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April 2nd, 2005


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02:08 am - A Fair Trade
I'm not going to tell you that Sin City is brilliant and the best movie of the year and visually stunning and unlike anything you've ever seen, because I'm sure you've heard it all before. I'm going to tell you why you should see it.

You should see it if you're a fan of the noir genre. This is quite possibly the noirest movie I have ever seen, and this includes actual noir like Sunset Boulevard and The Big Sleep. It is positively drenched in noir, from the black-and-white look to the hard-boiled characters, stories, and dialogue. I will give one word of warning here: the movie will feel "off" to you in the first ten minutes since it's highly stylized. But you'll get used to it.

You should see it if you're a fan of comics. Because this will let you see how it might look if you literally transferred a graphic novel from the page to the screen, which is essentially what Robert Rodriguez did. As you watch, you can practically see the panels on paper.

You should see it if you love voiceovers. Because there are a hell of a lot of them, so much so that it often feels as if you're being told a story by the characters. This is, of course, a noir convention.

You should see it if you like Carla Gugino's breasts.

You should see it if you love movies. The way that they can transport you to another world, and for two hours or so, they can so completely engross you that nothing in your own life even seems to exist, all that matters is what's transpiring on the screen.

You should see it if you enjoy a bit of the old ultraviolence. This movie is not for children. Do not take your five-year-old sister, for God's sake. But if you can appreciate guns, arrows, grenades, swords, clubs, and ninja swastikas, then you're golden.

You should see it if you can't tell the difference between a hero and an antihero, and maybe you think there's no real distinction.

You should see it if you liked how in Pulp Fiction, three self-contained stories ending up being connected.

You should see it if you can handle gore, ranging from missing limbs to...more missing limbs.

You should see it if you want to see Alexis Bledel show a little range.

You should see it if you want to see something different. Not only visually, but stylistically as well, down to the narrative.

You should see it if you want to see a really good movie. Look, maybe I wasn't physically wowed by it, and I'm not feeling all giddy. But you know when every aspect of a movie, from the acting to the writing to the directing to the everything you can possibly think of, is just so spot-on you can't think of anything to complain about? That's Sin City. It's extremely solid, and possibly revolutionary. Go see it.
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From:the_partyman
Date:April 2nd, 2005 07:28 am (UTC)
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AEGH!

I so wanna see this movie!

It doesnt open her until... June I think. :(

OOH! I will be in La in two weeks. I can go then! Yay!
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From:letloverule42
Date:April 2nd, 2005 07:50 am (UTC)
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yes, yes you can.

Jenn and I were contemplating a bunch of us going as a group...you up for it?
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From:the_partyman
Date:April 2nd, 2005 08:34 am (UTC)
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Hell yeah!

Can I sit between Jess and Jess? Like a Partyman sandwich with Jessica slices? that would be funny.

Then again, I might wanna be in the back row making out with [someone]. *veg*
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From:letloverule42
Date:April 2nd, 2005 08:37 am (UTC)
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You can sit wherever you like, babe...as long as I get some Partyman action, too *veg*

I miss you on YIM :(
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From:the_partyman
Date:April 2nd, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
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"Partyman action" eh?

Sounds interesting!
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:April 2nd, 2005 07:47 am (UTC)
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But can I see it to see Alexis Bledel's breasts? No, of course I cant - but that wont stop me.
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From:letloverule42
Date:April 2nd, 2005 07:53 am (UTC)
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So. Need. To. See. This. Movie.

Gore! Boobies! Violence! YAY!
Need. To. See. This. Movie.

*twitch*
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From:sterope
Date:April 2nd, 2005 08:05 am (UTC)
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guns, arrows, grenades, swords, clubs, and ninja swastikas????

Nice. I'm so there.
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From:dgriswold
Date:April 2nd, 2005 10:04 am (UTC)
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Ah Miho, how I love thee.

Hmmm. Need a Miho icon. Time to search!
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From:dlgood
Date:April 2nd, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
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Damn, that was a movie. I almost ca't believe they allowed it to be released. But it really is so damn noir. Kicks much ass.
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From:kieyra
Date:April 2nd, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
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You should see it if you like Carla Gugino's breasts.

Hello, spoiler tags?

