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The Fevered Pleasuring Of 300 Continues!! Two More Reviews From Last Night's Screening...

Merrick again...

...with two more messages from last night's screening of FRANK MILLER'S 300.

I've had a really good vibe about this film since some of the earliest video diaries were revealed, and I'm desperately curious to see how the final product shakes out.

Word is: this cut of the film is an uncompromising, hard "R". This is fantastic to hear -- we've been hit with too many diminished/pansyfied movies recently & I firmly believe audiences are waiting for (if not longing for) some good, old-fashioned Verhoeven-level excess. Rawness gives movies so much Life. Something missing in many films these days.

First up? The Spartan -- who says 300 "will go down in the history books and will be talked about for years to come"...

Tonight, I attended a screening of Zach Snyder’s "300."

There are no words to describe how brilliant the film is. I just want to scream right now because the thought of having to wait seven months at the very least to see the film again is going to be absolute torture.

It’s been hours since viewing the film but already I am being haunted by it. My mind keeps replaying many of the breathtaking scenes over and over in my head. Limbs being chopped off. Goat creatures. Lesbian kisses. Watching the movie, I felt like I had died and gone to heaven.

Zach Snyder has created a masterpiece. Imagine “Sin City” meets “Gladiator” and you have “300.” A movie which will go down in the history books and will be talked about for years to come.

Each scene is filled with breathtaking imagery, at times I could have sworn that I was looking at paintings by Da Vinci moving on the screen. Major kudos to the special effects team as well as to the cinematographer. The movie is an artistic masterpiece. For a movie which isn’t coming out for seven months, the special effects looked nearly complete. There were a few shots here and there which need some work but for the most part everything looked great. If you thought the stuff in Sin City looked amazing wait until you catch this flick.

As for the cast, Gerard Butler in the lead was absolutely fantastic. I’m convinced that if you look up the word badass in the dictionary, his picture will show up. He’s the fucking epitome of cool and this is the movie which is going to finally launch his career. He’s been producing amazing work for the past few years (i.e. The Phantom of the Opera, Dear Frankie) but this is the movie which is going to make him a star. He brings Leonidas alive and is believable as both a husband as well as a warrior.

His wife Queen Gorgo played by the beautiful Lena Headey is absolutely vicious. She hasn’t really had a movie which lets her shine but with this she can finally showcase her talent.

One thing which was so great about the movie was how much it felt like a hard R film of the past. It seems in recent years, movies have worked so hard to achieve the ever so desired PG-13. Cutting sex scenes down to mere glimpses of a woman’s back or cutting away from scenes of extreme violence. Snyder decides to show the audience everything and it really is a treat. There’s one scene in particular that keeps replaying in my head and it is of one of the oracles dancing nude. It was so naturally beautiful and haunting at the same time.

I can write pages and pages about this movie but I’ve decided that it’s best to go into the movie as the audience today did, knowing as little as possible. “300” is that rare film which delivers on action, drama and raw emotion. I felt so strange to have felt touched by the film in the end. It’s weird to be writing this but if Warner Brothers was really smart they’d release the movie next December f and try to push it as an Oscar contender. Yeah, it kills me to have to wait even longer but I truly felt that this movie was on par with “Gladiator.” It was that amazing! You're all in for a real treat when this movie is released in theaters.

If you use this review, please call me The Spartan.

Here's Sirand, who says "300 blew me the fuck outta my seat"...

Hey, guys. You're probably being flooded with reviews from tonight's screening of 300, so I'll keep mine brief:

I just saw the best movie of this year... and it's technically a movie from NEXT year! To be honest with you, as cool as Zach Snyder's DAWN remake was, I remained pretty skeptical about his abilities to tackle several classic graphic novels (even though AICN seemed to hail him as the Second Coming).

Thankfully, the test screening of 300 blew me the fuck outta my seat. This film is bloody, hyper-stylized, and absolutely gorgeous to look at (even with incomplete FX). If the studio execs trim a frame from this one, I'm gonna be royally pissed!

