Sin City

Sin City – A Film Summary and review (Podcast Notes)

This is a listener requested film that I had not seen but enjoyed watching as a result.
Thank you to Doug out there for requesting this review. It works on many levels the main ones being the neo-noir style narration, the graphic novel look and unicolor approach, and the actors cast in this movie.

Sin City (2005)
R | 2h 4min | Crime, Thriller | 1 April 2005 (USA)

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A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.
Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez | 1 more credit »
Writer: Frank Miller (graphic novels)
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis

Directors and background: There are 3 directors.

Frank Miller

Sin City (TV Series) (graphic novels – 2018) (announced)

Robert Rodriguez

Special guest director Quentin Tarantino

So, now let’s listen to the trailer for this film: Trailer

History of the movie
Based on Frank Miller’s comics/graphic novels.

Actors
The film stars an ensemble cast led by Jessica Alba, Benicio del Toro, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, and Elijah Wood, and featuring Alexis Bledel, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rosario Dawson, Carla Gugino, Rutger Hauer, Jaime King, Michael Madsen, Nick Stahl, and Makenzie Vega among others.

As the story begins, you have several intertwined tales that you think will amount to some larger, coherent meaning. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t but that’s what the directors tried to do. It’s amount to reading a comic that takes you through several locations possibly dealing with a central theme or villain. It looks very gothic novel from the get go and I liked that. Everything is dark. There are very few grays. It is either black and white or another well-chosen color like red, yellow, or white thrown in to accent some action or point in the plot. Usually this is blood but it is often eyes, the street, a woman’s brooch, or other well-chosen thing. This effect is done very well. It made me feel like I was in a dream. It turns out the Cannes film festival gave this film an award based on its visuals. Another aspect you get right away and throughout is what Wikipedia calls “Neo Noir.” I would have just called it Noir. It is set in locations that are flat and drab like you might find in a Humphrey Bogart film. The actors voices are used to narrate thoughts and this is used much more than traditional talking in a role. It’s all very creepy and it transports you to another place very effectively.

In the first scene a man is wooing a woman and appears to care for her only to reveal soon he is a hit man and he actually kisses then kills her. He coldly says “I’d cash her check the next morning.” Jessica Alba is in this but figures prominently in the final acts only. Brittany Murphy is Shelly in this. I was so impressed by her. Hollywood lost a beautiful and talented woman actor when she passed away. She was taken far too young. This movie doesn’t feature her prominently but there is enough of her to really see the kind of talent she had. She’s as hot as a cat on a roof and she can work it too. I really enjoyed her scenes.

So, before too long we have the main gist of the story beginning.

Hardigan, Bruce Willis, is a Cop thinking about retirement. He has a bum ticker and he’s too old to be pulling his style of vigilantism on the streets. There is an 11-year-old girl getting raped by that is likely to be raped by some psychopath running the town. Hardigan is determined to prevent that from happening. The girl is the character who would later be played by Jessica Alba. At this point when people get shot their blood is milky white. You start to see what they’re doing with the effect and it’s pretty cool.

Next we meet Mickey Rourke’s character and Jaime King as Goldie. He;s picked her up and taken her back to his red heart-shaped bed in a hotel. He has some face prosthetics which make him look evil but we find he’s a good guy just out for a good time. At any rate, he has fallen in love with this one. They wake up after a blissful night, she is dead. He needs to find out who killed her. He becomes a bit of a vigilante like Willis’ character is. Now there is a sort of central theme to the plot.

He’s trying to get a name out of a guy in an alley by shooting him in the stomach. That’s the way interrogation is done. He knows he’s gonna die but doesn’t want anymore pain. Then he shoots him in the head.

Mickey Rourke is fucking built When Rourke’s character is told the slut is not worth dying for, he defends her. Worth dying for. Nice thing to stand for. Also defending 11 year olds from rapists is another. They got the motives and empathy things down.

Creepy look of eyes at the farm. This is when the creepiness of the eyes and cutout format is at its peak. Elijah Wood is a cannibal

Corrupt police. A movie that shows the LA PD corruption is The Changeling w/Angelina Jolie.

Goldie’s not dead!!! Her twin sister is a bad ass bitch!

