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Ms. H Takes On THE SPIRIT!!

Merrick here...
Ms. H got a look at Frank Miller's SPIRIT adaptation, which hits theaters on Christmas Day. Hearing some lackluster word on this one - Ms. H's message pretty much supports those assessments. ANd, yes, I know the blue highlight box around the review is ginormous...can't seem to shrink it down for some reason.
Saw The Spirit and thought I'd give you some feedback. It's been a while since I've been so ambivalent about a film. I loved Sin City - the whole look/feel/atmosphere so I was extremely excited when the lights dimmed and The Spirit started. Damn. Some of the dialogue is apalling - I don't know if it's Macht's delivery but within the first few minutes I was cringing in my seat. OK, I said to myself, relax, it looks quite atmospheric - the bad guy is causing havoc and our intrepdid hero will go to the rescue. Until The Spirit started running/jumping from building to building. OK, OK, I know the guy has risen from the dead and has unique abilities but the effects were plain sloppy. When you see the sequence you'll know what I'm talking about. Macht is very nice eye candy (ladies, he takes off his shirt a few times and let's just say - wrooorwwww) But I digress. Samuel chews the scenery as Octopus - I don't know yet if it's in a good way or a bad way. At least it looks as if he enjoyed himself, especially when strutting around in a Nazi uniform. Eva Mendes vamps her way through the film (at least a Hollywood star who has curves and doesn't look like a lollipop), and the same goes for Scarlett who plays a henchperson of the bad guy. SPOILERS She's supposed to be brainy etc etc but cat lovers turn your head since she ends up doing a horrible experiment on a little kitten which ends up as mush ... with eyeballs being the only part left, slowly rolling in the drain. Octopus has cloned henchmen who are seemingly indestructible and extremely jolly all the time, despite getting shot/impaled/disposed of by The Spirit and one of them getting driven over by a touchy Scarlett - you get the picture. Through some weird experiment one gets 'remade' as a foot with a head on top of it. I kid you not. And the darn thing keeps jumping up and down on the table in front of a rather bemused Octopus going 'wheeeee' until it falls into a blender and ends up as a vampire smoothy. SPOILERS END I must confess I don't know the graphic novels so I cannot compare the film to them. The Spirit has to deal with the siren call of Lorelei who wants him to cross over into the next world (that's the impression I get - not sure if it's the same in the novels), as well as the women he seduces in this world. Final impressions: some elements of the film I really liked, but equally, there were other things which made me want to slap someone for having wasted the opportunity with bad, bad dialogue, sloppy effects and a general blahness in the character. I honestly don't know what the reaction of fans of the graphic novels will be so, rather judge for yourself. If you use this, call me Ms H.


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  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:08 p.m. CST

    First

    by The_Closet_Nerd

    It looks interesting. Much better then some of the crap they put in theaters.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Dunno what to think

    by LaneDobler

    LOVE Frank Miller, but I am hearing bad buzz, so time will tell, I'll probably see it anyway

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST

    First Trailer Was Atrocious

    by roberthorry

    The others have been a little better. Not sure if I'll actually go to the theater to see it.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    PLANT!

    by HoboCode

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    FUCK YES!! WORST MOVIE OF ALL TIME!! BYE FRANK!

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    Your career is over.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    jumping

    by unkempt_sock

    has never EVER looked good in a movie. I don't understand why no one can figure it out. Matrix, CTHD, Hero, the list goes on. Jumping far shouldn't look stupid.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    correction

    by unkempt_sock

    the robots jumping in I, robot was pretty decent. But they were CGI

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    This movie does look terrible

    by Slippy

    Hey Frank, go back to making quality comics like All-Star Batman *coughbullshitcough*!!!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    The Avengers Perhaps?

    by sonofbronson

    Sounds like the word of mouth that kept me from seeing the Avengers way back. Not that that movie is everyone's cup of tea but I liked it well enough. This could still be mind numbingly awful though.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Sin City: A Dame To Kill For NEXT!!!!

    by Karl Childers

    I still wanna see Angelina Jolie in the lead even though she's streched that beautiful body out with Pitt's offspring!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    too bad...

