I’m coming in a day later than usual, but I’m hoping my fans didn’t get too crazy in the interim. The summer season in winding down. How can I tell? It’s feeling just a bit cooler in the air, the Back To School commercials are in full force, and the movies look a few degrees worse. That’s last one is the real barometer. When the flicks start looking rough, fall is officially on its way. This week we’ve got Sin City, teenagers deciding to stay and some high school football.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Rotten Watch Prediction
Imagine if our lives looked and felt like the world of Sin City. I know for a fact I’d be smoking a lot more cigarettes, have a few more scars, probably rock dusters and skinny ties more consistently in my wardrobe, make my voice significantly more gravelly, and just in general have a worse outlook on life. It doesn’t seem all bad - especially the style of clothing part. I could take some of the downsides if my clothes just looked cooler.

See what I mean in the trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For below:

It has been nine years since Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez put out the first Sin City (78%), and in some ways began to revolutionize the way we "pictured" movies. Now they are back for a sequel – a return to paradise if you will. The neo-noir style, visual effects, story arcs, violence and general disposition of the original aren’t for everyone (not by a longshot), but it holds up over time thanks to it being one of the first to do something so visually distinctive and groundbreaking.

The sequel looks like more of the same (in a good way), and even watching the trailers its crazy how starkly this type of movie stands out from the rest of the landscape. Even a quick two-and-a-half minute look back into this world is almost jarring. It separates itself from everything else that is put on the big screen. Robert Rodriguez has never been one to get complacent with his filmmaking (for better or only occasionally worse) and he isn’t afraid to push the envelope. I respect that, even if I don’t love all of his films. I at least get why others do. I’d be shocked if Sin City: A Dame to Kill For outpaced the original, but because it’s been so long since the original it doesn’t run the risk of generating style fatigue. Because it is rather contrarian in its approach, I predict critics will generally like it. Not as much as the first, but close.

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