Rutger Hauer

Coerced confession from Rourke’s character – The electric chair

Brittany Murphy is Shelley

Clive owen is Dwight McCarthy

Hardly recognized Benecio Del Toro with all that wet mop of hair and I think some face prosthesis

The red convertible, Clive Owen is out to take his Caddy

The white blood again

A dirty cop Benecio is a

The LA Brea Tar Pits :)

Old Town

Irish gang? Merceneries

The hand grenade sends him into the tar

Never give an Irishman good cause for revenge

The main story in Old Town drags it al down a bit.
Been Listening to the podcast “Super Horror Bros.” and they say “If you are going to have me watching your film for over 90 minutes, that’s an hour and a half, you better have a story that keeps the wait worth it.” This film should be a wham bam. It is 2 hrs 4m

The girls of Old Town come to the rescue w guns

The final acts of this film are not its strongpoint. Willis’ character goes to solitary until he confesses … there’s things that happen. He is reunited with Jessica Alba and she is romantically in love with him. This even though he remonds her he is “Old enough to be her grandfather” and after 8 years in jail. What about that bad ticker? It was hard to believe that part at the end.

So, my final thought: Sin city is a visually pleasing neo-noir masterpiece adapted from a graphic novel. I was a little let down to find out it didn’t take place in Vegas which is the place I have always thought was called Sin City. It looks more lie Los Angeles at night. It is a fun film. I enjoyed most the scenes of vengeance and vigilantism. This is certainly a film I would recommend. I simply would have preferred a simpler, more credible story with a shorter runtime that took off about 30 mins. I gve this film an 8/10.
Thank you to Doug out there for requesting this review!!!
Well, that’s the end of my review and I will see you next time.

Body Horror, Podcasting & Banter w my Guest Rik Morgan

Body horror is one of the most disturbing types. In this episode we dialog about it. To imagine being maimed or disfigured with no ability to heal or change back is horrifying for sure. Here are some of the films I had great dialog about with my guest Rik Morgan of “Hail Ming Power Hour,” “House of Whacks” and other great podcasts.

Tusk
The Brood
Alien
Deathdream (Rik recommended to me but we don’t talk much about this one)
The Thing
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Possession
from Beyond
Human Centipede
Rabid
Eyes Without a Face
Videodrome
Shivers

My guest:

In this show I welcome for the first time to my show, podcaster and Youtuber Rik Morgan. I discovered his show looking at my friends’ lists of podcasters on Twitter. The first one I listened to was “Short Bus Cinema” and I about cracked up listening. Since then I have discovered he has many projects the latest of which is a Youtube show called House of Whacks. Here’s the preview, if you have a chance to watch it I hope you enjoy!

Rik is a great talent and I was glad to have him as a guest on my show. Watch for a return visit! And keep your fingers crossed!

The rest of our show today was about body horror films.

Beverly Hills Cop Franchise w Guest Hermione Flavia

Announcing another great guest! Hermione Flavia ( on twitter @hermioneflavia ) agreed to appear on the show and when we talked about movies to cover, she came up with “Beverly Hills Cop” which I agreed with right away. I had a lot of fun with her recording the show! Have a listen and enjoy.

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
R | 1h 45min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 5 December 1984 (USA)

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.
Director: Martin Brest
Writers: Daniel Petrie Jr. (screenplay), Danilo Bach (story) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton

I’m a big fan of the franchise and of Eddie Murphy’s work. It was very exciting to rewatch and discuss these films with her! What you hear in this episode is our discussion on these 3 films. We take a few birdwalks but were pretty good about coming back on topic :) WHICH as you may know is a bit of a challenge for me sometimes. She’s agreed to come back and we’re making plans for her to be on the show again very soon.

My guest today is Hermione Flavia from Wildfire Movies. Check her out on Instagram as well: hermioneflavia.

Charly and Limitless w Guest Audrey Fox

My guest is Audrey Fox of 1001 Movies and Beyond and Rated M for McPhail podcast. She’s on twitter at: @audonamission (I love to read and listen to her stuff!) I really enjoyed having a dialog about films with her today. This episode is about the 2 films Charly and Limitless.

Charly (1968)
M | 1h 43min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | 23 September 1968 (USA)

An intellectually disabled man undergoes an experiment that gives him the intelligence of a genius.
Director: Ralph Nelson
Writers: Daniel Keyes (novel), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
Stars: Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala

Today we’re going to talk about the brain in movies and what it can cause people to do when drugs are involved, when operations are involved, basically when humankind intervenes in the natural patterns of the brain.

We’ll be talking about Charly, the psychological suspense thriller from 1968 and Limitless the thriller from 2011. I do have a guest today and her name is Audrey Fox.

Audrey shared she is a “Movie Lovin Millennial.” She has a website and podcast and we first got connect through the LAMBcast and LAMB site where we were guests on a show “Movies That Really Scared Us.” Since then, I have had her on Talking stars as a guest multiple times and today she agreed to be on my own show. She has a degree in film and a very unique and engaging way of talking about movies. I am eternally grateful she was on my show today!