    by Rupee88

    I don't care about The Spirit, but Frank Miller has contributed some great comics/graphic novels to us....too bad to see him fall short with his passion project.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    I never read the Spirit...

    by Archive

    ...but this doesn't sound like the Will Eisner I know. There's adapting, and there's appropriating. Why not make an original character, instead of name-checking the Shakespeare of graphic novels and then making vampire margheritas?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    One trick pony

    by My friends call me Killjoy

    Miller just goes round and round like a record on this hard boiled, highly stylized bullshit. It's nice as a change of pace (like Sin City the movie), but as a recurring motif in one's work...it's boring.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Why was ANYONE looking forward to a movie directed by Frank "I'm

    by expert_40

    I mean, for serious.<br><br>The guy is a coke addict who loves hookers, not a director of film.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Frank "I'm the Goddamned Batman" Miller...

    by expert_40

    ... is the rest of my long title.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    This concerns the SPOILER so skip if you ain't read it...

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Turns into a foot? What the f**k!? Does stuff like that happen in the comic (i haven't read any of "The Spirit") or have they just gone ahead and stuck in a "Jar Jar" comedy CGI character who is going to piss the shit out of me?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    This Looks Like a Candidate For Worst of the Year

    by cowboyone

    Just embarrassing for all involved.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    None of this shit ...

    by DennisMM

    happens in the comic. "The Spirit" sometimes had fantasy or science-fiction elements, but it was not about black Nazis in fur coats or women turning kittens into mush. Neither did The Spirit run around seducing women; they went after him. Neither did he have special abilities like jumping between buildings and sliding down nearly vertical cables, having "come back from the dead." If he had any special ability it would be his ability to stand a brutal beating. Except for the earliest installments, "The Spirit" was an often light-hearted but very human and genuine adventure strip. (It was NOT a graphic novel; it appeared in a comic-book-sized Sunday newspaper insert known as "The Spirit Section." The stories were largely standalone. Repeat, NOT a graphic novel.)

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Blame that hack Robert Rodriguez.....

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    ...who the fuck would listen to that fuck and allow Frank Miller to direct? Uhhhhh yeah. Take advice from a talentless hack like Rodriguez, open the door for Frank to direct and here's what you get folks-- THE SPIRIT!!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Frank has been replaced with a Skrull

    by stvnhthr

    Shortly before starting work on The Dark Knight Strikes Again which is the worst thing he has ever written. What happened to you Frank? You used to be the magic man.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Correction:

    by DennisMM

    He did not come back from the dead, but he was presumed dead after having been put into a sort of brief suspended animation by a strange villain's scheme. They put him into a crypt and most everyone thought he was dead. Then he put on the mask and started running around as The Spirit because he found it convenient for everyone to *still* think Denny Colt was dead. The mask didn't fool many people, though.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    stvnhthr...

    by expert_40

    ... it's the coke and hookers.<br><br>He can't help himself, he's an addict, and it's affected everything else he's ever done.<br><br>He's Frank "I'm the Goddamned" Miller!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Sounds awful

    by Brendon

    What a surprise. This thing has had stink all over it from day one. What a shame - some 15 or 20 years ago, Miller was somebody to care about.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    I am not surprised.

    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.

    the trailers looked awful.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Sounds worse than the trailers made it look

    by Sin86a

    Anyone remeber when Frank Miller was cool? They should remove Eisner's name from the film as this is clearly Miller's (goddamned) Spirit. Maybe Eisner will come back from the dead as the Spirit and shut down the movie.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Ouch...

    by JDanielP

    I'm losing hope for Frank. --Damn, it's a tough world.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Yeah, this was no surprise

    by gruntybear

    Can we please stop "updating" and "modernizing" pulp heroes for today's youth now? Huh? Pretty please?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    waste of time

    by brandon11

    shoulda just gone right to sin city 2.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I bet it's still better than Avatar

    by codereduk

    which will not be fucking anyone's eyeballs in 2009. It won't even be dry humping them....

