On the tenth of October, it was almost 80* in Boston.
Today not so much.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
My 184th consecutive posting.
Time is 4.37.
Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 72*
with a chance of thunderstorms.
Unusual for me, dinner is still uncertain.
Question of the Day:
What book is the film “Manhunter” an adaptation of?
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Short Takes, Thursday, Oct 11
Wanting a meal with two live n kicking lobsters.
Wanting suffering at minimum.
So no slow-simmer or even boil.
A knife through the heart: death immediate.
Top left is the lobster — 2 pounds.
A quick thrust of the knife-point into the lobster’s chest and lobster is no more.
Slice the lobster down the middle to open it.
Pull out the sac behind the lobster’s eyes, cut off the antennae, and go ahead with the recipe.
Late summer in city parks.
Walking around the city when it’s warmer than thirty-five is always sweet.
But when it’s Indian summer, awesome!
Top left shows Greenway trees in full bloom.
Next to it shows the Boston Public Garden on the same day.
A pond view of Public Garden.
And on the far right, a detail of the last planting for the season being installed.
I got involved in the Hannibal Lecter series with “Manhunter,” which I enjoyed very much, a long time ago.
“Manhunter” is a 1986 American crime horror film based on the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Written and directed by Michael Mann, it stars William Petersen as FBI profiler Will Graham.
Also featured are Tom Noonan as serial killer Francis Dollarhyde, Dennis Farina as Graham's FBI superior Jack Crawford, and Brian Cox as incarcerated killer Hannibal Lecter.
The film focuses on Graham coming out of retirement to lend his talents to an investigation on Dollarhyde, a killer known as the "Tooth Fairy".
In doing so, he must confront the demons of his past and meet with Lecktor, who nearly counted Graham among his victims.
“Manhunter” focuses on the forensic work carried out by the FBI to track down killers and shows the long-term effects that cases like this have on profilers such as Graham, highlighting the similarities between him and his quarry.
The film features heavily stylized use of color to convey this sense of duality, and the nature of the characters' similarity has been explored in academic readings of the film.
It was the first film adaptation of Harris' Hannibal Lecter novels.
Opening to mixed reviews, “Manhunter” fared poorly at the box office at the time of its release, making only $8.6 million in the United States.
However, it has been reappraised in more recent reviews and now enjoys a more favorable reception, as both the acting and the stylized visuals have been appreciated better in later years.
Its resurgent popularity, which may be due to later adaptations of Harris' books and Petersen's success in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, has seen it labelled as a cult film.
“Red Dragon,” a novel by American author Thomas Harris, first published in 1981.
The plot follows FBI profiler Will Graham, who comes out of retirement to investigate a serial killer nicknamed The Tooth Fairy, who is murdering entire families.
The novel introduced the character Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer to whom Graham turns for advice.
The title refers to the figure from William Blake's painting “The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun.”
The novel was adapted as a film, “Manhunter,” in 1986, which featured Brian Cox as Lecter.
Directed by Michael Mann, the film received mixed reviews and fared poorly at the box office. It has since developed a cult following.
After Harris wrote a sequel to the novel, “The Silence of the Lambs” (1988), itself turned into a highly successful film in 1991, Red Dragon found a new readership.
A second sequel, Hannibal, was published in 1999 and adapted into a film in 2001.
Both film sequels featured Anthony Hopkins in the role of Hannibal Lecter, for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor in 1991.
Due to the success of the second and third films, Red Dragon was remade as a film directed by Brett Ratner in 2002, this time bearing the title of the original novel and with Hopkins playing Lecter.
This adaptation was more successful financially and critically.
Elements of the novel also influenced the NBC television series Hannibal, while the plot was adapted as the second half of the series' third season.
So adieu, my friends.
A good day to all.