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300 Promo Trailer hits iFilm and it's here Now!

Hey Folks, Harry here with this badass 300 Promo Trailer that is showing through iFILM - how badass is this? DYING TO SEE IT! Those test screening reviews were amazing. Now look and get a hint why...

Ok - I watched it a bunch - drove a filmmaker here in town back home, had dinner, drove to spy on Tarantino's set... Kurt Russell and Rose McGowan at my fave breakfast spot in Austin, the Omelletry. Came home - and then just started watching this over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. For those of you a bit befuddled by the above Promo trailer - you have to understand... This film is to the actual history that it is telling... what Tennyson's poem THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE was to the Battle of Balaclava. It's a stylized mythic work - singing of deeds and men that we can not and will never see the likes of again. Frank Miller's 300 may not equal Tennyson's Poetic tale of the Light Brigade... It is enormously mythic and powerful and unflinching and brutal. This isn't some faux attempt at a trying to recreate history, but to give life to mythology that was based on history. And dude - if you get gay sensations watching the toughest most brutal mutherfuckers in history... Then you've spent too much time with a ballgag in your mouth, bitch!

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  • Sept. 20, 2006, 9:58 p.m. CST


    by antibody

    This looks pretty amazing. Although it seems a little thin on plot.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Got tell the Spartans...HOLY CRAP!

    by CaptainWalker

    I've been waiting a long time to see a decent portrayal of this battle in Motion Picture medium. And this looks promising. My only fear is that it will "Look" more like a video game than it will a classic of literature and mythic legend.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Looks amazing

    by Vi

    Can't wait for this. Looks like I'll be seeing this in the theater more than once. Now, bring on "Gates of Fire"!!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:02 p.m. CST


    by BNITT

    ...looks like a lot of gratuitous shots dudes yelling. Oh well. Frank Miller rocks!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Love the visual style

    by Mr.Nelson

    but the sound sounds like recorded on a sound stage. Weird.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Mr. Butler, I must apologize

    by trash basura

    You embody the spirit of the graphic novel. makes me think to myself, Russell who? Mr. Snyder, it does not pain me whatsoever to place my faith in your capable hands. The Watchmen is yours. Oh, by the way, please watch Blade Runner as often as possible. Nail Mr. Scott's look and it will be as the lil' ignorant children say..."da bomb"

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST

    holy shit

    by rich82

    need i say more

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:07 p.m. CST


    by turk128

    That was pure adrenaline on film.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Great looking video game ...

    by falawful-314

    When do we get to see a trailer for the movie?

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:07 p.m. CST

    holy crap

    by werideatdusk

    that trailer alone is the best movie of the year so far. Cannot Wait! This, The Fountain and the Prestige are at the top of my list. Exciting times!

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Great looking video game ...

    by falawful-314

    ... so when do we get to see a trailer for the movie?

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:08 p.m. CST


    by maluquiro

    rock and roll!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:09 p.m. CST

    (Stupid site ...)

    by falawful-314

    Well, I stand by that comment ... twice over ...

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Whoally Crap!!!

    by modlight

    I was kind of excited to see that because I loved the books, and the Dawn remake was cool, but to be honest, the video journal wasn't helping... That trailer pushes this movie far beyond anything I had expected. It went from a, yeah I'll check it out, to a won't miss it for the world. Well done. I will now send this link to all my friends.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Wasnt too keen on the guy falling in the well.

    by Vi

    Hope they make that shot look a bit better. I also wish they emphasized the odds a bit more in the trailer. 1,000,000 vs. 300 is something that should have been mentioned. Also, doesnt Leonidas' last line in the trailer remind anyone of Conan the Barbarian? :D

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:09 p.m. CST


    by Jeebs

    Looks like a hell of visual feast!!

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by Proman1984

    I'm sorry and I hate so sound negative but the trailer is a huge letdown. What's with the MTV style cuts and slowdons? Why is CGI so bad? Looks like a poor man's "Gladiator". I'll reserve my final opinion until after I see the complete movie of course.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by kintar0

    That looks fucking fantastic. Fucking comic book movie being done right. Hells yes.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Oh. My. God.

    by AngelCordy

    When is this coming out again?!?!?

