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Do 6 Scenes From THE SPIRIT Portend The Film's Possible Suck??

Merrick here...
So, as you may know, Frank Miller's adaptation of THE SPIRIT has been getting kicked around a bit (HERE is one example). You can get a better sense of the film for yourself from six scenes that are newly posted over at BlackFilm. See them...


What do you think?

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  • Dec. 15, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by Mindchaotica

    I have no opinion i just wanted to be the first to post.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I'm The god damn Spirit.

    by Squashua

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (aka LXG) was not a proper adaptation of the comic book.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    You did good, Mindchaotica

    by mrfan

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    What do I think?

    by Sebastian Haff

    The Spirit will indeed suck.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Six scenes will not save The Spirit.

    by mrfan

    Sex scenes might.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Those clips made me lose my will to live

    by WillowFan2001

    Apparently Sammy J. the Octopus has eight of everything. And Johansson is eye candy going for a Ph.D. But neither of them can deliver their LINES! My kingdom for Sin City, which was actually noir-ish. This movie looks like something a bunch of drunk and stoned college kids would make if they watched Sin City while high and thought, "Man, we should totally make that movie! Only, like, different!" So they did. And they stayed drunk and high through the whole production. And at the end, Satan came and singed the film so the color was wacky, and then he took their souls. And the souls of the audience. That's what this is like.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    looks like a cheap rip off of Sin City!

    by connor187

    thats about all I got to say about that.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    Frank Miller

    by FloZeke

    When we all heard that he was doing this movie, so many people were like "300 and SIN CITY were fantastic." And they are. But no one really bothered to remember that this is the same guy who gave us the screenplays for ROBOCOP 2 & 3. Way to keep it mediocre, Frank.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    The delivery of the lines...

    by superfleish76

    sounded like it was out of a high school play. I like Sam Jackson, but does anybody else think that Tracy Morgan would have been a more entertaining choice for the Octopus? There really is no way I will waste my $$$ on this!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    that was Samuel L?

    by theBigE

    "I got 8 of everything?" Really? This looks bad, but not as bad as Jondough says. It might be bad, but watchable.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Tracy Morgan as the Octopus!

    by theBigE

    Good call, superfleish76! I was just pondering who might be a better choice for that role. I'd pay to see Tracy Jordan, oops, Morgan, in "Who Dat Octopus!"

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    That looks like a waste of time

    by runrun

    Why hire Johansson and put her in costumes that don't show off her magnificent breasts? The woman is a nice rack that can recite lines.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I blame...

    by oaser

    Scarlett Jo. I just don't like her...

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by BatPsycho

    this is going to suck more than anything has sucked before. including your mom...

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    We should have seen this coming...

    by oaser

    Bad things come in threes. First, we have Sin Frickin' city. Then we get the awesome 300. So, it was only possible that eventually we'd get a bad Miller adaptation. I know he actually Authored Sin City and 300, and that probably makes a difference. But I also think his latest piece at DC, "Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder," is a steaming pile of poop. Maybe he's just lost it.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Oh, and I bet...

    by oaser

    Harry loves the shit out of this movie. Any takers? 2:1 odds?

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Did none of the actors read the script first?

    by thefrood

    I mean seriously... none of them?

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Is AICN's CAPs LOCK button broken?

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    What's WiTh alL This SHit?

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST


    by mojorising74

    After watching the clips, I'm not sure it's Battlefield Earth bad, but I'm not sure it's good either. Jury is still out on this one until I can judge the tone of the film the director set out to capture. Right now, it feels very Sky Captainy, which got a lot of love on this site. I think o'l Frank might be making this old school gangsta flick with super heroes. Although, Johansen's stuff really felt out of place, and Mendes really seemed to be struggling at making femme fatale feel natural. Sigh. It's probably a lost art.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Could anyone POssibly review those?

    by ricarleite

    I can't watch them now. Did the guy who did not see the film but did a review anyway get it right? Does it... (british accent) sucks?

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Bad dialog

    by veritasses

    combined with awful acting is a tough combination to overcome (though I gather part of the issue with the acting is Miller not knowing how to direct the actors). But add to that uninspired directing, bad editing, an attempt at a slick style that comes off as looking cheap, a lead with no charisma and an apparently uninteresting story and you've got all the makings of a bad film.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Sex Scenes Will Not Save The Spirit

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Especially the scene where The Spirit does the anal thing with Sam L Jackson whilst saying "You had a purple lightsabre. Now try a pink one."<p>That was wrong, Miller. WRONG.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Those fight scenes are killer!

    by Speed Fricassee

    I'm looking forward to this one. Won't judge it 'til I see it whole.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    looks a little iffy

    by smudgewhat

    eva mendes has nice presence but otherwise i'm not too excited to see this based on the clips.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    for those who can't view that site at work

    by ArcadianDS

    here's a transcript of every scene:<p> SPIRIT: blah blah blah blah blah blah<p> Hot Babe: buh-blah blah buh-ba-blah blah?<p> SPIRIT: *grave; somber* buh blah blah BLAH, blu-ba-blah<p>

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    wow..2 articles about The Spirit sucking posted in one day

    by SomaShine

    Frank Miller must have REALLY pissed Harry off. Let me guess, no set access? No exclusive preview footage? No year supply of Cheetos? Come on AICN ...what was it?