  • Frank Miller swears his love for Will Eisner ... but this movie has little to do with Eisner except for character names. It DOES have everything to do with Frank Miller and his ego. I have Eisner's Spirit Archives. Do you Frank? Didja open or refer to them once when you started your homage to yoursel..er .. Eisner? I'm not sure what Miller is up to with this film. I thought the big F-U he gives to his publisher and fans by the abysmal work he did on DK2 and does on All-Star Batman was so nobody would ask him to write Batman ever again. I guess he's doing this Spirit movie so nobody asks him to direct again.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    should have just done sin city 2...

    by Charlie_Allnut

    And I think the look of Sin City and 300 worked for those specific movies but should not be transplanted onto other films. It was original then but its not now...its just copycat sloppy filmmaking like all the "bullet time" rip offs after The Matrix came out.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    One could tell from the trailer...

    by mrfan

    that it was going to stink. Yuck.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Blame Rodriguez for making Frank think...

    by knowthyself

    ...he could be a director. Seriously what the fuck? Frank let Hollywood suck his cock and then he got a hard for fucking all the actresses in his movie. i honestly believe thats the only reason he made this movie. To fuck eva mendes, which he obviously did cause they were making googly eyes at eachother at the comic con panel in NYC earlier this year that I attended.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    knowthyself -- oh fuck off with that mess.....

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    You think Eva fucked Frank Miller? Have you seen that fucking guy? He is probably the ugliest man in Hollywood after Steve Buscemi.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Money + a directors chair = fucked.

    by knowthyself

    You can be plenty ugly but if you have money and some semblance of power these hollywood whores will fuck you silly. Plus I saw it with my own eyes dude. THey were practically eye fucking at the panel meanwhile miller managed to suck his own cock about the film.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    knowthyself

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    UUUhhhh she can get plenty of work from other directors. I see no reason why she would stoop to fucking Frank Miller.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a movie for Merrick.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Fucking cat hater.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Eva Mendes is a fading star...

    by knowthyself

    ..she knows her time is short and is almost over. She needs to suck all the cock she can to keep her pathetic career going. Hell the Spirit may as well just be a list of all the fading female stars. Scarlett has worn out her welcome as well.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Comic book

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    I've read a few of The Spirit comic books, though it was quite a few years ago. My impression from the trailer is the movie is nothing like those books I read.<p>Frank Miller used to be fantastic. I don't like to be one of those "their earlier stuff is better" types but in this case it's too true. I still thinkThe Dark Knight Returns saved comics (temporarily at least), and though flawed is the best superhero comic of its era.(Yes better than Watchmen which is beautifully crafted but lacks kineticism, a pillar - hell, THE pillar - of superhero comics)

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Can't say I'm surprised!

    by Darth_Kaos

    This movie looked like a mess from the get-go!(I said that all along) and like someone said before, we should blame Rodriguez for making Miller think he can Direct. <br><br> I for one, will not see this movie at the theater. Hell, I don't even know if I'll rent it at NetFlix (which it will be released by the end of year, after it bombs).<br><br> Like Goyer, Miller should just stick to writing.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 3:33 p.m. CST

    All hail Darwyn Cooke!

    by Kirbymanly

    The NEW king of comics!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    ALSO. . . .

    by Darth_Kaos

    as I've said in previous talkbacks. The first Trailer for this movie was the WORST TRAILER I've ever seen(I'm not kidding, I think it's official, as the worst trailer of 2008). The second trailer, just confirmed what I was thinking. Too bad.<br><br> As for Eva, you know, I've seen her in things where she's soooo HOT, then there are other times she seems quite disgusting. I don't know why. But I've always had that with her.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    HAHA!

    by sonnyfern

    Sounds INSANE!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    codereduk

    by kwisatzhaderach

    That's right, because Frank Miller is a cinema master and James Cameron isn't. What the fuck are you talking about? You think The Spirit will be better than Avatar?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Did she actually see the movie??

    by Calico Pete

    From the review, it sounds like she just saw the trailer, and either read the script page for the spoiler or saw it in a clip. Don't damn the movie based on this "review".

