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20 March 2007 @ 09:15 am
my "300" review (no real spoilers)  
Saw "300" this weekend. If you want to know what it's like, imagine this: The guys who made that "Flash Gordon" movie back in the early 80s decide to make a sequel but can't get back the actors who played Flash, Dale and Zarkov, so they decide to make a prequel about how Vultan and the Hawkmen were first conquered by Ming the Merciless. Brian Blessed, thrilled to be playing the over-the-top leader of the Hawkmen again, pledges to push his previous overacting to the very limit by adding just a touch of Marlon Brando to it. Everyone is very excited. But while they're writing the script, some bad stuff happens. Maybe the director finds out his wife is cheating on him. And then the screenwriter's whole family dies in some tragedy (let's say 9/11 based on some of the Bushian politics of the film). But instead of giving into grief they drive themselve to complete the movie, pouring all their darker impulses into the cheesefest they've been writing. And then on the first day of filming, one of the green screen backdrops catches on fire and all of the Hawkmen wings are burned to a cinder, but they just go on filming without them.

That's what "300" was like.

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Listening to: Echo and the Bunnymen - "Seven Seas"
 
 
 
I am that rough man standing ready in the nightwarpedpuppy on March 20th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
Bunny and the Echomen? Holy high school flashbacks, batman!
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on March 20th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
You can take the boy out of the 80s, but you can't take the 80s out of the boy...
ghibli_geek on March 20th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
And musically speaking, you're the better for it.
(Anonymous) on March 20th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
He-he.
As a kid, I used to love the Flash Gordon movie. I think because it was a cheesefest. The Queen Soundtrack was even better cheese than the movie. So I think I will wait for 300 to go to DVD and then rent that and Flash Gordon the same night if possible. So now the same Director/Screenplay guy has his hands on The Watchmen. Uh-oh. Alan Moore wont be happy yet again.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Ape vs. Jet Girlassmonkeydiary on March 20th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Re: He-he.
Whoa, a double feature didn't even occur to me. It would be perfect!

traballenguastraballenguas on March 20th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
Perfect review - now I don't have to go see the movie. Not that I was going to, or anything.

I was listening to that same song on the bus just a few minutes ago. In my head.
Ass McTavish and the land behind the Tavernorbasm on March 20th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
that's a great shot.

wife and i missed the last quarter of 300 due to a baby who desperately missed her mommy.

d'oh!
SEAMUScackalackattack on March 20th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
Speaking of echo and the bunnymen
I read a spot on description of what listening to Arcade Fire Neon Bible is like:

Bruce Springsteen and the Bunnymen

Thanks for all the glutes
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue stoneassmonkeydiary on March 20th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Speaking of echo and the bunnymen
Holy crow, that's so true! I just listened to "Intervention" and that's exactly what it sounds like!
gods_lament on March 20th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
was there a Tweeky?

i LOVE echo & the bunnymen!

and jesus and mary chain... somehow those two groups always fit together to me.

no wait... flash gordon, i was thinking buck rodgers....

I LIKE BOOTY!
gods_lament on March 21st, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
also... good music man.
xterminal on March 21st, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I recently caught Flash Gordon on cable again after... has it really been twenty years since the last time I saw it? Damn!

In any case, pound for pound, I liked Flash Gordon a hell of a lot better than 300. At least FG never made the mistake of taking itself seriously.

(I still don't see the Bush thing, though. It's stretching an already-stretched stretch.)
Diary of an Ass Monkey: silly: flash monkeyassmonkeydiary on March 21st, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, Flash Gordon is monumentally better. Mostly because it tried so hard to be fun. It's a genius combinbation of comedy and pulp adventure that will always be one of my all-time favorites.