Thursday, December 07, 2006

Frank Miller's 300

I am so excited about this movie. Gerard Butler will replace Daniel Craig as the new ripped 'honey.' The action looks amazing. The imagery is so comic book over the top and using Nine Inch Nails is so cool. There is a new trailer available here for you to enjoy. I will be really interested in how this movie plays out at the box office. These guys need to do Watchmen. This is how comic book movies SHOULD be done.


SQT said...

Wow! This really looks amazing. Is it based on a comic book?

Crunchy Carpets said...

Yeah a graphic novel.

Alex said...

Alex is a classicist. Alex is an ornery classicist grad student. Watch Alex burn down theaters because he is such an ornery classicist grad student snob that any tiny deviation from actual history will incite a fierce rage that could, nay! likely will, make him turn green, and say ridiculous things, such as, "Hulk smash theater!"

Then again, I didn't like Sin City, so I should probably know better than getting my hopes up for this one.

I did, however, absolutely love the original 300 Spartans. Classic film. Nicely done.

SQT said...

I must admit, I had a hard time with Sin City. I never actually finished it. ((ducks))

My husband loved it though. He just kept telling me how amazing it was. I got about half way through and just couldn't take anymore. He tells me I was just getting to the good part...

Crunchy Carpets said...

Alex..I liked that one too...but I think this will be a fun movie anyway.

Have you read Dan Simmons Ilium and Olympus???

And I think Sin City really on had ONE good story.

Alex said...

No. Dan Simmons has been on my want-to-read-for-fun list for so long, it's pathetic. I really want to get to his books - they look like they're right up my alley - but I spend 5-10 hours per day doing research, so by the time I'm done I don't feel like cracking another book.

I might have time over xmas to read the very last Kurt Vonnegut novel I haven't read. I've got about two days of 'me time' between when my second research paper is due and the start of the next semester.

I'll get to Simmons one of these days. Just like I'll get to Bradbury's Illustrated Man. That book's been eyeballing me for the last two years (it sucks to have the money to buy any book you want, but not the time to read it).

SQT said...

I just read that the woman who is the female lead in this movie, Lena Headly, is also going to star in a Fox TV pilot called the "Sarah Connor Chronicles." It's supposed to follow the story from the Terminator movies at the time when John Connor is about 15. I hope it's good.

Stewart Sternberg said...

I'm going to post this and wait for the flames. Like SQT, I HATED Sin City. I had the misfortune of seeing it in a cinema. I sat back and watched, and watched, and retched. I would have left halfway through but the pure badness mesmerized me.

What this film proved was that
1) Frank Miller is amazingly overrated and full of himself (he oversaw the production of the film)


2) Sometimes comic books should stay comic books. Sometimes it is okay to stray from the source and adapt to make it work on the screen.

I would have had no problem with the Fantastic Four (a wretched film) had it not moved away from the spirit and soul of the original. It is possible to reinvent without killing off what was so good about the old.

If anyone reads The Ultimate Spiderman, a reinvention of the Spiderman series, with Peter again a fifteen year old living with Aunt May, I'm sure you'll agree (with the exception of some of the villains, such as what it has done to the Green Goblin) that the new series has been a delightful experience.

As for Sin City. Kill it. I am not thrilled at the return of Frank Miller's name to a creative endeavor.

Alex said...

Grr... the sad irony of all this is that I'm going to be the first in line to see this goddamned piece of rubbish, yet I'm going to piss and moan worse than I did about Troy after seeing it.

It's hard to be open-minded when the things you love are turned into impious filth by the Hollywood big-business catamites!

I bet there won't even be any poetry. Heathens!

Stewart Sternberg said...

Take my hand, Alex. We can do the right thing and turn our backs.'t look back. Disappointment and frustration isn't worth it; it can be addicting. Let's go see something else. Or better yet, we can play in traffic and think of more pleasant things.

SQT said...

Okay, I feel better now. I really wondered if there was something wrong with me that I didn't like Sin City. It was so hyped I thought I was supposed to love it.

This movie looks interesting, but I don't know what to think really.

Alex said...

I'm more pumped about The Fountain (pleasenospoilersIhaven'tseenityet!). I have to hurry and see it before it's gone.

Crunchy Carpets said...

Oh come on people!
Half nakes Spartans kicking butt and no pretty boy Brad Pitts anywhere!

Just a massive freaking body count!!

Stewart Sternberg said...

I'm telling you Crunch..we don't trust Miller. He acts as though he invented noir. His minimalist approach was the rage with the fan boys for a short period of time, that new generation that adopted comic and thought they invented mood and intelligent discourse, but Miller is overblown and self important.

I will bet you, if you see this film, that there will be tremendous action..long shots of brooding faces...and moments where the Self Importance gets its own film credit.

One of the few people I have known who was more arrogant and ego inflated was Harlan Ellison, but I don't think I even need to go there.

Alex said...

At least Ellison could write a good story, though. Miller's just a violence pimp.

As much as I hear Ellison was a shit, that'll never make me stop loving stories like, "Repent Harlequin, Said the Ticktock Man."

Let's see Frank Miller write something like that!

Crunchy Carpets said...

I love Ellison! He cracks me up.
I saw him a couple of times at 'con's and he was sooo great.