Eva Green

Sin City A Dame to Kill For

Sin City! A Dame to Kill For! The much anticipated sequel to 2005’s Sin City. After years in developmental hell, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have finally brought us the follow up. What has now developed a cult classic following, Sin City was most of the most visually stunning films put out of all time, A Dame to Kill For had a lot to live up. The anticipation has built for 9 years, nearly a decade. The film reunites us with stars from the original including Mickey Rouke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Powers Boothe, and Jaime King. Michael Clarke Duncan, Clive Owen, and Devon Aoki are replaced this go around by Dennis Haysbert, Josh Brolin, and Jaime Chung respectively. Rounding out the ensemble cast they are joined by Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Marton Csokas, Christopher Lloyd, Julia Garner, Juno Temple, Ray Liotta, Stacy Keach, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Lady Gaga, and Crystal McCahill.

A Dame to kill for follows three stories, the premier story is the title story, which follows Dwight (Brolin), as he is twisted and manipulated by Eva (Green). It is very heavy on Marv (Rouke) as he and Dwight team together to protect Eva while end up being roused into her twisted plot. This sequence in the film serves as a prequel to Sin City, explaining why it is that Dwight is played by Brolin, as opposed to Clive Owen. The other stories are sort of intertwining stories that take place after Sin City, making this part of the film a true sequel. They include “Just another Saturday night” that follows Marv after Sin City as he deals with Nancy(Alba) reuniting with Hartigan(Willis), “The Long Bad Night” that follows Johnny(JGL) as he gambles his way to the top of Sin City, and must deal with Consequences. And finally “Nancys Last Dance” that follows Nancy as she breaks down after the loss of Hartigan and joins Marv in a hunt to take down the man responsible, Senator Roark.

The film is very fun. It you were a fan of the first film, you are definitely going to be a fan of this installment. The visuals are epic and absolutely beautiful. It makes sense that they have taken their time to get this film out. The action sequences are beautifully shot and literally look like they are taken from the graphic novel pages. Frank Miller who we know thanks to The Spirit is a terrible director on his own, but when he teams with Rodriguez, these two can truly bring the fans what it is they want. These films are the best adaptations of graphic novels or comic books out there. Are the actors over acting? Yes, but it works for the film. Is the dialog cheesy? Yes but it feels like it was ripped from the graphic novel. It is what makes this film so much fun.

It’s not all perfect though. There are a few times as the story goes, mostly during A Dame to Kill For, that the film can drag. As well it is truly missing Michael Clark Duncan and Devon Aoki. Understandably having to recast Manute after the passing of Michael Clark Duncan, but Haysbert is just not the fit. And I don’t know why Aoki was recast with Chung, and all though she gives us more action, she doesn’t have the Look that Aoki had. Aki had that stone cold look to her that gave you a respect and fear for her character.

All in all it’s a great film. I scored it a Jeebus Score of 4.1, but then added a .4 bonus for a naked Eva Green, rounding us out to 4.5, a Good time at the theater.


300 Rise of an Empire

Full disclosure, I was late to the 300 game. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even see it till a few days ago. Rise of an Empire ups the game a bit but also is missing some of the spark that made 300 so epic. This go around Zach Snyder wrote and produced while Noam Murro directs. Returning to this epic world is Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo of Sparta, and Rodrigo Santoro as the God King Xerxes. New comers include Sullivan Stapleton as our lead warrior Themistocles, and Eva Green as very vicious Artemisia.

300 Rise of an Empire! The much anticipated sequel to Zach Snyder’s 2007 300! The story is unique in the fact that it’s not necessarily a true sequel, the beginning of the film is a prequel, the middle of the film takes place the same time as 300 is, and the final act takes place after 300 ends. Our story follows Themistocles the Athenian warrior as he leads his troops through a battle to unite all of Greece against the Persian Empire. Standing against him is the viciously evil Artemisia, Commander of the Persian Navy.  Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel “Xerxes” Rise of an Empire focuses more on the Athenian Army, while great warriors in their own way they lack the raw badassness that we got with the Spartans in 300. They aren’t out to die defending their country, they’d rather live, which does give you a more personal connection to the characters. However other than Themistocles and Artemisia there isn’t much background or character development.

300 changed the game when it came to visual effects in film, and Rise of an Empire is definitely on par. Visually stunning and graphic as all hell, Rise of an Empire ups the ante. The gore is even more over the top, which sometimes can be a bad thing in film, but works well in the 300 universe. There are times that you can notice the green screen, and the think to yourself, why can I see that there’s a green screen on this multi-million dollar production???? But moments later someone’s head is chopped off and you are back into the film. Now I’m not one for 3D film. When giving the choice I choose to stay away from the 3d, and see the traditional 2D. However I was forced to see the IMAX 3D version of Rise of an Empire and I will say that if you opting for the 3D viewing of the film, IMAX is the way to go. All though you can be taken out of the film by the large amount of 3D ash flying around ALL movie long, it’s still pretty stunning.

All in all, 300 Rise of an Empire is a badass film. Not the Oscar winning film my buddy Bluem thinks it was, but still a fun film to watch. I gave is Jeebus score of 3.6 with a .4 bonus for a topless Eva Green(yes topless, amazing scene) for a total score of 4, A Good time at the Theater!