Summer Mitchell’s Humpday Cosplay™

Summer Mitchell Humpday Cosplay Column LogoTali’Zorah vas Normandy from Mass EffectMass Effect’s Tali’Zorah vas Normandy by Nebulaluben
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IMJ Film Review with Aimee Kuzenski – Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

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Sin City A Dame To Kill For BannerI expected to have deeply divided feelings about Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), so I wasn’t surprised in that regard. I was, however, surprised by the reasons I felt the way I did.

The second Sin City movie, based on the cult comics of the same name by Frank Miller, has the same trappings that made the first film such a thrill. Shot in black and white and splashed with spots of vivid color, the heavy use of CGI and prosthetic make-up effects recreate the look and feel of the comic to an incredible extent. Like the first Sin City (2005), co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller weave together loosely connected stories and disjointed timelines with characters that are nearly as black and white as the film. Mickey Rourke is back as Marv, his rough-hewn face the first thing on the screen– looking even more like a half-finished granite statue than in the first film. Rather than having his own story this time around, he acts as a common thread through everyone else’s storylines.

You get some backstory mixed in with the fallout from the first film. We get to see how Dwight (originally played by Clive Owen, reprised by Josh Brolin) got his the face he wore in the first film (reshaped by dirty Doctor Kroenig as played by the fantastic AvaChristopher Lloyd) and the femme fatale named Ava (Eva Green) who pushed him over the edge and back to Oldtown. The scenes featuring Ava are particularly gorgeous, framed in cigarette smoke with her eyes occasionally flashing green. This story thread also shows us Manute (Michael Clarke Duncan in the first film, Dennis Haysbert in the second), the only man who might be a match for Marv– and how he got his golden eye (Fair warning: it’s more than a little gory.)

There are a couple of side-tracks involving Senator Roark (Powers Boothe), one of the slimiest politicians in Sin City… And his bastard son Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who uses his supernaturally good luck to beat his dad twice at poker– just to prove he can. He doesn’t get anything else out of it; the point is more of a moral victory. This particular story left me a bit flat. It felt tacked on, and as much as it pains me to disparage anything Gordon-Levitt does, this is probably the weakest part of the film.

Aside from the spellbinding Ava, I wasn’t really feeling the movie until it took up Nancy’s story. In the first film, Nancy (Jessica Alba) had about as much agency as any noir good girl. She was there to look gorgeous and innocent, and reward the hero with her presence and love. Now that Hartigan (Bruce Willis with a lovely star-shaped scar on his bewigged head) is dead– reduced to a ghost haunting Nancy’s steps… She is left dancing at Katie’s Saloon with a bottle in one hand. Through most of the movie, it looks like Nancy is doomed to drink herself to death, or beg one of the movie’s male heavies to “save” her and take out Senator Roark (the man who ruined her life). She can’t shoot him herself, so she drinks, and watches old movies, and even cuts off her long gorgeous hair. Psychologically speaking, that’s usually a really bad sign– barely a step from suicide. It hints at a metaphorical neutering.

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And then, with a single shard of glass, Nancy takes hold of her life with both hands. She does get Marv to come with her, as he’s about the only way she could possibly get into the Senator’s house. But once she confronts Roark, Sin City is all her show.

I felt like the movie played it safe with straight noir tropes for 90 minutes– then flipped the table and put Nancy, the fragile, innocent beauty, straight into the boots of the classic noir hero. I whooped and so did the rest of the audience.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is extreme fun that’s deeper than it had to be, and well worth the price of admission. - Aimee KuzenskiLM ULTRA THIN BOX BREAK

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IMJ Pic of the Day

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IMJ Daily Links™


New poster for ‘The Flash’

Confirmation the Marvel Netflix series are based on the ‘Avengers’ model

New Pokemon fighting game: ‘Pokken Tournament’

Donald Glover voices Miles Morales for Disney’s ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’

Weird Al’s ‘Game of Thrones’ parody at the Emmys

First look of Lucy Lawless in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

Ridley Scott says ‘Blade Runner 2′ script is complete + filming will likely take place before ‘Prometheus’ sequel

‘Lego Batman 3′ set for November 11th release date

Henry Cavill and Amy Adams take the Ice Bucket Challenge in costume

Act out your own ‘Doctor Who’ stories with cute little peg people

New teaser for ‘Gone Girl’

Marvel has no plans to release any comics based on ‘Big Hero 6′LM ULTRA THIN BOX BREAK

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Weekday Morning Music

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BOOM! Studios Comic Book Previews: Regular Show #14 + Steed and Mrs. Peel – We’re Needed #2

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Regular Show #14
Writer: KC Green
Artist: Allison Strejlau
Release Date: August 27th

It’s time to check out what happens at the coffee shop when Mordecai and Rigby are off on their own and Eileen is definitely up to something. What could possibly go wrong? Well, Mordecai and Rigby aren’t the only ones who get into crazy things during the day! Featuring a backup story written by Rachel Connor and illustrated by Carey Pietsch.

Steed and Mrs. Peel: We’re Needed #2
Writer: Ian Edginton
Artist: Marco Cosentino
Release Date: August 27th

John Steed continues the quest for the truth about his fellow agent, uncovering some secrets about the remote seaside resort he’s investigating—and the locals are willing to go to extreme measures to keep Steed quiet.

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BOOM! Studios Comic Book Previews: Bee and PuppyCat #3 + Bravest Warriors #23

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Bee and PuppyCat #3
Writers: Tait Howard, Madeline Flores, Ian McGinty, Anissa Espinosa
Artists: Tait Howard, Madeline Flores, Ian McGinty, Anissa Espinosa
Release Date: August 27th

Bee and PuppyCat find themselves avoiding the one thing that bores them most in the world…CLEANING! This is a collection of shorts that dive into the world of BEE AND PUPPYCAT and show you the different shenanigans these two heroes get up to!

Bravest Warriors #23
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Ian McGinty
Release Date: August 27th

Chris is missing and it’s up to the Bravest Warriors to save their good friend and kind of leader. Will the Bravest Warriors be able to save Chris from the slug people even though they’re one member short? And what nefarious purpose could they have for the team’s residential Emotion Lord? Join Danny, Beth, and Wallow as they try to get to the bottom of this and save their friend.

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