Film: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

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If this is anyone’s film it’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s.  It’s just plain terrible but it’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s.  His segment, a real noir tale of a gambler who beats the wrong people, really hits the spot and in a better film would have been the set up that sent waves and started balls rolling through the titular metropolis.  Here it stands alone and is left to take on a life of it’s own as a reminder of what could have been… instead we get funny looking Marv, boobs and plenty of wondering what the time is cos the screening started at 9.15pm and Josh Brolin’s voice is making it feel like 2.00am.

If you like this sort of thing you’d be much better off revisiting the original which still stands up.  If you also like Joseph Gordon-Levitt you should check out Brick (2005), Looper (2012) and the criminally under seen The Lookout (2007), a great trio of modern noir movies.

Film: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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So, Guardians of the Galaxy is a good film.  It’s fun and irreverent with some big laughs and a group of rejects that you could spend some time with.  It does the same pilfering exercise that Looper (2012) did, like a jukebox of movies whilst also being it’s own thing.  It’s fun…

…but you can’t help imagine what it would be if Marvel decided to use this as a 15 rated sideline, especially considering the post credits scene.  But that’s not fair because what it is is very very good even if I’m tired of that finale (seriously, that’s four times in just a couple of years).  Oh and Thanos just looks stupid.

I realise this isn’t a great review.

Highly Recommended.