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Nordling Interviews SUCKER PUNCH's Alex Pardee! Also, A Contest For The Limited Edition SUCKER PUNCH: THE ART OF THE FILM Book!

Nordling here.

I can't draw to save my life.  My dad could, and he was quite good at it, but it skipped a generation or something because I can't do much better than stick figures.  It's a shame, because I think I have some whacked out visions in my head that I'd love to see on paper.

Alex Pardee has some amazing visions as well.  Check out his blog for some of his artwork at  He's designed album covers for In Flames and The Used, as well as a really kickass alternate INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS poster design for the Weinstein Company.  When Zack Snyder approached Pardee to help with the concept art for SUCKER PUNCH, after seeing some of his fan art, Pardee jumped at the chance, and many of the visions we see in the genre mash-up that is SUCKER PUNCH come straight from his pen.  I was able to ask some questions to Alex regarding SUCKER PUNCH and the SUCKER PUNCH: THE ART OF THE FILM book, which can be purchased at Amazon here at this link.  After the interview, I'll have some information on how to enter a contest for an exclusive Ain't It Cool News limited edition copy of the book!  But without further ado, here's Alex:

With Zack Snyder's "kitchen sink" approach in SUCKER PUNCH, did you try to find a commonality or a balance between the various influences and genres being tossed together with your concept art?

Zack has an amazing way of working with his creative team, which is simply bestowing us with confidence, trust and even a sense of comfort. Like he’s this cool-headed excited life-coach that just happens to also be an amazing visual wizard in his spare time. He’s very positive and passionate, which just led us to feed off of that passion. He definitely had his own vision of all of these new worlds in Sucker Punch, but as a visual artist himself and a fan of every form of art, he thrives off of seeing other artists expand on his visions. So yes, there was an overwhelming amount of inspiration and direction to absorb in the beginning, but there was never pressure to find some common visual thread. We were encouraged to just do what we do without limits and he assured us that he would worry about weaving it all together in a cohesive manner, and he did.


What's the one rule Zack Snyder gave when coming up with different art concepts?

There was a general unspoken vibe of making a little visual stew from different eras and genres, like adding some current pop-culture and manga-influence into some old classic fantasy ideals, but if there WERE any real rules set in stone regarding specific direction, I completely missed that class, and I think all of us did. There definitely were influences, artists and references that were mentioned. I mean a lot of the worlds that were created for Sucker Punch are an amalgamation of what Zack and us artists involved all thought were cool as kids: GI Joe vs Cobra, Kurosawa, Dungeons & Dragons, Frazetta paintings, robots, steampunk, Jessica Rabbit, Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” & “Nightfall” dealing with characters trying to escape an inevitable oncoming darkness, The Goonies needing to find enough jewels to escape their “evil suburban landlords”, Lone Wolf & Cub, Final Fantasy, and so many other cool experiences that we all shared as kids who loved imagination and imaginary worlds. But given all of those influences, as I said before, there was no set rule. It really was “take inspiration from these and do something original with it. Something cool. We’ll start from there.”  And from that point on it was a true collaboration to fit what was in Zack’s head, but also push those boundaries past the norm and past what might have been expected.

What's your inspiration for the various art designs of SUCKER PUNCH - the robot, the dragon, the mechasamurai - and what one piece is your favorite?

I have two favorites, which is a cop-out I know, but I am so close to the project I’ll explain my enthusiasm. At an immediate first glance you might think you have seen some of these Sucker Punch worlds before, but within a few seconds you will notice that they all have an original twist to them that is so fun. For example, one of my two favorite pieces, which I can hardly take any credit for at all is the huge 25 foot tall Bunny-Faced flying mech-suit that Amber (Jamie Chung’s character) pilots in the film. That’s just so insanely ridiculous and awesome. It was like “OK, what if there was some advanced steampunk technology implemented into World War 1, maybe we could make a mech-suit! OK, so what would that mech-suit look like if a 19-year old girl who loved stuffed animals designed it?!” It’s nuts, but it works so well because not many odd visual chances like that have been taken on such a high-scale production before. And though I didn’t create the actual design for that mech, I DID design the Bunny-face that is painted on its cockpit, and I think it’s ironically more intimidating than a snarling shark mouth and the traditional military fighter plane paint jobs. And to see something that I drew that HUGE on all of the ads and the screen? That feels incredible!

