So, i found out about Lee, this year In either March or April. This gif of Lee is the very first picture I ever saw of him and fell in love. I remember being on Tumblr one day and came across this gif on my dash. Someone had used it as “their reaction” in a post. It was like, 1 or 2 am and I just remember thinking, “Oh my god, he’s cute. I’m going to look him up.” And then it all started and I knew I was in deep trouble. I spent that whole night looking at his pictures. I couldn’t stop scrolling through Google images. I had a headache and I was so tired, but I was so glued to my phone! I hadn’t even watched any of his movies, or heard his voice, which by the way, I totally thought he was going to have an accent xD. I finally went to sleep around 7am. Then continued the next day. I was binge watching all of his movies every night when I was in bed. The first movie i ever watched of his was “Polar Bear Man” not sure if that one counts haha, but right after that, I watched Possession. Then about, 2 days after I watched Possesion and The Fall, I went out to go buy them. I just think it’s so funny how that gif was the one that made me fall in love. I mean, it’s just so simple, but really damn cute! Usually I have to watch a certain actor in a movie before i decide if I like them or not, but Lee is special. He made me fall in love with him even though I knew nothing about him. I love you so much Lee ♡
Do any of you remember the first time you found out about Lee? What was the first picture you seen of him? Or which movie made you fall in love with him! If you care to tell, I’d love to hear all of your first time Lee stories!!! ^-^
Elvis Mitchell introduced the guest of honor at Thursday night’s Film Independent at LACMA screening as “the man who’s too good for TV too many times.” Bryan Fuller is the creator of the television shows Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, and most recently, Hannibal. All of them were cancelled within their first three seasons, with Hannibal getting the axe on June 22, but not before they’d gained a healthy following and often not before Fuller landed a deal for his next show.
What’s his secret to success in the face of such scrutiny from the networks? Fuller says it boils down to giving his collaborators a creative stake in the process. “I want everybody who works with me to feel like they’re respected as storytellers,” said Fuller, “And that way you get them coming back.” …
Just out of curiosity, have you ever watched Wonderfalls?
No, but I just had a long conversation with my girlfriend about it, and I think I am going to watch it now! She said it’s the opposite of Hannibal – Bryan Fuller’s other thing – so that bodes well for me. She says Hannibal’s Alana is on it, but with less severe pantsuits.
Oh, yeah! And Alana is my baby... Caroline Dhavernas is brilliant. I've been a huge fan since Wonderfalls. Whenever Caroline cries, the world cries. I'd love to know your thoughts about the transition between S02 and S03 Alana... Cheers! xx
caroline dhavernas is literally a gift. my tag for her is “actual fairy princess” because that’s her fandom nickname and i think that’s the sweetest.
BUT MAN YEAH ALANA. god, poor alana. i could probably write tons and tons of meta on that transition. short version – i have always felt it was organic, as organic as it could be given that we didn’t see her progressively through almost the entire year that passed since the red dinner. i think alana’s thing is that she has always cared so much about the people around her, has always given so much to them, that it got to the point where it badly hurt her (i wrote more indepth thoughts about this here.) and the thing is, that remains a consistent part of her character even now?? nothing she has done this season has been for herself. she tells mason that she’s all about vengeance, but that’s not really the reason she wants hannibal caught. she wants him caught because she feels responsible for not seeing and stopping him sooner, and to keep will from catching him first (which she correctly guesses would be disastrous). she watches will’s dogs for him when he traipses off to europe. she stays with jack after bella’s death. she let’s hannibal go, effectively not only giving up her chance at closure, but quite possibly sacrificing her own life in the long run (she fully understands that he intends to kill her and doesn’t know at that point that he’s going to turn himself in) because it’s the only immediate way of saving will’s life and giving margot an out with mason.
so i mean at her core, i think alana is still very much the same person - she’s as compassionate and selfless as she has always been - but she is also understandably angry and she has learned how to use that anger in a way that let’s her play the game with awful, immoral people like hannibal lecter and mason verger. she knows they’d walk all over her otherwise. she knows she can’t be as forthright and morally steady and openly emotional as she used to be. i think, in short, alana’s change is not so much something that happened to her as much as it is something she molded herself into out of what she sees as necessity.
(i said this was going to be the short version ahahaha whoops)
When adaptations attack: how a long shot television adaptation revitalized Thomas Harris's Hannibal Letter novels
Like a lot of people who were a certain age in the 90s, I watched and enjoyed The Silence of the Lambs. I read Red Dragon in a class on Gothic Horror literature in college. I’ve known and loved the Hannibal Lecter books for a long time. Though I enjoyed the film adaptations, I enjoyed each one a little less, and I was convinced that the world was pretty much done with Hannibal Lecter stories as of the first decade of the twenty-first century.
So, when I heard Bryan Fuller was going to adapt the Lecter novels (specifically Red Dragon, plus more undefined materials), I can’t help but admit that I rolled my eyes a bit. Sure, Bryan Fuller cold do no wrong in my eyes–Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, and Pushing Daisies were all among my very favorite television shows of all time–but Hannibal Lecter just seemed so done. And Bryan Fuller was really a comedy guy, wasn’t he?
I’ve never been more delighted to be wrong. Over the three years it has been on NBC, Hannibal has managed to become the best show on television through amazing visual artistry, writing that deeply understands the fractured psychology of its characters, and performances that, amazingly, have redefined and lifted the source materials beyond what any fan would have thought possible.
The best example of this last phenomenon is Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal Lecter. The talented Anthony Hopkins had given us the definitive version of the character in three separate films. Though Hopkins’s character could be a little to gleeful and jokey at times, he was terrifying and charismatic enough that he inhabited the character in our collective imagination.
Mikkelsen, though, has managed to supplant Hopkins as the definitive Hannibal Lecter. Fuller has famously said that Mikkelsen’s Lecter is intended to be the devil, and Mikkelsen has taken that direction and crafted a Lecter that manages to be appealing, terrifying, sad, lonely, and manipulative. If you didn’t understand who Hannibal Lecter was at the beginning of the show, you would be extremely confused as to his actions and motivations in the first season because, unlike Hopkins, Mikkelsen doesn’t plan Lecter like a straight-up villain. Even when he’s doing things that are objectively horrible, he’s fascinating to watch and sometimes even likable. (In this, the audience is not alone. Hugh Dancy’s Will Graham struggles with a very real attraction to Hannibal over the entirety of the first three seasons.)
Perhaps the most striking thing about Fuller’s vision is his visuals. From the pilot episode, it’s clear that the reality of Fuller’s version is malleable, stretching, contorting, and reacting to the severe psychological states of its characters. Graham, perhaps the show’s most unbalanced character, plunges the show into nightmarish sequences that rival the most intense horror films. Given the show’s relatively modest budget, the fact that it just blows away every other adaptation based on the visuals alone is utterly incredible.
The stories of Hannibal, too, should be mentioned here. While the show began as an unconventional crime procedural with serialized elements, it has since become a fascinating mash-up of the source material from the novels and Fuller’s own twisted vision. Anyone who even considered the novels and previous adaptations interesting would be well-served to watch Hannibal, which gives us the best possible versions of all of these stories while (barely) complying with network television standards and practices.
Finally, the reason I’m this post now is that Hannibal’s future is in danger. NBC has cancelled it due to low ratings, and the show needs a new home, whether on cable or a streaming service. One of the strongest factors in its favor is a passionate fan base. Check it out and, if you like it, support the show in its efforts to find a new outlet. It’ll be worth your time.
The first two seasons are currently available on Blu-Ray and are streaming on Amazon Prime. The third season is streaming on Hulu. Go nuts.