Walk Down The Right Back Alley In SIN CITY, And You Can Find Anything.

In My Humble Opinion: After I re-watched the film the other day, I was reminded as to how truly impressive Sin City is.  The film which was released in 2005 remains a visionary extravaganza that brings Frank Miller’s graphic novel series to life.  That being said, did anyone else notice the strong similarities between the characters Marv and Hartigan?  I have not read the graphic novel series, so if there is some sort of connection between the two characters in the graphic novel that was left out of the film, I apologize for my ignorance.

The characters Hartigan, played by the perfectly cranky and aging Bruce Willis and Marv, portrayed by the bullish and beefy Mickey Rourke not only have similarities when it comes to appearance and characterization but storyline as well.  Side Note: Mickey Rourke, who critics say had his “comeback” with The Wrestler, should have received far more praise for his portrayal of the gladiator born in the wrong century Marv.  Both characters have a strong resolve to handle situations in their own way, consequences be damned.   The two characters are nothing much to look at when it comes to handsomeness, seem to visit the same barber, and have a shared love for long trench coats.  Hartigan relies on a newly prescribed drug for his Angina while Marv is dependent on his own medication to help with his “confusion” (his ailment is never clearly revealed).  The characters mirror each other when it comes to protecting and avenging the women they love and have a connection/admiration for another character in the movie, Nancy played by the stunning Jessica Alba.

The storylines involving the two characters; Marv’s The Hard Goodbye and Hartigan’s The Yellow Bastard 1 & 2, have splendid similarities as well.  Don’t get me wrong, the two stories stand alone and could each be made into their own feature-length film, but there are resemblances between the two.  Marv’s love Goldie is killed off and the viewer is treated to him charismatically torturing his way to the top in order to find those responsible.  Hartigan’s love Nancy is kidnapped by Nick Stahl’s Yellow Bastard and must be saved by the relentless protector, Hartigan himself.  Both  characters show uncommon dedication to their respective women, willing to do anything for them and battle some pretty peculiar villains in their pursuits.  There are two scenes in each storyline that seem to mirror one another as well.  Each character reaches a point in his own storyline where he must approach a family farm on the outskirts of Basin City (in both instances, it’s the same farm).  Two extremely similar scenes depict the characters running stealthily through the snowy woods with their trench coats flapping in the cold winter air.  SPOILER ALERT…The two stories end with each character succeeding in their pursuits but at the cost of their own lives, harkening back to each handling things in his own way, consequences be damned.

All in all, every character in Sin City is absorbing and the film is still a remarkable piece of cinema.  I for one cannot wait for the sequel A Dame To Kill For in 2013.


Sean's Humble Opinion

In My Humble Opinion:  Considering this was the first episode, I think it came out pretty good.  It does come in about 10 minutes after we got started sooo…oh and ignore the annoying little message in the middle.  I will eventually pony up and purchase some video converter software but for now it’s a trial version.  ENJOY!!!!

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Tim Farley With P.O.T.U.S

In my humble opinion:  Tim Farley (yeah he’s my dad and I might be biased) is one of those rare News reporters/commentators that I can listen to and not be annoyed.  I have a short list honestly;  Joe Scarborough, Lester Holt, Brian Williams, Anderson Cooper and of course…Tim Farley.  Maybe it’s because I know that when Tim Farley discusses politics he truly does his homework and ensures he knows what he’s talking about.  He’s also able to make a point or convey a certain point of view without sounding like a condescending ass (Yeah, you know who I’m talking about Bill O’Reilly).  Tim Farley obviously has opinions, but he’s level-headed enough to hear both sides of a position or argument and present his own perspective in a cool, calm manner which is something that’s missing in News nowadays.  For a little glimpse of the man himself click the link below: 

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Cast Your Vote For Your Favorite Political Movie

In My Humble Opinion:  You can’t have Election Day and not cast your vote for your favorite political movie…hopefully it’s on here…if it’s not please leave it in the comments or add to the poll.  Oh and unlike others…you can vote as many times as you want. 