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Looks AWESOME!

    by PCH Boy

    Is what I would say -- if I was 14, not at all interested in actual history, and didn't completely loathe synthetic landscapes.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:14 p.m. CST

    So disappointing....

    by Pallando

    If this were some fantasy movie or whatever, it would look eh, OK. I am just massively disappointed that we're finally getting a new movie about Thermopylae, and its some Frank Miller crap. This makes the Spartans look like bloodthirsty assholes. Not to mention the fact that hoplites were heavy infantry fighting with bronze breatplates, not barechested with their capes on. I saw some interview where one of the actors commented on how it was tough to fight with the cape on since it screwed everything up. Of course it did and the Spartans took the capes off to fight. I'd take something, anything close to realistic. At least make it something close to real life, like Gates of Fire, rather than having Ephialties be a monster and Leonidas just some guy who yells alot.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:13 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    Hate the style. Looks like a new Mortal Kombat movie. Jeezus. Why couldn't Michael Mann make Gates of Fire? This looks like a bad video game translation.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:14 p.m. CST


    by Saluki

    The sound was totally canned, slow-mo is everywhere, and some effects need to look less staged. With that said, this delivered. Big time. Yum!

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by decker2010


  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:17 p.m. CST

    The World's Most Expensive Gay Porn Movie

    by Johnny Storm

    Sorry, just a break from the plants here, but historically speaking, were the Spartans oiled down with rippling abs and hairless pecs? Seriously, that looks like the world's most expensive gay porn movie ever made.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:18 p.m. CST

    The World's Most Expensive Gay Porn Movie

    by Johnny Storm

    Sorry, just a break from the plants here, but historically speaking, were the Spartans oiled down with rippling abs and hairless pecs? Seriously, that looks like the world's most expensive gay porn movie ever made.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Fantastic art & design!!

    by Kampbell-Kid

    I'm impressed... now I just hope the visuals do not upstage the acting.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:19 p.m. CST

    10 commandments on steroids??

    by samuraiyao

    wow looks visually stunning and i here echos of mel gibson's braveheart scene where he rounds up all his soldier with that infamous speech. I hope that techno/wave music is not the actual score to the film, it tends to get annoying at times. some parts of the scene look like something from revenge of the sith. i'm gonna have to read the book before i see this one, any suggestions on the book???

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:20 p.m. CST


    by Staldo

    gotta love Gerard Butler with the stiff beard. makes him look like he walked right off a piece of ancient pottery. Spartans made Navy Seals look like pussy-boys. Didn't care for him in Phantom, but this looks like a winner.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:28 p.m. CST

    I just hope...

    by readingwriter

    ...there isn't that much slo-mo (which always always takes one out of the movie's reality) in the actual movie. Because it looks amazing. Frank Miller should give lessons at those comic cons to the creators who bitch and whine about how Hollywood doesn't do their books properly--he obviously has the balls to give up the huge checks in favor of more control, and thus reaps greater benefits later. (And on top of all this, if you heard him on NPR on 9/11, you know he's not an anti-American jackoff.)

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Looks excellent...

    by 9SilentNine9

    I can't wait.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Oh please

    by readingwriter

    If you want actual history what are you doing watching a 2-hour movie? And all art doesn't have to be "realistic". Jesus, I'm usually the one who needlessly bitches around here. That just looked WONDERFUL, as in I will enter the theater to see something unlike any other movie. Jesus, don't you people like movies at all?

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:34 p.m. CST


    by Lucasblows


  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:34 p.m. CST


    by Little Beavis

    Gimme a fookin break.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:36 p.m. CST


    by Athanatos

    That looked awesome. I would just like to know did I actually see troll like people in that or was I just hallucinating? Molon Lave baby.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:40 p.m. CST

    it looks the way it does

    by kintar0

    because that's what the graphic novel looks like. i think it's extremely telling that the first thing you think of is gay sex when you watch that trailer, Johnny Storm. And if you think this looks like a video game, you've probably never seen a video game.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:41 p.m. CST

    God DAMN!

    by oceanfrog

    and a holy fuck, too!