That's about it. It's late, and I don't feel like typing anymore. Sucks that I have to wait over 6 months to see this baby again. Right now it looks like Frank Miller has two masterpieces adapted from his work. Not too shabby. And if Snyder's version of 'Watchmen' is half as cool as this movie, we'll all be in fanboy heaven.

Just call me Sirand

Thanks for the messages, guys.

You can check out the film's official website (including the above mentioned video diaries) HERE!

300 is currently slated for a March 16, 2007 release.

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  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:42 a.m. CST

    I haven't read anything about this, so I read the first

    by Bean_

    lines of the reviews, and not I can't fuckin wait!

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:42 a.m. CST


    by Lost Prophet

    both of you. Who says "Showcase" outside of marketing departments. I smell foilage.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:43 a.m. CST

    So basically the gore is what makes it good

    by Terry_1978

    That seems to be the general consensus.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Either this movie is a veritable grow-op of plants...

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    ... or it's actually jaw-droppingly good. Ehh. Was going to see it anyway.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by Mits777

    If its anything as close to being as cool as Sin City then im there. Check out this awesome review website.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 10:03 a.m. CST

    But i dont WANNA imagine "Sin City meets Gladiator"

    by chickychow

    at least tell me its 100 times cooler than Sin City, then I'm excited

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Sounds like it's satisfied it's target audience...

    by CellarDoor

    But I found Dawn of the dead laughably bad at points (zombie baby) and i've no faith in this director. Most of the reviews seem to be telling me that gore and tits means a good time but that's how I viewed Hostel and that was shite. Most of these glowing reviews have told me very little beyond "there is visceral violence, pretty visuals and some occasional nudity". I need more reasoned criticsm!

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Wait a fucking minute...

    by CellarDoor

    Read the first review here and then read the first review of the two posted earlier. They seem alarmingly similar. I hate to cry plant, this film might rock my socks off, but these reviews are suspicous.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST



    All these glowing reviews.... Either this screening was filed with some of that green or the movie is really that good.....

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Hope it's better than SIN CITY...

    by JohnGalt06

    which was a dreadful bore from beginning to end.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Hate to be skeptical, but those reviews are leafy

    by Lance Rock

    Sorry, but when 2 different reviews say something like "it sucks that I have to wait another 7 months to see it!", I picture marketing flaks earning their stripes. Nice try, kids!

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Somebody bring out the pesticide!

    by Orbots Commander

    Because these reviews are suspiciously green and leafy. Nobody writes like that outside of marketing department guys.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by Lost Prophet

    What gave them away to you? was it "Showcase"

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Gore! Boobs! Oh my Gaaaaawwwd.

    by Lovecraftfan

    Honestly Im getting so sick of hearing how awesome it is when a bloddy film comes out as if its the first time it happens. I guess everyone forgot about The Descent, Hostel, The Deils Rejects and more and more. But hey who needs story or characters WE HAVE GORE AND BOOBIES!!

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    this review reminded me...

    by ewokstew

    That I'm running out of weed killer.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Seriously guys

    by spunch

    maybe those guys are or aren't plants. But as someone that went to the screening last night, I can genuinely say that 300 kicked some major ass. It was really that good. I didnt hear any person talk shit about as I walked out of the theater. So despite whatever you guys think, those guys have the same opinion as me.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by talbuckin

    be good, i hope. but Sin City, come on. the only masterpiece part of that is the chicks parade it actually is.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:35 a.m. CST

    On what gives the vegetation away:

    by Orbots Commander

    It's often the extreme hyperbole, quote: " I want to scream right now because the thought of having to wait seven months at the very least to see the film again is going to be absolute torture." And, "At times I could have sworn I was looking at paintings by Da Vinci." Also, most marketing plant guys know the complete oeuvre of actors, like Gerald Butler---most regular Joe Schmoe movie goers have no idea who the guy is outside of 'Phantom'. Yeah, and 'showcase' too.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:38 a.m. CST

    "as cool as Zach Snyder's DAWN remake was.."

    by uberman

    Ummm-that wasnt so cool.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:48 a.m. CST