Sean’s Humble Opinion…FIRST EPISODE!!!!

In My Humble Opinion:  Considering this was the first episode, I think it came out pretty good.  It does come in about 10 minutes after we got started sooo…oh and ignore the annoying little message in the middle.  I will eventually pony up and purchase some video converter software but for now it’s a trial version.  ENJOY!!!!


The Short Film Treats…Is A Treat In Itself

In My Humble Opinion:  You remember about week or so ago I said the horror genre seemed to be the one genre that a group of people could come up with an idea for a movie and then go out and make an entertaining film that could be enjoyed by those who saw it?  Well, that’s the case with Burnt at Both End Productions’ film Treats.  It’s a short film that was written by Echo Soleil (doing double duty as a producer as well) and Directed by Coven Delacruz.  It stars a stunning Lindy Starr who portrays the character Karen…who has some serious pet/diet issues.  Without giving away too many details, the movie centers on Karen, her pet cat, and a creature that…let’s say steers clear of things made of silver.  The opening of the movie sprinkles in some comedy with some witty banter between our main character Karen and a “trick or treater” who is funnily enough, dressed up like a cat.  From there the film’s primary focus is on Karen.  Set to an eery film score by Jason Ruch the director utilizes basic camera motion to follow Karen around the house keeping the viewer guessing as to what will happen next.  The film itself almost reminds me of the scene when Jamie Lee Curtis’ Lori from Halloween gets home from school and goes about her routine.  Keeping that in mind, it’s always kind of hard to act natural when you know you’re being filmed, especially when you’re supposed to be going about your normal routine, but Lindy Starr pulls it off nicely.  The climax of the movie reveals Tony Jones who portrays the creature that will go unnamed in some pretty impressive make-up as well.  All in all, the film Treats is a cool little movie that can be watched and enjoyed for what it is, a movie made by filmmakers and actors who love what they do and want to share that with people who appreciate it…and I for one, am one of those people.

If you would like to see the film for yourself, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/#!/BurntAtBothEndsProductions  or email echosoleil@hotmail.com


The Name Is Bond…James Bond

In My Humble Opinion: Skyfall looks like a pretty exciting Bond movie.  I will be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest James Bond fan.  I like the movies and all I just know there are others out there that probably call in sick when they hear that a Bond Marathon is going to be on Spike or AMC.  That being said, I think the reboot with Casino Royale breathed new air into a dying franchise.  I thought Daniel Craig filled the shoes of Bond perfectly and took the character into a much-needed new direction.  He didn’t start out with all his classic gizmos and cars…if you remember I think he starts the movie cruising around in a Ford Focus.  Oh and let’s not the forget the opening scene when Bond is chasing his assailant who decides to use parkour in order to avoid being captured…very exciting, fast paced scene.  The rest of the movie is just as good, complete with a (I know it’s hard to believe) pretty intense game of poker.  Quantum of Solace wasn’t really as strong as Casino Royale but was still a pretty good installment for the overall series.  It picks up where Casino Royale leaves off (a rarity in Bond films) and expands on the plotline set forth in the previous film…culminating in a Bond victory and the character further expanding on the emotional depth he showed us in Casino when he exacts revenge on the man responsible for the death of his Casino love interest, Vesper Lynd.

With Skyfall;  the previews I’ve seen thus far and from what I’ve read about it, it promises to be a solid installment in the Bond franchise…and if the movie manages to be half as good as Adelle’s song Skyfall…I think we’re all in for a treat.  I mean you can’t really go wrong with Craig as Bond, and if you’ve seen No Country For Old Men then you know Javier Bardem can play a crazy bad guy like Christopher Walken can play weird and eccentric (don’t forget he played a Bond villain himself in A View to a Kill).  Anyway, given all the super hero movies of late…don’t get me wrong I’m a fan, it’s nice to see a movie coming out where the hero doesn’t turn green when he gets mad or has to run and get his metal suit on in order to battle the bad guys.  No sir, in the instance of Skyfall we’re treated to a hero doesn’t change color and can kick anyone’s ass in the Armani suit he has on.