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SIN CITY & H2G2 Trailer = brain broken - film at 11

[Sometimes standing up for your friends means killing a whole lot of people.] - Sin City by Frank Miller

Wherein a gorgeously rotoscoped movie takes on a Comic Book taking on Film Noire and come up with a completely new medium ...

I haven't been to see a major release motion picture in a while - the SF Indie Fest fed my need for theatres, and my DVD habit is insatiable ... but i saw SIN CITY last night and i must just say DAMN ! and FUCK, YEH! and ... ok, the trailer first, then SIN CITY.

i'm glad i didn't just melt into a puddle of goo in my seat after the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trailer BROKE MY BRAIN!~!!! Don't Panic !!!! Always know where your towel is ... and how the fuck did they alleviate my worst fear ??? Zaphod's two heads ??? I was ready to hate it - i was so completely startled by the answer that i went into SIN CITY with brain broken and expectations on HIGH ... a dangerous combination.

SIN CITY is the collaborative work of Texas darling Robert Rodriguez and comic genius Frank Miller, who wrote and drew The Dark Knight Returns, a dark Batman story, Ronin, Daredevil, and his masterpiece, Sin City. Frank wrote the screenplays for RoboCop 2 and 3. Look for his cameo as the priest in Sin City.

Robert Rodriguez does it all - he is credited as director, editor, producer, writer, Miscellaneous Crew, Composer, Cinematographer, Sound Department, Visual Effects, Production Designer, Actor, Special Effects, animator, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, still photographer, steadicam operator, etc etc. cheif cook and bottle washer for most of his Troublemaker Studios ventures, and Quentin Tarantino, his "brother" has a psymbiotic relationship that has him credited in Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2. And Robert Rodriguez is ... HOT. i mean, DAMN! Who cares what he's done? heheheh, ok, seriously, he is married with 4 kids, and his wife produced Sin CIty, as she has most of his films. I say they make an incredible team.

Oh yeah, the movie ... what - you think i had a review? an opinion? go see it for yourself. I hate reviews. I just have some comments - like the fact that Benecio Del Tor reminded me of Marlon Brando. That Nick Stahl's disgusting Yellow Bastard reminded me of lovely Armin Shuleman's Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space 9 ! [ I once did an animation morph of then-presidential hopeful H. Ross Perot into Quark ... it only took about 5 steps to get the point across ... heh.] Rosario Dawson should be Cat Woman. Elijah Wood reminded me of Neil Gaiman's Sandman character, The Corinthian.

What did i think about the movie? well, i have to go see it again... tonight. It was FUN !!! it was extremely violent, macabre, filled with over-the-top lines like "I will always love you ... forever ... and never" and Brittney Murphy gushing lovey dovey pap - and something quite a bit more significant - as her hair blows like a 30's starlet from a window as beautiful Clive Owen - who reminded me of Gabriel Byrne's character in gawdawful Cool World, in red tennis shoes leaps from her balcony. Speaking of Bakshi, his 1978 Lord of the Rings was the first film shot in black and white with live action, then rotoscoped and cel-animated. The battle footage came from Aleksandr Nevsky - a 1938 Russian film of the 13th century conflict between Russia and the Teutonic knights.
http://www.film.u-net.com/Movies/Reviews/Alexander_Nevsky.html "Put together in the immediate pre-war era, Sergei Eisenstein found himself in a delicate waltz of compromise with Stalin. In return for directing a potent but straightforward story, one that would open the eyes of the population to the German menace, Eisenstein was allowed access to numerous rewards. Firstly, since his career was on the decline, this production gave Eisenstein a definite winner; with Stalin's weight behind it the movie could hardly fail. Secondly, free access was provided to Soviet Army troops during filming, proving invaluable to the creation of realistic hand-to-hand combat. Thirdly, Prokofiev was eager to work with Eisenstein, beginning a lengthy and fruitful collaboration between the two. Eisenstein's masterstroke was to choose a tale of the Medieval era; Aleksandr Nevsky is not obviously a cry of caution against Hitler, yet the signs are there for those who look."

Here's some trivia i found : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401792/trivia

"This was one of several films around the world to be shot on a completely "digital backlot" (i.e. with all the acting shot in front of a green screen and the backgrounds added during post-production). While the other movies (Immortel (ad vitam) (2004), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), and Casshern (2004) - two of which were shot on film) were shot first, this movie's use of High-Definition digital cameras (like "Sky Captain") in addition to the "backlot" method makes Sin City (2005) one of the world's first "fully-digital" live action motion pictures."

Robert's insistence that Frank co-direct the movie led to to Robert's resignation from the Director's Guild of America (and his subsequent dismissal from the film A Princess of Mars (2006) as a result).

"Shunning Hollywood's ridiculously-high budgets, multi-picture deals and the two most powerful unions for the sake of maintaining creative freedom are decisions that would (and have) cost many directors their careers. Robert Rodriguez has turned these into his strengths, creating some of the most imaginative works the big-screen has ever seen."

Homework - look up Champion in the IMDb - find out how i can see this!

: broken brained
Tunez !: Nina Simone
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