abby82: (Hannibal--Hannibal tie closeup)
"Before we begin you must all be warned...nothing here is vegetarian. Bon appétit." -- Hannibal Lecter
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abby82: (Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe)
"What have you gotten yourself into, Bedelia?"--Hannibal Lecter

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"Here we are, a bunch of psychopaths helping each other out."--Freddie Lounds

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"You're the head of the Behavioral Science Unit, Jack. If you don't like my answers, get some of your own."--Will Graham

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abby82: (Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe)
Today's the two year anniversary of the Hannibal season 3 premiere.

Season 3 is the season of Hannibal that I both adore and get frustrated by. It's split into two parts that were originally meant to be two separate seasons. The first half is 7 episodes of the Italy/Hannibal on the run arc and the last 6 episodes are dedicated to a retelling of the first Thomas Harris novel 'Red Dragon'. That features Hannibal behind bars and institutionalized at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

During season 2 Bryan Fuller saw the writing on the wall. The show's ratings were not good and financially they couldn't swing the budget to film extensively in Europe like they originally intended. So, he combined seasons 3 and 4 of his 7 season plan and made it into a 6 season plan.

The first 7 episodes of the Italy arc are visually stunning. Season 3 ups the ante in such a bold way that it was bound to alienate some of its viewers. Bryan Fuller told his directors, "make the most pretentious art film of your dreams" and boy did they. It's a dark fairy tale filled with bloody nightmare imagery. Half the time you had no idea if what you were watching was a dream sequence or actually happening.

Unfortunately, the limited episodes short changed some of the characters, both new and old, and their storylines. Early versions of the scripts and the episode commentaries done by Bryan Fuller and his group of writers hinted to storylines that were cut due to time constraints during filming and within the episodes themselves. Some detractors of the Italy arc blame the slow pacing for the poor development of new characters. I personally loved the pacing and felt the show earned it. I blame the limited episodes. The Italy arc could have benefited from one or two more episodes. The Red Dragon arc definitely needed at least one episode to touch upon Will's state after Hannibal was arrested. 

After season 1, the Italy arc is my most rewatched segment of the show. I adore it that much. It doesn't hurt that I had the privilege or watching both the premiere and second episode on the big screen at the Alamo Drafthouse during the ATX Festival. It was quite the experience to witness the highs and lows of Will and Hannibal's relationship at this moment in time with a room full of fellow fans. 

I'll be doing a weekly rewatch of the season. In 12 weeks the exclusive US rights contract for Hannibal currently held by Amazon expires and the show's producers can approach other outlets to see if they're interested in getting the band back together. It's the beginning of the end. At least we'll know if we're holding on to false hope or if we get to see what Will and Hannibal have been up to since the season 3 finale.
 



 
abby82: (Hannibal--Hannibal tie closeup)

“Sometimes...at night I leave the lights on in my little house. And ... walk across the flat fields. When I look back from a distance, the house is like a boat on the sea. It's really the only time I feel safe.”--Will Graham

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abby82: (Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe)
"I can undo what I said. I can also make it a lot worse."--Freddie Lounds

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abby82: (FK--Nick & Schanke)
So I wanted to revisit a handful of season 3 Forever Knight episodes for a story I'd like to finish aaaand the case is empty. Not a single DVD is in there. Hmmm. I check my season 1 & 2 cases and they too are empty. Curiouser and curiouser.

I have two of those large CD/DVD wallets from back in the day that I'd use when I'd come home from college and they're not in there either.

The only one in there is the first disc of season 1 which I had lent out to a former receptionist at work many moons ago. She was a big fan of vampire romance novels and Buffy so I lent her disc one and she lent me one of her books. I read her book (it was not good) but she eventually returned Forever Knight unwatched. Well that's the only disc I have.

I'm genuinely stumped. I know it's been a while since I've revisited the show, but it is rather hard to misplace several DVDs.
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"Killing must feel good to God too. He does it all the time."--Hannibal Lecter

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abby82: (Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe)
"Can I borrow your imagination?"--Jack Crawford

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abby82: (FK-Nick Knight)
YouTube is a gift. Especially when you fall down the rabbit hole and come across some hidden gems. That brings us to this utterly delightful video exploration of Forever Knight, it’s characters, plotlines, etc. You can find it on the YouTube channel Movie Nights. It's jokey and snarky but also a thoughtful look at the series.