Now regarding my other favorite, I got to design BabyDoll’s main weapon, her katana, completely from the ground up. Zack wanted to respect the design aspects of a traditional katana, but it was up to me to figure out a way to still give it some “wow” original spin that had never been done before. So on top of learning all of this history about katanas and what a “tsuba” is (it’s the circular metal guard at the base of the blade) or a “menuki” (it’s the small sculpted charm that is wrapped in the handle of the blade to create a better grip), and getting to fully design all of those parts with Zack, I had to come up with a cool way to make the sword iconic. Well, when looking at a lot of traditional katanas I noticed that a lot of them had small personalized and artistically stylized kanji characters inscribed on the base of the blade, but none of the inscriptions went beyond a few inches. When I looked into why that was, it was because it was actually too hard to engrave the blades farther down without damaging the effectiveness of the blade. So that gave us a challenge. I wanted to engrave like ½ of the entire length of the blade. And then Zack said “That’s cool, but why not the WHOLE blade?!” So then were destined to do that. So, because the engravings were personalized, I took the entire story of BabyDoll’s journey throughout the film, and broke it down into symbols, which I then wove together in an old fashioned style and created this design that basically told the whole story of the film along the entire length of the blade. And I can honestly tell you that there are a handful of engravers and blacksmiths that probably HATE me. We ended up breaking tools, experimenting with metals, and redesigning the graphic for weeks because it was really difficult to do. And Zack is so awesome because at any time we could have just made a fake sword! But he was NOT going to do that. He wanted a real sword made, and so did I. And eventually we got it and it turned out beautiful.

How did you become involved with the project?

Whoever created me must have rolled like a 4d6 when giving me my “luck” stat I think! In addition to that though, it’s one of my favorite “origin” stories. In addition to commercial work, I have been creating personal fine art for years, along with now owning an art-based clothing and print company called Zerofriends where occasionally we do small licensed things and pop-culture inspired art and products. Well, WATCHMEN is one of my favorite stories of all time, and I was a huge fan of Zack’s previous films (say what you want about remakes, but the first 10 minutes of Zack’s “Dawn of the Dead” are TERRIFYING) so naturally I was looking forward to see his adaptation. I ended up creating this limited Watchmen print for my company, Zerofriends that sold out almost immediately. Not expecting anything more than that, I unexpectedly got notified from someone at Cruel & Unusual (Zack’s production company) that Zack had seen the image and wanted a print. Unfortunately, the print was long sold out, and so I was a little bummed to tell them that, but as I was on the phone with them I was looking at the original painting hanging up in my house that I had made that the print was based on, and I got an idea. “I have a better idea!” I said. And I ended up driving from San Francisco to LA the next day and hand delivered the painting to Zack for his birthday, which coincidentally was that week. That was how we had met, and quickly formed a friendship and mutual respect for each other’s crafts and kept in touch. Months later, I was involved in some extra marketing work for Inglourious Basterds where myself, and 10 other artists created these alternate movie posters in conjunction with the Weinstein Company for charity, and mine was so COMPLETELY over the top in the gore and visceral department that when Zack saw it, he said, “You HAVE to do something like this for my next movie!” So, instead of saying “No way, you didn’t put the squid in Watchmen! I hate you!” and then punching him, I politely obliged and we started talking about my future involvement with Sucker Punch.

If you can comment, are you involved in Zack Snyder's SUPERMAN, and if you are, can you talk about the general aesthetic you're going for with any concept art?

