Screen Junkies » Silence of the Lambs http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:32:16 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 NBC Picking Up ‘Hannibal’ In What Is Clearly A Cry For Help http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nbc-picking-up-hannibal-in-what-is-clearly-a-cry-for-help/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nbc-picking-up-hannibal-in-what-is-clearly-a-cry-for-help/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 18:36:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245425 I hope you like your violence watered-down and insinuated!

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Look everyone! NBC still seems to think it’s a movie studio from 1994!

Having obviously failed to check the ratings of its current mid-season show, The Firm, NBC is back at it again, this time picking up 13 episodes of Hannibal, based on the Thomas Harris (The Silence of the Lambs) novel that follows around the sociopathic killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

Never mind that the series has been more or less beaten into the ground with Red Dragon and Hannibal Rises, and never mind that it’s on NBC, where the violent and language and Anthony Hopkins and everything that made the stories great won’t be allowed. Wait. No. Definitely DO mind those things. Because those are all the reasons this will be crappy.

Then there’s the matter of casting Hannibal. Who would play the monster that is now deeply entrenched in Anthony Hopkins’ canon?

Probably Ted Danson, right?

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Can ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Live Up To These 6 Book-To-Film Adaptations? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/can-the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-live-up-to-these-6-book-to-film-adaptations/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/can-the-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-live-up-to-these-6-book-to-film-adaptations/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:00:25 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239923 The lesson here? Only read when you absolutely have to.

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While in many instances, comparing films adaptations to their books is often a fools errand (as comparing media is like comparing apples and elephants) it’s interesting to see how a film can own the premise that a book presents and seemingly keep it as its own. These films are no longer considered “adaptations,” and probably haven’t been since before their release. Though they are of course, adapted works, they have so resolutely defined themselves outside of the context of the source material that they might as well be independent works.

This may come across as an implicit slam of the novels’ authors, seeing as how theei work has been eclipsed. Make no mistake, their work HAS been eclipsed, but I happen to view them as partial authors of a bigger story, one that couldn’t be told as well without the stirring visuals that a film production can provide. Though, the fact that I had read all of these books after seeing the movies surely taints that perception.

This list stems from consideration of the upcoming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation by David Fincher, who I find to be a director capable of owning his movies, whatever the source. While no one will ever argue that the book is an all-time great, Fincher always preserves the possibility that it could be the foundation for an all-time great film.

Fight Club

I’ve always felt if you’ve read one Chuck Palahniuk book, you’ve read them all. Perhaps I felt this way because I read about four over a two week span, getting all the details confused and conflated. Fight Club is hardly a distinct work in Palahniuk’s catalog, but it’s a testament to David Fincher and the cast to see just how insulated they make the nihilistic tale feel. Fincher has a way of making the unremarkable remarkable, as he recently did with The Social Network. Stories of internet startups aren’t supposed to be that captivating.

To see someone build on a writer’s irreverence and creativity, see Fight Club. To see them do nothing with it, watch Choke, a limp adaptation of a later Palahniuk work.

The Shining

Sure, Stephen King did a great job with this haunting tale, killing an entire forest of trees to craft the chilling story of a family in isolation, trying to save themselves. However, it’s Stanley Kubrick’s touch, his ability to use dialog as sparingly as it’s used in real life, to terrify us as much as the family in the Overlook hotel. I feel it no slight against Stephen King to say that it is much easier to describe the ominous hotel than it is to show us. Considering how many iconic images there are from the movie (from the reveal of Jack Torrance’s “novel” to his breaking through the door, to the elevator doors unleashing a sea of blood down the hallway), this great book was clearly turned into a legendary movie.

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HOLY SH*T: TV’s ‘Mr. Ed’ Is Gonna Be A Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/holy-sht-tvs-mr-ed-is-gonna-be-a-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/holy-sht-tvs-mr-ed-is-gonna-be-a-movie/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2011 00:25:49 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231223 I hope this paves the way for other beloved, irrelevant properties to be made into films, too!

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How crazy would it be if a horse could talk to the guy who owns the horse? 

