^ It suffered the same problem as 300 2, while the first movies of both franchises were impressive and stylish when they came out, the sequels just seemed very commonplace. In the case of Sin City 2, however, the whole thing just felt rushed. I couldn't get interested in it. There was nothing that really stood out and the whole thing felt like a TV movie. I think I'm going to remember The Spirit more than I will remember Sin City 2, and that was the movie's biggest sin.
I've never read the Sin City comics but I suspect the first movie was an adaptation of the best of them. A Dame to Kill For was... okay... but the rest of the stories in the sequel film just weren't anywhere near as compelling. I thought the Nancy-Sen. Roark story was the least compelling of the them all, and was a little sad when I learned that that story was a new one written specifically for the film. In the original comics the end of that storyline is the same as the end of the first movie: Hartigan kills himself. That was a much more satisfying ending than the one cooked up for the sequel; it felt tacked on and wrapped up too well, too happily-ever-after for that comic book world.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For bombed pretty badly this weekend, less than $6.5 million in box office receipts. That's a brutal opening weekend for a big film.
Speaking of movies that wrapped up a little too happily-ever-after I saw The F-word, a.k.a. What If in the US and UK, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. There is an epilogue set 18 months after the main events of the film that I learned was tacked on after the film was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. It didn't ruin the story by any means but I kind of wish they'd just stopped the movie where they had intended to in the first place. It's a little more open-ended but I don't have a problem with that.
Otherwise it was a very satisfying romantic comedy. I was very happy that the two romantic leads are actually shown falling in love. And they fall in love because they actually talk to each other, like normal people do, not because the goody-two-shoes wants to change the bad-boy, one of them has terminal cancer, or any of the other typical tropes that gets tossed into a montage.
I watched A Coffee In Berlin after a friend recommended it. I really liked it, it reminded me of Frances Ha but it's better because of the darker themes. The protagonist in Frances Ha is clueless but adorable whereas the protagonist in this film is intelligent but apathetic due to cynicism. I could relate to that more and I laughed in this film 'cause of the deadpan delivery, obnoxious characters, and bizarre stage performances. Worth the watch, definitely.
I rewatched Black Swan after reading more about the Apollonian/Dionysian dichotomy, and now I think the movie is fairly conceptually interesting. I hated it the first time I saw it, but now I consider it pretty good, if a bit overrated. I still consider it too melodramatic/emotionally empty, and a little too abstract, "unreal", and purely conceptual (Apollonian, maybe) for my tastes.
The Wicker Man (1973 version) was pretty haunting. The ending is going to stay with me for a long time.
“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.” - Hermann Hesse