I WISH! No, as of right now I am not involved in anything Superman-related, and as much as I would love that, I think there are so many artists who have breathed some amazing life and blood into Superman over the past years, I wouldn’t really feel worthy of it. 

What was the one piece of art, or film that made you say, "That's what I want to do for the rest of my life?"

Sam Kieth’s “The MAXX”. Easily. I loved superhero comics growing up, but I lived in a small suburban town so I was never was exposed to any indy comics at all. With the exception of some horror comics and war comics, I thought comics were only SUPPOSED to be about superheroes. So I was always trying to draw superheroes, but in secret I would draw all these fucked up deformed sad people and monsters. So when Image comics published all of those new titles back in the early 90’s, I saw The Maxx and picked up a few issues because it LOOKED like a superhero comic. There was a big muscular purple guy with a mask on the cover. But the book itself was in disguise. Because as soon as I started reading it, I was confused. The art was really cool and expressive but in comparison to “normal” comic art, it was a mess! There were splashes of ink, and big cartoony faces next to fully rendered oil-painted panels. And the story wasn’t about a superhero at all. It was focusing on things like depression, girls having their periods, homeless people struggling to stay sane, loneliness, things at the time I could relate to! And I thought to myself, “Wait a minute. You can actually draw bizarre weird things and express real emotions and write about what you feel and you can be SUCCESSFUL? Sign me up.” So from that moment on I allowed myself to never really stick to a standard and just draw and write and paint what I want to see, however good or bad it is or however many people like it or hate it. Since then it’s always been about the journey to success through the freedom that art allows me to have. And I don’t require much to stay alive and happy, so I’m going to keep going.

Thanks, Alex.  And for all the fans of SUCKER PUNCH, of Alex Pardee, and for Ain't It Cool... a contest!  We're giving away one exclusive copy of SUCKER PUNCH: THE ART OF THE FILM, with inner sleeve artwork by Alex Pardee himself!  This is a one of a kind item, but here's a couple of pictures to whet the appetite:

What do you have to do to enter?  It's simple.  In the spirit of Zack Snyder's SUCKER PUNCH, I want to see your best genre mashup.  You can have cowboys vs. zombies vs. Giger Aliens; you can have the Knights of the Round Table fighting Road Warrior-type apocalyptic vehicles; how ever many genres you can fit into one picture of your design.  You have until Saturday, April 9th to send in your artwork to  This must be your artwork, and not copied from some other source.  It doesn't matter how well you draw - we're looking for something interesting, and you can design it any way you like - as a movie poster, as a simple drawing, anything.  But send it in by midnight Saturday, April 9th.  We'll post the winner here at AICN, including the more interesting pieces we get in.  I won't be judging anything until after April 9th, so don't feel the need to rush in a picture until you feel comfortable with it.  Good luck!

Nordling, out.

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  • March 22, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    First Again

    by Snuggle_Bunny

    Two in a row!

  • March 22, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST



    I would send some art along, but it's impossible to email one's life.

  • March 22, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Sure, as painted by Roy Lichtenstein and Ralph Steadman.


  • March 22, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Uh, fact.


  • March 22, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    See the movie, own the book!

    by chrismata

  • March 22, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Any buzz? early reviews? ANYTHING on this movie?

    by knowthyself

    It opens this week....and things are eerily quiet.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Zack the Hack Snyder

    by AssyMuffJizz

    Another hack that AICN fell inlove with, much to great puzzlement and scratching of heads. Sometimes, i really don't get the AICN people. Why does AICN keeps on falling in love with the hacks, of all people?

  • March 22, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Crapp Snyder and friends should die in a tsumani...

    by AssyMuffJizz

    Many other hacks besides Zack The Hack Snyder deserve tsuunami too. Michellete Bay, Jar Jar Abrams, McGonalds, Brett The Rat Ratner, John No More Moore, Paul WC Anderson, even fucking Robert How The Mighty Have Fallen Zemeckis. All of those should had massive tsonuamis and then disappear from the face of world cinema forever. And good fucking ridence to those fools.

