My Life in Movies: Silence of the Lambs Review (1991)

Release Date: February 14 1991
Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes
Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster
Based on Novel by Thomas Harris
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Rewatched: December 21, 2013

Rating: 8/10

This crime/thriller really knows how to get under people’s skin…so to speak. Based on the novel by Thomas Harris with the same name, it follows Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) a FBI academy student on her quest to find a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill, who skins his victims. She seeks the counsel of a psychiatrist, Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) who is equally if not more terrifying than Buffalo Bill. Lecter himself is also a serial killer known as, Hannibal the Cannibal who has been detained within Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

Release Date: December 13 2013 (North America)
Runtime: 2 hours 41 minutes
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch
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Watched: December 19 2013 (Ultra AVX 3D)

Rating: 8.5/10

The journey continues for Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarfs onward to the lonely mountain. The second instalment of Peter Jackson’s vision of The Hobbit brings with it action and comical touches that bring just enough light to have the audience engaged rather than just mindlessly watching Orcs get their heads decapitated. The pacing in the second film of the trilogy has found it’s stride, there were scenery shots to establish location but unlike the first film it did not over lavish the landscapes to the point of them being self-indulgent. Each scene was clear and had purpose to set the plot forward, rather than holding or stalling the progression of the film.
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