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Buy or Sell?

    by Thrillho77

    Frank Miller should take the Talkbacks to heart, like Snakes on a Plane did - and make Macht say "I'm the God damned Spirit" <p> It may be the only way to save this thing.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    fuck frank miller

    by bacci40

    after 9/11 the man lost his mind...and now he has spat upon the grave of his mentor and friend, will eisner...when i saw the clips that were shown at comic con, i knew this would be shit...fuck you frank

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    I don't trust this review

    by Duke of Hurl

    Or anybody who refers to "graphic novels" regarding material created before the phrase "graphic novels" was invented.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    I have read the Spirit

    by malificus

    and even though I have not seen the movie it sounds absolutely retarded beyond belief. It appears to bear little resemblance to the source material, way to fuck it up. Frank is so concerned with obnoxious style over substance his work is as subtle as a brick in the fucking face and just about as enjoyable.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Frank Miller haters

    by Duke of Hurl

    always have been - and always will be - full of shit.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    eva

    by El Borak

    mendes is utter shit. she can't act or even speak properly because of her monstrous tooth protrusions. ugg. if she no tits or ass no man would look at her in the daytime.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    oh, and furthermore

    by malificus

    fuck Frank Miller up the ass once more for playing off that whole Sin City art-style and not giving props to all the Argentine pros that have been trading in it for years.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Darth Kaos, you are wrong

    by the milf lover

    as bad as the Spirit trailer was, the WORST trailer of the year is still the abomination that is the Beverly Hills Chihuahua trailer! that did fuck my eyeballs and ears much worse than Avatar could ever hope to!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    you mean the art-style of black and white, malificus?

    by Duke of Hurl

    props to Argentina for creating black and white comics. i had no idea. BECAUSE IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. most of the so-called "Argentine pros" of the golden age were actually Italian in the first place.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    and fuck you Duke

    by malificus

    NO ONE is beyond reproach. He deserves credit for what he deserves credit for and his ass can hit the griddle when it's warranted. This sounds like a travesty of the Spirit and Will FUCKING Eisner deserves better!!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    and I think Dark Knight Strikes Again rules

    by the milf lover

    it's like reading Frank Miller losing his mind over 300 pages! I know most people hate it, and I understand why, the story is pretty bad, but I enjoyed it for the insanity and the stupidity it displayed, plus it had some really cool ideas like the Flash powering cities by running in a wheel like a hamster, and the daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman. All-Star Goddamn Batman is indeed atrocious garbage, I agree with that one.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    nothing has changed since the Dark Knight Returns

    by Duke of Hurl

    you plebs are no different from the haters in 1986. Frank Miller is still doing the same quality of work in and out of comics as he was then. for some reason, you goons like to wear popular culture like it was a medal. Frank Miller has never been popular. you were just tricked into thinking he was with your Tim Burton Batman revival. you'll never learn.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Anyone using Dark Knight Returns to reference how great Miller i

    by malificus

    obviously never read any of the early Daredevil material, when he was working with far better writers and inkers than he is. That's when Frank was great, and that was a long time ago.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    and i missed the part where The Spirit trailer was bad

    by Duke of Hurl

    the most passionate part of Ms. H's review is how she was mortified by a kitten death. she shouldn't be watching Frank Miller in the first place.<br><br>i liked the trailer just fine.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    you were just tricked into thinking he was with your Tim Burton

    by malificus

    What the fuck does that even mean?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    i read his Daredevil, smarty-pants

    by Duke of Hurl

    Matt Murdock's alter ego is boring as shit compared to Bruce Wayne's.<br><br>and, forgive me for being drawn to original material that exists outside of editor-dictated DC continuity.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Frank Miller

    by Laserhead

    Always has been, and always will be, full of shit.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    in the words of Jules Winnfield:

    by Duke of Hurl

    "English, motherfucker, do you speak it?"