  • March 22, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    There will be one ass in a seat this weekend

    by kermit_the_fraud

    Because this movie looks like it will massage my geek-brain gently with its skilled fingers, while whispering in my ear with its minty-fresh breath. And there's guns, and 'splosions, and robots, and zombie nazis, and a dragon, and Scott Glenn, and lovely ladies all in crazy outfits shooting guns and causing 'splosions.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    we get TWO reviews of BEIBERfilm


    but no SUCKER PUNCH review? unprofessional

  • March 22, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    still looks like a stupid studio head gave his 10 yr old kid a greenlight

    by alienindisguise

    clusterfucks do not a movie make but it should do well with the retard/pedophile demographic.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    This Sucker Punch movie

    by D o o d

    looks absolutely bollox. I mean all that confusing styling and the cheap sell on the hot chics in schoolgirl outfits. Maybe it's main target is Paedo's!

  • March 22, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    AICN is sitting on its Sucker Punch reviews as a favor to Zacky boy.



  • March 22, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Harold really wants that Superman set visit.


    So he can show off his lithe new figure in skintight Supes tights.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by AssyMuffJizz

    Zack The Hack Snyder already made 300, and for that alone he fully gained his lifetime membership into the Hack Pack. WATCHMEN, or rather, the botchered job he made in that movie that is Watchmen In Name Only only confirmed it. And the trailer of this new movie of his is full of retard. Zack The Hack indeed.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    d o o d: Are you saying Polanski is the target audience?


    If so, I agree. He'll be up in the theater showing this as if it were a 13-year-old cokehead.

  • March 22, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Wow. "Full of retard" needs to be a meme.


    Make it so, CHOPlings!

  • March 22, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    by Larissa da Costa

    I want this Movie! I want this book YEAH

  • March 22, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I want this book and this movie YEAH

    by Larissa da Costa

  • March 22, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST


    by AssyMuffJizz

    People still coming with the child molesting stuff as their only weapon agaisnt Polanski. Because it's not already well documented that the very reason why he had to fled America was not because he didn't accepted responsability for his actions, but that the accusation itself advised him to flee the country because the corrupt judge in charge condemned Polanksi on a way over harsh condemnation, way behond what was agreed between the accusation and Polanski himself. I mean, it's quite telling when even the state prossecution advises a defendant to flee the country because the judge is crazy. And that's what happened.Another fact: the "child" in question has been campagning for more then 30 years now to end this situation. The very person who was "raped". If that is also not telling, i don't know what is.Did Polanki made a mistake? He did. Does he deserve to pay for what he did? He does. Was he willing to pay for his due for the crime he comited? He was, so much so that he and the prossecution made agreements for a short prison sentense with communitary work and psychiatric consuling and avaluation for it's duration. The fucked up crazy judge, which wanted to be famous above all things, went for a very harsh prision sentense because he wanted to make himself famous at the expense of another famous person.Most people faced with this unjust situation, if they had the means they would do the same thing Polanki did. The unjustice here was done by the judge in charge of the process. So give me a break, will you?

  • March 22, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    assy: You can stick that logic straight up your ass.


    But first take your luudes and cheap champagne.

  • March 22, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by palimpsest

    That's your film, Snyder, that is.

  • March 22, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    I predict this movie will be a successful as Scott Pilgrim

    by tritium

    While one can perhaps argue that "style" over "substance" can sometimes have marginal justification, especially in the visual medium of film...Zack Snyder pushes this argument to the breaking point. And that is assuming you admire his "style".

  • March 22, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    international readers

    by quentintarantado

    any hope for international readers in this contest or is this for the local folk only?

  • March 22, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Woah Woah

    by kiwicanuck

    Pilgrim sequel? What? The day that happens is the same day Zack S. and Peter Jackson simultaneously decide that slo-mo is bullshit. Prediction: Sucker Punch is hitting the mat early in the first round. And staying down. Oh how I pray Superman survives Snyder's penchant for style over, no, instead of substance.