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Those Are More Embarassing Than The Trailer

    by Crow3711

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    What are you, retarded?

    by NivekJ

    Just watch clip 2, 3, and 6. That's all you really need. Well, maybe skip clip 2.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    "It ends tonight"

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Most over-used line a heroic action movie? (See also variations: "It ends here" and "It ends now")

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    "..IN an action movie"

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Is what I meant. Hey, if The Octopus has eight of everything does that mean he has eight....jam tarts? I love jam tarts and could easily eat six to eight of them right now.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    This looks fun!

    by mukhtabi

    What the hell is everybody's problem? Will Eisner is first and foremost a humorist. So it makes sense that a superhero he would concoct would shoot for funny and wind up campy as hell. I know he's done some serious and poignant stuff (The Contract with God and his Vietnam War perspective spring instantly to mind), but seriously, this looks like its going to be intentionally campy and kitschy and very strange to the point of seeming bad. I'll spend ten bucks on it and probably drag the familia to it as well.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    This Would've WOWed 'em at the Nickel Picture Shows

    by cowboyone

    Silly dialog, goofy villains, backflipping UP fire escapes(?!) it's all style, no substance. It's like Dick Tracy with Rodriguez's cinematic tech innovations. I really thought Miller was better than this.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    The Assprint!

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    take a drink!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST



    Let it fucking die. What is the purpose of this post, just to try and salvage this piece of shit? Fuck Frank Miller. Bravo, you got your dick sucked by Eva Mendes now go the fuck away and die quietly.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by Mr Gorilla

    and yawn again. you know, you can pick up those film noir box sets for quite a good price. why not just do that?

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    I can see where this is going

    by BobParr

    I guess they figure if they copy SIN CITY's look then everyone will like it. It was the acting that saved that movie...along with Carla Gugino's AMAZING RACK!!!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    The trailer showed just how bad it would be

    by jimmy_009

    Not since Beverly Hill Chihuahua has a trailer landed with such a thud in the theaters I was watching it in.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    The trailers sucked...

    by GingerBallz

    I don't even think I'm going to see this one. All spectacle and no substance...

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Clip #3

    by khaos751

    I really want that dead guy under the table to be Tom Green.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Those clips are terrible.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Let's follow the pattern:

    by Indiana-Joe

    1. The movie isn't released yet and all the dorks are crying about it. 2. The movie gets released and more than half of the dorks keep bitching about it because mom wouldn't drive them to the theater and they really wanted to go. 3. The rest of the dorks will see it, secretly like it, and continue to bitch since it's the only thing to do here. 4. The movie will make a boatload of cash because 99.9 percent of the public doesn't fall into the angry, bitter, virgin dork stereotype that pollutes this site. 5. Hollywood takes notice and makes five similar films next year. Positivity, dorks. Look into it.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:58 a.m. CST

    The Problems Start With Frank Miller

    by Read and Shut Up

    Ol' Laughing Death himself is NOT a director - sure, he thinks he is after looking over Robert Rodriguez's shoulder. But he ain't. Further, I'm tired of his "hip, noir" writing. His tongue's so far in his cheek it's coming out of his ear. You all know this movie will suck like gramma and her favorite bowl of soup.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    The Spirit...

    by TheJake

    ...will suck. And after watching those clips there's no denying it. Just accept it and move on.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Is anyone surprised that a comic book writer/artist can't direct

    by James Westfall

    I mean sure - tell me Frank's going to do a Spirit comic and hey, I'll look into it. But this whole thing has been suspect from the get-go.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Bob Parr's got it right

    by skimn

    Not ONLY Ms. Gugino's lovely headlights, which I just knew were outstanding going back to her Spin City days, but the CAST. Come the fuck on...Mickey Rourke, Powers Boothe, Rutger Hauer, on top of Bruce Willis doing his hardboiled best, Jessica Alba looking her best (thats all she CAN do), Rosario Dawson looking like her body was made of caramel, Michael Madsen, Clive Owen looking like the coolest and Benecio looking like a mad dog...we'd be bored with the ultra-stylized look ten minutes in, if it weren't for the cast.<p>This, on the other hand.....

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Read and Shut Up

    by Continentalop

    "His tongue's so far in his cheek it's coming out of his ear." Thank you sir. You have given me the best one-liner against the defenders of Miller's writing ever.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Some of the dialogue and delivery has a

    by gotilk

    sort of prequel trilogy feel to it. A little forced, a lot cliche. BUT, it looks fantastic and I'm not going to pass judgment until I see it. And I will see it in spite of the bad review. If it turns out to be as bad as he said, it'll be something I MUST see. If it's not as bad as he said, I want to see it.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    This is ninjas in Robocop all over again!!!!!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Leave the coloring to Lynn and the directing to, oh, I don't know, A DIRECTOR?!?!?!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Wow, I like!

    by MisterE

    I was a little indifferent towards this movie before, but these clips have gotten me excited (and not just in my pants)!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Does NOTHING to make me look forward to it

    by VAwitch

    The Wolverine trailer on the other hand.....

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Damn Hypocrites, all of you

    by MIkeYH

    well a lot of you. Anyone who is hating on this but liked 300 is a fucking fraud. "All style no substance"? "Goofy villains"? "Ridiculous dialogue"? "I'd love it if I was still 7 years old"? Ummm.. explain to me how 300 doesn't fit every single one of those criticisms? I, on the other hand, can hate on this because I walked out on 300. Oh yeah, and it raped me.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Or the Bernard Madoff. You get the idea!!!!!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST

    I still knew it.

    by UltimaRex

    6 clips make no dif.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Sure it was a showcase of Miller's vision, but Snyder elevated the material to a work of art. It wasn't campy - it was emotional high drama.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    wow... I almost thought it was a joke

    by MurderMostFowl

    Watching some of those clips, I thought I was watching a parody for a minute.<BR> Wow... Miller really is a hack.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Oh and johansson was good

    by MurderMostFowl

    She was the only person in any of those clips who made her shitty dialog work.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    No, IAmMrMonkey-

    by Flyingcircus

    -I think the most overused line is "We've got company." Also, this film is just more digital feces.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Jondoughm Review

    by medicinaluser

    Was an insult to Battlefield Earth if those clips are anything to go by

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Kinda strikes me as the TV Batman

    by HCEarwicker

    .. in a good way. I mean, this doesn't seem to take itself seriously enough to hate.

