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Sin City - Journal of Omnifarious

Apr. 17th, 2005

04:33 pm - Sin City

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I watched Sin City with rainonthewind yesterday. It was... hard to describe. Gritty and filled with callous violence. Lots grotesque, disgusting and macabre imagery.

OTOH, there were people who I could care about, who seemed like good people to me. It didn't suffer from the Pulp Fiction evil of largely having no characters who you could believe were worth more than the heap of atoms that made them up.

But, Sin City did suffer from the "No good deed goes unpunished." level of cynicism about the world. Also, everybody who's authority derived from something other than individual trust was portrayed as evil. That isn't a philosophy I wholly disagree with, but a world in which that's always true isn't a very pleasant place.

All in all, I think I would've chosen not to watch it had I known what I now know about it. But, I don't think it was a bad movie.

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From:eqe
Date:April 17th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
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This is an interesting and unexpected reaction. I didn't find much disgusting (except for the yellow dude at the end, but he's the bad guy so it doesn't count).

I find something uplifting about really dark movies. Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and Sin City all hit the same chord with me -- The story is so fundamentally saddening, and yet I feel uplifted having seen it. I couldn't stop grinning at the climax of Pi, for example.

It might have some parallel to the reaction others have to horror movies, I suppose - I can't stand horror, but I love nihilistic arty flicks.
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From:omnifarious
Date:April 17th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
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I found the ending of Pi thought provoking, and I really liked the movie because it echoed a part of me that obsesses over problems like that.

I've never seen Requiem for a Dream.

I did find Sin City to be uplifting in an odd way. My reaction was more to the level of graphic detail than it was to the story or characters. I really liked the story about Goldie. The main character of that story was a guy you couldn't help but like. I laughed at a bit where he called someone else a violent sociopath. And someone else's opinion I read was right, he made "The Punisher" look like a pansy. :-)

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From:xhasanx
Date:April 18th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
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I'm waiting for The Interpreter to come out. It looks pretty good. Keyword: looks.
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 22nd, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
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I saw that movie and thought it was excellent.

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