  • March 22, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST



    haven't seen it yet

  • March 22, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Fair enough Harry


    Just so you know, I am EAGERLY anticipating YOUR write-up for this little bit of geek cosplay fetishistic skull-fuckery. Do NOT disappoint, not-so-big-as-you-once-were guy. This could very well be your masterpiece.

  • March 22, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    But really, no one has seen it??????????

    by nietzschebot

    Where's the love for Zach's faithful supporters?

  • March 22, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    I see it

    by Nordling

    tomorrow night. Embargoed until Friday.

  • March 22, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST


    by kermit_the_fraud

    What's 'embargoed', Precious? But I'm gonna see it regardless. It might be universally could be described as 'a movie so bad it made me hate movies' could cause audiences to claw their eyes out....I don't care. I've been all over this since I saw a giant mecha-samurai with a minigun.

  • March 22, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Way to be a hypocrit Nordling

    by ATARI

    You say you can't draw, but this contest can only be won by somebody with artistic talent.<br> I can't draw either, and probably neither can many of the other talkbackers.<br> What about us?<br> How about a random drawing for just a plain Art Of book without the Alex Pardee customization?<br> <br> What do you say?<br>

  • March 22, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Nordling, here's a code you can use.

    by nietzschebot

    "I'm really looking forward to writing my review" (liked the movie). "I am indifferent about writing my review." (movie was meh) "it will be difficult for me to write my review." (movie sucks monkey balls.) Or you could just do like Harry and half review it in advance bc you can't help yourself.

  • March 22, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    The owner of a comicbook shop in Burbank, CA saw it last week, and he says it rocks


    Here's hoping!

  • March 22, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Emily browning slicing and dicing with a samurai sword is just too good to pass up


    I'm there on opening night... Though I'm wary of a movie that shares the initials of Scott Pilgrim...

  • March 23, 2011, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Zack Snyder is really pushing my faith in him with this film.

    by antonphd

    I love 300 and Watchmen and I really liked both Legend of the Guardians and the Dawn of the Dead remake, but I have to admit that I'm really unsure what to think of Sucker Punch. On one hand it looks spectacular. On the other hand Sucker Punch is the first film Snyder has made that is his own creation and the trailers have a real unfocused kid let loose in a toy store with a million bucks to them. I hope I am going to be happily surprised. But I worry that I'm going to walk out thinking 'that was something else alright'. In either case, I'm super excited about Zack directing Superman!

  • March 23, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Harry, have you watched The Lincoln Lawyer?

    by antonphd

    My wife and I saw it friday afternoon. I really enjoyed it and my wife loved it.

  • March 23, 2011, 5:52 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    So, basically the flick is about a crazy chick who's trying to fight her way out of insanity by creating a make believe world? PASS

  • March 23, 2011, 5:55 a.m. CST


    by Nordling

    "It doesn't matter how well you draw - we're looking for something interesting, and you can design it any way you like - as a movie poster, as a simple drawing, anything." Or, you can ignore that part, and gripe. Your choice.

  • March 23, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    CTM, I was in Hamilton yesterday

    by Bobo_Vision

    Reminded me of Winnipeg. Sort of run down.

  • March 23, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Am i the only one....

    by vicmackey1268

    ...who thinks Vanessa Hudgens is the worst part of this movie? I can deal with other people and no-names and blah blah blah but having a teen disney skank trying to be badass is about as annoying as seeing Justin Timberlake in a movie. On a side note I also am beginning to think I'm the only one who WANTS a 300-styled Superman movie. I mean...I don't want too many slow motion scenes and odd colors but Zack films action pretty well. 300 had great action moments where the camera followed multiple soldiers slicing, even tho I hated hated hated Watchmen (i never saw comics or did hw on characters so if ur a fan thats cool for you) especially cuz it was too friggin long, but the jail action scene was terrific. And so far even tho the Dragon fight clip online is super gay and i kinda wanted to smack myself for watching it (again cuz of Hudgens), the scene in the trenches had cool hand-to-hand combat. With a Nolan script and a styled Superman i really dont care if its overly cgi...its a friggin comic book, I just want a badass Superman to shut the Marvel freaks up.