    They are so blatant it is not even funny

    by Lost Prophet

    and Spunch, of course they share your opinion, they work at the next desk down in the marketing department from you.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 11:57 a.m. CST

    I smell MiracleGro

    by Det. John Kimble

    If you compare all four of these 'reviews' it's pretty easy to spot a lot of repeated talking points.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 12:09 p.m. CST


    by lofe101

    you guys suck!!!! plant, plant, plant. i love the faith you guys have in just about everything. there's been nothing but positive buzz about this movie. even from what AICN writers saw at comic-con. all you guys can say is plant, and sin city sucks. but you guys suck. sin city and dawn of the dead was fucking awsome. minus the zombie baby, as someone else pointed out.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 12:11 p.m. CST

    oh ya,

    by lofe101

    i cant fucking wait for this one too. 7 months is too long. so am i a plant? sin city rules. GO BILLS!!!!!!

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Is it so hard to believe

    by waggy

    that a movie that stole the show at comic-con is getting good reviews now?

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    I want to believe, but these reviews are 95% rayon

    by Det. John Kimble

    Standard marketing department boilerplate. Give us a review that doesn't trot out "Gerard Bultler (Phantom of The Opera) gives a breakout performance" and the like and I'll be more convinced.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 12:21 p.m. CST

    I know they aren't connected, but...

    by Ray Garraty #47

    The themes and even the coloring remind me of some of the cutscenes in PS2 game "God of War." I wonder if any of the artistic techniques were cribbed from one to the other. On a side note, if they made a "God of War" movie I'd see it in a heartbeat, as long as it had the same characteristics as the game: impossible weapons, mythological gods as characters, horrific creatures, and elaborate kills. I would look for brilliant story and dialogue elsewhere, just to see Kratos go nuts on the big screen.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 12:24 p.m. CST

    PLANT ?! PLANT !? fuck...

    by A G

    Listen guys for fucks sake. Is it so hard to believe that people actually really liked this film ? Have you lost soo much faith in the medium that you automatically beleive that any positive comments MUST be torn down and denied without reason or logic. Try and accept that this film is good, you do not have to rip it to pieces, no one is listening to you because almost everyone understands this film WILL be good. If you can't accept this or simply won't, just fuck off.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Comes To Something When We Reminisce About Verhoven

    by flamingrunt

    No matter what you think about showgirls or any of his movies at least the guy showed some balls. Eli Roth isnt fit enough to wipe his arse

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 12:32 p.m. CST

    300 = Hardcore Butch Gay Fantasy Action Epic

    by ZombieSolutions

    if yr pscyhed for this, you like men. period. and thats cool! thats great! but you like men.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Agree with Zombie

    by Orbots Commander

    trying to sell this movie to middle America will be an uphill battle. The only route for WB is to try to compare this to Gladiator. Like Gladiator, but with much more male half-nakedness.... Nope, I was right. It's an uphill battle.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 1:13 p.m. CST

    WOW I never knew 300=GAY??

    by tile_mcgillus

    So watching warriors fight with out large unneccessaryily bulky armor is gay. Does that mean Shaka Zulu is gay? Wait a Hulk Hogan gay then too? Holy fuck Brock Sampson killed a couple guys in the buff last week, now he is gay too, FUCK. Does this make Arnold gay in T2 when he goes nuts on the bikers, I had no idea robots could be gay. I never really knew non completly clothed dudes=gay. Alright then because I liked Die hard, Rambo, T1 & T2, and Commando then Im gay. Where do I start sucking. Wait a minute, Im not gay? I just like sweet movies! Please homophobes shut the fuck up. You literally have no idea what you are talking about.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I like Men!

    by Arion214

    And lots of other females will like this, too. Not just for the hot actors in mini-costumes, but for the power of the story. Miller's version of Thermopylae gives us doomed heroism -- always a favorite topic. Sacrifice and battlefield comeraderie always gets me. So my friends and I will be there when the line forms. Oh, and I am very middle American.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Oh, goodie

    by drjohnnyfever

    I was wondering when the "Gay" comments would start in here.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Why is it that AICN can't seem to catch the obvious??