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    When is the Spirit graphic novel coming out?

    by Napoleon Park

    Will it be based on Eisner's comic strip or Miller's film?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    this is interesting though

    by Duke of Hurl

    i feel what the M. Night lovers must feel like when people shit on him, although without the bullshit M. Night stuff... (cause he sucks)

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Duke of Hurl, eff you

    by bacci40

    i used to love miller...but something got twisted in his mind after 9/11...he never wouldve touched the spirit...he had too much respect for eisner...then came 9/11 and the once moderate to liberal thinker became a wingnut...wingnuts are all idiots...his work suffered as he filled that once creative mind with wingnut bullshit....then came the embrace of hollywood, and whatever was left in that creative mind went right out through his penis...thats what happens when hollywood jacks you off...go ask mark millar...so all of a sudden, the once brilliant comic book writer, thinks he can also be a brilliant screen writer and director, just cuz he hung out on the set of sin city...so now, he has turned the spirit into a total joke...and the hollywood that once jacked him off will turn its collective back on him

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:53 p.m. CST

    i'm not here to make enemies

    by Duke of Hurl

    but i'm not gonna shit on something until i see it myself, like you guys.<br><br>so yeah, fuck me. any time, any where.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    James Cameron lost it...

    by JMFabianoRPL

    ...when he tried to disrepsect the Catholics with that stupid TV special/movie about Jesus' tomb anyway.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Frank Miller, stick with the Goddamn Batman

    by JMFabianoRPL

    That at least makes me laugh. (Unfortunately it's not supposed to, I guess. Still, it gives me bigger laughs than most primetime sitcoms)

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    How is it?

    by ChocolateJesus

    That any time there's a talkback for Rodriguez, Tarantino, or anything Frank Miller-related, there's nothing but ill-informed, arbitrary complaining, and then I go look at the talkback for that Valkyrie movie, and everyone "CAN'T WAIT" to see it. An irrelevant comparison, maybe, but the Spirit looks awesome, and Valkyrie looks like a boring piece of redundant shit. I don't know what drives the tastes of most of the people on here. All Star Batman and Robin is FUN AS HELL TO READ! I do not understand what's not to like about it. "What are you retarded? I'm the goddamn Batman!" I can't imagine any good reason not to enjoy reading that. You complainers are fucking stupid, and your bizarre standards are robbing you of pleasure.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    This is a surprise ?

    by m_prevette

    OK...Miller can't write for shit, has anyone actually READ Sin City? It's laughable, like what a 12 year old thinks pulp crime fiction is. TDK Returns, All Star Batman, the list goes on. Even the Sin City movie was shit...as soon as Frodo started hopping around the screen like a hamster on LSD, I cut the shit off..it was that bad yeah. So why are people surprised that The Spirit sucks? Look at the trailer...it has NOTHING TO DO WITH WILL EISNER...Frank just pissed all over his "idol". Miller is a hack-level writer and since he's just filtering The Spirit through Sin City CGI green screen overkill, it's obvious he has no talent as a filmmaker, either. WHY WHY the green screen? Just shoot the damn thing in New York or Chicago...case closed. Geez.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah...animal killing isn't cool.

    by JMFabianoRPL

    Oh it's true.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Yes, animal killing ain't cool

    by JMFabianoRPL

    TDK was grimdark without resorting to things like that. And it sounds to me like that will remain the better movie.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    So this isn't a good chaser for Quantum of Solace?

    by siouxfire

    This movie is starting to sound like a foot with a head that gets turned into a "vampire smoothie". When Frank is good, he's good and when he's bad...

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5:37 p.m. CST

    knowthyself

    by Archive

    When it comes to Scarlett Johannson, I must disagree. Her entry into the public eye was in response to an exceptional, vulnerable, honest performance in Lost in Translation, and the only problem is that aside from Woody Allen, everyone she's worked with has asked her to repeat it. Over the next few years, as she outgrows the cute college girl roles, we'll see just how far her range extends. My guess is that in the parts that don't rush her for an action beat or a punchline, she'll continue to surprise audiences, all the while building on her already considerable craft as an actor. In the meantime, check out Vicki Christina Barcelona.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Duke of Hurl,,,have you seen the comicon clips

    by bacci40

    usually when they show clips of a movie to the con crowd, they are the best from the movie...those clips were laughable...bad cgi, bad script, bad acting, over the top action...not the spirit...could the rest of the movie be better? maybe...so why not show the clips that really were good? cuz they dont exist...this fucking thing is a train wreck

