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« on: December 16, 2009, 05:04:23 AM »

well now we know what the 300 sequel/prequel will be, more of a odd voice Persian strolling around in revealing Persian clothing.  tje battle of Marathon could be interesting though.
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2009, 09:13:33 AM »

If it's the same director/screenwriter I'm SO in.

I know many people didn't like 300, but I thought it was an awesome movie, nearly-perfectly contained with awesome style and atmosphere.
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2009, 02:39:22 PM »

It will be interesting to see how Frank Miller decides to "Miller-ize" the Athenians. He can't exactly have them emulate the Spartans with all the ripped muscles and such. I'm betting he plays them as more refined and blinged-up by giving polished bronze armor and shields to the hoplites.
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2009, 02:42:40 PM »

Has Frank Miller wrote anything that's been well received in the last decade?  Dark Knight Strikes Back and All Star Batman & Robin have been regularly ridiculed (to say nothing of "The Spirit" feature film).  I wouldn't get any hopes up about the quality of this one. 
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2009, 03:02:45 PM »

Loved 300.  Looking forward to this.
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2009, 05:38:44 PM »

I hope he makes a Amazon Women movie. Yum.
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2009, 05:46:31 PM »

Quote from: Daehawk on December 16, 2009, 05:38:44 PM

I hope he makes a Amazon Women movie. Yum.

if he does it properly (or goes for his usual over the top look) they'll all be lopsided.
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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2009, 07:42:18 PM »

Thing is the Athenians at Marathon were every bit as tough as the Spartans at the Hot Gates.

A great story would be how the Persian empire started.  Cyrus->Darius->Xerxes...it is quite an amazing epic.

the story of how the battle of Salamis came about is another one but it appears the naval side is not something that is interesting to movie makers
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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2009, 07:47:37 PM »

I'm interested, not going to hold my breath for it though.
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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2009, 07:51:47 PM »

Picturing Xerxes in his 300 outfit and mentioning 'battle of salamis' makes me giggle.
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« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2009, 09:15:23 PM »

Welllliiii..... Salamis happens after Thermopylae

the story of how Darius became head of the Persian empire is something
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« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2009, 09:18:56 PM »

Any good books on that subject?
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« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2009, 09:25:28 PM »

Persian Fire.  Hands down the best book on giving an overview of Persia Greece and how they came into conflict and how the conflicts transpired.  Sounds dry but the author's style is anything but dry.  He also did a book on Rome....Crossing the Rubicon
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« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2009, 10:16:38 PM »

I'm still sad that the Gates of Fire movie that was rumored for so long never appeared.
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« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2009, 11:14:57 PM »

Quote from: Jaddison on December 16, 2009, 09:25:28 PM

Persian Fire.  Hands down the best book on giving an overview of Persia Greece and how they came into conflict and how the conflicts transpired.  Sounds dry but the author's style is anything but dry.  He also did a book on Rome....Crossing the Rubicon

Sweet, both are on the Kindle! Samples downloaded!
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« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2009, 11:28:27 PM »

Always a good time to view another 300 parody video (this is a "Safe For Work" version, apparently): icon_smile

Black20 Trailer Park: 300 - PG Version: This... is... CAKETOWN!
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I loved 300 initially. On subsequent DVD and cable TV viewings, the whole abs, abs, abs everywhere abs; and these warriors inexplicably wearing no armor at all (which, I dunno, might've given then a little bit more of a fighting chance in the end?), well, it gets a little bit comical.  icon_smile

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"This is not madness... THIS... IS... GAMING TREND!" *KICK* etc.  icon_cool

Given how meager the Watchmen's box office was, his star seems to have dimmed a little (Hollywood doesn't care if the film was any good, only if it made a bazillion). The apparently atrocious Spirit also managed to dim Frank Miller's star too. But I give 'em credit for doing imaginative work, whether it worked for mass audiences or not.
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« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2009, 11:34:58 PM »

Quote from: Blackjack on December 16, 2009, 11:28:27 PM

I loved 300 initially. On subsequent DVD and cable TV viewings, the whole abs, abs, abs everywhere abs; and these warriors inexplicably wearing no armor at all (which, I dunno, might've given then a little bit more of a fighting chance in the end?), well, it gets a little bit comical.  icon_smile

The film was based on a graphic novel, not a true story about the battle of Thermopole.  The imagery and armorless bad-asses were taken from Miller's vision, not historic accuracy.  When weighing the source material, the on-screen adaptation was actually quite impressive, and I don't believe at all comical. 

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Given how meager the Watchmen's box office was, his star seems to have dimmed a little (Hollywood doesn't care if the film was any good, only if it made a bazillion). The apparently atrocious Spirit also managed to dim Frank Miller's star too. But I give 'em credit for doing imaginative work, whether it worked for mass audiences or not.

Watchmen wasn't Frank Miller.  It was created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins.  I never read Spirit, and I haven't seen the film, but I didn't hear any positive reviews to motivate viewing.

I am a bit intrigued about a sequel to 300 (or prequel I guess), but I'd like to read Miller's vision on page before seeing it on screen.  I was mesmerized with how accurate the translation of Sin City from page to screen was, and I was just as impressed with 300.  I'd like to see more of Miller's work brought to life, but I'd prefer his Batman reimagining rather than some of the lesser-known material.
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« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2014, 05:08:32 PM »

Wha happen?  No one else went to see this this weekend?

I loved it.  Sure it was insane and some of the plot elements were ludicrous, but who cares?  It's freaking 300!!!! 


Damn those mens are so HOT.  Eva Green not bad to look at either, and always love Lena Headey!
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« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2014, 01:12:36 PM »

Over on Q23 they're raving about it...but I have this sneaking suspicion that they're pulling a fast one on folks with that love.  The reviews have been decidedly mediocre across the board.  On the other hand, Eva Green.  
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« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2014, 01:37:42 PM »

The fiancée picked it out for us this Sunday. I thought it was decent, but nothing to rave about. The 3D effects were toned down from what he expected after the first one.

And shouldn't the thread title be changed?
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« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2014, 03:02:33 PM »

how about the slow-mo scenes?  the first was pretty bad in this area.  I think all the slow-mo scenes added up to about 30 minutes of screen time.
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« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2014, 04:25:33 PM »

The movie was actually 13 minutes of action...but done with 2 hours of slo mo.
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« Reply #22 on: March 11, 2014, 05:41:52 PM »

Quote from: hepcat on March 11, 2014, 04:25:33 PM

The movie was actually 13 minutes of action...but done with 2 hours of slo mo.

special effects and costumes must have wiped out there budget considerably. 
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