  • I have to give it a shot and give Frank the benifit of possibly doing a good job when it hits the screen, with me in the audience... But technically, I've read the Spirit comic stripes and nothing on the screen is even remotely close. Why can't they JUST pull a Spider-Man/IronMan/Hulk/Batman/Superman/Rocketter and just go with what was created... Come on, the only reason comic stuff is on the screen is because the audience has accepted what is in the comics... THAT IS THE BASE!!! That is what got the attention to get it made as a movie... Why F@#K with it??? WHY!!!???

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Hey dipshit, in case you didn't get it,

    by skimn

    300 was supposed to be over-the-top. It was a survivor's tale to boost morale. A tall tale told at campfire, and Snyder admitted that's why it included weird beasts and stylized enemies.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    But despite ScarJo's presence, The Spirit does nothing for my loins.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    WOW that sucks

    by m_prevette

    Miller sure as hell can't stage action or drama. Ah well now it's certain I can save my $$ and avoid this pile of shit. The only saving grace is David Newman's score should be great. To quote Statler & Waldorf "I've seen better film on teeth".

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Hey dipshit, in case you're that stupid

    by MIkeYH

    300 was garbage. The fact that the dialogue was retarded, the action was boring, the plot was nonexistent, and the effects got old after about 14 seconds into the preview was intentional? Well, that makes it even worse. That means Snyder was trying to waste our time. What an asshole. Kill Bill or Pulp Fiction were "over the top". They were also engaging, entertaining, and sometimes even fascinating. 300 was just a cluttered mess. There's a big difference between over the top and cluttered mess, in case you weren't aware.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    in more important news....


    Stephen Norrington was hired to direct a reboot of THE CROW!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by Unscripted

    This film alone could kill the Sin City style - which would be a crime. I hate it when a gimmick overwhelms basic filmmaking, as it looks to have here.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Why this comic book?

    by Norm3

    Of all the great comic book characters out there why this title. No one even read this book in the 70s when i was a kid. It was out dated then.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Looks better than Shit City

    by awepittance

    i've always thought in comics or film Frank Miller was better at stuff that wasn't originally created by him. I think this is why sin city was so fucking dick tracey LOL. Honestly the Spirit movie looks really low budget and silly and has a very obvious stylistic look to it. I probably wont be seeing it, but at least it doesnt look like its taking itself as seriously and with its own head placed firmly up ass as Shit City!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Yep, FRANK MILLER'S THE SPIRIT sure sucks all right

    by SpyGuy

    Personally, I'd rather watch the Sam Jones version again.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Is this going to be Punisher bad?

    by JamesT

    The World Will Look Up and Shout, “Is this movie really going to suck monster balls!” And I’ll Look Down and Whisper, “Yes!”

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    he kills EVERYTHING

    by mattforce7

    ....and it ate EVERYBODY

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 12:59 p.m. CST

    video song for 300: ITS RAINING MEN!!!

    by uberman

    or, "I need a Hero!" I tried to watch '300' once. I made it 1/4th of the way through. It's epic gayness and 12 year old hiding in the basement reading X-Men mentality was too much. Oh, and BTW: Shooting a movie all in green screen using computer generated imagery looks just as realistic as shooting a movie all in green screens using computer generated imagery. That stuff is like pepper: All you need is a pinch. Any more and you start to get sick to your stomach.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    i loved 300 and Sin City but this looks notsgood

    by BMacSmith

    i dont like the overacting. sorry frank.

  • Might as well get her in a decent movie with a director that knows what the fuck he's doing. <p>Unlike Frank Miller, apparently...</p>

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    I was responding to your accusation of hypocrisy, equating The Spirit and 300. If you disliked 300, fine, thats your opinion. I thought from the accusation and the fact that you walked out on it, you didn't "get" 300.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by MIkeYH

    Exactly right. The way that movie was made it was essentially like watching somebody else play a video game. Except the script wasn't as good as your standard video game cutaway scene.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Is this even a FILM?

    by Vlad the Inhaler

    This looks like video -- and cheap video at that. Porno or TV soap opera video. Maybe it'll look better on the big screen, but I'm not going to pay to find out. What a sad waste of a fantastic property.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:05 p.m. CST

