300 (Zack Snyder, 2007)

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#76 Post by toiletduck! » Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:58 pm

With laughable attempts at Shakespearian dialog, this is a film that will appeal only to adolescent fanboys or enthusiasts of greased, half-naked men fighting each other.
What, all this and iambic pentameter, too? Or has Shakespeare become synonymous with not modern?

But come to think of it, I've gotten a hidden professional wrestling fan in me, too, so I might not be the choir being preached to here.

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#77 Post by Grimfarrow » Sat Feb 17, 2007 5:24 am

These reviewers are taking the film WAY too seriously. It's a popcorn film for crying out loud - so what it Gerard Butler uses the word freedom in every other sentence. At my screening the audience whooped and hollered and seemed to enjoy themselves.

Wish I don't have a fever so I can go see films :( Really wanted to see the Jacques Rivette and the Jiri Menzel. Seems like a ton of people in Berlin got this flu which is going around.

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#78 Post by scalesojustice » Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:06 am

300 secionds of "300" (aka the latest calvin klein ad). it's a comedy right?

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#79 Post by Cinesimilitude » Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:54 am

scalesojustice wrote:300 secionds of "300" (aka the latest calvin klein ad). it's a comedy right?
that link won't let anyone outside the US watch it.

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#80 Post by scalesojustice » Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:55 am

SncDthMnky wrote:
scalesojustice wrote:300 secionds of "300" (aka the latest calvin klein ad). it's a comedy right?
that link won't let anyone outside the US watch it.
even lamer. but is it a blessing or curse?

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#81 Post by Fletch F. Fletch » Tue Mar 06, 2007 2:47 pm

The New York Times ran a piece on the film during the weekend:

[quote]That Film's Real Message? It Could Be: ‘Buy a Ticket'

By MICHAEL CIEPLY
Published: March 5, 2007

LOS ANGELES, March 4 — Three weeks ago a handful of reporters at an international press junket here for the Warner Brothers movie “300,â€

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#82 Post by Highway 61 » Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:42 pm

I hope 300 is a piece of shit so badly just so I can dismiss all the exclamations I'm going to be hearing that it's one of the best movies ever made. Yet my desire is in complete contradiction with my belief that a film shouldn't be judged by its advertising. I'm genuinely conflicted and torn up. Does anyone else ever get this way?

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#83 Post by Mr Sausage » Tue Mar 06, 2007 9:12 pm

Highway 61 wrote:I hope 300 is a piece of shit so badly just so I can dismiss all the exclamations I'm going to be hearing that it's one of the best movies ever made. Yet my desire is in complete contradiction with my belief that a film shouldn't be judged by its advertising. I'm genuinely conflicted and torn up. Does anyone else ever get this way?
More than will admit it.

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#84 Post by jbeall » Tue Mar 06, 2007 9:49 pm

Count me among the guilty, Highway 61.

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#85 Post by Highway 61 » Wed Mar 07, 2007 1:06 am

Good to know I'm not the only one. :)

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#86 Post by colinr0380 » Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:14 am

I find that anything can be hyped up too much through advertising and become irritating when you can't escape the campaigns. It happens to me a lot with television programmes. The first three times I see an advert it is interesting (this goes up to the the first five or six times if it is something I'm interested in seeing). The next fifteen or twenty times I see the same advert grows the irritation until I'm almost ready to boycott the show!

The same thing happens to me with films and music. I think a lot of people's irritation with Celine Dion is down to how inescapable her Titanic song was for a year and a half, rather than the quality of the song! The same could probably be said about Bryan Adams' Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves song or Whitney Huston's version of I Will Always Love You for The Bodyguard. A decade on, and heard occasionally, they can be better appreciated rather than just causing extreme irritation when they are played for the sixth time that day!

That is one reason why I like recording programmes and watching them weeks or months later (and why I prefer the DVD boxsets of television programmes). It divorces them from the hype and I can decide what I think of the programmes without being too biased against them!