  • March 23, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Slow motion action > shakey cam

    by knowthyself

    Although my perfect example of how to shoot action so you can SEE it and it's NOT in slow motion would be Kill Bill volume 1. There is a happy medium but if I had to choose between seeing everything happen slowly and seeing nothing happen quickly then I choose the latter.

  • March 23, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Why SUCKER PUNCH will not work.


    You really have to be a fan of Zack Snyder. Oh what the hell, this movie will just plain stink! The costume looks horrible, too many liberties were taken with the characters and the plot will lurch forward badly. Here's how it will probably go down: It will basically start out with a few minutes in one place, a few minutes in another, a few more elsewhere, etc. You get the idea, and then all these separate incidents gradually and slowly lead to one single plot. MST3K's Pod People was easier to follow! Maybe a few good things about this: Emily Browning looks enough like Baby Doll should, but will be hampered by the lousy script and implausible plot. The culture shock she has returning home after too many years might be done fairly well, and the Wise Man description reminds me of a cross between Freddie Kruger and Jason Voorhees. This movie could have been so much better set entirely in WW2 with the opening scene of Hitler screaming at his generals, "I could make that bellboy a better leader than any of you !" That is from the mythos of the genre. After the opening credits, we should see the process of Baby Doll becoming the hero who goes on to fight the bad Doctor, who through most of the movie should be spoken of and referred to, but not seen. This movie will need that sort of impact, the indication of the sort of evil the Nazis represented, but as it is, it sounds like one big car wreck.

  • March 23, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Forget embargoes! Where are the SPY reviews?


    From the previews? Surely WB previewed this thing for test audiences? Harold, I admire your recent exercise and rehab regimen. You're really getting back to the basics. Now if only your website would do the same.

  • March 23, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Nordling: Sometimes it's best to keep quiet.


    You didn't need to tell us the review is embargoed. You don't need to tell us jack shit. Instead, you willingly offer up more evidence that AICN has become further enmeshed in the Hollywood machinery. Fuckin' amateur.

  • Where are the balls, Harold? Where is that cyber cowboy derring-do of the old days?? Put this fucker on the treadmill! Get it moving again!

  • March 23, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Looks like someone on the Internet has balls:


    Faraci may be a shrill, condescending cretin, but at least he's breaking the embargo: devincf Devin Faraci I'll break embargo to say this: I liked SUCKER PUNCH and I think it's a really interesting film with a lot to discuss 1 minute ago

  • March 23, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Emily Browning makes my dick dance. Can't wait!!!

  • March 23, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • March 23, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I think he just needs hits.

  • March 23, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    True, bsb.


    I could use a hit myself after subjecting myself to his particular brand of pedantic, snotty "writing."

  • March 23, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    "Badass" Digest. Even more laughable a name than Ain't It Cool "News."


  • March 23, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    What's that?

  • March 23, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    assymuffjizz AKA AsimovLives what the hell happened?

    by Stalkeye

    Did the knucklehead AICN mods ban you for calling out Abrams one too many times? But seriously, wassup with the name change, friend? As for SP, the concept that said film's events are a figment of some chick's imagination is not getting ass in seat. I'll wait till it comes out on DTV, meaning: "Direct to Torrents"!

  • March 23, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    My prediction:

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    This film will still be better than Battle:LA. That's the benchmark, Zack. Go to town, buddy!

  • March 23, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    can we enter a couple illustrations?

    by cs

  • March 23, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Since AICN has no balls, here's CHOPPAH's review of Sucker Punch


    Watched that again recently. The first hour is still really good, but I had forgotten how much it descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where Emily Browning's destiny lay in movies that were more about action than drama, for much of the next decade. I was so hopeful when Limitless came out that it heralded the return of both Abbie Cornish and Bradley Cooper as genuinely dramatic actors. But it was a false dawn for both.

