Sin City–AKA…

 Sin City–AKA…

Sure, sure, I talk way too much about It’s a Wonderful Life, but this one’s obvious!

The movie was pretty good–unquestionably the most stylish adaptation of a comic book ever–although the gnosticism didn’t appeal to me…  “No exit”–that’s my philosophy… every single one of these fuckers spends their life looking for the way out of the narrative–and maybe I would too, if I believed that Pottersville was all there is… but, of course, I don’t…

loved the line about punching out God, though! Melville would be proud…and you know–I really like Brittany Murphy (“eyes on the stage pilgrim”…)

it was worth the five bucks…

good night friends!


  1. I liked it too, Dave. As everyone says, amazingly close to the source material. The crowd at my show, 99 percent of which I would guess had never read the comics, seemed to love it, though one woman was very confused by the time shifts (everytime a character from another storyline showed up alive, she’d say “This movie doesn’t make any sense!)

    What I always liked about the Pottersville sequence (and, by the way, you can’t write too much about “Wonderful Life”!) is how dark Capra was willing to go. It’s very bleak — Violet is a tramp, his mom is a cold, hard woman, Bert the cop fires into crowds, etc… After all that, who’s not ready for a happy ending?

  2. At times, it looked like a perfume commercial, the dialogue was stiff and goofy when not given by Rourke, the blacks were too white and whites too black, but violence and ass shots = worth seeing.


  3. See, now if I’d paid only 5 bucks, it probably would have been worth seeing.

    And yes, definitely quite stylish.


  4. Will–

    Pottersville is an amazing example of noir style used in the service of a truly complex narrative–and yeah, it is amazingly dark!

    Sin City, on the other hand, just wallows in its own mesmerizing noirness, and that’s always fun, but not particularly thought-provoking… I did like the stuff about Marv worrying that he might be conjuring up the perfect bad guys in order to cathect his psychosis upon…but there’s no follow-through on that, unfortunately–unless you stretch Willis’ speech about punching out God into a Mevillean critique of everything the film tells us about the protagonists’ relationships to the power structure…

    that’s too much of a stretch, even for me…

    the film portrays the “old man that dies” as far luckier than the “young girl that lives”…and that’s just psycho, from my point of view!

    I’ll probably never watch it again, but I’m glad I saw it…

  5. The movie was almost entirely style and self-parody of style. If there weren’t frequent re-takes due to actors cracking up over their lines then they were either on heavy medication or learned their lines phonetically.

    Visually interesting, but there were so many elements that were played to excess that it was difficult to take anything seriously enough to be bothered by even the worst of it.

    If the violence, T&A and general themes didn’t bother someone, the rest would likely depend upon how much someone cared for Pulp Fiction. Like Tarantino’s fun, but over-rated opus, it was style over substance.

    …not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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