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permlink qotd: Ignorance

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago."
-- Bernard Berenson (1865 - 1959)

"Ignorance simplifies ANY problem."
-- R. Lucke (?)


permlink red dragon teasers

I can't wait till "Red Dragon" comes out this weekend. Not because I want to see the movie, but because I'm sick of the trailer playing on every last show we watch (on the TV-sans-TiVo, so no skipping). Gosh, what a, um... vivid... intimation of, uh, even more sick violence against women. Just what I want to see over and over, night after night.

Put out the stupid movie, then let's please move on to the "Harry Potter" and "Lord of the Rings" trailers, which at least won't try so hard to get me to pay to see rapes and guttings and romanticized serial killing. Seen enough of that; bleah. permlink     2 comment(s)  
I so agree with you. I stopped allowing myself to be dragged to such movies several years ago. I don't need to see this crap on my TV also.
      ...posted by Katxena on October 7, 2002 11:44 AM
Well, I went to see it. The book, to which the movie is largely faithful, is much more enjoyable and probably cheaper (especially if you have a library card). Still, it is fun to watch Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watson together. Her performance is worth a rental anyway. And Hopkins has some lovely material to work with this time, courtesy of screenwriter Ted Tally. I will say that I generally liked this film better than the `Manhunter' adaptation. Fiennes is quite superior as Dolarhyde. The exception was Edward Norton who wasn't a great choice for the part of Will Graham. I do think that films such as this one should receive NC-17 ratings. The book presents the horror of these brutal assaults on families in the context of a generous examination of the etiology of the serial killer's psychopathic and schizophrenic mental state. Unfortunately, the movie gives pretty short shrift to this aspect of the story. So what you end up with is an engaging FBI investigation plot interspersed with great suspense, but ultimately gratuitous violence with little real insight into what makes the Dragon the monster he is. And the latter bit is the really interesting, if terrifying, part. Read the book.
      ...posted by dave t on October 8, 2002 9:31 PM
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