Tag: Hannibal

The Inside Is Now the Outside: Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s ‘Cure’

“Memory and identity are inextricably linked.”

The Dueling Cavalier: Gravity of Violence in ‘Sicario’

A Column by Max Bledstein

An Abrupt Ending: Hannibal ‘The Wrath of the Lamb’ (Recap)

“If The Wrath of the Lamb doesn’t quite work as a series finale, it’s only because it wasn’t really supposed to be one.”

Obscuring and Clarifying Evil: Hannibal ‘The Number of the Beast is 666’ (Recap)

“Another week of Hannibal, another gripping second act septic.”

Personalizing Murder: Hannibal ‘…And the Beast from the Sea’ (Recap)

“Instead of merely asking viewers to care about a victim with whom we have no ties, Fuller tugs on our heartstrings by having his antagonist target the family of the protagonist we’ve gotten to know for nearly three full seasons.”

Looking Wider: Hannibal ‘And the Woman Clothed with the Sun…’ (Recap)

“If last week’s “The Great Red Dragon” was centered around the two killers who now share the villainous duties on Hannibal, “And the Woman Clothed with the Sun…” has a broader focus.”

True Detective ‘Black Maps and Motel Rooms’ (A Vague Visages Staff Precap)

A Conversation Between Vague Visages’ Q.V. Hough, Dylan Moses Griffin and Max Bledstein

Inside the Minds of Murderers: Hannibal ‘The Great Red Dragon’ (Recap)

“The sound of Hannibal has always been one of its strongest elements, thanks in large part to Brian Reitzell’s terrifying score, and the auditory depiction of Dolarhyde’s plight is no exception.”

Transplanting Sympathies and Influence: Hannibal ‘Digestivo’ (Recap)

“Digestivo” feels almost like a bottle episode due to its concentration on Mason’s Muskrat Farm, and the close quarters are the perfect setting for seeing the characters play off one another.

Transformation, Resurrection and Close-Ups: Hannibal ‘Dolce’ (Recap)

“Perhaps the water from the beginning of the episode points more towards resurrection than forgiveness, and if the rest of the season is as strong as “Dolce,” one can only hope Hannibal’s fate will point in the same way.”

Recap: Hannibal ‘Contorno’

“As the plot of Hannibal continues to move forward, it also won’t stop looking back.”

Recap: Hannibal ‘Aperitivo’

“This week’s hour was the first of the season not directed by Vincenzo Natali, and his aesthetic sensibility/attention to detail feels missing throughout the episode.”

Recap: Hannibal ‘Secondo’

“Hannibal’s origins become comparable to the Joker in The Dark Knight: there are possible explanations for why he is the way he is, but none of them seem to be wholly accurate…”

Recap: Hannibal ‘Primavera’

“After the intense aesthetic focus of last week’s “Antipasto,” Hannibal’s shift in character focal point for this week’s “Primavera” brings with it a different thematic center: religion.”

Recap: Hannibal ‘Antipasto’

“Without a definite timeline to hold onto, we’re left to focus on the visual minutiae, and, as always, this might be the most fascinating aspect of Hannibal.”