Thursday, February 15, 2007

Welcome to Hannibal Chew

Welcome to my blog. My name is Dan and I have many interests but I started this blog because I love movies. This blog will be a forum for me to share my thoughts about specific movies and the movie going experience.

What inspired me to write a blog? I've long had latent, artistic tendencies that I allow to manifest in various ways. Two people have influenced me to start this blog. The first is my friend Jinx whom I have known for over 20 years. She has her own blog and she has told me for years that I should write a blog. The question I would pose to her was "What would I write about?" The answer to that question was provided by a man named Jason Wiener. I don't know how to pronounce his last name - weener, V-ner, viner, whiner, etc. I attend several film festivals in the Bay Area and Jason is a fixture at most of them. He isn't easy to miss. He has big shaggy hair, a ZZ Top like beard, and seemingly only one black overcoat. Furthermore, he always sits in the center seat of the front row in the theater. While chatting with him at this year's Indiefest, he mentioned he started a blog in January and that he was posting his musings about Indiefest. Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I decided to shamelessly steal his idea. Actually, Jason and I only share a love of movies. I find that Jason's favorite films are frequently the ones I despise. Jason is much more charitable in his assessments of films. In addition, Jason focuses more on the tangential elements of the movie-going experience.

Link to Jason's Blog

I'm not going to link to Jinx's blog. It's set up so friends and family can watch her son grow (nearly 4 years old). I don't know if she would feel comfortable with photos of her son being made public. I've tried to google her blog but it never shows in the search results so I don't think she would want the URL posted.

Why did I choose Hannibal Chew? Some people may think it is a reference to the Silence of the Lambs character originally portrayed by Anthony Hopkins and reprised by Gaspard Ulliel in this year's Hannibal Rising. That assumption would be incorrect. As movie buffs and sci-fi geeks know, Hannibal Chew was a character in my all-time favorite film - Blade Runner. He made Roy Batty's eyes and was played by James Hong. Hong, a great Chinese American (ABC for those of you familiar with the term) character actor has appeared in many well known films and TV shows. In Blade Runner, he was the cyber scientist in the insulated suit that Roy & Leon first approach "to get more life." You may also recognize him as Tia Carrere's father in Wayne's World 2, Snotty, Booger's master in Revenge of the Nerds 2, or numerous other supporting roles. I'm not really that big of a James Hong fan but I didn't want to have the URL be something like www.dansmovieblog.blogspot.com. I tried bladerunner.blogspot, roybatty, rickdeckard, etc. It came down to jfsebastian or hannibalchew. Although both names have a certain lyricism about them, I chose Hannibal Chew.

1 comment:

Jason Wiener said...

Hi Dan, thanks for the link. I shall return the favor.

And for the record, it's pronounced wee-nur. You know, like a slang term for penis.