A lot of thought was really put into it. The four episodes covering Forever Knight and Nick Knight range in length from 15 minutes to 18 minutes. You can find part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.

The reviewer really enjoyed the series and has plenty of praise to go around. "It's a delightful slice of early 90s cheese and intrigue. A mix of cop drama and vampire shenanigans. Nick is played perfectly by Geraint Wyn Davies, a Welsh actor, who alongside a wonderful supporting cast made this show a cool, dramatic ride."

Definitely check this video series out and be prepared for some laugh out lines, "Who stole the museum goblet? Why it's LaCroix, Nick's sire and eternal pain in the ass."



 
abby82: (Hannibal--Hannibal tie closeup)

I'm not really into Star Wars. I've seen the original trilogy. I've seen the prequels and that's pretty much it. The new ones don't hold any interest for me. However, I did see and enjoy Rogue One. Of course the only reason I set foot anywhere near that movie was because of Mads Mikkelsen, but it was a thoroughly entertaining movie that I would definitely recommend to any non Star Wars fan. And as for Mads...well Mads was Mads. Awesome as always and look! Playing a good guy in an English language movie. The last time he did that was like 10 years ago.

So now I've got a few Rogue One recs that have managed to slip onto my radar.

First up is a beautiful Rogue One vid by Vanity Sin which focuses on the Erso family and Orson Krennic.





Fic Recs:

The Best of All Possible Worlds by [archiveofourown.org profile] TigerPrawn

A secret experimental device. A means of escape. A new world with a familiar face. Galen Erso is a man displaced who needs to get home. Wrangled into helping. Persuaded by his Hippocratic oath. Held by his fascination. Mortimer Granville is a man on the verge of great things, greater than he could possibly know. They are both optimistic.

Notes: It's a curious thing. In Rogue One, Mads Mikkelsen plays scientist Galen Erso. Felicity Jones plays his grown daughter Jyn Erso. In 2011 Felicity Jones had a supporting role in the Victorian romantic comedy Hysteria. A movie about the invention of the vibrator. Seriously, check it out. It's a hidden gem. Anyhoo, said movie also starred Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen's Hannibal and King Arthur costar. Dancy's Mortimer Granville romanced Felicity Jones' Emily Dalrymple in the movie. So naturally someone decided to take that coincidence and run with it. The result is a charming crossover in the grand Hannigram AU/Rarepair tradition. Let the shy awkwardness and Victorian sexual tension between Galen and Mortimer commence. If you ask me Mortimer doesn't really get his due in Hannigram AU fic and this story lets his character shine.

The Speed of Light by [archiveofourown.org profile] Magical_Destiny

"My favorite children's book is about a little prince who came to earth from a distant asteroid. He meets a pilot whose plane has crashed in the desert. The little prince teaches the pilot many things, but mainly about love.”

Notes: I get so emotional with Spacedogs stories. They are my favorite Hannigram AU pairing. Nigel and Adam make me smile. They make me cry. They are the best pick me up when you want to lose yourself in a story. Magical_Destiny is a beautiful writer and she deftly melds Star Wars with the world of Spacedogs. Nigel crash lands in Tatoonie and makes his way to a cantina in Mos Eisley where he runs into Adam. Adam is trying to commission a pilot to take him back to Alderaan. This story takes place during New Hope so I think you know what they're not going to find. If you're in the mood for a thoughtfully planned out crossover give this Spacedogs in actual space story a gander.

Scattering Stars Like Dust by [archiveofourown.org profile] hesterbyrde

Two years before the events of Rogue One, Galen Erso is hard at work devising a plan to weaken the Death Star. He is joined on the Eadu Research Station by Adam Raki, a brilliant navigations specialist. A relationship is born from their abiding lonliness, their passion for science, and their belief that the stars are for everyone.