We share some banter on the President and current state of affairs that is causing BOTH of us stress.

Limitless (2011)
PG-13 | 1h 45min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 18 March 2011 (USA)

Limitless is a movie starring Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, and Abbie Cornish. With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access one hundred percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.
Director: Neil Burger
Writers: Leslie Dixon (screenplay), Alan Glynn (novel)
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish

What a topic! Anyway, if you disagree, it doesn’t last forever. I agree with what Audrey says that if you support putting children in cages I don’t care what you have to say. That was good! She has a lot of great things to say. I always look forward to when I can get her on the show.

We review the two films with commentary back and forth and then we talk about what we’ve been watching.

Ep. 69 – American Splendor

After picking this film based on its Metacritic score, I watched and learned of a unique talent in our times: Harvey Pekar (pronounced “Peek-are”). Radiant describes it well.

He was a comics artist who lived the artist’s life. I was hugely inspired by his story and specifically, Paul Giamatti’s portrayal of him in this film. I give it easily a 10/10 but be aware it is droll and sometimes very nerdy. In other words, it’s not for everyone. The film really touched me though and I talk about how at length in this episode. Thanks for listening, may Harvey Pekar rest in peace. My next film for commentary is “About Schmidt.” See you next time.

Ep. 63 – Swiss Army Man

My score: 10/10. The debut feature film from “Daniels,” aka directing duo Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, has a lot of people talking: mostly good, a tiny percentage bad, all expressive because this is an atypical movie that emanates expression. These guys are known for their quirky short films that reveal a human side struggling in a dark society. Swiss Army Man falls right into that category only in a feature length.

swissarmyman-poster

Swiss Army Man
Cast

Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Directed by

Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Duo Credited as “Daniels”)

Written by

Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Other Info

Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Rated R
1hr 37min

Swiss Army Man is a story about Hank who is stranded on a desert island. He is trying to hang himself when he sees a man wash up on show, Manny (Daniel Radcliffe). He rushes over to him to find him dead but the dead man keeps farting. He discovers it isn’t a loss that the man is dead, he has farting powers that make him function like a jet ski for Hank. Hank is able to use the dead man to get to the other side of the island. As Hank continues his quest to “get back” to civilization, he discovers Manny has all sorts of special functions that help him survive. This is where the title comes from: “Swiss Army Man.”

I want to address the film’s use of farting, since it has become a point of criticism online and it print. Apparently, a small percentage people walked out of the theater at Sundance during one of the farting scenes. I find that laughable that critics would walk out on any movie, much less one screening at film festival. The Daniels addressed this as an exxageration. They say of the 1500 people in the theater, maybe 12 walked out which was 1% of the occupancy. I had a completey different reaction to the fart scenes. I saw them as representative of life. Fart sin this film are the things that bind Hank (Paul Dano) and Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) together. This film doesn’t concern itself with the cool things that usually make up a popular movie. Instead, it points out that things like farts separate us from dead bodies. If a dead man can fart that much, it’s like he is alive. The use of farting to make a point is minimal in my opinion and shouldn’t be criticized … listen to the podcast for the rest.

Ep. 53 Movie Review of ‘Most Beautiful Island’

This is a last minute surprise for thriller/horror of 2017. I watched it in utter delight, a really great film. Of course, I decided to share my enthusiasm with my voice, here on the podcast. I hope you enjoy. Comments are welcomed!

Most Beautiful Island (2017)
1h 20min | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 3 November 2017 (USA)
Most Beautiful Island is a chilling portrait of an undocumented young woman’s struggle for survival as she finds redemption from a tortured past in a dangerous game.
Director: Ana Asensio
Writer: Ana Asensio
Stars: Ana Asensio, Natasha Romanova, David Little

Brief Film Review of ‘The Red Turtle’ – Ep. 49

This film brings the tide of humanity into the shore. I put ocean sounds as the bed for my review because they are so peaceful and run throughout the entire film. Without speaking these few characters deliver peace and relaxation while at the same time conveying a powerful story about the passing seasons of life. I hope you enjoy listening. Please, if you have time leave me a review on itunes of other service you listened at. Those reviews help get the word out on my project. This is episode 49.

The Red Turtle (2016)
La tortue rouge (original title)
PG | 1h 20min | Animation, Fantasy | 20 January 2017 (USA)
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A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.
Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
Writers: Michael Dudok de Wit (story), Pascale Ferran (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy