Aug. 19, 2014 | 4:00 a.m.
When director Robert Rodriguez and legendary comic-book author Frank Miller released their movie “Sin City” in 2005, they had few expectations they’d ever make the sequel opening this Friday. In fact, they weren’t sure audiences would turn up for the first film at all. A panel-for-panel re-creation of stories from Miller’s popular graphic-novel series, “Sin City” was unlike any comic-book movie anyone had seen. This wasn’t another rousing story of a superhero saving the planet. It was something darker and stranger: a hyper-stylized, ultra-violent noir thriller set in a corrupt urban nether world of hard-edged men and underclothed women, with no cape, cowl or stitch of spandex to be seen. “I thought people just might not get it,” said Rodriguez, who co-directed the film with Miller, perhaps best known for his 1986 Batman comic-book miniseries “The Dark Knight Returns.” “I […]
Aug. 11, 2014 | 3:31 p.m.
In 2005, Texan filmmaking enfant terrible Robert Rodriguez teamed up with misanthropic comic book master craftsman Frank Miller to co-direct “Sin City,” an adaptation of Miller’s gritty comic book yarns of the same name, rewriting the Hollywood playbook in the process. With an ensemble cast that included Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson and Bruce Willis, the neo-noir crime thriller painted a stark world in which corrupt cops and underworld strongmen, hookers with hearts of gold and one grotesquely disfigured serial killer operate in high-definition black and white (with select jolts of gold and arterial-splatter red). Come Aug. 22, nearly a decade after the first “Sin City” pressed reset on digital filmmaking and use of green-screen technology, Miller and Rodriguez are back with a second installment of the gritty anthology: “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (view the trailer above). […]
May 16, 2014 | 11:44 a.m.
It’s been nearly a decade, but Jessica Alba is back at the bump ‘n’ grind. Reprising the 2005 role she so memorably inhabited in “Frank Miller’s Sin City” – an exotic dancer with a shadowy past, a pair of butt-less chaps and a rhinestone bustier – the lithesome actress can be seen revealing her assets in one of a newly released series of GIFs for that hard-boiled neo-noir thriller’s sequel, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” which hits theaters Aug. 22. As with the earlier film, “Dame” is co-directed by Robert Rodriguez (behind the 1996 vampire romp “From Dusk Till Dawn” and the hit “Spy Kids” film franchise) and iconic graphic novelist Frank Miller, who first broke through as a filmmaker with a co-director credit on the original “Sin City,” an adaptation of his 1991 serial of the same […]
March 06, 2014 | 2:58 p.m.
Robert Rodriguez’s new trailer for “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is out, and it features exactly the same stylized black-and-white opera of violence that made its predecessor a starkly addictive viewing experience. Working with c0-director Frank Miller to bring his landmark graphic novel to the screen, Rodriguez’s 2005 “Sin City” might stand as one of the most faithful comic book adaptations ever made. Panel by panel, down to the last diagonal sheet of rain and stinking garbage heap, three volumes of the popular series were painstakingly “translated” to film for a movie that featured multiple story lines of grim noir action. Miller and Rodriguez reunited once again for the upcoming film, which features such returning cast members as Jessica Alba and Mickey Rourke alongside new additions including Ray Liotta, Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The visual palette remains […]
Aug. 17, 2010 | 11:49 p.m.
John Horn caught up with Robert Rodriguez on Monday to talk about the success of “The Expendables” and the epic fail of “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” at the box office for an earlier article, and the conversation turned toward the filmmaker’s own plans. Robert Rodriguez sounds like he’s drawing a bead on “Deadpool.” But will he pull the trigger? “It’s a great script and a great property,” an enthusiastic Rodriguez said of the Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (“Zombieland”) screenplay that would bring the “merc with the mouth” from Marvel Comics to the screen in his own film adventure. Rodriguez says he has been in meetings with Twentieth Century Fox about directing the film, which, presumably, would star Ryan Reynolds, who portrayed the glib gunman “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.“ Reynolds is becoming a major player in comic-book cinema considering his roles in next year’s […]
Aug. 01, 2010 | 5:45 p.m.
