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06 January 2005 @ 12:19 pm
Sin City Trailer -- Movies  
I gotta give credit. The more I see about this, the more I'm actually getting excited about it. Every time I see or read new things about the film, I'm impressed. Christ on a rice cracker, Hollywood may have gotten a comic book film RIGHT! I'm sure that's partly due to Miller's involvement to the level that it is; Hell, he got top billing for directing over Rodriguez. Here's to hoping it's going to be the exception to the rule...and here's hoping the rest of these yahoos making films about comic books are watching and taking notes.

Sin City Trailer at TheCinemaSource.com

Speaking of movies, as I sit here reading bad reviews of the new 'Phantom of the Opera' film (which I'll openly admit I'm loving reading!), it all makes me smile, and here's why: for all I bitch about remakes, I always have one thought in mind. Every time a classic film is remade these days, it comes out, gets all these rave reviews, and everybody loves them until the next film comes out for them to obsess over. Meanwhile, the true classic lives on, and continues to kick ass, while this big-budget blockbuster is ultimately forgettable, flashy, overdone pablum. Like a new "star" sidling up to a true legend of the screen, as if to say that they are famous now, and thus on equal footing...but when the next heartthrob or sexy smile comes along, they are relegated to the B-movie circuit, while that legend goes and wins another Oscar. *waves* Fly away, little starling, and let the legends play.
 
 
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fear & loathing on capitol hillgonzo_md on January 6th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
looks like a good one to me too.
bitterfun on January 6th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking the jury's still out on this one... I loved the first couple of Sin City novels the same way I love Raymond Chandler books. But somehow I'm thinking that Rodriguez just might over-cheese the characters out like they did with Dick Tracy. A little too much comicbookiness and not enough cold-hard-street justice.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Veritas / Aequitasarchmage on January 6th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
I'm a huge fan of Sin City, so my initial thoughts were "no way it'll be right". i mean, look at the precedents of former comic book films. But, everything I've seen so far looks very faithful to the right look, the right attitude. true, it'll never be QUITE as gritty as the books, but it does appear that they got the right feel and kept it true, instead of over-cheesing it.

Still, wait and see. i'm hopeful.
egonix on January 6th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
Well, they were using the actual comics as the screenplay/storyboard so I wouldn't be suprised if it went panel-for-panel along with the original stories.

They should pretty much just do this with all self-contained comics. (V for Vendetta, The Watchmen, etc)

But with longer running titles (Spider-Man, Batman, Superman) you can't exactly chizzle the story down to a 2-hr flick, so there's always gunna be something wrong/different.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Cerebus (WTF)archmage on January 6th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
True, which is a vote against them being flicks...sadly, those are also the popular ones, thus being ripe for movie-making.

I'm a little skittish to see what happens with "V For Vendetta", though, and downright terrified to see what goes down with "Watchmen".
egonix on January 7th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
Natalie Portman just signed to the role of Evey Hammond in V.

And I've said it before: "The Watchmen can only be done as a Mini-Series or Trilogy"
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Cerebus (WTF)archmage on January 7th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
And I've said it before: "The Watchmen can only be done as a Mini-Series or Trilogy"

Agreed...but, christ, no more trilogies. They've gotten stupid and ridiculous.
carodacaroda on January 6th, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)
I cant wait for Sin City!
I saw the preview a while ago and I have been 'jones'ng' for it ever since. It has a great cast.
I lent my copies out a long time ago and they've since gone to the Abyss, I think I'll have to go get a new one and reread it before the movie comes out.
I think the fact that Miller is involved gives it a lot of credit and he will try keeping it from being 'Hollywood-ized'.
bitterfun on January 6th, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
"I think the fact that Miller is involved gives it a lot of credit and he will try keeping it from being 'Hollywood-ized'."

uummm... I've got one thing to say about that: Robocop 2&3.
Vickie Carr: dorkmscarr on January 6th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
I'm really excited about Sin City!! Watching the trailer gives me hope that they haven't deviated from the comic. I go into most thinking they will be a disappointment and haven't been let down yet :)
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on January 6th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Every comic film so far has been a travesty, a rape of the originals...at BEST, they've just sorta made up their own story, and relied on amazing visuals to make up for it.

Now, they are delving again into more "adult" comics. The Crow was a cash cow for them (don't get me started on how they fucked it up, though), so now they turn their beady little eyes to Sin City.

Oh, so many ways to fuck it up.

But, in complete fairness, I'm actually impressed so far. Man, I hope I stay that way. It'd be nice to see one done right, for a change...especially since I expect them to fuck up Watchmen and V For Vendetta.
Auralee: Dragonmusicdragonmusic on January 7th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not really in to comic books, so I don't have much of an opinion there, but I do want to comment about the Phantom of the Opara. It is not technically a remake of the original film, it is actually a movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway Musical, which is also quite different from the original movie. I have see the Lon Chaney version of the movie, which is cool in and of itself, but this is not technically a remake of that. Just wanted to get my 2 cents worth in on something that I actually know something about.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Don't Fuck With Mearchmage on January 7th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
LOL...if you talk about PotO, you're talking to the expert. I have the book. I have copies of most of the film adaptations. I've seen both the London stage play and the Webber musical. I'm a complete fanboy for the character of Erik. Hell, I have a poster on the wall and three different foot tall figures of Lon Chaney above my mantelpiece (one as the Phantom, with his violin, one as the Phantom in his 'Red Death' costume, and one of him from London After Midnight).

What you are talking about it precisely the reason I hate this film, in general. It's a film adaptation of that hideous musical. Webber did his usual bang-up job of ripping off his own previous work to make a ne wone, ensuring that it sounds just like everything else he's done. On top of that, he pulled a complete Disney and just rewrote the story, changing key aspects of it. Lastly, they've changed the hideous deformations into this quasi-sexy bullshit...I mean, come on, the whole point was that Christine is actually starting to fall for him, but is horrified when she sees his face. Look at the phantom now, what red-blooded woman would choose Raoul over the Phantom? It's just a complete fucking rape of all that PotO is and should be...and it's par for the course Webber.
Auralee: Abstractdragonmusic on January 7th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
I can't disagree with you there, having read the book, it is very different, its just not strictly a remake of the original. But really, what did you expect? It is for the general public after all.