"Sin City" – Peter Chattaway has seen it.

And he’s “still processing it.”

If this is how he “processes,” I can’t wait to read the final review.

This film tells something like five or six stories, some very short and some a little longer, and they all reflect that grim, morbid, sadomasochistic thing that Miller’s got going on, and while any one segment of this film might be an interesting watch in its own right, putting all of them together and sitting through them all in one go is a little much. You can only introduce, and then bump off, so many protagonists — and by that I mean the main character in any particular sergment — before it gets a bit wearying. And that’s before we take into account the sheer repetition of all the dismemberings, beheadings, and wounds to the male groin that take place over the course of this film.

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  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Thanks! Yes, Linford is always generous and gracious in his interviews. I always come away from those conversations with a lot to think about.

  • jasdye

    oh, and thanks for that great interview. Linford and Karin must be the coolest people in the world to interview. right up there with charlie peacock. real thoughtful stuff.

    thank you, thank you.

  • jasdye

    what a waste of synergy. at least it’ll be after Fear Factor and not during.

    “Stay tuned for the next five minutes to see the one and 1/2 minute trailer of the new King Kong movie and the teaser for the next rerun episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”