 – Wanted

★★★☆☆ USA / Germany / Russia. 1h50m. Action. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Written by Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Chris Morgan (screenplay) and Michael Brandt, Derek Haas (story) and Mark Millar, J.G. Jones (“Wanted”). Cinematography by Mitchell Amundsen. Edited by David Brenner. Music by Danny Elfman. Starring James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Thomas Kretschmann, Common, Konstantin Khabensky, Marc Warren, Dato Bakhtadze, Terence Stamp.

Wesley Gibson (McAvoy), a frustrated account manager, discovers that he is the son of a professional assassin and decides to join the Fraternity, the secret society in which his father worked.