Basing his work on the crime novels and noir films of the '40s and '50s, director Robert Rodriguez manages to bring stylized filmmaking to a new level with "Sin City."
Set in a violent, morally bankrupt metropolis, "Sin City" is an adaptation of Frank Miller's acclaimed graphic novel. Filmmakers have been trying to bring Miller's stories to the screen for over a decade, but he kept turning them down.
Actorexplains, "Frank Miller was worried it would be tempered down; it wouldn't be quite what he originally intended. Robert Rodriguez went to him and said, 'I'm going to be incredibly faithful to your original material,' shot a five-minute test. Frank said, 'I'm in. Let's do it.'"
That five-minute test became the movie's opening scene, and Rodriguez asked Miller to be his co-director.
The film has an all-star cast including Clive Owen, Britanny Murphy, Benicio Del Toro, Bruce Willis, and Jessica Alba in a very revealing role.
To achieve the films highly stylized look, Rodriguez shot it entirely in front of green screens, with background, scenery, and lighting added later.
Explaining a scene,says, "We were in a car, but we were on a green stage, so it's me and Bruce (Willis) in a car on a green stage and they have these humongous fans blowing at us, as if we're driving really fast. And in post(-production), because it's all black and white, and to make it as cool as the drawings, he draws the background on a computer, basically."
Owen adds, "I think it's the most successful bedding in of computer technology and people I've ever seen in a movie."
If you're looking for something completely different, Cagle says, the romantic comedy "The Wedding Date" starring Debra Messing and Dermut Mulrooney also makes its way to stores Tuesday.