|Posted on March 7, 2014 at 6:05 PM|
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
When the first Sin City came out, it was the perfect time and place. It was unique, interesting and overall well done. The thing is, that was then. Nearly a decade ago. 2005. Now it’s 2014, and I look at this trailer and I just see 2005. Maybe you’re thinking “it’s consistent with the first” but the thing is, the first, once you got past the “uniqueness” of 2005’s new style, it wasn’t all that great of a movie.
What I mean is, go back and re-watch the first Sin City. Get past the “fresh, unique and new” that is kind of relied heavily on. It’s really got problems. The acting is all over the place, the action isn’t particularly well done, most of the characters uninteresting, stories equally so...It’s entraining and stylish, sure, but it also feels dated and dull. This sequel’s trailer already feels dated. As though it’s lost in time and maybe trying too hard to be rigid to what the first film did instead of progressing. You see, the first film was progressive for its time…but this isn’t that and as a result the flaws seem to feel old and bland.
I suppose I’m just a bit apathetic to the notion of another Sin City movie.
Ungh…why? A modern Annie, I suppose, doesn’t seem to bad, but some of the “moderning” of it seems so damn forced. The humor is flat, especially from Diaz. I like Foxx. I love Wallis. But the music. The overall unchanged plot. I dunno, it feels tired and needless. I feel like it’s this dull clash of the old Annie with whatever forced modern version they’re trying to do and it just doesn’t work.
Boy, Diaz is cringe-worthy here.
But I will say this. It's better than a lot crap that comes out as family movies these days. This is something for parents and kids...and there's nothing really wrong with that when you really sit there and think about it. Unneeded? Probably, but would you rather have Smurfs 3?
I know nothing about Veronica Mars. I remember when the show was on and I thought “I like that Bell girl I might watch that” then never did, then just forgot about it quickly as people are destined to forget about Cougar Town. It looks good, I hope it’s self-contained on top of that because now, years later, I don’t have a desire to see the show. Maybe the movie will make me want to, kind of like how Serenity made me go back and watch Firefly, but that’s Firefly. This is not Firefly and not entirely sure if the show has even aged well. I mean, have you seen Buffy lately? I caught an episode a while back and I thought to myself “Holy shit this feels like the late 90s.”
Spoilers, right? Unless it's about abducting aliens. What a twist.
Found footage…well that’s not a good start with me. What was that one found footage that I actually liked recently? Europa Report? I think that was it. The Bay wasn’t half-bad either, at least in giving reasons for the stuff being shot the way it is. I really don’t have much of a suspension of disbelief when, in reality, most people would say “turn off the fucking camera.”
This seems like one of those. It also looks like a movie that is going to blend found footage in to the regular movie, and I hate that jumping of perspective even more. So yeah…no desire on this one.
From the director of The Last Exorcism? Is that supposed to get me excited? But I do like me some Dubstep and Ron Pearlman. Wub wub Hellboy Wub Wub.
Anyways, I do think conceptually this seems pretty damn sweet. I don’t know how strong the lead is, but the idea is certainly interesting and the trailer sells it incredibly well. I do worry about stuff like killer motivation and so on, and I know there’s going to be some BS twist to it all, but the idea is strong here and a strong idea in genre films these days don’t always come along.
According to my own database, I never reviewed Like Crazy. Know why? Because I forgot it about as quickly as I saw it, and I didn’t want to see it again. So where does that leave this movie, the director/writer’s follow up? No clue, but I do like me some Guy Pearce.
The trailer itself is a bit of a slog, but not awful.. It has some beautiful imagery, it certainly sells its tone and mood wonderfully. The poster is awful, however.
Stage Fright is, in my opinion of course, one of the more underrated slasher flicks of the1980s. It’s a low-budget b-grade slasher flick (aka Nightmares) from Australia if I recall and it…
Oh, it’s not that one. Oh, sorry, Stage Fright is a really really good film from the 50s starring Jane Wyman and directed by Hitchcock. This was when he was coming off of the underwhelming Under Capricorn and….
Wait….that’s not this either?
It’s none of this. It’s a musical. Meh…but if it can also poke fun at slasher movies, that would be great. I don’t know if this is going to do that, or if it’s clever enough for that. I mean, the set up is there, but none of the scenes in the trailer give me a lot of hope for a follow-through.