Everything up until the killing, will be a gas.

Sin City “She smells like angels ought to smell…. The perfect woman.

“She smells like angels ought to smell. … The perfect woman. The goddess. Goldie.”

     -Marv, Sin City

Well, we’re on the theme of comics, so we might as well talk about Sin City.


I think, last year sometime, I started saying we finally had the ultimate comic-book movie in Spider Man 2. And I was right in a sense, in that this was the first film to nail the comic-book genre correctly while also being a pretty good movie. Others may want to argue first, but whatever, the point is that this movie, finally, nailed it. But it’s still a movie based on a comic book. They all are. Batman, X-Men, Daredevil, LXG, Blade. They’re adaptations. The medium is different, so you have to change things. Things that work in a comic won’t work in a movie. Visual style, story-telling pace. Comics are a very stylized medium and most of what’s in a comic won’t translate directly.

Well, ok, sure. But here comes Robert Rodriguez to put the lie to all that.

Sin City. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. A series of graphic novels by the incomparable Frank Miller, creator of Dark Knight. I don’t even begin to have a complete list of all the major comics Miller’s worked on; Daredevil, Electra, Batman, X-men, Wolverine, Spiderman, Spawn, Avengers. I could go on and on. And I admit I’ve never read the Sin City books. They’re winging to me now, I hope in time for my trip this week.

But we’re talking about Sin City, the movie.

First a word about Rodriguez. He’s the brilliant creator of one of my all-time favorite movies, Desperado. Yet, his career as a director has had more misses than hits. Dusk til Dawn absolutely sucked, Once upon a Time in Mexico was boring, The Faculty was average, and while Spy Kids was entertaining, it’s fluff; it’s sequel is lame, and I didn’t brake the 3-D third one. So now, I see his name, I am filled with hope, yet have incredibly low expectations.

So Doxy started me up wanting to see Sin City. After reading her review, I couldn’t wait and actually went by myself to see it today. I never go to movies solo, but I just could not wait another day.

This movie is simply stunning. In many ways. First, the material itself, Miller’s comics, are artistically beautiful and well written. The casting and acting are all superb. But the brilliance of this is that Rodriguez didn’t adapt the books. He simply made them into a movie.

Never — ever — has there been a film that looked and felt so much like a comic book. Frame-by-frame, miller used the comic as his story-board, replaced the drawings with people, and brought a 2-D comic to life. Textures, pacing, dialog, color palate, the look of the people, the sounds. It all felt exactly — exactly like a comic book.

There is so much about this movie that I love, I can’t possibly do it justice. See it. See it now. Without doubt, I’ll be seeing it again, and buying it as soon as it comes out on DVD.

And just let me second what Dox said about Carla Gugino. She does indeed have an absolutely delicious ass, and I could spend all day with my face there. But she’s far from the only stunning babe in this movie; Jessica Alba‘s mouth will fill my fantasies this eve, as will images of her being whipped; and there are more barely-dressed lovelies in this film than I can keep track of. Truly a treat for the eyes in that sense as well.

Go. See it.

I love hitmen. No matter what you do to them, you don’t feel bad.
-Marv

Modern cars – they all look like electric shavers.
-Marv

An old man dies. A young girl lives. A fair trade.
–Hartigan

My warrior woman. My Valkyrie. You’ll always be mine, always and never. Never. The Fire, baby. It’ll burn us both. It’ll kill us both. there’s no place in this world for our kind of fire. Always and never. If I have to die for you tonight, I will.
–Dwight

People think Marv is crazy. He just had the rotten luck of being born in the wrong century. He’d be right at home on some ancient battlefield swinging an axe into somebody’s face. Or in a Roman arena, taking his sword to other gladiators like him.”
–Dwight

Priest: “ask yourself if that corpse of a slut is worth dying for.
Marv: “Worth dying for. Worth killing for. Worth going to hell for. Amen.

3 thoughts on “Everything up until the killing, will be a gas.”

  1. I haven’t seen it yet, I’m waiting for it to get to the cheap movies (around the corner from my house), nor have I read the graphic novels.

    From what I’ve heard, in the movie all the live action was shot entirely in front of a green screen (not blue, hmmm). The entire background is all CGI. That’s how they gave it such a comic book feel.

    Sounds like fun.

    D

  2. That’s true, but it’s way more than that. It’s the entire look and feel, from exact dialog to shot framing to color palate to the way the clothes move. The way light and dark frame everything. It’s got an illustrated quality to it.

  3. Just caught it last night… WOW. Rodriguez use of color on the mainly black and white frames is amazing.

    I think he’s always taken some amazing chances- even though you find them boring. I loved Dusk Til Dawn- as well as Desparado. They took such risks that even though Dawn was very uneven I applauded the visionary who didn’t quite have the vision in full focus.

    Yes it was a comic as a comic book should read. Dark funny and glorious.

    You can’t find that many good looking naked women in a porn!

    Mickey Rourke was absolutely brilliant.

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