Tonight at 8/7 c we are airing “Sin City” one of the best book-to-screen adaptations of a graphic novel. “Sin City” weaves together multiple storylines from the comic series’ history into a violent crime noir tale that paints the picture of the ultimate town without pity through the eyes of its roughest characters. There’s the street thug Marv (Mickey Rourke), whose desperate quest to find the killer of a prostitute named Goldie (Jaime King) will lead him to the foulest edges of town. There’s Dwight (Clive Owen), a photographer in league with the tough-as-nails if slightly sordid ladies of Sin City, headed by Gail (Rosario Dawson), who opens up a mess of trouble after tangling with a corrupt cop by the name of Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro). Finally, there’s Hartigan (Bruce Willis), an ex-cop with a heart problem who’s hell-bent on protecting a stripper named Nancy (Jessica Alba). The film also feature a who’s who supporting cast that includes Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Devon Aoki, and Nick Stahl. Need more reasons to watch tonight? Fine.
Five reasons to watch “Sin City” tonight:
1. Clive Owen
It’s no secret that we have a thing for Clive Owen whose movies we would like to remind you we ranked in order of cragginess, not too long ago. So of course we highly recommend tuning in to “Sin City” just to watch him at his craggiest.
2. Benicio del Toro
Craggy face lovers, this film is for you, not only does it have Clive Owen, but it also stars Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, and Benicio del Toro. We are big fans of del Toro, especially his work in “Che” and his turn as a corrupt cop is practically perfect.
3. Robert Rodriguez
We’ve been fans of Rodriguez for a long time, but he really earned our respect when he quit the Director’s Guild when they refused to let Frank Miller co-direct “Sin City.” The two had hashed out a deal after they developed and shot the opening scene utilizing a green-screen process to harness the stark, black-and-white look of the books as a litmus test for the rest of the production. Bros before directors, right?
4. Frank Miller
Famed comic book author Frank Miller (perhaps you’ve heard of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns?) teamed with Rodriguez to bring his Eisner Award-winning series “Sin City” to life. The collaboration created one of the most direct translations from page to screen of a comic series, with shots and dialogue adapted straight from the original comic’s panels. Miller has gone on to direct “The Spirit” and produce “300,” which was also based on a graphic novel he created.
5. Rosario Dawson
You can’t help but love a rags-to-riches story. Raised in a squat on the Lower East Side, at the age of 15, Rosario was discovered on her front porch step by photographer Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, and cast in the 1995 film Kids. She then went on to star in varied roles, ranging from independent films to big budget blockbusters. Besides we are always looking for an excuse to show this interview with the cast of “Girl Walks Into a Bar” from SXSW 2011:
“Sin City” airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET and Friday, Nov. 11 at 12:30 a.m. ET