(Just kidding. But I really liked Karen Sisco and I forgot she was in Sin City. Which I plan to see soon.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 2nd, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
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For me, it was, "Oh my God, it's the mom from Spy Kids! Naked! Aaah! Whoa, she's hot."
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From:alliterator
Date:April 2nd, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
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For me, it was, "Karen Sisco! Naked! And a lesbian!"
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From:sweinberg
Date:April 2nd, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
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Great post. Glad you liked it!
From:vandalisimo
Date:April 2nd, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Should I see it if I want to have Clive Owen and Nick Stahl's babies?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 2nd, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
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Yes. Clive Owen is good stuff. Nick Stahl is a little less ogle-able than you might be used to, though.
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From:faithx5
Date:April 2nd, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
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I've been looking forward to Sin City for months with a mixture of excitement and trepidation...it looked like one of those films that could be absolutely awesome, or fail miserably. Thanks for posting this. :) Now all my trepidation has been transformed into rabid anticipation.
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From:jenelope
Date:April 2nd, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
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You should see it if you like Carla Gugino's breasts.

Or just breasts in general.

For the record, I was completely giddy. The fight scene in the alley had me whispering, "Awesome." And I know I tend to overuse that word, but it really was.
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From:alliterator
Date:April 2nd, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Hahahahaha! I saw it last night. It was awesome. Ultraviolent, but awesome.
You should see it if you like Carla Gugino's breasts.
Also: Jamie King's breasts. And Rosario Dawson in fishnets. And... and... my head has exploded.

Personally, the best part of it for me is how the beginning and the end completely tied the whole thing together.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 2nd, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes, I loved that. Also, the amusing henchmen.
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From:alliterator
Date:April 2nd, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
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The eloquent henchmen! I loved them!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 2nd, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
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"I am feeling puzzlement, bordering on alarm."
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From:alliterator
Date:April 2nd, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Ha! That was my favorite line.
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From:dgriswold
Date:April 3rd, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)
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"I can only express puzzlement, bordering on alarm."

Signed,
Saw it Twice (so far) and Can Be Pedantic if I Damn Well Please
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 3rd, 2005 05:53 am (UTC)
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No, thanks! I'd want to be quoting that correctly, and I wasn't entirely sure myself.
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From:dgriswold
Date:April 4th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
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:-)
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From:dahliam
Date:April 2nd, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
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I borrowed the comic books from a friend before I saw it and I'm so glad I read them first. It prepared me for the tone and let me get right into the movie instead of having to adjust to how dark everything was going to be. I mean, you know it's going to be noir, but I don't think any mainstream movie could prepare you for what's in Sin City. Not even Kill Bill.

Also, it give you an appreciation of how amazingly similar all of the actors look to the characters in the book. It's really almost unbelieveable.

But yeah, it was a good flick.
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From:snowbutterfly
Date:April 2nd, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)

SIN CITY!!!

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I'm glad you got to see it - I'll have to make it my matinee tomorrow, as I work, and I like to avoid the crowds if I can.

Glad to hear your take on it - I'm SO PSYCHED!!!!
From:hobviously
Date:April 5th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)

hi.

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I am "friending" you because I think it would be "swell" to have people who aren't "stupidheads" and actually "give back" to "fandom" on my "flist."

Yo.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 5th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)

Re: hi.

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Heh. You sound "bitter." Welcome. I've seen you around. I stole some songs from your last audiography post. And oh, looking at my comments, I see I read your "I love 'Hush'" entry.

Gosh, Kristen is pretty.
From:hobviously
Date:April 5th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)

Re: hi.

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I am, a little bit. Mostly I am cranky.

She really is.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 5th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)

Re: hi.

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Here, have a hug. *hug*
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From:norahrose
Date:April 6th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
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Eh, Alexis Bledel didn't really do it for me, but I thought the rest of the movie was fantastic. Really, really fantastic.

Oh, and I keep looking at the TWOP boards and you're everywhere. It's weird. (Okay, I really keep reading the Veronica Mars stuff, but you're everywhere there.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:April 6th, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. I kinda like the show. A little. Teeny bit.
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From:norahrose
Date:April 10th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
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Really? I hadn't quite figured that out yet.

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