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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the long awaited sequel to Sin City (2005), a film which grossed over $158 million worldwide and became a fan favorite in no small part due to a visual style that bleeds neo-noir like Frank Miller’s artwork itself. Some have said that it is among the most faithful comic book adaptations ever made. Having the original author and the artist of the comic aboard as the co-director and writer didn’t hurt a bit, clearly. Miller and Robert Rodriguez once again team up to direct the sequel. Frank Miller is the writer (and comic book legend). Sin City: A Dame to Kill For also boasts the return of many cast members. Something you might not expect given the nine-year-gap between films.
- Steven Gahm
Four tales of crime adapted from Frank Miller's popular comics, focusing around a muscular brute who's looking for the person responsible for the death of his beloved Goldie, a man fed up with Sin City's corrupt law enforcement who takes the law into his own hands after a horrible mistake, a cop who risks his life to protect a girl from a deformed pedophile, and a hitman looking to make a little cash. Sin City featured: Directors: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, & Quentin Tarantino Jessica Alba as Nancy Callahan Devin Aoki as Miho Alexis Biedel as Becky Powers Boothe as Senator Roark Michael Clarke Duncan as Manute Rosario Dawson as Gail Benicio del Toro as Det. Lt. Jack "Jackie Boy' Rafferty Carla Gugino as Lucille Josh Hartnett as The Salesman Jaime King as Goldie and Wendy Brittany Murphy as Shellie Nick Offerman as Schlubb Clive Owen as Dwight McCarthy »
Proving there's no rest for the wicked, after vanquishing the liquid metal T1000, Arnie's unstoppable android is sent back to the past to protect young revolutionary John Connor (Nick Stahl) from SkyNet's newest robo-assassin, the Terminatrix (Kristanna Loken). Homeland's Claire Danes also finds herself in the firing line as the latest lady in Connor's life. But ultimately, the future of mankind is once again in the Teutonic cyborg's hands. »
Sin City was one of the best films 2005 and this summer sees the long-awaited sequel Sin City: A Dame To Kill For finally arrive. Fans of Frank Millers graphic novel series flocked to the cinema to see Robert Rodriguez’s first movie which was also a hit with those not familiar with the paper origins.
It was hoped that a sequel would be released in quick succession however Rodriguez and Miller have kept us waiting. In the meantime most of the stars saw their star rating soar with the likes of Clive Owen and Jessica Alba being bumped all the way up to A-listers. Whilst Owen won’t be returning for a second outing, his role is now being played by Josh Brolin, Alba is once more back to help director and close friend Rodriguez out.
Alba played the innocent (ish) Nancy Callahan is Sin City – a grown-up version of »
- Kat Smith
What makes a classic? Sarah digs into the ‘90s teen genre to find the difference between an iconic movie and a forgotten one...
The 90s revival can’t be ignored any longer. The nostalgia is in full bloom right now: walk down the high street and you’ll see 90s-inspired crop tops and stonewashed denim in every shop window, while current cool kids Iggy Azalea and Charli Xcx (neither of whom were old enough to see the film at the time) have paid slavish tribute to Clueless in the video for their current single Fancy. We’ve already pillaged the ‘80s for all they were worth and now, apparently, it’s time to start excavating the 90s. No matter how old that makes us feel.
If there’s one film genre that screams “90s”, it’s the teen movie. The decade was a kind of golden age for the »
Terrorizing tykes. Corruptible kids. Menacing mop-tops. Problematic pubescent. However one might want to use their alliterative labeling when it comes to troubled young people and the trauma they cause (or the trauma that gravitates to them) in the world of cinema it is always fascinating to see the suspense, aggravation and psychological ramifications behind such happenings.
Kid Power, Kid Sour: Top 10 Misguided Youngsters in Film looks to examine some of the young people involved in such disturbing dilemmas within various facets in cinema. So let us check out a selection of these impressionable violators (in some cases victims) and contemplate their predicaments at hand, shall we?
1.) Rhonda Penmark from The Bad Seed (1956)
In playing the little pig-tailed sociopath Rhonda Penmark in Mervyn LeRoy’s Oscar-nominated film The Bad Seed, child actress Patty McCormack received an Academy Award nomination as the kid killer without a conscious. Spoiled and devious to a fault, »
- Frank Ochieng
Last month, cameras began rolling on Paramount and Skydance's pricey "Terminator" reboot (supposedly entitled "Terminator: Genesis," although this has yet to be confirmed), with a cast in place consisting of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke (no relation), Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, and Byung Hun Lee. But today the studio announced a major new cast member in the form of "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith, who will play a mysterious and unspecified role in the movie.
While American audiences are most likely unfamiliar with Smith's work, he's garnered a major cult following thanks to his role on "Doctor Who" during the 2011-2013 seasons (and, admittedly, he is pretty dreamy). His next big film role comes in the form of the Cannes-ready Ryan Gosling directorial effort "Lost River," where he stars alongside Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Gosling's lady Eva Mendes, out later this fall.
Concrete plot details of the new "Terminator" movie remain damnably obscured, »
- Drew Taylor
7 items from 2014
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