31 Days of Wicked Watching [DAY 28]: I’ll Take the Chianti and Fava Beans

I mean, what’s 31 days of horror without Hannibal Lecter and “The Silence of the Lambs.” Anthony Hopkins rich portrayal of the cannibalistic serial killer landed him a Best Actor win. Honestly, the film was so good that it is still only one of the three to win all five of the major categories at the Oscars. Jodi Foster earned one for her portrayal of Clarice Starling. This film, although an adaptation of the book of the same name, is one of the most stunning films of all time.

From the time I was younger, searching Blockbuster for the stack of movies I was going to get to rent for the weekend and the video games I was waiting to play, this cover always intrigued me. It wasn’t until I was 13 that I finally entered the wild world of Buffalo Bill and the dance between Clarice and Lecter. Since then I’ve grown to love the film even more with each viewing and I’ve noticed and learned more and differently each and every time. What was once an immature and infantile watch of a film and full of fright that ensued, is not a mature and complex dissection of the phantasmagorical elements and the strong use of symbolism and language. The depth that is employed by the brilliant acting and script, coupled with the thorough immersion into the world of true crime and criminal psychology, is what makes this one of the most fascinating experiences you’ll have with a movie.

If you’re a fan of “Criminal Minds,” then this is one that’s for you. It inspired the series after all.

I’ve adored it ever since. Tonight you should enjoy it with me.

Published by Patrick R. Johnson

Patrick is a Ph.D. student and graduate instructor in the SJMC. He comes from nearly a decade of teaching high school journalism and English, and an adjunct professor of journalism and media studies at Marquette University (where he received both his bachelor's and master's degrees). He is a former Dow Jones Distinguished National Journalism Teacher of the Year. His research interests include the intersection of news literacy, journalism ethics, journalism studies, and professional boundary work. He also focuses his attention on issues of deviance within the media industry, particularly as it relates to issues of sex and issues resulting in paradigm repair. Patrick is also deeply passionate about teaching and the role of journalism schools in the professionalization of their students. He focuses a lot of his thinking on mass communication and journalism pedagogy and identifying ways for journalism courses to be both rewarding in content and enriching in skill. He currently teaches Journalistic Reporting and Writing in the SJMC and taught a number of courses at Marquette, including Media Ethics, Visual Communication, Magazine Design and Production, Digital Journalism 1-3, Strategic Communication Writing, and the Journalism Capstone course for the department. His work in curriculum, instruction, and educational leadership includes serving as the Journalism Education Association’s Mentor Program Chair, designing curriculum to accompany Pulitzer Prize winning content for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, reviewing the Praxis national journalism certification exam, and developing a number of courses at the high school and collegiate levels. Patrick served as a 2021 Public Humanities Intern through the Obermann Center where he worked specifically with University Special Collections to develop public-facing exhibits and curriculum materials related to the Tom Brokaw Collection.

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