    by Vlad the Inhaler

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST

    the Dark Knight Returns

    by damagedinc

    I don't know if this movie will suck or not. It seems like all signs are pointing to yes...either that or it's just very misunderstood. In the hooplah surrounding the Watchmen, we keep hearing that it's based on the "greatest graphic novel" of all time. This isn't true. Alan Moore is very intelligent and the Watchmen is a remarkable story. It's probably the second greatest graphic novel from the mid 80's. It's scope and the complexity of the story garner it the praises that it rightly deserves. But I believe that there was another story that was told in the graphic medium from that time that deserves to be called the "best", that being Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns. In my opinion, he told a much deeper and involved story than Moore ever could. It's complicated in the best way possible, welcoming the reader into the world of a middle-aged Batman and still remaining fundamentally approachable. I think that story is pure magic and I've read it multiple times a year since I was about 12, always getting something new out of it. Frank Miller, for better or for worse, has immersed himself in a stort of hyper-noir style of storytelling. His characters have increasingly exemplified "hyper-reality", breathing life into an increasingly synthetic culture. His characters, and especially his Batman in the 2000's, could not exist in the real world...but paradoxically become an effective gauge for measuring modern culture. He's embraced this style and in the process alienated a lot of fans. I really do believe there is a genius to it, but it will only appeal to a narrow audience. The depth of his storytelling was once communicated through an approachable complexity, and now that approachability has diminished. I suspect that Frank Miller is slightly pleased with this but I doubt he is unaware. Even the beauty and even the nuance of his fairly blocky art style has more recently favored more of a "pop" style, or at least what he views "pop" to be. I don't always agree with his choices but I do respect them. It seems like his "Spirit", at least based on what's been out there is a continuation of this style. This is obviously a logical extension on what he started with the Sin City graphic novels. His "Dark Knight Strikes Again" and "All Star Batman and Robin" seem to exist in the wake of Sin City. I really wish he would limit himself, no longer expressing himself through an unrestrained id (like a lot of noir does) but maybe reflect those sentiments with a degree of distance. These are just my opinions, but I've been a fan of what I consider to be the best of Frank Miller since I was a boy. He might've dropped the ball on this movie and I won't dare apologize for it. I'll see it aware of the direction he's taken his work in, not totally understanding why but knowing that the man is a genius storyteller. The Dark Knight Returns is too perfect, to well thought out, to be a flash in the pan. His current work is experimental in approach, and not all experiments are successes. I'm still a fan.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    300 didn't try to achieve photographic realism. Thats why the contrast was pushed so far. It tried and very often succeeded in duplicating the panels of Miller's graphic novel. You do realize that more and more movies are using digital as set extentions? Sweeney Todd (a lot of the exteriors, not just the sweeping camera movements) and Zodiac (recreating a San Fransisco that no longer exists)are prime examples.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Actually looks quite stupid but fun.

    by theycallmemrglass

    As someone else said, its got a Sky Captain feel. I would also add Dick Tracy. But I dont think it will be anywhere near as good as them. Just not bad. And as for that previous reviewer, he can probably go fuck himself and jerk off with his fuckturd bad films that he enjoys watching. But not yet, I have to see this film first to decide.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I want to throw my shoes at Frank Miller...

    by Leafar the Lost I can knock off that stupid looking hat he always wears. Fuck you, Frank. You suck as a director, and you are an overrated writer. Enjoy retirement...

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Tracy Morgan!!!!

    by ZoeFan

    That dude should get more work than he does.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Scarlett Johannson for waitress at arby's

    by ironic_name

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Norm3 search for darwyn cooke's spirit series

    by ironic_name

    much better than this.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Scarlett Johannson for working my crank

    by Flyingcircus

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    my youtube account got deleted for posting

    by bacci40

    3 of those scenes....they didnt change a why did lionsgate feel the need to have those scenes removed? i pray that this movie brings down the entire studio

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    I don't think...

    by chiahead

    it's as bad as what's his face made it sound like in the review he wrote that I wanted desperately to get through but ultimately could not, due to its being low on facts and sugary high on self-gratifying put downs. <br><br>The put downs I could deal with had they been quantified by any measure of proof but it was just too damn fictional for my taste. These scenes... look like they were written by a comic book writer from the 1970s. Trying to sound like real dialogue from the 1930s. Neither of which I find particularly appealing. Johannson didn't suck as much as what's his face said she did, and Jackson was doing what you hire Jackson to do as far as I'm concerned. Why should this be surprising? I think Paulson's greatest role of her career will be that one scene she did in Serenity where she gets mauled by Reevers. Otherwise I'm completely nonplussed by her. <br><br>I'm a little confused though, why a film like this, as average as it appears to be, would be singled out by anyone as horrifically bad. It doesn't seem to warrant that much attention...

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    "Is this going to be Punisher bad?"

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Tell me you're talking about the 2004 Punisher rather than the excellent 2008 Punisher movie which is possibly the greatest "it's Friday night, i'm drunk and i wanna see someone get smashed through the face" movie since Commando?

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 2 p.m. CST



    Thats good to hear. I'm gonna see it this week. Looks bad fucking ass. Fuck anyone hating on none-stop ass kicking.

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  • Dec. 15, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    The Seven Samurai is a masterpiece. Lawrence of Arabia is a masterpiece. 300 is a badly written and acted shitfest. Thanks for the laughs though.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST

    "I'm gonna kill you all kinds of dead"

    by drewlicious

    The movie looks like shit but for some reason I just love that line.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST

    "I'm the Octopus. I got eight 'a everything!"

    by NinjaRap

    "Somebody get me a tie! And it sure as hell better be red!" "I'm gonna kill you all kindsa dead." This movie is going to be uproariously funny.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST


    by IAmMrMonkey!