Steven Zeitchik at 24 Frames — our must-read sister blog — checks in on the chatter about a “Deadpool” film. Here’s an excerpt… It’s been dizzying to follow the will-he-or-won’t-he reports about Robert Rodriguez directing “Deadpool,” the Ryan Reynolds X-Men spinoff. Reports last month that Rodriguez had been offered the director’s chair on “Deadpool” met with a swirl of speculation and/or denials from the filmmaker’s camp as well as studio Fox. (The most anyone would agree to is that Rodriguez had been sent Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s script.) But we’re hearing that after a few weeks of dancing, Rodriguez and studio Fox are negotiating… THERE’S MORE, READ THE REST — Steven Zeitchik RECENT AND RELATED Bryan Singer on “First Class”: It’s got to be about Xavier and Magneto James McAvoy will think big as Professor X Was it real? […]
July 23, 2010 | 9:04 p.m.
Robert Rodriguez didn’t intend to make a statement about immigration. It just worked out that way. When the controversy over the Arizona immigration law bubbled up several months ago, the director re-cut a version of the trailer for “Machete,” his hybrid thriller/action/exploitation picture, to protest the law. “It’s kind of funny because it’s not really what the movie is about, and I didn’t want people to think that it was,” Rodriguez said Thursday night from Comic-con. “I just felt like I had to say something about it so I cut that trailer. There’s so much grandstanding and those of us who live near a border know how unsolvable the issue really is.” Rodriguez was speaking from a giant party-cum-exhibition in downtown San Diego, where Fox had taken over a huge empty lot and set up dozens of low-rider cars, an outdoor screen […]
July 10, 2010 | 5:59 p.m.
Film critic Michael Phillips says “Predators” is a cinematic stab in the dark. “Predators,” plural, starts well and ends poorly, and in the middle it’s in the middle. The original 1987 “Predator,” featuring future politicians Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura, was an entertaining hybrid of the commando genre and “Alien“-inspired science fiction. The new one, directed by Nimród Antal (“Kontroll“), lifts its building blocks from an unproduced 1990s script by Robert Rodriguez, who ended up producing the revised screenplay by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch. For a while it’s a worthy successor, or remake, or whatever it is. Instead of the Central American jungle of the original, the action takes place somewhere “else,” let’s say (the reveal comes early, but who am I to spoil your day?). In the prologue a motley multinational crew of thugs drops from the […]
July 09, 2010 | 1:04 a.m.
Adrien Brody is on the hunt for a new career chapter with his action-hero duty in “Predators,” which hits theaters Friday. Amy Kaufman caught up with the Oscar winner to discuss aliens and alienation. This is a longer version of her story, which ran Thursday on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Calendar section. Adrien Brody isn’t kidding himself — he knows that when people hear his name, “action hero” isn’t the first description that comes to mind. “The comment is constantly like ‘skinny actor.’ I’m thin. I’m not skinny at all,” said Brody, 37, seeming slightly irritated as he reclined poolside at a Los Angeles hotel last month. “It’s that they harp on a physical thing, because I don’t think there’s a question about my ability as an actor.” He certainly has the hardware to back up that […]
March 14, 2010 | 12:48 a.m.
It’s a big weekend for “Predators,” the promising Fox film that began the ramp-up to its July 7 release with a sneak peek at South by Southwest in Austin. I just got off the phone with the film’s director, Nimród Antal, and he seemed to be pulsing with enthusiasm. “This is gasoline,” the filmmaker said using an appropriately petroleum-based description for the film’s building buzz at the Lone Star State gathering.”We’re very excited.” Antal is coming off the 2009 film “Armored” which did not go over well with critics although more than a few pointed out the filmmaker’s flair in the ultimately disappointing heist movie. If the L.A. native needed a mentor, he’s certainly got one with this revival of the well-known sci-fi franchise; “Predators” is a product of Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios in Texas and Rodriguez came up with the story. Antal said the property and the producer […]