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Another Visit to Sin City

By on Mar 8, 2014 in Previews | 0 comments

You can dislike a piece of art but still find some aspect of it that resonates with you. The original Sin City film was like that for me. What worked on paper, didn’t work on the big screen. The jagged edges of Frank Miller’s art felt flattened, polished, and slick. And a good artist doesn’t necessarily make a good director. The film felt bloated, empty, and its little bit of visual flash soon forgotten. It was the film equivalent of walking onto and off the Strip.

The scene that stayed with me was one of the few intimate ones. A conversation between Benicio Del Toro and Clive Owen’s characters guest directed by Quentin Tarantino.… Read the rest

Silly Looper is More than Just Your Average Joe

By on Mar 2, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

Looper is a silly film. Watching it is like watching your ultra-creative friend present their final project in class. They’re lobbing all kinds of things at the wall, only some of which stick, and most have nothing to do with the assignment. But they’re having fun and so is the class. And inevitably the teacher is loath to give them a bad grade because at least they’re trying to be creative.

Rian Johnson, Looper’s director, is trying very hard to be creative. Not trusting the strength of his premise, he attempts to give you two films for the price of one and sprinkles in some slapstick just for kicks. The first is a science fiction film about assassins and time travel.… Read the rest