Sin City

Brutal and breathtaking, Sin City is Robert Rodriguez’s stunningly realized vision of Frank Miller’s pulpy comic books. In the first of three separate but loosely related stories, Marv (Mickey Rourke in heavy makeup) tries to track down the killers of a woman who ended up dead in his bed. In the second story, Dwight’s (Clive Owen) attempt to defend a woman from a brutal abuser goes horribly wrong, and threatens to destroy the uneasy truce among the police, the mob, and the women of Old Town. Finally, an aging cop on his last day on the job (Bruce Willis) rescues a young girl from a kidnapper, but is himself thrown in jail. Years later, he has a chance to save her again.

I was a little leery about see this film, because I heard the sex and violence was a bit over the top. After seeing it, I didn’t think it was that bad. Shooting in black and white I think helped with that. Yeah, there is a good amount of violence and boobs, but it was still a good movie. I have never read any of the comics the movie was based on, but I don’t think that was necessary to enjoy the film. Definitely a film not meant for the kiddies. If you like action that can be very violent at times and the occasion boob, then this movie is for you.


A beginning is a very delicate time. Know then, that is the year 10191. The known universe is ruled by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam the Fourth, my father. In this time, the most precious substance in the universe is the spice Melange. The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness. The spice is vital to space travel. The Spacing Guild and its navigators, who the spice has mutated over 4000 years, use the orange spice gas, which gives them the ability to fold space. That is, travel to any part of the universe without moving. Oh, yes. I forgot to tell you. The spice exists on only one planet in the entire universe. A desolate, dry planet with vast deserts. Hidden away within the rocks of these deserts are a people known as the Fremen, who have long-held a prophecy that a man would come, a messiah, who would lead them to true freedom. The planet is Arrakis, also known as Dune.

For me this is another classic movie. I was not aware that David Lynch was the director until after I just rewatched it. I tend to like most of all his other work. ‘Give me back my phone!’ so funny.
Anyway, it is a sci-fi flick staring Kyle MacLachlan who plays Paul Atreides as two houses, Harkonnen and Atreides battle over the planet Dune.
Seems that people either love or hate this movie, with more people hating it. I just happen to enjoy it. Back in the PC/Dos days I was into Dune and Dune2 – the games, fun stuff.
Some interesting trivia…
David Lynch turned down the chance to direct Return of the Jedi to direct Dune.
Some scenes were filmed in the same location and at the same time as scenes from Conan the Destroyer.
The TV version shown on SciFi channel is the longer uncut version, which I have not seen yet. And apparently it is very hard to find the extended version on DVD, rare imports seems to be the only way to find it.
David Lynch disowned the television cut, the TV version is shown to be directed by Alan Smithee.

Dune (Extended Edition Steelbook)

Kung Fu Hustle

Stephen Chow (director and star of Shaolin Soccer) is at it again with his newest action-packed and comedic martial-arts adventure, KUNG FU HUSTLE. From wildly imaginative kung fu showdowns to dance sequences featuring tuxedoed mobsters, you’ve never seen action this outrageous and characters this zany! With jaw-dropping fight sequences by Yuen Wo Ping (famed action choreographer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix), KUNG FU HUSTLE will blow you away! In a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing (Stephen Chow) desperately wants to become a member. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turn out to be kung fu masters in disguise. Sing’s actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung fu battle. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung fu master of all.

A great kung-fu action flick, I give it 5 out of 5. If you’re a martial arts purist that likes the fighting totally realistic, than this movie is not for you. Lots of special effects, I think allowing the characters to have superpowers adds to the action and entertainment. It won many Hong Kong Film Awards, definitely fun to watch.

Kung Fu Hustle (Axe-Kickin’ Edition)

Aye laddie, warp speed

A very sad day today with Scotty (James Doohan) passing on.
Born March 3, 1920, Doohan did so much more than just being Scotty.
He served in the Canadian army and was part of the d-day invasion in WorldWar2. Landing on Juno beach he took 6 bullets in the conflict, 4 in his leg, one took off a finger and one in the chest. The chest bullet was stopped by his silver cigarette case.

Almost as impressive is him fathering a child at age 80.
I did not know any of this until today, like many star trek fans he was just Scotty.
The engineer with the “can do” attitude.
Scotty will surely live on for many years to come.
“I’m giving her all she’s got, Captain!” Yes, Scotty you certainly did.

Beam Me Up, Scotty