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Duke of Hurl

    by MattmanReturns

    You're full of shit. Everyone loves Dark Knight Returns and Year One because those were and still are great fucking comic books. I just read them again recently and loved them just as much, if not more so, than when I first read them. The bottom line is Dark Knight Strikes Again and the Goddamn Batman SUCK. I would love for them to be good, I really would. They aren't.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    The Worst Trailer of 08

    by Gwai Lo

    was BY FAR, Proud American. But yeah, The Spirit and Beverly Hills Chihuahua were both top 5 at least.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    saw the clips at Comic-Con

    by Duke of Hurl

    and i'm still down.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Hate it when people bash movies before seeing them, but...

    by Skulboy

    Nothing shown so far even resembles Eisner. Eisner SPIRIT fans are going to hate this and the average Joes who have never heard of The Spirit aren't going to give a shit. This has BOMB written all over it.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    MattmanReturns

    by Duke of Hurl

    I'm made of rubber and you're made of glue.<br><br>All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder is great.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Fuck off with the "graphic novel" shit.

    by TheGoddamnSiege

    The Spirit has been appearing in COMIC BOOKS since 1940. The character got his start in Sunday news strips for Christ's sake. I can understand referring to something like 300, which was published in hardcover form from the start, as a graphic novel. But people these days are overusing the fucking term waayyyyyy too much. Next we'll hear of a Robert Rodriguez-directed ARCHIE, "based on the long-running series of graphic novels from Archie Press."

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    not to go there siege,

    by Duke of Hurl

    but 300 was a 5 issue mini-series originally...<br><br>other than that, I'm with you.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Archie graphic novels were the shit, man

    by terry1978

    Remember that one volume where Reggie was anally fucking Midge and Moose burst into the Riverdale locker room and bludgeoned Reggie with a pipe, all while Dilton Doiley stood outside the room keeping watch and whistling?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:22 p.m. CST

    I missed that one terry1978

    by the milf lover

    but I really enjoyed the one where Veronica manipulates Archie into killing Betty's parents and then he end up framing Jughead for it..

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    which makes me think

    by the milf lover

    they should totally do a big budget movie with the Archie gang as superheroes: Archie as Pureheart, Reggie as Evilheart, Jughead as Captain Hero, Betty as Superteen... (yes, these are real, from the sixties)

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Eva Mendes - face of a dude

    by RowdyRoddyStriper

    She's got a hot body, but Eva Mendes looks like a transsexual. Her face is so busted.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    GRIMDARK ARCHIE OWNS~!

    by JMFabianoRPL

    They can cross over with the Punisher again!!!!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Duke of Hurl...

    by TheGoddamnSiege

    Yeah, I realized I was wrong about 300 a good minute or so after I made my post. The rest of my point still stands, though.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Graphic Novels

    by Ogre

    Calling comics "graphic novels" is like calling a hooker a "Sex worker". It just makes you sound like a douche.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Im starting

    by somethingcool

    to get the feeling that this is supposed to be campy.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    I am baffled...

    by Circean6

    That Miller who was one of the loudest proponants about creator rights has hacked Eisner's masterwork. Anyone who took Eisner's classes at SVA could tell you that this is simply NOT what the man would have wanted. There may very well be some truth to Miller being a coked-up skrull...

