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HANNIBAL
    Damn this was a good movie. If you haven't seen it go do so (Unless you're squeamish, it gets pretty bad) 'cause it rules but stop reading 'cause I'm gonna spoil everything. Ok, here are some of the things I picked up while watching it the other night that
endeared me to it.
    First things first. Nice how weird the music sounded? They kept bending the pitch, kinda like when you're listening to a tape
that's getting eaten or that's in an old walkman whose batteries are dying. They did this to create an eyrie sense of  "All  is not right
with the world."
    Next we have a ton of direct references to Dante, not to mention Hannibal's chosen place of reference is Florence, Dante's
hometown. The easy explanation is that Hannibal is an evil Demon from Hell. I don't like this though. Two reasons. First Dante's
inferno is only the first in a trilogy, he also wrote about Purgatory and Heaven. I think that they did choose Dante for cool Hell
imagery which permeates the film, but also because like in the Divine Comedy, this sequel is an inversion of the first. In Dante the
reverse is physical and metaphysical, and it is manifested when Dante and Virgil pass through the focus of Hell. Here the inversion is more subtle. Instead of Hannibal helping Starling track down a loose Villain, we have a Villain helping Starling track down
Hannibal. The set up is almost parabolic if you will. Yeah, it's a hell of a stretch but I don't care.
    Another nice touch was the reference to Macbeth. Did you catch it? The pickpocket dies the Italian inspector immediately
washes his hands in a fountain. "Out, out damn spot." And much like Lady Macbeth, the cleansing is only skin deep and we see him get his due.
    The last thing I can think of is Just before Hannibal is about to be fed to the bores. They bring him in in a not so subtle crucifix
pose, and then he ascends toward light. (Yes I chose the word ascends carefully, and if you haven't seen the movie yet Jenn blow
me 'cause it's undeniable.) Why would they set up a mass murder as Christ you say? Well they're not saying he IS Christ but they
are making a comparison. They're trying to set him up as a savior to make it more believable when he saves Starling's life when he
knows how highly she regards her duty. They also set up his character motivation for this earlier in the film. Remember he only kills
to better society. Starling holds to her ideals and he respects her for it. That's what the whole conversation at the train station is
about. He's telling us he will never kill her. When she is in danger the way to better society is to protect her.
    Before you leave thinking that I've fallen to kissing the feet of this movie, I must express my one qualm. Eating the brain matter of your own species can lead to insanity and hallucinations. I'm fine with him feeding Ray Liota his own brain, but for Hannibal to
partake of it is not something I like to see. Hannibal should be aware of the ramifications, and you'd think an intellect such as his
would fear insanity above all. You could make a pretty good case for him being insane already, but he is definitely lucid, eating
brain matter puts that at a great risk.
    Why did I write such a long winded superfluous essay? I don't know to tell you the truth. Maybe it's because I have nothing to do but write my script until dinner is ready, and I'd prefer to put that off for now. Maybe I just wanted to flex my intellectual muscle to make sure it was still there. Maybe I'm just a loser. But you know what? Fuck you