Watched Watchers and why Hannibal is hard to untangle

Okay, I would like to address NBC’s Hannibal and its subversion and enforcement of Laura Mulvey’s male gaze (see here for an outline of the male gaze), but there is SO MUCH TO SAY. There’s the relationships between characters, the relationship between camera and characters, the sexualisation of characters by the camera, plus the additional question ‘At the end of the day, all else aside, who holds the power?’ because the answer is pretty much always Hannibal. Continue reading

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I have 99 regrets and last night is all of them: horror and sound

So, being the masochist that I am, I decided I wanted to take a bit of a look at the relationship between horror films and their soundtrack. I made a mistake in doing this and it is never happening again, but here are the results of my (very brief) foray into short horror films. Continue reading

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Monsters in the Mirror: Will/Hannibal and Lacan’s Mirror Stages part 2

Righto, moving onto Will Graham. Unlike Hannibal, who spends inconsistent amounts of time in each stage (see my previous post), Will’s journey through Lacan’s Mirror Stages matches up pretty closely with each season of the show. So he spends about one season in each stage, which makes it very easy for me to divide up this post. Continue reading

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Monsters in the Mirror: Will/Hannibal and Lacan’s Mirror Stages part 1

Whoop boop. Today I’m looking at one of NBC’s Hannibal again! Major spoilers and somewhat gory content ahead. Continue reading

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The Key to Acoustic Space: Kingdom Hearts and music

Spoilers for Kingdom Hearts ahead.

I’m not much of a gamer, mainly because I already have an expensive habit called books. BUT. I super duper love Kingdom Hearts (the original), which I play on a tired old Playstation 2 that loses 80% of the image when it’s at the wrong angle.
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Male Gaze and Manic Pixie Dream Girls

This post looks at the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope and explains her as an evolution, rather than subversion, of the male gaze as defined by Mulvey (1975) as discussed in my previous post (here). Continue reading

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Where does film exist? Part 2: Letting the metaphor speak (metaphorically)

 

Elsaesser and Hagener question whether it is possible for film to exist independently of spectators (Elsaesser and Hagner, 2010). Clearly, if the creator has made the film then a physical form exists whether or not anyone elects to view it. This is the skeleton and flesh of the film that I outlined in my previous post. But what is a film? Continue reading

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