Notes: Adam and Galen fit perfectly together. To steal a line from Hannibal, they are "identically different" and hesterbyrde brings out their personality with panache. There's such a small window for these characters and not a single moment in this story feels wasted. Their time together is well lived in. God knows these two need it.
 
Dust to Dust by [archiveofourown.org profile] Magical_Destiny

Galen Erso: a life.

Notes: Galen Erso is an extremely fascinating character. There are the obvious Robert Oppenheimer parallels in which scientific pursuits led to the creation of weapons of unspeakable destruction. In this short and potent story Galen's life is told in short burst before and after he's taken to work for Krennic. It's so incredibly sad but at the same time hopeful. Galen has lost his wife and he doesn't know of Jin's fate but he can persevere.

May the 4th be with you!
 
abby82: (Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe)
For the past four years I have had a deep love affair with the TV show Hannibal. I fell hard. And even though it ended after three seasons almost two years ago, I've still got it bad.

And now Bryan Fuller, the man behind Hannibal and other beautifully creative shows like Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, and Dead Like Me, has a new show and it's premiering tonight on Starz. Pretty much every critic I have read has said that his American Gods, based on the Neil Gaiman novel, is pretty much Hannibal season 4. That just grabs at my heart and gives it a good hard squeeze. The reaction from fellow fans on Tumblr confirms it. One fan described it as coming home and having all the furniture rearranged. Bryan is still at the helm delivering beautiful television, all of the directors on American Gods are former Hannibal directors, and a great number of the behind the scenes personnel are also Hannibal alums.

I'm not going to watch because I don't have Starz, but we live in a recap world and tomorrow I'll get to catch up on all the comings and goings of this new show. Plus, Tumblr will give me all the pretty, pretty shots in gif form. However I'm probably not going to seek this show out until the end of the year. I'm still smarting about the absence of Hannibal season 4. Once we find out officially from Bryan whether or not a season 4 will happen I'll be able to move on.

I just really miss my show and I'm pining.

I'll likely do a Hannibal season 1 rewatch during American Gods time. Episode 1 Aperitif with grumpy anti-social Will Graham and Hannibal the friendly neighborhood cannibal psychiatrist will be on queue.
abby82: (Hannibal--Will at morning doorframe)
I've signed up for the free one month preview so I can check out The Handmaid's Tale. It' s got 10 episodes so if I like it enough I'll sign up for an additional month to finish it off. Although I don't plan on keeping it past then. I already have Amazon Prime and Netflix and that's more than enough for me.

In addition to The Handmaid's Tale I also plan to checkout the first season of unReal (I heard it was good but dropped off during the second season), the original Danish version of The Bridge (the US/Mexico version was alright), The Path (hello Hugh Dancy even if he does have that awful haircut), and maybe Fargo.

I'm both happy and bummed to discover that Smallville is here. Almost all of the other WB/CW shows ended up on Netflix but sadly Smallville wasn't one of them. Now it's on Hulu exclusively so once I cancel, it's bye-bye Smallville. Yes, I have the DVDs and yes, I have several episodes on iTunes but the convenience of streaming is so nice. Plus I'm lazy.

I'm positively giddy to discover that the BBC adaptation of Daniel Deronda starring a baby Hugh Dancy is also on Hulu. And because life is about extremes, I'm also amused to discover that Savage Grace, an indie movie mostly known for being about an incestuous relationship between Julianne Moore and a very, very young Eddie Redmayne, is also available. Of course the selling point for that movie is that Hugh Dancy has a small role as Julianne Moore's lover and gets engaged in a three way scene between mother and son. Tumblr gifs of that movie have him slinking around like a boss in a very fetching white fedora.



abby82: (XF--Dana Scully)
They've been teasing it for a while but now we've got confirmation that The X-Files season 11 will have a 10 episode run during the 2017-2018 television season.


 

Gosh, I'm so conflicted about this. On one hand--yay because Duchovny and Anderson are so good together and they still have that magical IT that sustained the show when it was starting to show its age. On the other hand, season 10's 6 episode run was such a mixed bag.