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:41 p.m. CST

    OH WOW

    by Shermdawg


  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Hate the music

    by c4andmore

    please let it be just for the promo, that film needs some sweeping orchestral sounds, no MTV bullcrap

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Blue Screen: The Movie

    by jimmy_009

    Sorry this just looks like pure cheese. They could have made a cool movie out of the source material. Instead we get this crap. How are we supposed to be sucked into a story about the Spartans when every single image from the film looks like it's been run through 15 different post filters and blue screen effects. Terrible.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:44 p.m. CST

    What's up with the Britishesque accents...

    by NoHubris

    ...that so many actors use in these swords and sandals epics? It's not even close to the "linguistic geography" of Sparta, Athens and Perisa.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:45 p.m. CST


    by DJSpoonfed

    Who gives a fuck about being historically accurate?! If you want accuracy, watch the history channel. THAT LOOKS TOO FUCKING COOL!!!!11!!!111!!!!!one!!!!!!11!!

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:48 p.m. CST

    readingwriter, you are right, though

    by NoHubris

    The art is GREAT.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:50 p.m. CST


    by Dirk Calloway

    This movie looks like 10 types of awesomeness! The Nails really amped up the intensity as well.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 10:58 p.m. CST

    See? Even back then Muslims were the fucking problem

    by googamooga

    Fucking terrorists, call 'em Persians if you want, they're all the same.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11 p.m. CST


    by googamooga

    The movie looks damn awesome.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:01 p.m. CST

    looks to be

    by bouncing1

    a bit OVERdone. dont care too much for the rhythmic track playing behind it... but my god it looks like a fun one.looks to be ripped strait from the pages... are we in for 2 good miller adaptations in a row?!?!?!?!

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:04 p.m. CST

    I'm missing something

    by Dataset

    Why do I think this looks like shit? I should love this, but it looks like Frank Miller's "Wing Commander"...^Sigh^

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Which one is playing Marv?

    by Antonio Starks

    this movie will make billionz.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:08 p.m. CST

    fucking amazing.

    by Datascream

    I'm really amped for this now. btw...what was the song in the background?

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Looks amazing!

    by ls420

    love it,the music,the look. cant wait to see it in glorious quicktime.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:13 p.m. CST

    All spartans loved a good techno groove

    by Antonio Starks

    its science. look it up.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Is it me or...

    by nards

    Is that Nine Inch Nails "Just Like You Imagined"? Works well... i'm just talkin' here.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Superdy duper.

    by TheJake

    Looks cool, I'll go check it out. But the FX shots must've been done by Kraft cause they look very cheesy. With the same amount of Calcium and Vitamin D as a glass of milk!

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:30 p.m. CST


    by Sleeperkid

    I just came. Like...everywhere.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:31 p.m. CST


    by thebearovingian

    THERE SEEMS TO BE A SLIGHT DELAY WHEN POSTING TO THE TALKBACK. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM CLAIMING FIRST! AND DOUBLE POSTING. I am, however, enjoying reading all the re-posts and comparing them to the originals. Some TBers are dead on with what they previously wrote, while others...aren't.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Use of Slow-Mo

    by Happyfat73

    I'll defend the use of slow-mo as more than just a bit of flashy MTV style. See, when there is wire-work at play, it can become obvious that the speeds at which they jump/fall are not congruous with the laws of physics. Using slow-mo offsets the fakenes inherent in wire-work. Plus it looks cool. This looks visually stunning and I can't wait. And if you think it looks gay, then you better stay away from Frank Miller's book - they were all naked in that one.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:33 p.m. CST


    by gray gorilla

    jeez...stop yelling, and flexing, people in those days didnt value the look of a six-pack like today's pop-culture does. ...and why do trailers always seem to take themselves so seriously? i mean, ya....we get it...its about blood lust and living to die. ok, is that it? The spartans weren't all that badass. they were conquered by the romans like every other country. Were they vicious warriors? sure, could they withstand the technological might of the roman legion? not a chance, especially snce they eliminated half their population immediately after birth. bah...ill still go see it.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:35 p.m. CST


    by jackinitraw

    Anyone who says otherwise is a total fucking retard.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:40 p.m. CST

    trash basura

    by jackinitraw

    You think you need to apologize to Gerard Butler? I called him Dougray Scott to his face.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:43 p.m. CST

