Sin City  APR 18 2005  rating: 4.0 stars

When I telephoned to see if he wanted to go, a friend warned me off Sin City. But since both Metacritic and Ebert (who has tastes similar to mine) gave it good marks, I decided to ignore his advice; I'm glad I did. Although it was violent and misogynistic as hell (as many comics and graphic novels tend to be), Sin City was a lot of fun and as beautifully shot as recent cinematographic favorites House of Flying Daggers, Hero, and Kill Bills I & II. Rodriguez and Miller (whose comics the movie is based upon) translated the style, framing, and abstractness of a comic to film better than I've ever seen...you can see that they really understand how both genres work and how to move between one and the other without forcing it. If you can stomach the violence (it's one of the most violent films I've ever seen), I'd recommend checking it out.

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