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Ashwin Pande
06-16-2011, 03:52 PM
And why?

stevapalooza
06-16-2011, 04:06 PM
It was pretty and all, but after a while it just felt like a video game that I couldn't play.

Ashwin Pande
06-16-2011, 04:07 PM
It was pretty and all, but after a while it just felt like a video game that I couldn't play.

Well, you're excused. You're smart and actually know all this history shit.

TheKraken
06-16-2011, 04:07 PM
S l o o o o m o o o fastforward s l o o o o m o o o fastforward is awful.

Ashwin Pande
06-16-2011, 04:10 PM
S l o o o o m o o o fastforward s l o o o o m o o o fastforward is awful.

You're excused too. You actually probably heard the Nine Inch Nails song in the trailer before this movie was ever conceived.

S. Earl
06-16-2011, 04:12 PM
It was gay porn with no finishing. One long tease.

RickLM
06-16-2011, 04:15 PM
An English Lit professor that I'm studying under insisted the movie had a "fascist aesthetic" -- themes of domination/submission, extreme physicality, the group submitting their will to the leader, etc.

Ashwin Pande
06-16-2011, 04:15 PM
Look, the point I'm trying to make is that 300 was the perfect movie for us, the common stupid person.

If you're smart or a woman then you're excused for not liking it because it's for idiots like me and that other guy over there picking his nose.

Discuss.

Bill Nolan
06-16-2011, 04:16 PM
It looked like it was filmed inside a shoebox.

Magnum V.I.
06-16-2011, 05:01 PM
Gates of Fire forever ruined any enjoyment I could get out of the less than accurate 300.

Pat Shatner
06-16-2011, 05:14 PM
I've watched it twice and just got kind of bored both times. Visually it was pretty impressive but the movie just failed to grab me. That said, I wasn't a huge fan of the book so maybe it just wasn't for me.

Nelson
06-16-2011, 05:21 PM
An English Lit professor that I'm studying under insisted the movie had a "fascist aesthetic" -- themes of domination/submission, extreme physicality, the group submitting their will to the leader, etc.
Who would've thought a movie about war would contain those themes?

Nelson
06-16-2011, 05:22 PM
Gates of Fire forever ruined any enjoyment I could get out of the less than accurate 300.
Do you usually turn to fiction for historical accuracy? ;)

Mark Mavro (kryptic6)
06-16-2011, 05:34 PM
I'm somewhat smart and I didn't really love it... so your theory holds.

BriRedfern
06-16-2011, 05:45 PM
I liked it very much AND I am picking my nose.

So, do with that what you will.

I am notoriously non-critical of this shit though.

Fuck up a miter on your crown molding? I will point at that shit and laugh. LAUGH.

GianlucaG78
06-16-2011, 05:46 PM
Have to confess I didn't hate it but I thought it was just okay. I really loved the GN and went in with high expectations from all the people telling me how good it was. I thought it was faithful and visually like the book. However, the movie just seemed hollow and weightless to me. I didn't get an emotional connection. I also didn't like the added subplot of the traiter and felt it was unnecessary.

Felt the same way about The Watchmen after the opening credits. He recreated the look of the comic and certain scenes but it lacked emotion and had drawn out action scenes and the sex scene that went for way too long.

stevapalooza
06-16-2011, 05:56 PM
Well, you're excused. You're smart and actually know all this history shit.

Not as far as the Spartans and Persians go. Although I am 80% sure that neither side had giant monster men.

CapnChaos
06-16-2011, 06:47 PM
I had a good time watching it and would definitely say I liked it. I just didn't think it was the end all/be all that so many people did at the time. (I think they hype has died down since it was released.) It wasn't as revolutionary as the first Matrix or anything of the sort. It was just an above-average action movie with a lot of sepia filters.

RickLM
06-16-2011, 06:58 PM
Who would've thought a movie about war would contain those themes?

There's movies about war, and then there's war porn.

Magnum V.I.
06-16-2011, 06:58 PM
Do you usually turn to fiction for historical accuracy? ;)

Oh I know it's straight up fiction. But I liked the flow of it and the epic scale of the battle.

300 was just flat for me.

The Human Target
06-16-2011, 06:59 PM
I don't have enough testosterone to enjoy it.

Kefky
06-16-2011, 07:02 PM
An excellent adaption of a dumb and mediocre comic (with great art).

tooms
06-16-2011, 07:58 PM
Not as far as the Spartans and Persians go. Although I am 80% sure that neither side had giant monster men.

I'd rather trust the 20% and the possibility of giant monster men existed at that time. Otherwise the movie is ruined for me as a documentary.

Buk Was Right
06-16-2011, 08:13 PM
I guess my main problem was that by the end of it my dick hurt real bad from all of the masturbating.

WHAT? What kind of theater did YOU see it in?

