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message 1: by Vee (new)

Vee My husband and I just finished watching 300. I LOVED IT! It's like this documentary/epic story about Sparta and the army of 300 against the thousands of Xerxes armies.
The cinematography is excellent. The acting was impeccable. The story everything was just amazing. Definitely a movie to buy to put in the DVD library. Every country, land, individual man fights for one thing... freedom. It resonates with everyone's internal struggle to never conform, to be individual and want to belong to something great at the same time.
Did I say this is an amazing movie??

message 2: by Angie (new)

Angie I saw 300 in IMAX and it was great! Action packed and the men are great to look at as well! I think to watch it though you have to be ready for a lot of violence and blood. FUN!

message 3: by Lynn (new)

Lynn (dwell_ondreams) I love this movie. It's not 100% historically accurate, but it's still an amazing movie with fantastic acting. It's adapted from a Frank Miller comic & it's a great adaptation. I absolutely LOVE the cinematography, it's truly stunning.

message 4: by Vee (new)

Vee OH MY GOSH Angie.. you saw it on IMAX!! TOO COOL!!!
The actress who played the queen is the same girl that played Guinevre in Merlin.
Saw that last night.

message 5: by Paul (new)

Paul Duncan (jpaulduncan) | 68 comments Lena Headey - she's also "Sarah Connor" in the "Sarah Connor Chronicles" on FOX - a very great show!

message 6: by Anna (new)

Anna (olive415) I loved this movie. I thought that the way it was shot was so visually impactful.

Paul - I don't know much about the Sarah Connor Chronicles aside from the fact that the woman who played River in Firefly is in it. What's it about?

message 7: by Paul (new)

Paul Duncan (jpaulduncan) | 68 comments It's a series set in the time between Terminator 2 and Terminator 3 movies. Sarah Connor is the mother of the leader (John Connor) of resistance fighters against the machines that conquor mankind in the future.

The girl from Firefly plays a terminator (cyborg) sent back by the future John Connor to protect himself and his mother in the past.

Anyway - it's pretty great. I'm a big fan of the movies (especially #2 - seen it about a dozen times), so that helps, I'm sure. Frankly, if you've not watched the movies, you can get pretty lost about what's going on in the series.

message 8: by Angie (new)

Angie I love the Sarah Connor Chronicles also! That show was too short this season.. I wanted more!

message 9: by Ed (new)

Ed | 219 comments Mod
If you loved it, check out Frank Millers' graphic novel upon which the film is based.

PurpleObsessor_15 (hunnybunn13) | 16 comments I'm not seems REAL violent to me.

message 11: by Tracy (new)

Tracy | 14 comments if you thought 300 was violent, you should see sin city. but frank miller (well, and the directors that are adapting his work) get away with it by the degree of stylization they use. if you get the chance, watch the 300 special features; the ENTIRE movie was filmed in from of green screen, and all the backgrounds are basically matte paintings or renderings. even all the blood was basically 2-D, apparently scanned from the actual graphic novel (i haven't actually watched it closely enough to tell if that's true, becasue i always get distracted by the movie too much to pay attention to little details).

then again, i'm a graphic designer, so stuff like this is geek porn for me. :)

message 12: by Vee (new)

Vee Oooh... so THAT'S what geek porn means!!!!
Yea, definitely a movie I will buy on DVD and I'm kinda crazy about the commentaries and extras. The commentary on Monster's Ball is the best EVA!!!
You will laugh till you cry.

message 13: by Tracy (new)

Tracy | 14 comments well, i guess geek porn could also be naked anime girls playing with kittens and hacking the pentagon with linux-based computers while playing both D&D and WOW at the same time, but that's a subject for a different thread.


message 14: by Paul (new)

Paul Duncan (jpaulduncan) | 68 comments You make that sound like a bad thing, Tracy.

message 15: by Manuel (new)

Manuel | 469 comments I went to see this movie for some escapist entertainment and that is what I got.

I loved the cinematagraphy and the whole look of the movie.

I was a little disturbed by gung-ho attitude of the movie audience......especially towards the Persians.
The Persians in the movie look more like the evil Ork army from "Lord of the Rings". And yes the Spartans did a great thing in defending Greece from invaision, but they were not alone against the Persians. Also the Spartans were not very nice to their Greek neighbors.

This movie is pure entertainment, I am concerned people will walk away thinking this movie was historicaly accurate and all Persians were evil hedonistic monsters.

message 16: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Watching the movie was like watching a piece of art move.Amazing the first time but upon second viewing one becomes aware of the problems with making a movie more interested in the artistic aspects.It is very close in looks to the Frank Miller graphic novel which for me in retrospect gives it all a rather cartoon-ey effect.

message 17: by Manuel (new)

Manuel | 469 comments I think you are right Sherry.
I saw the DVD movie for sale during Thanksgiving. I purchassed it for $7.00 but Im reluctant to open the package.

I keep thinking Im not going to enjoy it so much if I view it with a wider cinematic eye. I figure I might wait a while longer before I pop it in the DVD player.

message 18: by Keely (new)

Keely | 17 comments I also loved the 300. I have seen it at the theater, the Imax, and bought it to see on my TV at home. I agree with Tracy. I'm also a Designer and Art Director and it is like "geek porn" to me as well.

Tracy, I loved your description! Too funny!

There was a whole group of Spartans dressed to the hilt at Dragon Con this last year so we are definitely not the only one's to feel this way.

message 19: by JHHK (new)

JHHK JHHK | 16 comments If you love 300, you might want to check out Steven Pressfield's novel of the actual historical battle, "Gates of Fire." It's equally glorious.

message 20: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Thanks for the book recommendation Jhhk.I added it to my wishlist(which is already to long!)

message 21: by JHHK (new)

JHHK JHHK | 16 comments You're welcome! Pressfield is my author-hero...

message 22: by Tom (new)

Tom | 5461 comments Yeah, 300 was a pretty amazing movie. Amazing that such a wildly xenophobic, racist, war-mongering piece of garbage could have pulled the eyes over so many people who really should know better.

message 23: by Keely (last edited Jun 23, 2008 09:39AM) (new)

Keely | 17 comments Hey Jhhk, I'm gonna check out that book as well. Did you see the History Channel documentary that came out right before the movie? I thought it was really good as well. I especially enjoyed the in depth reasons why the Spartian's shields were so much better than the Persians. They also went over the battle formations, and the bridge the Persians built across the water.

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