That is the plot 0f 1950′s TV show Mr. Ed, which revolved around a horse owner (Wilbur) and a horse (the titular Mr. Ed). As best I can tell, nothing else interesting happened. The guy kind of lived a boring life, then he would come home and talk to his horse.

If you have no idea or interest in what I’m talking about right now, get ready to have your mind blown all over your face.

Mr. Ed is going to be a feature film.

If you’re like me, your brain is probably hemorrhaging with questions like:

  • Will the horse be CGI?
  • If the horse IS CGI, what kind of sunglasses will they have it wear to give it “edge?”
  • Who will play Wilbur? Will it be Steve Carell or Steve Carell?
  • Why does God continually shit on film enthusiasts by allowing the people responsible for these remakes to walk unpunished?
  • How many “PETA” jokes will the horse crack?
  • Will the horse benignly flirt with a hot girl in the film?
  • If the horse DOES flirt with a hot girl, will the producers take things a step further by showing the horse f***ing the girl?
Well, these questions will all be answered as time inexorably marches towards the inevitable release date of this film, whenever that may be.
Oh, and because my editor has been wanting me to shoehorn this into a post, here’s a song called “Goodbye Horses” that Buffalo Bill dances to in Silence of the Lambs. I guess it’s not completely irrelevant here.

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9 Movie/TV Doctors Who Were Worse Than Conrad Murray http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-movietv-doctors-who-were-worse-than-conrad-murray/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-movietv-doctors-who-were-worse-than-conrad-murray/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2011 20:30:32 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=230376 Make sure you're getting your daily allowance of apple.

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The world is watching the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson‘s personal physician, Conrad Murray. It’s off to an emotional start as the case built against the doctor is being presented. As Murray awaits his fate, we’d like to ask who is really at fault here? Clearly, it’s doctors from movies.

Yes, he did give his patient dangerous drugs. Whether he realized the harm they would cause is beside the point, because Conrad Murray could easily be considered a victim too. A victim of Hollywood’s depiction of doctors. With role models like these, it’s no wonder he turned out negligent.

Dr. Evil

You can’t make an accurate list of evil doctors without including Dr. Evil. Turns out that it’s not an unfortunate name, as Evil has been the brains behind several plots to take over the world and extort its governments. Although, he can’t really be blamed for his evil leanings. He was raised by the Dutch after all.

Dr. Christian Szell

As a former SS dentist at Auschwitz, Dr. Christian Szell uses pain as his paintbrush. That and he looks slightly like a giant sea turtle. But back to the pain thing. A skilled interrogator, Szell drills Dustin Hoffman‘s teeth without anesthetic in Marathon Man while repeatedly asking his confused captive, “Is it safe?” Years later, Hoffman would go on to make Meet The Fockers. When will his suffering end?

Dr. Giggles

Easily dismissed due to his persistent giggle and gimmicky methods of killing victims with over-sized medical tools like giant needles, thermometers, Band-Aids, and blood-pressure arm bands, Dr. Giggle gets a bad rap. He’s perhaps the most insane doctor on this list and therefore one of the most dangerous. In one night, his house-calls severely cut down and entire town’s population. I can’t think of any other time where it was so easy to see a doctor.

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9 Characters Creepier Than Buffalo Bill From ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-characters-creepier-than-buffalo-bill-from-silence-of-the-lambs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-characters-creepier-than-buffalo-bill-from-silence-of-the-lambs/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 13:35:19 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=228061 "Was she a great big fat person?

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When it comes to creepy characters in cinema, The Silence of the LambsBuffalo Bill, a.k.a “Jame Gumb,” is the gold standard against which all others are held. However, this is owed more to ubiquity than it is merit. It makes sense that he’s used as such; Silence swept the Oscars and quickly became a pop culture touch point.

However, skinning fat girls doesn’t earn the title of “Creepiest Man in Film.” For that title, I propose these nine gentleman who make Buffalo Bill seem like a Girl Scout.

That was hyperbolic. Buffalo Bill is still a really bad guy.

9. Dr. Frederick Chilton – The Silence of the Lambs

We didn’t have to go very far from the benchmark to get one entry on this list. While Buffalo Bill is by no means a charmer, his crazy, flesh suit-wearing ways are a sublime delight when held up to the head of the psychiatric “hospital,” Dr. Chilton. His smugness and sleazy demeanor cause the viewer to half-expect hair gel to start oozing out of his pores.