Thoughts a plenty ) 



abby82: (THG--Katniss)
they're gonna eat us alive
by abby


category: AU, Crossover (sort of)
rating: G
author’s note: created for Prompts in Panem challenge 2012 on Tumblr (Round 2: AU Week--Other Worlds)
word count: 2274
disclaimer: they don’t belong to me, no money is being made. I’m only borrowing them. The Hunger Games was created by Suzanne Collins
story began: October 2012
story finished: October 2012

summary: Special Agent Katniss Everdeen has never been closer to discovering the reason behind her sister’s disappearance when Agent Peeta Mellark is assigned to keep an eye on her investigations into the strange and unexplained.


The photograph--an afternoon of play--shows her little sister forever frozen at eight years old. Twin blonde braids gleaming in the sun. )
abby82: (FK-Nick Knight)

I'm a fan of IndieWire's coverage of both movies and television. I visit their site almost every day.

Imagine my surprise when in honor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's 20th Anniversary, they decided to rank the top 24 vampire television shows. Coming in at #6 is "the great granddaddy of 'vampire solves crime' procedurals"

And yes, even with all the fancy "Peak TV" opening credits that grace television screens today, Forever Knight does indeed have a "badass opening credits sequence" Kudos to you Liz Shannon Miller for recognizing that. 





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Title:
Bones
Artist: MS MR
Vidder: abby82
Source: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Download: Sendspace (56.58 MB, MP4), YouTube (streaming), originally posted here, AO3, Tumblr
Length: 4:14 minutes
Summary: "Good evening, Clarice."
Notes: Created for rhivolution for festivids 2013 vid exchange challenge (official pinch hit). For me, the Silence of the Lambs was a movie that seemed to always be on television. It subconsciously ingrained itself into my memory and quietly settled there. It's probably why I gravitate towards these type of movies and characters like Clarice Starling. The movie is so expertly filmed and performed. It's pretty flawless. I haven't officially participated in the exchange part of festivids since its inaugural year, but I like keeping an eye out for possible pinch hits or treats. I was initially hesitant to claim it because the task of vidding one of cinema's ultimate movie heroines was pretty intimidating. I hope I was able to do Clarice and this amazing movie justice.
Video & Lyrics )
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Title: Teardrop
Artist: Jose Gonzalez
Vidder: abby82
Source: The Hunger Games (2012)
Download: Sendspace (41.9 MB, MP4), YouTube (streaming), AO3, Tumblr
Length: 3:10 minutes
Summary: Love, love is a verb/love is a doing word
Notes: Created for Prompts in Panem challenge 2013 on Tumblr (Round 3: Expressions in Everlark--Choose Your Own Adventure)

Video & Lyrics )
abby82: (SV--Clark Kent)


Title: Hook and Line
Artist: The Kills
Vidder: abby82
Source: Superman cartoons, Fleischer Studios (1941, 1942)
Download: Sendspace (25.21 MB, WMV), YouTube (streaming)
Length: 2:10 minutes
Summary: Just another day at the office.
Notes: Created for KRIM aka [personal profile] chagrined for festivids 2010 vid exchange challenge (official pinch hit). I participated in last year's festivids challenge but I didn't sign up this year's. I checked online around the new year and scanned the 'dear festividder' letters for a possible treats prompt. KRIM's prompt stood out as one that was totally feasible and filled with fun possibilities. Then KRIM's prompts went up as a pinch hit the day vids were due and just two weeks shy of the golive date. Before I knew it, I was claiming it as my own and went from contemplating to actually doing. This vid has the fast turnaround period of any vid I've ever done. It's far from perfect but there's no denying that the source was a lot of fun to play with. The animation is stunning. There were so many clips that I'd earmarked for use in the vid that sadly didn't make it in. Oh, for a different, longer song! Clark with the fedora is sexy and I love that he isn't depicted as bumbling reporter Clark Kent. And Lois! OMG Lois! I adore her in all incarnations and Fleischer!Lois is no exception. She's ballsy, succeeding in a man's world, and all while maintaining her femininity. And Superman...oh Superman you are wonderful and good and soo mysterious. Hopefully the perfect song will some day land on my lap and I can have another go at this gorgeous source because it deserves more attention. Also, is it weird that I want to write/read Fleischer Superman fanfic because I totally do.

The original festivids post is here.

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