HANNIBAL: classy yet sleazy carnival horror (2001 in Film #3)

20 years on from the year 2001, I’m looking back at some of the films across the year which stood out as among the more interesting, and year-defining, pictures… This week, released on the weekend of February 9th, Ridley Scott’s Hannibal… One of the more telling aspects about Hannibal’s occasionally troublesome production is the fact that almost nobody,Continue reading “HANNIBAL: classy yet sleazy carnival horror (2001 in Film #3)”

DRACULA: a sinewy, self-aware deconstruction of power, control and consent

The funny thing is that this all happened because of a joke. As Mark Gatiss recalls, at a Sherlock premiere, he commented to the commissioner of BBC drama that Benedict Cumberbatch’s attire made him look a little like Dracula and was asked if it was something he and writing partner Steven Moffat wanted to do.Continue reading “DRACULA: a sinewy, self-aware deconstruction of power, control and consent”