Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

 

Sin City A Dame to Kill For poster

Sin City A Dame to Kill For poster

The highly stylized noir graphic novel is getting a second shot at the box office. The original 2005 ‘Sin City’ was stunning in its jump from page to screen; Frank Miller’s source material never looked better. For the sequel he and Robert Rodriguez bring us back to Basin City and crank up everything. The look is just as stunning. Here’s all they are saying so far about this one:

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The Details

 

 

It all depends on your sense of humor, but anything can be a comedy. Most of the time we laugh at the sheer absurdity of what we are seeing on the screen, for example, with any of the ‘gore porn’ movies (Saw, Hostel…) some are unable to process the images they see, they have to laugh to protect themselves from being disturbed to their core or the absurdity of it all just strikes a comedic chord in them. The later is what most dark comedies prey upon; the absurdity of situations. It is a tricky line to walk. Too much one way and it can become an outright drama. Too much the other way and it is a farce. But if the filmmaker toes the line it can become an artful train wreck that evokes the gallows humor in all of us. I believe ‘The Details’ toes that line.

 

With a wonderful cast that includes the talents of Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks (love her!) and Ray Liotta, the film centers on Tobey’s character’s fidelity. He is in a sexless marriage which sends him to the loins of another. The aftermath of his promiscuity is pregnancy, of which he wants none, so he decides he wants to start eliminating his problems from his life… permanently. All of these events are perpetuated by a family of raccoons in Tobey and Elizabeth’s backyard. If this doesn’t have dark comedy written all over it, I don’t know what would.

 

 

 

 

Killing Them Softly

 

 

I always enjoy a good mob themed movie. In this one, two desperate souls turn to thieving by holding up a big time private cash game… poker cash game for the uninitiated. This particular game has some underworld connections and that connection calls in one of his connections… did I mention he was connected? From there the enforcer, played by Mr. Pitt, goes after the two stumblebums with the help of another heavy hitter played by one of my favorites, Mr. James Gandolfini. Throw in Ray Liotta and Richard Jenkins AND the fact this is based off of the George V. Higgins novel ‘Cogan’s Trade’…. this show has real potential.  I will be checking this out in October.

 

 

 

 

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