  • March 23, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    False Dawn

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    I love the part where the communists attack the high school -- with dance!

  • March 23, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Braindrain's talkback comments


    Read them again recently. The first hour's worth is still really good, but I had forgotten how much they descends into a big-budget A-Team episode by the end...rather dull extended shootouts with clunky editing. I guess that marked the moment where braindrain's destiny lay in comments that were more about action than drama, for much of the next decade. I was so hopeful when his latest comment came out that it heralded the return of braindrain as a genuinely terrific talkbacker. But it was a false dawn.

  • March 23, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Late Wednesday, and still no reviews.

    by AzulTool

    uh oh.

  • March 23, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    braindrain: Nice to see you have the zen retard mojo working again.


    Yesterday you sounded PI-ISSED. Rough day at the salt mine, I guess?

  • March 23, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Still No Reviews?

    by NeonFrisbee

    Oh man, it must be really awful.

  • March 23, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST


    by NeonFrisbee

    Did you actually see the movie? It's really bad? That sucks. It looks like it could've been a really awesome / hilarious / stupid / surreal exploitation movie -- like Showgirls mashed up with Kill Bill and a dozen or more videogames. That's what I was hoping for -- some hard-R exploitation trash-art thang. Oh well. So much for that!

  • March 23, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Any film that has an Embargoe on Reviews is

    by D o o d

    generally speaking going to be shit. There's a reason why they put an embargo on them! The studios know it's a turd, they just want the fanboys to see it regardless, make the money and run!

  • March 23, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST



    Saw it Monday at a screening in Manhattan.

  • March 23, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Sucker Punch review! This friday the 25th! How daring!

    by Quake II

    What's the point of coming on here to see leaked reviews anymore? There seem to be very few. Especially the bigger films. Sure, we can find out about the latest romantic comedy a week early, but movies that we really WANT to see get no reviews until 11am the friday of release date. Cool. Sucker Punch must have the studio pissing themselves.

  • March 23, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Here's my review....

    by Quake II

    "Sucker Punch is the Citizen Kane of action sci-fi martial arts adventures set in mental institutions. See it at all costs (preferably a matinee cost)."

  • March 23, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Sucker Punch is a disaster

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I wonder if Snyder will still be in charge of Superman this time next week?

  • March 23, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    you don't waste breaking an embargo on a movie like Sucker Punch

    by antonphd

  • March 23, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST



    I was thinking about this earlier. A few scenarios: A. The studio knows Sucker Punch sucks, but they don't want to lose any business by firing the director from a project as high-profile as Superman right before the movie's release. B. The studio knows Sucker Punch sucks, but they plan to use its potential commercial failure in order to have Snyder by the balls while he puts together the Superman movie they want him to make. C. The studio may not be keen on Sucker Punch, per se, but they recognize that it has niche value and could pull in an OK opening weekend followed by solid, if not great, numbers in subsequent weeks, as well as a lucrative cult following. Still, they recognize a movie like this could garner bad reviews, and they don't want to taint the opening weekend.

  • March 23, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Alright, So It's Bad... But How Bad Is It?

    by NeonFrisbee

    Is it hilarious-fun-bad or don't-waste-your-saturdaymatinee-price bad?

  • March 23, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Too many photos for an art of book

    by K-Gin

    Seriously...some good artwork i there, but when I buy an art of book, I don't want movie stills of everything except the odd standout shots based on some of the art. The book focuses way too much on photos of the girls...which I realize may work for some...but too many wasted pages on it..and having their images be vertical instead of horizontal is just annoying. Reminded of when image comics would do whole comics that way..its not a centerfold...its an Art of book.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST


    by TrevorLahey

    I think it will be the misunderstood film of a generation.

