Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

A nice picture of Joseph Gordon-Levitt to help make up for his lack of plot.

As far as I can tell, it’s absolutely no use trying to figure out where this movie fits in with the first movie. I almost gave myself a headache trying to work it all out. But some people who were dead at the end of the first Sin City are alive here and some who were dead are still dead, even if they’re not quite gone. Marv (Mickey Rourke, Immortals) certainly doesn’t seem dead or ghostly, though he is stuck being everyone’s go-to guy when they want revenge and don’t have the muscle to manage it by themselves.
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Surrogates

New this year: FBI Ken and Barbie

Bruce Willis with hair! When’s the last time you saw that? We’re talking bleached-blond surfer-dude hair that flops over his forehead. And yet, after the first moment of shock, it doesn’t look all that silly, which is a pretty impressive achievement, I’d say.

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Looper

Bruce WIllis holds himself hostage. Er, holds Joseph Gordon-Levitt hostage.

In 2070 or thereabouts, it’s terribly difficult to dispose of a body because everyone’s tagged with some sort of electronic chip. Like what people do with their cats and dogs, I guess. So when a crime lord wants someone to disappear, there’s a whole extra level of difficulty involved. Enter the miracle of time travel. I was curious to discover if it was invented specifically to solve this problem, but they don’t say.

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The Top 5 Movies Secretly Based on Comic Books

The MCND Top Five List logo.

Okay, it isn’t such a huge secret, but once in a while the studios just don’t seem to want to make a big deal about the fact that a particular flick is based on a comic book and/or graphic novel. This is probably mostly because a lot of people still think of comic books as featuring nothing but four-color heroes in a clear-cut struggle of Good vs. Evil, even though these days that image often couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, movies often have to tone down the level of mature themes that can be found in some graphic novels. Take a look at these Top 5, for instance:

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Red

Helen Mirren and one of her impeccable selection of really big guns.

Red isn’t a reference to the color, though of course there’s a lot of blood. Nor is it a nickname — there are no redheads in sight. It’s actually an acronym, though if you haven’t read the graphic novel, I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you what it stands for. And yes, this was based on a graphic novel of the same name, by writer Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hamner. I think a couple of people in the audience were a little startled to see the DC logo in the opening credits, actually.
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