    If you're the type of guy who loves the same stuff as Vern, you're going to go mad for it. Your dickblood will pour out of your nose in excitement.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    I think it looks kind of fun!

    by Kirbymanly

    Though time will tell if I'll be able to sit through 2 hours of the tone presented in those clips.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    300 made my crotch tingle too.

    by DerLanghaarige

    But more like syphilis.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    I can't speak for BSB, but I, for one, am not claiming 300 to be a masterpiece. In fact it doesn't even make a personal top ten list of that year. I can appreciate it for looking unlike any movie I'd seen before. And it is a cheesy throwback of sorts to the Hercules movies of the '60s, where men were men, who chanted "hoorah" before battle. I like it for what it is. So sue me.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST



    I am that type of guy. Mindless ass kicking is some of the most fun I have at the movies next to getting an H.J. in Australia.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    enuf with revisionist history

    by bacci40

    miller was one of the great talents in comix...his run on daredevil, dark knight returns, batman year one, sin city, 300, and martha washington series all had huge impact on the industry...the script that he wrote for robocop did not end up being filmed...they just used parts of it for both 2 and 3...he was ripped for having as a character a young boy drug dealer with a foul mouth...funny thing, the wire did the same thing years later and earned kudos for gritty reality...something happened to frank after 9/ most myopic, coddled americans, his outrage became pathology...the once leaning liberal libertarian became a wingnut crazy...oh, he still championed freedom of the press...but only for comics...he railed against any and all who called into question the war in iraq and the bs war on terrorism...he allowed himself to be seduced by the same industry who had spit on him years before...what the hell, really hot women were throwing themselves at the shit out of smelly fat fanboys....frank has become everything he used to despise...and it is sad...sad when a counterculture hero sells his soul and is used by the same wingnuts he used to parody as an example of how a good american should support the insane policies of an evil and corrupt president...i hope that frank attends one showing with a room full of his fans...i hope he allows them to hurl insults at him...i hope this wakes him up from his 8 year slumber

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST

    What was everyone expecting?

    by GreenRoots

    Don't all Frank Miller films have characters spouting his lines in HIS voice? I guess I'm not as shocked by the tone and acting of this film as everyone else. I'll judge this one myself

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Next time I see Frank Miller...

    by Odkin

    I am for sure throwing a shoe at his head. And I don't throw like an Iraqi girl. God Bless Will Eisner. I am so, so sorry.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 3 p.m. CST



    There will be no showing with a roomful of fans. There will be showings with 15-20 random people that wandered in just to see a movie.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 3:04 p.m. CST

    you people arent worthy of sucking shit out of...

    by BMacSmith

    Frank Miller's asshole. why the hate? no one here has an ounce of his style or talent. haters!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST

    What is this, amateur hour?

    by MartinBlank

    Seriously, look at clip #2. The fucking shots don't even match. Now the Venetian blinds are casting shadows on the Spirit's face, now they aren't...

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by alienindisguise

    Actually lots of folks here have talent that surpasses the hackness that is Frank Miller. As for the hate, the guys an egomaniacal asshole who thinks he's the god of comics.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 3:35 p.m. CST

    It's Visionary!

    by Larry of Arabia

    We just don't "get it" yet. There will be a day when, like The Wizzard of Oz before it, we will watch this movie as an... oh, I don't know... let's say leap year tradition. Trust me, Frank Miller could never be wrong. Ask him yourself.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    On Frank Miller

    by Larry of Arabia

    I would never take away what he did in comics. For that alone he deserves all the praise in the world. However he's started to believe his own press. I don't think he thinks he can be wrong about things, and even worse I don't think anybody ever tells him because he's "Frank Miller." Even Michelangelo had someone standing there saying, "hmmm, seems too blue, and I don't like how that loincloth is placed, mister!" The other issue is that he's become too influential and more than any other group geeks love love love to kill their heroes.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Looks fucking awesome

    by WolfmanNards

    Nice to see all of those who play off from the cues of this site and decide to hate it.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    So is the Spirit a parody cause it looks like it

    by andrew coleman

    I mean really? Really? I'm seeing this and probably regreating the deicision automatically after I do it.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Yikes! (and not good yikes)

    by DennisMM

    Words cannot describe my feelings after having watched these six clips. So I must say, "Yikes!" and be done with it.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    The Spirit Just An Excuse For A Miller Booty Call

    by Media Messiah

    Casting lots of underwhelming actresses...some with interesting off, and on set, reputations. Sounds like the Spirit was made as just an excuse to throw a Casting Couch Booty Party for the so-called director???!!!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    8 dicks and 8 nipples

    by JasonGrey

    eight thumbs motha'fuckin down!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Wow.. . . .

    by Darth_Kaos

    . . .and not in a good way. I weep for cinema.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Cringe and Yikes??

    by GreenRoots

    No one cringed at the awkward line delivery in Sin City? Or the "worst voice over of all time" in 300? I still don't understand how THE SPIRIT is different from these films? I have a feeling Harry wanted to play SPIRIT at BNAT and now he's on a rampage against it...

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Looks Better Than The Dark Knight!!! I'm Surprised???!!!

    by Media Messiah

    My only problems with the clip is when he, The Spirit, looks away from Eva as she drops the towel. It would have played better if he slowly looked at her nude body up and down with no regrets. That said, the 6 clips from the film surprised me, they are had a Spirit about them where as the Dark Knight is lifeless A-Sexual sterility!!!<BR><BR>My sincere apologies to Miller and his cast. He may be throwing a Booty Party, but at least this film appears to have a human pulse and the Spirit of fun to it!!! Job well done, man!!! It appears that you are a legit director after all??? Big Congrats!!!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by DennisMM

    I liked neither "Sin City" nor "300," the latter especially. I find the green-screen process silly, for the most part. "Sin City" had some interesting moments. "300" was a mess, frankly. This looks like it has taken the wink-wink so far over the top that it's plummeting to the bottom. I'll reserve full judgment until I see the film, but there is nothing in there that resembles "The Spirit" as I know it. On those grounds, alone, I am greatly disappointed. <P> <P> Media Messiah: The Spirit *would* look away. That's the kind of guy he is. Sentimental, clumsy around women, not all that bright in some ways and the toughest SOB who ever walked the face of the earth. So tough he never, ever, ever quits.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Johannson for Harley Quinn?