FedEx Fanboy
06-16-2011, 08:19 PM
Because after the trailer for 300 which used NIN's JUST LIKE YOU IMAGINED, it was all downhill from there...

Forrest
06-16-2011, 08:35 PM
I did not like 300 and I agree with most of the reasons others have stated here for not liking it. It wasn't a horrible movie but I was bored and couldn't connect with the film aside from it being a visual experience, like it was an hour and a half metal music video.

Hate_Prime
06-16-2011, 08:35 PM
Too much style over substance and too campy but not the fun kind of campy. And I don't think it looks all that good, really.

mlpeters
06-16-2011, 09:44 PM
Do you usually turn to fiction for historical accuracy? ;)

Gates of Fire was historical fiction... I haven't read it yet, but I've read historical accounts and Frank Miller's notions about the Battle of Thermopylae and Spartan culture were about as far from reality as Sarah Palin's ideas about the midnight ride of Paul Revere :)

Some of the visual tricks were interesting, but repetitive. I didn't hate it, but didn't really like it.

(akaRyanHoffman)
06-16-2011, 09:47 PM
I've watched it twice and just got kind of bored both times. Visually it was pretty impressive but the movie just failed to grab me. That said, I wasn't a huge fan of the book so maybe it just wasn't for me.

This. So many people I know who's tastes are similar to mine LOVE this movie, so I gave it a second chance and liked it even less the second time. I was kinda annoyed that I wasted another 90minutes of my life watching it again, actually.

The Hodag
06-16-2011, 09:58 PM
Gates of Fire forever ruined any enjoyment I could get out of the less than accurate 300.

Gates of Fire was so fucking good it's ridiculous. And once upon a time, Michael Mann was even eyeing the film version. I think he'd have stood a chance of making something astonishing.

Instead, we got this dopey flick with fuckin' orcs and trolls fighting alongside the Persians and with so much slo-mo I never connected with the action. One thing I noticed watching early Hong Kong-era John Woo is that he used real-time a lot more often and his gunfights were super intense as a result. They'd be unfolding at a blinding speed and it was like your mind could barely keep up with the carnage. THAT should've been the takeaway from John Woo, not the slow-mo overkill of his Face/Off era work.

The Hodag
06-16-2011, 10:02 PM
Didn't the movie invent a scene where has to let some skeevy political asshole fuck her just to try and get some support for the troops? It's all in service to the dude's eventual betrayal and her having to knife him, but of ALL the scenes to decide to add! We know Miller loves to make his ladies whores, but it wasn't even him for once. The movie was like, "Could there be a scene where Leonids's tough, warrior wife has to get fucked by a man she despises?" "Yeah, let's do that!"

Kefky
06-16-2011, 10:13 PM
If it's dumb, Miller probably would've agreed to it.

The Hodag
06-16-2011, 10:19 PM
If it's dumb, Miller probably would've agreed to it.

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a349/ViewMaster1885/1180098450661.jpg

Wigner's Friend
06-16-2011, 10:49 PM
An English Lit professor that I'm studying under insisted the movie had a "fascist aesthetic" -- themes of domination/submission, extreme physicality, the group submitting their will to the leader, etc.

Ironically, that same professor deducted this post one whole letter grade for not using the citation format he prefers.

Andreas
06-17-2011, 12:40 AM
It lacked Godzilla.

Greygor
06-17-2011, 01:59 AM
Gahh, still not seen this :(

silverboy
06-17-2011, 04:08 AM
I remember it being vaguely racist.

The Hodag
06-17-2011, 08:00 AM
I remember it being vaguely racist.

I might say more generally xenophobic than explicitly racist, but yeah, it definitely characterizes non-Greeks as borderline monsters. I've heard it said this is just a visual literalization of how the Greeks would've subjectively viewed the Persians. Maybe. It's still creepy since we're invited to idolized the Greeks as heroes.

I was also from the camp that found the...how to even describe it?....creepy androgyny of Xerxes to be vaguely homophobic. It wasn't just him, but also the debauchery of the Persians. I might be wrong, but I was thinking the movie flitted imagery of same-sex relationships as part of a string of creepy "Persian debauchery" images. Again, added for the movie, not in the original comic.

Blake Sims
06-17-2011, 08:04 AM
It wasn't good.

TV Zombie
06-17-2011, 08:05 AM
But, But, But Gerald Butler is soooo dreamy ;-)

web_head02
06-17-2011, 08:31 AM
I couldn't get into this movie and I'm not sure why. It was just really boring to me.

Ryudo
06-17-2011, 08:47 AM
It was all greenscreen with a lens filter, plus the slow-mo thing.

Buk Was Right
06-17-2011, 08:48 AM
It was all greenscreen with a lens filter, plus the slow-mo thing.

And the WASHBOARD ABS SON!

Ashwin Pande
06-17-2011, 10:03 AM
Come on. We can't possibly have this many smarties in here. Some of you must've gone to see the ass and boobs.