In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King Xerxes lead a Army of well over 100,000 (Persian king Xerxes before war has about 170,000 army) men to Greece and was confronted by 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians and other Slave soldiers. Xerxes waited for 10 days for King Leonidas to surrender or withdraw left with no options he moved. The battle lasted for about 3 days and after which all 300 Spartans were killed. The Spartan defeat was not the one expected, as a local shepherd, named Ephialtes, defected to the Persians and informed Xerxes of a separate path through Thermopylae, which the Persians could use to outflank the Greeks. —IMDb
When Hollywood tapped wunderkind director Zack Snyder to guide their big-budget FX-heavy epics Dawn of the Dead (2004) and 300 (2006) through to fruition, they pulled him straight from the pinnacle of the advertising world. Snyder already had a veritable plethora of Clios under his belt, thanks to his fluidly filmed, ingenious spots for Corona beer, Nokia cell phones, and other products. He typically held double-duty on the ads as both director and cinematographer, and culled a healthy amount of Tinseltown recognition as a result. Dawn of the Dead represented Snyder’s debut. An effects-heavy remake of George A. Romero’s 1979 sequel — about hordes of flesh-hungry zombies storming a shopping mall — the picture starred Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley. The independent production banners Strike and New Amsterdam co-produced the splatter movie; Universal released it. Unsurprisingly, the film grossed a whopping amount at the box office, enabling Snyder and his wife to run their own shingle, Cruel… read more
You know, this is a terrible movie full of boneheaded dialogue and a greasy "aesthetic" that I don't find the least bit appealing, but I will give it credit for one thing: its attempt at being historically accurate in regards to the sexuality of Spartan men and their reverence (and sexual indifference) toward women. 300 is ostensibly a celebration of the male body, defying the standard objectification of women.
Now here's a film that really falls short. It attempts to adapt Frank Millers eye popping comics, but instead transcribes them into muddy, colorless CGI. I'm not a Zack Snyder hater, I love Watchmen and Dawn of the Dead, but he lacks his focused ingenuity to really give us something that is truly a big screen extravagant adaptation. Overall it doesn't come together and is a generally disappointing experience.
Two and a half years ago it could fairly be said as late as daybreak on Christmas morning that Frank Miller was among the best-known comic
Human beings have always had need to have belief in myths and legends of the past. It is a way to feel safe. To believe that perhaps there has been the source of the reason he was able to feel more… read review