I still like to see a lot of things for myself and try to keep an open mind until I finally get the chance to see something. Until then I might say I'm excited about a film or make a few cheap jibes against it (see Borat!), but it doesn't mean I'll keep away from something, more that I've got some other films I want to see more. I'm sure I'll catch 300 later on and like Matt enjoy it for the well muscled abs and carnage eye candy it sounds like it was intended to be. It already has the inbuilt advantage to me that I haven't seen the graphic novel source material and it isn't remaking one of my favourite films!

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#87 Post by Jem » Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:51 am

Loved this: "Fills a much-needed gap between gay porn and recruitment film." 8-[

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#88 Post by John Cope » Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:19 pm

Here's a piece by Eric Kohn in the new NYPress.

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#89 Post by Fletch F. Fletch » Thu Mar 08, 2007 11:07 am

Check out this trailer for 300: ; and go to the 1 min. 52 sec. spot for a frame of Rorschach from Watchmen. A sign of things to come?

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#90 Post by Cinesimilitude » Thu Mar 08, 2007 11:20 am

dude, that trailer has Lena Headey topless! thanks for saving me the 10 bucks!

EDIT: After watching those seconds a few times, It is totally worth 10 bucks to see them jiggle in slo-mo on the bigscreen, and I'm guessing they wouldn't give away all the goods in a trailer.

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#91 Post by Lino » Thu Mar 08, 2007 11:41 am

Fletch F. Fletch wrote:Check out this trailer for 300: ; and go to the 1 min. 52 sec. spot for a frame of Rorschach from Watchmen.
I did just that. The image looks very mysterious but deja-vu at the same time. What's Watchmen, the comic like?

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#92 Post by Napoleon » Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:01 pm

Lino wrote:
Fletch F. Fletch wrote:Check out this trailer for 300: ; and go to the 1 min. 52 sec. spot for a frame of Rorschach from Watchmen.
I did just that. The image looks very mysterious but deja-vu at the same time. What's Watchmen, the comic like?
A high water mark for mankind.

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#93 Post by Fletch F. Fletch » Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:28 pm

Lino wrote:
Fletch F. Fletch wrote:Check out this trailer for 300: ; and go to the 1 min. 52 sec. spot for a frame of Rorschach from Watchmen.
I did just that. The image looks very mysterious but deja-vu at the same time. What's Watchmen, the comic like?
Here's the full poop. Terry Gilliam, I believe, called it the War & Peace of comic books. Essential reading even if you're not into the stuff.

Plus, the Village Voice reviews 300.

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#94 Post by kinjitsu » Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:50 pm


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#95 Post by Harvey Domino » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:24 am

The only review of this film that matters:

"One thing that definitely sucks about being a woman in Sparta: it's too god damn cold. You can tell because their nipples are always rock hard."

"I bet they're pretty progressive about gays, though. True, some nationality or other gets called a bunch of "boy lovers," and I'm sure it bugs some of these guys that Xerxes has fruity looking painted on eyebrows. But I think most would agree that this movie would make a good double feature with DREAMGIRLS."

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#96 Post by Cinesimilitude » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:45 am

I loved it. It was pretty similar to braveheart, in the way they handle the narrative and storyline, but overall it was very entertaining. I'm pretty drunk right now so I can't go into detail.

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#97 Post by marty » Sat Mar 10, 2007 6:53 am

SncDthMnky wrote:I loved it. It was pretty similar to braveheart, in the way they handle the narrative and storyline, but overall it was very entertaining. I'm pretty drunk right now so I can't go into detail.
Hey, I am having a bottle of red as well!

From the trailer, the film looks almost like animation. It has a surreal unreal look to it that is distancing. It also looks a bit stupid. The film opens up here soon but will probably wait for DVD.

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#98 Post by Cinesimilitude » Sat Mar 10, 2007 7:00 am

It is definitely over the top, and some of the effects you can really tell that they are such. For example, one arrow that penetrates a spartan movrs round slightly on the skin, instead of staying put. the film also has nearly a thousand slow motion shots (I'd wager) but the battle scenes (which switch between slow and realtime) look very cool.

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#99 Post by Jean-Luc Garbo » Sat Mar 10, 2007 3:36 pm

"Inspired by the graphic novelist"? :roll: He does comic books, people.

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#100 Post by The Invunche » Sat Mar 10, 2007 4:31 pm

He does graphic novels. The term is not new.

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