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My boredom this weekend caused me to go out and rent 300. I also saw it when it was in theaters, which is becoming more and more rare for me. I wasn’t impressed with it then and it hasn’t aged well at all. Am I alone in this feeling?

Don’t get me wrong, the movie is visually stunning. The action and style are incredible. It’s just that everything else is bad. The story, the characters, the dialogue…much of it is cringe-inducing. Or laugh-inducing, which in a movie with very little intentional humor, isn’t a good thing. I don’t really care about the purported historical inaccuracies; I know very little about the events or the Spartans. Though, the condescending remark about Greek “boy-lovers” was funny, considering pederasty is known to have been very much a part of Spartan culture.

Beats me. Everyone else seemed enthralled by the movie.

Speaking of movies that came out two weeks ago, Hot Fuzz is also out on DVD. First hour fifteen or so: somewhat funny movie. Last 45 minutes: one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.

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  1. August 20, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    You couldn’t find two more polar opposites (in terms of quality) than 300 and Hot Fuzz. The first one made me vomit in my mouth a little; the second made me want to pee my pants with laughter.

  2. August 22, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    Maybe you can make a mashup:

    SPARTA – 300 blokes with a fuckload of cutlery.

  3. August 22, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    “300 blokes and a fuckload of cutlery” did pop into my head as the title for this post.

  4. August 25, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Yet more evidence that great minds think alike.

    How about a mashup of “300” and “My dinner with Andre” –

    “My dinner with Andre… in Hell”

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