    by chickychow

    Yes, we're all looking forward to this movie (yes, we're all gay) but there is really nothing genuine or authentic about any of the reviews sent in for 300. Could it be that AICN is a shill for studios and/or people it wants to be in business with? hmm

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by matt2545

    The sad part is this is one of history's greatest stories. Now with this version and the crappy 1970s british version, a serious production, perphaps based on Steven Pressfield's gates of fire, will never get made.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Yes, 300 Is VERY GAY; Hardcore Badass Butch Gay

    by ZombieSolutions

    Did you actually ask if wrestling was gay?! Um, yeah. Its gay. EXTREMELY Gay. I don't mean gay as in silly or negative, I mean gay as in homosexual. And I'm not homophobic, I'm just telling it like it is. (On the Brock Samson tip, wasn't his first naked murder spree greeted with the sighs of pleasure from his targets? Like in the first episode? Brock is hyper-hetero, but he's been in several butchgay scenarious; its intentional; supposed to be funny.) The funniest thing is how bent out of shape and defensive yr'all getting! Cmon; its OK to be gay! It doesn't mean yr any less than a man, it just means you like to touch and squeeze them. The Spartans were totally bad ass, and they were all homosexuals (or at least bisexual -- men slept with men as much as women). Why does this freak y'allout so much? Denial? Now whos the homophobe? C'mon let yr rainbow flag fly! Everyones at least a little bit gay. Especially sports fans.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 3:35 p.m. CST

    If 300 is at least as good as

    by Orbots Commander

    the 13th Warrior, then that's fine. Had a vacation day off from work today and just re-watched 13th Warrior on Encore. Very good adventure-battle movie and highly underrated. Has a pretty good orchestral score as well. One of John Mctiernan's better efforts, though I've read that Mctiernan dropped out of it halfway through and novelist/producer Michael Chricton directed the remaining portion.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 6:51 p.m. CST

    These aren't plants...

    by Rindain

    I was at the screening and I agree with everything these reviews say. The movie really is that good and all you doubters will be eating the humble pie soon eough...

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Enough about plants...

    by Bot-Bot

    ..because most of the so-called plants aren't attending this kind of screening, nor are they writing for Ain't it cool. I worked on this movie and even I won't get to see it till March, and nor won't most of the cast and crew. The type of screening that needs "plants" are the shitty ones that already have bad word of mouth and need some positive reviews - and those usually end up in the mainstream press, not here. So far I've heard nothing but good things about 300, some of them from the harshest film-hating geeks I've met. Do you guys think that the producers of 300 are afraid it's going to fail, so they ask some dork to write a positive review on Aint it cool to make it look good? Have you ever worked with producers on this kind of film? They're very optimistic. They don't shit their pants enough to get some nerd to "help" them sell a film - that's what they have marketing budgets for. Let me put it this way - you buy a rose (a plant) to hide a bad smell. This film was surrounded with a good vibe from day one. It will do well no matter what anyone says.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Plants? or LA groupthink/groupspeak

    by Arche Logos

    Most of these reviews are coming out of SoCal for which many of these people see these screeenings because they're in the business. So they could be plants from the marketing department OR they could be from LA where EVERYBODY talks like they're in Marketing.

  • Aug. 21, 2006, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Only in America

    by SeattleBuff

    Wow. Didn't realize that gays had a monopoly on certain genres. From the talkback chorus, it seems all of us who enjoyed Gladiator or, as kids, Roman war movies or Steve Reeves, or Jason/Argonauts are all gay. Who knew? Dammit...we are being indoctrinated and we don't even know it. Curse you Lance Bass!!

  • Aug. 21, 2006, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Sparta like many greek states practiced pederasty...

    by PurityOfEssence

    While Spartan's are often said to have favored chastity in such relationships, they were still highly eroticized. Homosexual relations were quite common throughout Greek society. Though from my admittedly limited reading on the subject of Sparta, the use of homosexual relations as a moral booster (eg the Sacred Band of Thebes) was frowned upon. So I don't see how anyone can deny the homoerotic component inherent in Spartan history.