    by gotilk

    Oh please no. Wrong body type, wrong face... wro..I mean... subterranean personality. She needs to be.... perkier and sly. Sharp looking, not soft and fluffy.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 5 p.m. CST


    by AJoustra

    screw you frank miller

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    What, did Frank Miller forget to advertise over here?

    by Psycho_Kenshin

    The Spirit has more balls in his little finger than you dirty fucks have in your entire fridge.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Honestly doesn't look too bad.

    by Chewtoy

    Not real keen on what Jackson's doing there in that get-up, but the scenes certainly aren't the disasters that the first review painted. Still not high on my must-see list though.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Im not sure who or what

    by django_il_bastardo

    exactly that was supposed to be but it sure as HELL WAS NOT WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Frank Miller has won a bunch of Eisner awards...

    by Psycho_Kenshin

    Frank probably has more Eisner awards than fuckin' Eisner does! Think 'bout it.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Looks Good

    by Bad LT

    I read the review here declaring it the worst movie ever made. But watching these clips, it seems OK to me. What were people expecting, Glengarry Glen Ross? It looks like a comic book brought to life, like Sin City, but with more of a 1930's Shadow-Doc Savage feel. The lead does seem a little flat, and a few moments the directing seems off, but I like Mendes and Scarlet, Jackson is Jackson. I'm going to see it and give it a chance.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by BangoSkank

    loved Sin City, and enjoyed 300 in all of it's over-the-top homo-erotic glory, I even enjoy All-Star Batman when it makes it to my LCS... This, however, does not look good.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Shit Looked Suspect to Me

    by toxicbuddha

    based on the trailer. I am not one to run around hating everything that comes out before it gets here but I have a strong feeling that The Spirit will be hot garbage.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Klinton Spilsbury, anyone?

    by DennisMM

    Recognize the name? Didn't think so. Obviously, Macht will not be another Spilsbury (check IMDB), but I suspect he'll never see his name in the trades again. Wooden is the word.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Use of the word 'hater' or 'hating'

    by 300 monkeys

    does nothing but identify the user as an immature fanboy with limited vocubalary. That is all.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Frank Miller

    by 300 monkeys

    deservces his legendary status for his first Daredevil run, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, and Daredevil: Born Again, but hasn't written a coherent story since. Pass

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Sin City comics

    by 300 monkeys

    follow the same pattern, each and every limited series: the amateurish scripts are pretty much interchangeable, you get one and half to two issues of gorgeous, detailed art followed by two and half to four issues of rushed looking crap. If nothing else, Sin City proves that Miller has no attention span, no sense of story, structure, and pacing. The guy above who called him "a genius writer" totally cracks me up. You need to read you some books, son!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by 300 monkeys

    I agree with you, but trace Miller's slide to waaay before 9/11 - the second Sin City series, ca. 1993, was the beginning of the end.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Feels like Sin City Lite

    by Double M

    Really, it does not look so incredibly horrible based on those clips. It looks like it has a campy, don't take this too seriously feel to it.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST

    This is not The Spirit

    by ltuxbury

    I've been a fan of The Spirit since the Kitchen Sink b&w reprints of the 1980's, and this looks like such a disappointment. Eisner was a master; this looks nothing like his work. The worst part of it is that after this is released, no one will want to touch The Spirit as a movie property and do it justice, because studios will remember, "Oh, yeah...wasn't that a crappy movie back in '08? We'll pass."

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Those clips look groovy!

    by Power_Girl

    Don't look "bad" at all.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Those clips were so boring. :(

    by Evangelion217

    This film is aesthetically mediocre.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by Sicuv Uyall

    Yeah, that movie was mostly style over substance. And yeah, it was mostly effects driven. But it was COOL! How many Star Wars prequels can you say that about??? Thought so.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    oh lord that looks like shit

    by robotdevil

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    bunch of pampered a-holes!

    by cloudrider`

    nolan's TDK will not exist without miller's DKR. sincity practically direct itself. all the composition and stagings are already there, in the book. 300 ditto. <p> frank miller is an artist. he is original. for that alone, as a self respecting geek, you should at least give him a chance before you judge! <p> heck, you guys are STILL flocking to ratner and anderson movies every single time no matter how much you say you hate them. but an artist try to make a movie, and you outright dismiss it??? based on that one dimwitted review??? <p>SHAME ON YOU, GEEKS!

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Miller's style IS style over substance! and that is fanfuckingta

    by BMacSmith

    nothing wrong with that, as long as every comic or movie doesnt do the same thing. a little style over substance is great.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 8:26 p.m. CST


    by BMacSmith

    so what? lots of great artists were self righteous pricks. what does that have to do with whats onscreen/paper? love him or hate him, the man has talent, and changed comics forever (and for the best).

