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olivia said on April 10th, 2005 at 1:51 pm :

heey
i liked the review, i want to watch it now. how did you watch it if its still not out in France?
The links with the pictures dont work.
I cannot imagine white and yellow blood.
take care.

 

kines said on April 10th, 2005 at 3:49 pm :

Ah.. the wonders of knowing the back-alleys of the Internet to get what you want, olivia. The movie comes out in France around the beginning of June… hee hee.

The blood will be white only, not yellow. The Yellow Bastard will be. (Apparently they had to use flourescent light to get the blood to become white, and to fix it with computer graphics.. the Yellow man was actually painted blue, because yellow blended with the green screen against which they filmed)

I fixed the image link.

Oh and don’t tell me I didn’t warn you about the gore in the movie. =)

 

katie said on April 11th, 2005 at 5:11 am :

The reason why wasn’t Nancy supposed to scream, was because it was the thing that turned on the pediphile, “Yellow Bastard/Junior”, it was sexual for him. He could not do his dirty dead if he knew that they were’nt frightened, or willing to show that they were scared out of their mind.

So. . . Where did you see the movie then?

 

News from Around the World said on April 11th, 2005 at 7:22 am :

Sin City Movie Review
Where we grew up, this would be a good thing:…

Apr 10, 2005 | Sin City Movie Review

Movie review for Sin City (2005)

Director: Frank Miller
Starring: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, among others
Rated: R
Runtime: 124 min

I was thoroughly bewildered by this movie that I was compelled to watch it again from the beginning to understand some allusions made towards the end. (And I still don’t know how Junior/Yellow Bastard has arms when he ‘rises from the dead’) Indeed this movie is full of unwanted surprises, in that some people are really hard to kill. (Marv, unfortunately, is put in the electric chair, althought not without some toughness on his part). I won’t go into the nitty gritty about the plot (The Internet Movie Database does a fine job in doing so) but perhaps will shed a bit of light on how I saw it (since it hasn’t been released in France yet).

I liked the general use of black, gray and white (as the original comics presumably were), punctuated at times of monochrome silhouette outlining the figures in the action. The only colors that appeared were red (although blood was often depicted as white, giving it an even scarier illusion) and yellow.

I thought Gail looked like Condoleeza Rice, which was kinda scary.

While I hadn’t read Frank Miller’s comics before, I found the graphics to be well adjusted to give the impression that one was reading a comic. (Apparently they are extremely faithful to the original three comics, “The Hard Goodbye”, “The Big Fat Kill” and “That Yellow Bastard”) The narrative voice often added to this effect.

I think the intertwined stories (that of Dwight, Marv, and Hartigan) were well constructed, each man trying to save some part of Sin City in their own way.

I found the resurrection of supposedly dead people very unnerving. How could Jackie Boy/Detective Rafferty still be alive after his gun backfires? How could his head still be talking when Dwight hands over his ‘head-bomb’ in exchange for Gail? How could Kevin still be alive (when Hardigan goes back to the farm to finish off Junior/Yellow Bastard)? I guess this is all part of the comic-y aspect of the film.

Interesting trivia: Yellow Bastard’s license plate is “TYB 069.” The first half is TYB, the initials for the story “That Yellow Bastard.” The priest that Marv talks to in the church is actually Frank Miller!

Miho is a Japanese name but she looks undoubtedly Chinese. (No wonder… imdb tells me she is of Japanese, German and English, her dad owner of Benihana.. awful restaurant chain)

Did you notice that the cloaks of all men fluttered in a nonexistant wind?

All in all a well-constructed film. 8 out of 10, in my view. The gore and the blood should be a less impactful than in a all-color movie, but the elements are still nonetheless graphic. (Josh Hartnett plays a minor role, so don’t go after the film just for him, gals). Maybe its a violent side of me, but I couldn’t help laughing a bit when Jackie Boy/Detective Rafferty revives in the car and starts taunting Dwight.

This image gives you the scene where Marv crashes into the police car.. the bottom box says “I don’t know why you died, Goldie” in French.

This page also gives a lot of background (which is really interesting to see, especially if you hadn’t before) to the movie by giving info about the comic series.

Oh, and I have a favour to ask of those who saw the movie: why wasn’t Nancy supposed to scream?

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