Some of you might be wondering why there’s a new episode of This is Our Design considering nothing happened in the most recent episode of Hannibal. Really, it was just an episode featuring 42 minutes of a black screen. Weird. Oh, well. Co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick still managed to analyze the darkness with the help of their fabulous guest, Zack Handlen of The A.V. Club. One of the three is an expert in music, one is an expert in pronouncing the names of actors and actresses, and one clearly knows everything about the Japanese language. We’ll let you figure out which is which. This week, topics include concepts of love in Hannibal, how to get the best use of a stationary character and some more discussion of why Dr. Chilton is a strong candidate for this season’s MVP. Also returning, of course, are the segments “Kate’s Classical Corner” and “The Devil in the Details.” Have a listen and feel free to join the discussion by leaving some comments.
Thanks to the likes of James Wan, paranormal horror is all the rage. From Paranormal Activity to Insidious and The Conjuring, audiences are irretrievably hooked to tales of nuclear families being bloodlessly menaced by only-fleetingly-visible entities of malicious intent. What’s remarkable about Mike Flanagan’s Oculus, which follows his no-budget wonder Absentia, is how it manages to wring genuine dread from a beyond-worn subgenre simply by paying close attention to the realities of its deeply troubled characters.Oculus functions equally well as a tragic psychodrama as it does a horror film.
Hannibal Podcast - This is Our Design #6: “Futamono”
For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting an amazingly in-depth discussion of the most recent episode of Hannibal…we’re sorry to say that all we have for you is this new podcast. This is Our Design isn’t amazingly in-depth. Oh, no. The truth is that doesn’t quite do it justice. This podcast is life-changingly enlightening (and also presumes to create new English vocabulary; that’s just how we roll). Co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick will help guide you through “Futamono,” relying mostly on the help of Dennis Perkins from The A.V. Club. Topics this week include issues of believability, ideas of impermanence, contributions from some of the supporting characters in this series and Hannibal and Alana sitting in a Tree…Man. This episode also features what might be the most in-depth “Kate’s Classical Corner” to date, and she didn’t even get started on the classical pieces featured. Brace yourselves for some Knowledge Bombs. “The Devil in the Details” also points out some interesting things about the viewing experience and how Fuller is going deep into the Japanese theme this season. Have a listen and feel free to join the discussion by leaving some comments.