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST

    beg to differ

    by cloudrider`

    there's a lot of substance in DKR. and i found the first sincity book be quite moving, if the style doesn't overwhelm you first. in fact, in the 3 sincity stories that got made into the movie, all the lead guys have to sacrifice themselves for the women they love. 2 of them died. for all its hardboiled grit and toughtalk, love is always the driving force in sincity.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 8:38 p.m. CST

    dont let avatar fuck your eyeballs then

    by cloudrider`

    because in case you haven't heard, james cameron proclaim himself king of the world on TV, live to the world. <p> BMacSmith is right. learn to separate the work and the personal life. are you a movie buff or a tabloid junkie? the thing is, when it comes to personal matter, you won't know the real truth anyway. it's always what you heard/read from a someone who know someone who know someone. it's gossip. stick with what's on screen/page. it's the best way to judge the man.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    it's a shame

    by The Amazing G

    the naked Eva Mendes is so blurry

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Bacci- Wish you were less kooky

    by 900LBGorilla

    Cause I like ya. We’ve had some interesting discussions, but the wingnuts and coddled Americans thing as ususal is a reversal. Americans are coddled- that’s the only reason the left is still around…. they are a bunch of wingnuts who only believe what they do because deep inside they have this fantasy-land idea that we can maintain the lifestyle they love so much while still implementing laughably illogical and time disproven leftist ideals and their odd belief that the world is somehow a reasonable place when you just sit down and talk over tea, but is usually made bad by the US…even though very few things support this funny idea. It’s classic love of the under-dog even when the underdog would eat you if he could. Check out Alan Moore’s stoooopid ideas in V for Vendetta as reference <p> A truly great historical example of this is how much all the leftist HATE the evil G-Dubya for the tactics he advocates, but love love love their hero and one of the supposed greatest presidents in history FDR …. when the things FDR did both before and during WWII make George Bush look like a poodle and civil rights extremist. Then again even a rudimentary understanding of history never was the forte of the left… <p> That said this movie looks like Crap, Sin Shitty sucked, 300 was good- but mostly because of Butler and the subject matter - which would have been far better served by a Gates of Fire treatment. DKR and some of Millers earlier COMIC BOOK work was brilliant…but I have no idea why anyone thought he could direct his own movie.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    One Batman & Robin every 10 years

    by Larry Sellers

    Self-indulgent, flashy, lame tongue-in-cheek bullshit. Sin City was nice for what it was. The Spirit looks like it's trying to ride on the success of that. A movie can't be good for something that another movie was only barely good for being. Good for Miller for trying his hand at directing. But I think perhaps his unique visuals are best left to experienced directors to translate to film.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    I'm not entirely sure frank miller ever had sex with a woman

    by kirttrik

    I mean, consensually, and one that wasn't a prostitute or stripper.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Is the henchman like an Oompa-Loompa?

    by BobParr

    It seems like the same actor is going to play all of them.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST

    IamMrMonkey - P:WZ Sucked massive sweaty balls

    by Bass Bastardson

    I don't honestly have any idea how you can defend what was EASILY the worst movie I have seen in the last 3 years.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Miller may never again work as a director

    by Teddy Artery

    He really should have taken the tried and true approach of working on small independent films that could disappear without a lot of notice first. Learn your craft first, Frank. These clips just proved my worst impressions of this film.

  • Dec. 15, 2008, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Octopus has eight cocks ? I didn't see that coming.

    by G100

    This Movie is clearly going to have a HUGE fucking problem with tone.<p> <p>The plants and defenders are going to say, but it's "FUN", which is sadly usually code for, The Director & Actors weren't confident enough to know how to play it.<p> <p>For laughs by keeping everything at a "safe" parody distance or at least serious enough to draw the viewer into the story.<p> <p>Sadly it looks like the former and apparently The Spirit was little more than a Comedy in Miller's mind by the looks of things.<p> <p>Fuck it. If he's not going to bother taking it remotely seriously why should we ? Just put comedy BOING!, WHOOOOOP! and fart noises on the soundtrack and be done with it if it merits little more than treating the entire plot and characters as an "ironic" joke.<p> <p>Yeah, it doesn't have to be fucking Bergman but you have to give the viewer SOMETHING to invest in or it's simply high farce and throwaway irony completely insecure and unsure whether it's trying to be funny or not from line to line.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 12:10 a.m. CST

    I don't know what the problem here is...

    by Jarados

    I think it looks great. Can't wait to see it.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Looks like ass wrapped in puke and snot.

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    What a diarrhea fest! Even if I was paid to go, I think I would be too embarassed to do so. The trailers were the worst thing since the holocaust. And these clips?? Ugh.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Worse than Battlefield Earth?!?! IMPOSSIBLE!

    by Violator90

    I’ve heard of movies being CLOSE to the suckage level of BATTELFIELD EARTH, even runner-up to BATTLEFIELD EARTH, but WORSE THAN never. Hell, there is no shortage of suck-tatic films but to say its worse than the worse movie ever made?!?! Come on! We’ve see the preview pics and the trailer and we ALL knew that it was going to be bad. Man, this movie must really suck more than Paris Hilton and Pam Anderson put together. Just from the idea of filming it a-la SIN CITY just screamed “bad idea” and just for good measure let’s go all black for our hero, like Batman. It worked for THE DARK KNIGHT, why not copy a proven receipt for success. WRONG! First, the all-black look only works with very selective character, and more so with even fewer superheroes, Batman being the main one. Second, the SIN CITY style; working pretty much entirely on green screen only worked for SIN CITY and 300. I don’t see it working for any other movies, especially a superhero movie. Fuck, even BATMAN & ROBIN isn’t on the same suckage level as BATTLEFIELD EARTH, and that movie pretty much killed off the whole Batman franchise! I was already disappointed at what I’ve seen so far, and from the trailer I’m even more sorry for the fans of The Spirit that their beloved character is just one more victim of H’woods lack of respect for the source material and its fans. FUCK YOU HOLLYWOOD. Here’s another movie I have to avoid. Glad there are tons of video games to ease the pain.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Hmmm...interesting stuff..that's what it is...

