Reading and Sin City

2006-08-11

in Daily updates, Films and movies, Oxford

Vanier Park at sunset

I called the repair centre today and they said that a technician hasn’t even looked at my dust-laden digicam yet. They say they have a backlog of several weeks. As such, we are going to have to see how long I can keep finding suitable photos of the day in my archives. Within the collection that lives on my hard drive, most of the good photos have already been put online somewhere or other. Apologies to those diligent few who may have already tracked these down.

This photo was taken during the summer after my first year at UBC. It was taken in Vanier Park, near the Vancouver Planetarium.

Aside from zipping around on a number of administrative projects, today largely comprised sedate reading. I am two thirds of the way through John MacNeil’s Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth Century. I picked up a surplus hardback copy from the county library in excellent condition for £1. Mostly, it is familiar reading, though it may be useful to have a source to which so many stories I might tell in the thesis can be attributed.

Later in the evening, I watched Sin City with Kelly. The atmosphere of the film was definitely well-assembled, with good cinematography, costumes, and general verisimilitude. The plot is a triptych of very classic revenge tales: all bound up with underlying assumptions about roles people play and the duties that attach to them. Actually, the extent to which these stories are so automatically comprehensible makes you question the bases according to which you assign social expectations.

The most startling moment was near the end, when I finally realized why one character was so familiar looking; she is the same woman who played Rory in the many episodes of Gilmore Girls that I watched with Nick’s sisters over the years. Not quite the same as seeing the farmer from Babe become the hardbitten chief in L.A. Confidential, but a somewhat similar instance of contrast. To say more risks ruining plot elements. In essence, the film is well worth seeing. Because of the heavy visual focus, it would probably have been especially worthwhile to see in theaters.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Milan August 12, 2006 at 1:54 am
esther August 13, 2006 at 11:49 am

hmmmm, as a feminist who actually quite likes comics….. :S
anywho, love sin city. the way they’ve made the shots so artictic and so much like a comic is amazing. if you look at the sets and the light in some of the scenes it is pretty cool

Milan August 13, 2006 at 4:17 pm

Esther,

I agree that the look of the film was one of its better elements but, particularly regarding anything sexual, it had the same over-perfected and artificial character as music videos and car commercials. That kind of idealizing fetishization makes me nervous.

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