Remarkably, Hannibal Lecter was able to look past all his shortcomings and “have him for dinner.”

Oh. I just got that. That’s funny.

8. Norman Bates – Psycho

The title of the film says it all. This guy wears one face to the world, and another one in the confines of the Bates Motel. Like Buffalo Bill, this dude is straight-up crazy. Beyond the standard killing (which wouldn’t get you on this list). In terms of creepy actions, this guy takes the cake with conversing and keeping his mother’s decomposing corpse as a companion.

7. Sean Nokes – Sleepers

While the above gentlemen are creepier on a social level, Sean Nokes (Kevin Bacon’s character from Sleepers) is creepier on more of a “molests little boys and tortures them” level, which is one hell of a level. With the other guards at the juvenile detention center, he raped many of the boys, apparently unrepentant years after the fact.

Coupled with his appearance (which can best be described as “greasy as shit”) when confronted by one of the grown-up boys, he’s working creepy on two very palatable levels. I hope he enjoyed his dinner that night. It was his last.

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Anthony Hopkins Terrorizes the Homeless http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/anthony-hopkins-terrorizes-the-homeless/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/anthony-hopkins-terrorizes-the-homeless/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 These days it seems like every celebrity in Hollywood is trying make a name for themselves via charity. If they're not sending money to Haiti, they're adopting African AIDS babies. Steven Seagal went as far as to bring two Russian girls to the US, and even paid for their room and board once they got here. All these good deeds are enough to make you sick. That's why it's nice to see an actor like Anthony Hopkins who is so down to earth. Despite all the fame and fortune, the Oscar winner still enjoys terrorizing the homeless, just like us regular folk. Back in 2002, when Hopkins was trying to fight his alcoholism, he decided to go and volunteer at a Midnight Mission in Los Angeles. After all, nothing takes your mind off the sauce like hanging out on skid row with a bunch of winos. According to the mission's director, Clancy Imislund, Hopkins really enjoyed scaring the bejesus out of the homeless. It's funny. We have film nights here and one time we showed Silence of the Lambs. So as a surprise I asked Tony to come down and tap a few people on the shoulder at the end and say 'Hello' in that voice he does. You should have seen their faces. They were like, 'Arrggh!' He got a real kick out of that. I bet this little prank was especially popular with some of the schizophrenics in attendance. Normally when they talk to characters from a movie, no one else can see them. But thanks to Hopkins and his rapier wit, now they know that they aren't crazy afterall, and neither are their plans to start mutilating house pets. Kudos to you, Sir Anthony! (CinemaBlend)

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These days it seems like every celebrity in Hollywood is trying make a name for themselves via charity. If they’re not sending money to Haiti, they’re adopting African AIDS babies. Steven Seagal went as far as to bring two Russian girls to the US, and even paid for their room and board once they got here. All these good deeds are enough to make you sick.

That’s why it’s nice to see an actor like Anthony Hopkins who is so down to earth. Despite all the fame and fortune, the Oscar winner still enjoys terrorizing the homeless, just like us regular folk.

Back in 2002, when Hopkins was trying to fight his alcoholism, he decided to go and volunteer at a Midnight Mission in Los Angeles. After all, nothing takes your mind off the sauce like hanging out on skid row with a bunch of winos.

According to the mission’s director, Clancy Imislund, Hopkins really enjoyed scaring the bejesus out of the homeless.

It’s funny. We have film nights here and one time we showed Silence of the Lambs. So as a surprise I asked Tony to come down and tap a few people on the shoulder at the end and say ‘Hello’ in that voice he does. You should have seen their faces. They were like, ‘Arrggh!’ He got a real kick out of that.

I bet this little prank was especially popular with some of the schizophrenics in attendance. Normally when they talk to characters from a movie, no one else can see them. But thanks to Hopkins and his rapier wit, now they know that they aren’t crazy afterall, and neither are their plans to start mutilating house pets. Kudos to you, Sir Anthony! (CinemaBlend)

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