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Moviegoers Living in 'Sin City'
BoxOfficeMojo ^ | April 3, 2005 | Brandon Gray

Posted on 04/04/2005 5:20:31 AM PDT by Happy2BMe

As news of Pope John Paul II's death dominated the weekend, moviegoers appear to have vindicated recent accusations that America is plagued by what religious radicals call a death culture—a charge lobbed by President George W. Bush in the wake of the Terry Schiavo case—by flocking to the ultra-violent Sin City.

A mostly monochromatic, digitally-rendered noir picture adapted from comic books by Frank Miller (Robocop 2) and co-directed by Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids) and Miller, Sin City gorged on a gluttonous $28.1 million weekend estimate at 3,230 locations. Pre-release industry tracking was comparable to Constantine, another R-rated comic book adaptation, which opened to $29.8 million in February and has made $73.7 million so far.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: america; boxoffice; depraved; depravocrats; sincity
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To: Cincinatus; Real Cynic No More; peyton randolph
I really got into Pulp Fiction and like Frank Miller's style so it sounds as if this is right up my alley. Anyhow, the spectacular graphics alone are enough for me to want to check it out - might inspire me with a concept I've been toying with for a novel.
21 posted on 04/04/2005 5:51:45 AM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: theDentist

Even I figured that out. But that still doesn't give me a clue.


22 posted on 04/04/2005 5:52:14 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Tag line repossessed)
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To: Happy2BMe

Saw "Sin City" Saturday. Well done, well acted, visually stunning, very gratuitously violent. If it's your kind of thing (as someone noted, if you like Miller ("Dark Knight Returns"), Rodriguez (sp? "El Mariachi"), and Tarantino ("Kill Bill")) you'll like it; if you don't like or recognize those names, DON'T GO.

Four short stories are presented, each depicting the dark underbelly of Basin City. Beautiful dames, bent detectives, crooked cops, hookers, ugly thugs, innocent children, and powerful politicians butt heads (and break limbs, smash jaws, sever limbs, etc.) over power and desire.

The black-and-white-with-a-splotch-of-color style is striking and well done. It's a breakthrough in movie style, supporting the over-the-top comic-book visuals. I primarily went to see that.

The action was also over-the-top, well into gratuitous - made possible by the comic-book setting.

Morality presented was ultimately good-vs-evil, but good wasn't much better than evil, and a lot of time dwelt on the evil.

Despite the link to comic books ([ahem] graphic novels), this is absolutely NOT for children. It's not for most adults, either. Like "Seven" and "Pulp Fiction", it's well done - but not for the weak of stomach or pure of heart.


23 posted on 04/04/2005 5:54:08 AM PDT by ctdonath2
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To: Future Snake Eater

I want to see it. I'm waiting too for The Watchmen.


24 posted on 04/04/2005 5:54:47 AM PDT by kenth
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To: peyton randolph

Kind of average looking.


25 posted on 04/04/2005 5:55:22 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Tag line repossessed)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

26 posted on 04/04/2005 5:55:44 AM PDT by TheBigB (Need a thread hijacked? Call TheBigB! 24 hours a day...reasonable rates...inquire within...)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Just google an image of her. You'll see that she is, for the most part, forgetful.


27 posted on 04/04/2005 5:55:51 AM PDT by theDentist (The Dems are putting all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: Cincinatus
If you liked "Pulp Fiction" you'll like this one.

I liked Pulp Fiction but I didn't care for Sin City. I didn't think they pulled the plot lines together well at all, it felt as if it was an afterthought. I did find the character of Marv compelling. Individually I liked the portrayal of several of the characters, but didn't feel the movie as a whole was pulled together.

28 posted on 04/04/2005 5:55:56 AM PDT by zlala (I used to have a handle on life but it broke.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Dark Angel. She was the star of that Fox series from a few years back. She will also be in this summer's Fantastic Four movie. She was also one of the "cool" mean girls in Clueless.


29 posted on 04/04/2005 5:56:17 AM PDT by rabidralph (Ahhh, the internet.)
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To: rabidralph
Can't wait for the FF film...

30 posted on 04/04/2005 5:58:39 AM PDT by TheBigB (Need a thread hijacked? Call TheBigB! 24 hours a day...reasonable rates...inquire within...)
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To: Happy2BMe
This is what you get when you replace God with relativism in a society.

On a positive note, I'd guess that half the crowd didn't know that the pope has passed on.

31 posted on 04/04/2005 5:58:43 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: ctdonath2
this is absolutely NOT for children

I couldn't believe how many children where in the theater with adults. Where are their brains? (The adults, not the kids...though after seeing this, I might wonder about the kid's brains)!

32 posted on 04/04/2005 5:58:49 AM PDT by zlala (I used to have a handle on life but it broke.)
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To: zlala
I liked Pulp Fiction but I didn't care for Sin City.

Definitely "Pulp Fiction" meets "Kill Bill" in a graphic novel setting. Not for everyone's taste. However, I'm a fan of Miller, Rodriguez, and Tarantino and so found it fascinating how their works were blended together.

33 posted on 04/04/2005 5:59:06 AM PDT by peyton randolph (Warning! It is illegal to fatwah a camel in all 50 states)
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To: Aquinasfan
I'd guess that half the crowd didn't know that the pope has passed on.

The pope died? Who knew? Anything else I missed? /s

34 posted on 04/04/2005 6:00:29 AM PDT by peyton randolph (Warning! It is illegal to fatwah a camel in all 50 states)
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To: TheBigB

Yeah, I loved the cartoon when I was little. I'm glad that Hollywood is making these cartoons into live-action films. Spider-Man 1and 2 were great.


35 posted on 04/04/2005 6:01:06 AM PDT by rabidralph (Ahhh, the internet.)
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To: TheBigB

Yawn!


36 posted on 04/04/2005 6:03:31 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Tag line repossessed)
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To: theDentist

That's what I saw.


37 posted on 04/04/2005 6:03:54 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Tag line repossessed)
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To: rabidralph

None of those strikes a chord. I guess I don't get out much.


38 posted on 04/04/2005 6:04:34 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Tag line repossessed)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

I understand that tracking down all those conspiracies keeps you pretty busy.


39 posted on 04/04/2005 6:08:20 AM PDT by rabidralph (Ahhh, the internet.)
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To: Happy2BMe

It received $28.1 million.

Let's see.

$28.1 mil divided by $8 a ticket.

That's only about 3.5 million people who paid to see it.

Sounds like a flop to me.

There's nothing more glorious than watching Hollywood's death spiral.


40 posted on 04/04/2005 6:16:41 AM PDT by Vision Thing (The Surgeon General has determined that being Democrat is bad for your health.)
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