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 9:08 p.m. CST

    But what everyone wants to know is...

    by JMFabianoRPL

    Does it have WHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORESWHORES?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Is this a joke?

    by Odkin

    Nothing could be as bad as the reviewer describes. Nothing. If it's even CLOSE to being that bad, then Miller's desecration of Eisner's memory should be considered a crime against humanity and he should be stripped of his Union card. Then blinded. Then pissed on.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Man. Well, that sucks.

    by ebonic_plague

    Hopefully the good news from this is that Frank will go back to shunning Hollywood like he used to. And making great comics, like he used to.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Hookers and Blow

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    you teh man frank<p> Hookers and Blow<p> Keep up the good work frank<p> Hookers and Blow<p> Everyone respects you frank<p> Hookers and Blow<p> We're not laughing at you frank, we're lauging with you<p> Hookers and Blow<p> Can't wait to hear about the next project you bump Sin City 2 for, frank<p> Hookers and Blow

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Miller's Nascent Career In Hollywood Just Ended

    by LaserPants

    Its amazing what cocaine and a wildly outsized ego can do to a man. First on top of the world, next crawling through alleys begging for change.<br><br>Psst, note to Frank -- NOBODY CARES ABOUT THE SPIRIT. THEY WANT TO SEE SIN CITY 2. Now, its unlikely that will happen. Good work doofus.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    RowdyRoddyStripper

    by Lost Jarv

    or may I call you AnimalStructure. <P>You'd crawl over broken glass with your fly open if you thought there was a snowball in hell's chance of hitting Eva Mendes. <P>The real reason you wrote that is because she isn't white enough for you, you pathetic neo-Nazi liar.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    I believe in Frank. If it's a car wreck, I'll still watch.

    by JDanielP

    That's the thing about Frank Miller. When he's on, he's REALLY on. And when he's off, he's REALLY off. Despite DK2 and ALL STAR BATMAN, I'm guessing that Miller STILL has a surprise or two left in him,...even if this movie isn't one of them.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    I still think this looks exceptionally entertaining.

    by myspoonistoobig

    I'm tired of people bagging on it. If you saw the movie and you have legitimate complaints about the potential ineptitude of the direction or performances fine, but if you just want to whine that it looks like Sin City and that Frank Miller is old, fuck you.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST

    RowdyRoddyStructureBalls...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...is one of those guys who won't do a woman from behind because he finds it too easy to imagine that it's a dude.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    RowdyStructureBallsRobotCrippler

    by Lost Jarv

    is also the kind of guy that can only get it up if he's allowed to call his unfortunate partner "mommy" first.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    and

    by Lost Jarv

    he's also one of those guys that gets strangely aroused in the vegetable isle of his supermarket. <P>And not by melons.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Frank Miller's life as a story arch

    by stvnhthr

    Frank has the chops to be great, but something went wrong. Perhaps were watching his own fall From grace story arch and soon he'll wake up confused and disoriented in Hell's Kitchen and become Born Again. Imagine a reenergized Miller fighting to regain his former glory in the comic industry. That would be cool. Get straight, get well, and get working Frank. We love you man!

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST

    the worst trailer of 08...

    by watch_the_world_burn

    in that it seemed to be a movie worth watching, but the trailer proved that wrong - Beverly Hills Chihuahua cound fuck off from the start.<p> This film will be worse than even Transporter 3, mark my words.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Yeah, DIE FRANKIE !!!!

    by PTSDPete

    You motherfucker.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Frank is a hack!!!!

    by alienindisguise

    I've been saying that forever and now finally the world can see why!

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    JMFabianoRPL

    by PTSDPete

    Yes. Whores. Frank Miller.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Scarlett

    by sewiz

    I hope Knowthyself is right, and her career is fading, then maybe she'll slut it up a bit and show the goods in an attempt to revitalize her starpower.

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST

    sewiz

    by Thrillho77

    I hope you're right. And I hope she's PERSISTENT with the revitalization.

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 6:43 p.m. CST

    "ladies, he takes off his shirt a few times"

    by Immortal_Fish

    RACIST!!!<P>...sorry. Just getting ready for Jan wk 3.

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Lazypants

    by Immortal_Fish

    "Its amazing what cocaine and a wildly outsized ego can do to a man. First on top of the world, next crawling through alleys begging for change."<P>lol

  • Nov. 17, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    CALICO PETE: Response from Ms H

    by lambchop

    Hi Calico, unfortunately, yes, I did sit through the whole film. I actually didn't have the strength to relive the whole movie and give you a blow-by-blow account - I just highlighted a few things that made me pause.

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