    In defense of historical accuracy

    by malcolm_mccallum

    It really is true that truth is stranger than fiction and it is also true that history tells us more about the human condition than any fiction writer can. Writers (and movie makers) should have more faith in the exciting and tension packed stories from history and less in formulas and cliches.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:45 p.m. CST

    You people blow

    by CerebralAssassin

    Since when do movie fans prefer things looking like an Xbox cut scene instead of, you know, film? We've come a long way from the 65mm Lawrence of Arabia to this Sonic the Hedgehog shit. I weep for the nerds.

  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:45 p.m. CST


    by blackwood


  • Sept. 20, 2006, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Jaw Dropping

    by KewlKR

    Can't wait for this.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Oh My God!

    by bb6634

    This look un-fucking-believable! Cannot wait!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:10 a.m. CST

    My Comment is...

    by Driver8


  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Looks exactly like the comic

    by DOGSOUP

    You fuckers who are crying "Historicly Inaccurate" into your pampers may even be right, but this isn't a docudrama, it's an adaptation. I've actually read the source material and it seems almost perfect. If you want historical accuracy maybe there should be gay sex, oh wait no you'd be pissed about that too....

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:15 a.m. CST

    You want Lawrence of Arabia?

    by Happyfat73

    Then go watch Lawrence of Arabia! Want Historical Accuracy? Get the History channel. Want a stylised comic book battle - then watch 300. It's horses for courses - and the idiots who bleat about it looking too computerised or not being historically accurate enough are just that - idiots. It's based on a Graphic Novel people!!! It's not pretending to be something its not... maybe some of you pretentious tools should try that sometime.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Too soon!

    by D_Biederbeck

    I question the timing.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Got chills from watching this

    by jinamina

    It's about time they came out with a trailer. All those featurettes on apple were making me antsy.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Sweet Jebus...

    by Han Ol' Buddy

    Awesome. Now, where's my glorious Quicktime?!?!?

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:36 a.m. CST

    What is this, NBC's follow up to 'Merlin'?

    by marcode

    Looks like a made for TV piece of shit.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:37 a.m. CST


    by Malebolgia


  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:39 a.m. CST

    This will make a boatload of money!

    by Uncapie

    I kid you not!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:11 a.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    ...I sense that this is going to be one of those movies that you'll be accused of being "a hater" for not liking, so I'm just gonna speak my peace and get the fuck out of here, but that trailer didn't do it for me the way it apparently did for a lot of people. I certainly have no objections to its surrealism, so I don't know what it is about the look, but I just wasn't feelin' it. Could just be backlash towards the whole panel-by-panel thing that so many of us seem to think is necessary for a good comic book adaptation. Also, there was a line in there somewhere about the Spartans standing up for a "new age of freedom" or something? I don't know the historical context of the battle, so can anyone who knows tell me if that actually makes sense, or if that's just revisionism in order to make audiences more interested in the battle? Besides for that, no real qualms, I just didn't get into it. And to give myself a headstart before someone yells "hater," I like and look forward to plenty of movies. I just posted on 'The Blood Diamond' TalkBack about how I think that one looks good, for Pete's sake.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Looks fairly good...

    by LucienPierce

    ...but this really is a terrible way to be exposed to a film first up. It was a chore watching it purely on the basis of a crappy format/quality. Surely by now studios and their marketers must realize that an audience's first exposure to a film should be the best it possibly can. First impressions and all that. This iFilm presentation is pretty pathetic.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:24 a.m. CST

    "New age for freedom"

    by Vi

    Revisionism, Ribbons. Spartans weren't that forward-thinking. Why do you think they died out? But, oh, this movie looks like it'll be fun (and I'm usually a stickler for historical accuracy - I cringe at Gladiator, but I loved that one too)