  • March 24, 2011, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Just watched it. Snyder let loose is not a good Snyder

    by estacado1

    I love all of Zack Snyder's films up unitl this one. This is his first original film, not one based on an existing properties. It seems he has these great action set pieces thought out in his mind but no movie to put it in. So he has written his own movie where all these action set pieces can be realized. This is what the movie feels like. An excuse for a few actions scenes. I have to admit, Snyder knows how to direct action, but for some reason, when it comes to this movie, he seems to loose his touch. Even though there are no shaky camera, there's another thing that dampens the action scenes, it the fast-panning. For this movie he wants the audience to get close to the action, so there's a lot of close ups, but there's a lot of panning too to show what's gong on. There isn't enough wide shots. It's the wide shots which are the highlights of the action scenes. And another downer is that the story in itself contributes to the weightlessnees of the action. It is supposed to take place inside an imagination so the veiwer never really feels as if the girls are in real danger. It is very easy for the girls to defeat those monster/robot bad guys. The only time when there was really any sense of danger was the fight scene in the trenches. The other scenes, the bad guys are just walk-overs. The acting wasn't that good either. So, as a fan of Zack Snyder, I'm disappoointed. I hope his Superman is better. 6/10.

  • WHY the FUCK is it not OK to do a movie that's imaginative and pure eye candy? If every movie I watched was some heavy, heady, profound work of art I'd go insane. It's really alright to just be entertained once in a while.<P> I honestly feel bad for people that can't walk into a movie without having to find a reason to bitch.<P> It would be like someone buying a Ferrari and complaining because it doesn't get good gas mileage. The point of a car like that is to be loud, exciting, and showing off.

  • March 24, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    The Spirit 2: Sucker Boogaloo

    by Dwide Shrewd

    Fucking hell, Snyder. I've got M. Night on line 2 with some pointers about the perils of falling to deeply in love with yourself. A little late.

  • March 24, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    "too deeply", rather. EDIT!

    by Dwide Shrewd

  • March 24, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    dwide shrewd: I don't grok you

    by Playkins

    I don't think there is any director today that is LESS self-serving. I haven't yet seen him cameo or cast himself as the intellectual savior of mankind. Not only that, but "Sucker Punch" is his first venture into original concept.<P> If anything, I think the case could be made that (squid aside) he sticks remarkably close to the source material.

  • March 24, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Snyder is one humble dude

    by knowthyself

    In his interviews he comes off as humble and even a little shy but very knowledgable about his craft and the source material that he's working with. I'd like to have a beer with him. With sucker punch it seems he made the chick version of 300. I loved 300 and that was just two hours of yelling and violence. If SP is two hours of the same but with hot girls what's the problem?

  • and then he reviews Sucker Punch??? did anyone believe he'd give it anything but two boners up?

  • March 24, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    "Hands-down the most nightmarishly awful film of the year."

    by Billy_D_Williams

    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Peter Howell Toronto Star

  • Gary Thompson Philadelphia Daily News

  • Leslie Stonebraker New York Press

  • March 24, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    devin licked Snyder's testicles on that piece of shit Watchmen

    by Billy_D_Williams

    so of course he likes Sucker people really believe when these "journalists" (lol) are friends with the filmmaker, they can be objective about their work? hint: they can't

  • March 24, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    "For even Zack Snyder, this is some nonsense."

    by Billy_D_Williams

    Jake Coyle associated press what a shock, another savage review, half a star our of four...hahahahahahaaaaaa

  • April 16, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST

    excited to see the entries!

    by rontan

    hope they're posted soon! i sent one as well! :D good luck to all!

  • April 18, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Hope results are posted soon!

    by Tyler Kelting

    Can't wait to see what people have come up with for this.

  • April 21, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    I just thought I would sneak this in

    by James_Camera_On

    I've seen the film four times now. I love everything about it. It's a masterpiece and I think over time more people will come to realize how extraordinary the film is. Note: I regret that 78% of the critics refused to take their heads out of their ass after they sat down in the movie theater to watch Sucker Punch, but that's the way it is sometimes.