Tag: hannibal

MOVIE REVIEW | ***AFI 100*** #74. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.


“You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste.”

Airport book level thriller.  Over the top, trashy story.  Big acting, cheap thrills and the most pedestrian level of shocks. The Silence of the Lambs has all of that.  It also has five Oscars to its name.  And for all of that cheap, trashy over the top B-grade schlock, it more than deserves all of those Oscars and has aged amazingly well.

A serial killer nicknamed Buffalo Bill is on the loose, killing and skinning young women.  Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) of the FBI decides that the incarcerated Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lector (Anthony Hopkins), a psychological genius, might be able to help them profile and find Bill.  Crawford assigns the job to fresh FBI recruit Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster).  In their first meeting, Lector is almost immediately inside her head and playing mind games. (more…)