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:25 a.m. CST


    by Rearden

    ... to save the muthafukin' day-yeah! Holy hell did that kick nine cubic tons of balls! Harry, get this thing to Austin ... Stat!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Gotta Agree...

    by repus3000

    The whole 'synthetic' background look doesn't help, nor does the atrocious acting...there's no denying those things look hideous. That being said, this COULD turn out good...maybe great? But under no sun, on no planet, does this trailer have 1% the coolness ratio that Sin City had. Not a drop.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Googamooga = IDIOT

    by Bong

    Yes you moron Islam existed back then lol

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Anyone Remember King Arthur?

    by repus3000

    Remember that scene, at the very end, when Arthur fights his foe? And it had all of those twisting and turning effects? Remember how awful it looked? Remember how silly and embarrassed you felt when you were watching it? I just watched this thing again, and that's how I felt about the supposive 'badass' scenes...I won't watch this trailer again, lest I find myself not wanting to see this...which at this point I realy don't want to. I could be wrong, but this trailer sucks balls.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:03 a.m. CST

    re: Vi

    by Ribbons

    Now I see. Thanks, professa!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Holy cow

    by dr_nerdikus

    That was fucking awesome! I can't wait to see this thing.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Looks great...

    by Darth Thoth

    Visually. No doubt it's going to be a feast for the eyes. Quality of story, script, acting, etc... the jury is still out because I didn't get a good feeling on those levels from the trailer. But again, it LOOKS cool and innovative. I just hope the rest of the movie matches what appear to be awesome visuals.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Like a dream...

    by Veraxus

    Wow, this looks fucking nuts. Needs a little more CG work (several bits look a little too cartoony, in a bad way)... but there were glimpses of such brilliance that I am now fully erect.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:54 a.m. CST

    re: Vi

    by lord-yuppa

    Is it really forward thinking to kill for freedom? Has not every war been fought for freedom of some kind? Maybe thats the point the movie is matter how noble your motivation, taking someone elses freedom to maintain your own is a temporary fix at best(but I doubt it). If history has taught us anything its that the best way to stop the killing is to kill the killers.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:58 a.m. CST

    sorry for the sermon...

    by lord-yuppa

    the trailer looks amazing.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Question about Frank Miller

    by Vern

    Are these movies really faithful to his artwork, and if so why does he always draw his characters in front of fake looking computery blue screen footage? I don't get it Frank Miller. I'll watch the movie (this director has earned it by remaking DAWN OF THE DEAD without me wanting to execute him) but let's see some guys look like they're standing in a real place at some point.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:06 a.m. CST


    by Fortunesfool

    Another movie clearly shot inside a green walled room. What happened to sets, locations and extras?

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:05 a.m. CST


    by Pendejo Joe

    I'm concerned this trailer may be mostly driven by the NIN song. When the Sin City trailer hit, the Servant's song was simply a compliment to some amazing visuals. Not sure if that's the case here.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:17 a.m. CST

    You could've at least acknowledged the source

    by cheaplog

    It's obviously a user video and came from the Movies for the Masses blog. Here's the source url

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Frank Miller's Artwork

    by Kizeesh

    His work is ridiculously stylised, and makes no attempt to look real in any way. To take a comic like 300 which is as much about the amazing look as it is the story and make it look everyday would be an injustice. Rodriguez showed that you can do justice to a comic's art when he adapted Sin City, this is just a similar work, the only different being that in Sin City the backdrops were all in black and white, they actually looked more false than the ones in 300 which are quite beautiful.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:54 a.m. CST


    by Vern

    Well I don't know, I liked Sin City okay but I would've liked it better if it didn't look like some dudes wearing Halloween costumes doing a play in front of some video game footage projected on a screen. I know it can't be a documentary but there is a difference between the stylization of, say, film noir or something, and this kind of thing where the actors don't even look like they are standing inside the city that the movie is named after. I know it was a deliberate stylistic choice to make it look like a cheapass home made remake of Dick Tracy but what I'm saying is that it was not, for me anyway, a choice that completely worked. They have these classic gritty stories but then I am completely distanced from the grit and the scum because it is all so goofy looking I can't take it very seriously. For example when Marv drags a guy from a car you oughta be thinking "holy shit!" but instead you think "Ha ha, Mickey Rourke is wearing a Halloween mask doing a funny cartoon thing in front of a blue screen, what a fun time we are having with this silly fun." (paraphrase) I mean I liked it overall but I personally think these people are too literal with their comic strip books and oughta create a real world instead of a re-creation of a drawing. Anyway, like I said, I'll watch the movie, I just hope some of these talented directors remember you are still allowed to make movies where people look like they are standing in actual places, holding real objects, etc.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 5:06 a.m. CST

    wont work!