    by sonnyfern

    There's a lot of humor to it, it's a real goofy humor and it's weird, but there's no doubt a lot of this is suppose to be funny and I did chuckle a couple of times, so maybe it did it's job. There are some really cool shots; when the Spirit is getting shot up by Ocotopus, I love how he's just a shadow. That's actually classic Frank Miller and that's what this movie looks like, it really does look like one of his books brought to life. "A Dame To Kill For" is an AMAZING peice of work, so's the original "Sin City". This is too goofy to really be held up there with those, and it's a shame he's not going %100 balls to the walls with this, but I don't think it looks BAD, it just really quirky I guess. It looks like something that would've come on "Liquid Television" remember that show that used to come on Mtv back in the 90's? It looks like something you would've seen on that. I think this is looking fine.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 2:01 a.m. CST

    sonnyfern - but shouldn't it look like one of Eisner's books?

    by Dingbatty

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 2:02 a.m. CST


    by Dingbatty

    Catwoman comes close to BE. I had to hold my eyelids open to get through it. <p>Sad, because Brubaker's recent reboot of the character would've worked onscreen.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 2:09 a.m. CST

    I cant slander Miller...

    by Citizin_insane

    despite this... Miller has achieved and created more greatness that most of this talkback put together. I know dealing out critisism is the whole point of talk backs, but really... if he's fucked up, that skip this movie, and get on with your lives

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST

    I saw 6 clips poorly edited

    by ugh

    fix it and it may be salvageable.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 5:36 a.m. CST

    shut up all of you, it seems fine


    seemed allright, nothing mindblowing but Ill wait till I see the final movie before I shit on this

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Uhhh-The 2008 Punisher was utter crap

    by Mr.LordBronco

    Yes, only the fourth (third) movie I've ever walked out on. I had a beer right there in the theater-and i looked at the beer and said-"you would be better drunk at home"-I'm not going to go into all the reasons why

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    I Would Like To Work With Frank Miller!!!

    by Media Messiah

    I have this idea to take that green screen set look to the next phase. Something that could easily distinguish a similarly processed film like Sin City from a film like say...The Spirit. It's a unique idea, a visual effect that is in use now, and has been only seen in limited use as brief visual gimmicks in videos and commercials. I want to use it as a central look in a film to establish a landmark look. This effect, if used continuously throughout a film would be unique and create a whole knew visual style.<BR><BR>After seeing those 6 clips of The Spirit, I am very impressed with his efforts.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    I need some kool-aid

    by Internet Thug

    is Ebony White gonna be in this?

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Hijo De Puta !

    by PTSDPete

    This film's beyond terrible.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    This IS taking itself seriously

    by Laserhead

    Miller's not being campy here; he thinks this shit is actually cool. Read some of his totally crap comics from the last 18 years and you'll see-- his writing is about at the level of a sixth-grader trying to impersonate Mickey Spillane.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST


    by PTSDPete

    ' Hence the name '. </p>This movie looks as bad as your dim witted bullshit. </p>

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Throw a shoe at Frank Miller

    by Laserhead

    if the opportunity arises. I know I will.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Let's give Frank Miller a chance. Wait and see.

    by JDanielP

    Sure, Miller's work can go one way or the other. But you can't deny the greatness that he has achieved, over the years. I love THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and BATMAN: YEAR ONE.

  • not saying this is going to be good, but not sure about you being arbiters of taste either...

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    900LBGorilla = The Waterboarder

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    This guy believes in the use of torture. Nothing he says can be taken seriously.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    The acting and dialogue are supposed to be like that

    by JacksParasites

    The film is clearly going for that Adam West Batman kinda campy feeling while applying it to a darker world with more morally ambiguous characters. That seems to be the whole point so complaining about the acting and dialogue seems to be missing the whole point. That's not to say that movies like this are critic-proof but at least criticize things that are actual flaws.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I will stick to the Hamburglar line.

    by wowsucks

    Ever since those first pics arrived thats what comes to mind besides expecting this movie to frankly suck. Just doesn't do it, hey could be a sleeper but this one is an avoid for me.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by jcrash

    why does noir always equal camp? Looks terrible. Stiffly acted, horribly written, bad editing, shit directing... etc. The more to making a movie than it's look...

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Welcome to Post Noir!

    by Continentalop

    Like Sin CIty, this movie is all about the style and the trappings of noir and pulp but without any of the true meaning or themes. Film Noir and Neo-Noir where about the style AND the substance. They were about the dark side that people are afraid to admit, about are baser emotions and about how we are so easily tempted to do evil despite claiming how good we are.<p> Post Noir is about how cool a guy in a trench coat looks in black and white on a rainy street at night, and how funny it is when a guy calls a woman a "dame."

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Pure Cheese

    by JoeSixPack

    Nothing better than unintentional cheese.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST

    looks stylish

    by CaseyMcCall

    and slick. I like it.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one...

    by Gremlin517

    Who is tired of Samuel Jackson's over-the-top, ham-fisted delivery? He has become so cliched in most of his most recent work that he seems to be doing a parody of himself most of the time. These scenes do not bode well for this film.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 9:47 p.m. CST

    from those scenes...

    by Andillformthehead

    It seems Miller's all over the place. More about influences (Burton's Batman, some really bad "noir", Flash Gordon) and not about bring something of his "own". Hey I love his writing as much as anyone but this is midnight movie, supermarket $0.99 impulse dvd rack quality.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 11:22 p.m. CST

    To: Andillformthehead

    by Violator90

    "midnight movie, supermarket $0.99 impulse dvd rack quality." One of the funniest things I've read! I got to remember that one!

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:46 a.m. CST

    ahahaha! Scene 2 was Awesome!

    by chien_sale

    you guys take things too seriously