    by Obscura

    Ifilm is saying its been hidden :S

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Are you people here TOTAL retards??

    by tsw101


  • Sept. 21, 2006, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Too soon

    by SickPuppy

    Just too soon

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Re Vern

    by Kizeesh

    Its a valid point to be sure, however think of the vast majority of comic book adaptations which have already been made with no attempt to create the look and feel of the comic. Final Quality notwithstanding the Batman series, Both versions of The Punisher and especially more recent works like From Hell, Road to Perdition and suchlike went for the classic cinematic look rather than basing the visual ideal on a comic's look. There are only a handful of films which have actually tried to re-create the stories in such a stylised approach. Does it work completely? possibly not always, there were many moments when watching Sin City that I wished it had been filmed practically in a standard style, but in taking the route they did, it created a cinematic one-off which worked as much as a piece of art as a film. Personally I think 300 requires that degree of removal from reality, the stupendous odds involved add to the mythological leanings in the story, along with the hyper-stylised action and the several grotesquly formed characters.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 6:07 a.m. CST

    I can't believe I registered to post this.

    by Floating Egg

    300 Promo Trailer:

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 6:08 a.m. CST

    by Floating Egg

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 6:09 a.m. CST

    New Link!

    by Varrick

    There's a link to it here!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 6:33 a.m. CST


    by Cat_Corporation

    I reckon the reason why epics always feature cut-glass British accents is because it sounds quite neutral and old-fashioned, whereas an American accent I always think sounds modern. Therefore it just seems a bit less distracting I suppose. As for the movie, looks like a great action flick - yeah, it ain't history, and yeah, those of us with an investment in Thermopylai might prefer a version of Gates of Fire, but I'm willing to take off my ancient historian hat to watch it, and think of it more as a Greek myth than history. Any sight of the phalanx in action on the big screen is a joy to behold; even the piss-poor Alexander had some good battle action, especially Gaugamela. Shame the rest fell on its arse.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Any more links that work?

    by Jackin


  • Sept. 21, 2006, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Jeez Louiz you guys are such AMATEURS

    by tsw101

    Here's the ACTUAL FILE.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Take that space out in 'a lbums'

    by tsw101

    That link to the flv file had a space (inserted?) between the a and the lbums when I posted it - does this site do that automatically or what? Anyways - post that link in your browser and it will save the file directly to your hard drive. Go get yourself an FLV player too... Watch for spaces in that link too I guess...

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Harry Animation?

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I ALWAYS can pick out what the Harry Head animation is based on, but somehow this one eludes me. Anybody got any insight? Oh, and the trailer is slick and the battles look exctiting. It is a little worrisome that 80% of the dialogue comes from one scene-- the guy standing on the edge of the pit-- and the guy standing on the edge of the pit has atrocious line delivery, but hey, it's a trailer...

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Sven Nykvist is dead.

    by Gilkuliehe

    Aint it sad? By the way Vern, I'm with you.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 7:43 a.m. CST


    by FordPerfect


  • Sept. 21, 2006, 8:03 a.m. CST

    This looks awesome and I can't wait to see it

    by antonphd

    And... you can't have blood and guts in a trailer that shows wide.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Another day, another broken link from AICN...

    by brycemonkey

    Real professional guys. Anyone got an actual link for the promo? I've tried the ones above but they aren't working either. Thanks.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 8:09 a.m. CST

    I suspect I'm going to feel about this film...

    by Childe Roland

    ...very much as I do about Sin City. It looks very much like the comic. Stylized backgrounds and all. They'll probably even capture the language exactly. And while those things will make it a very faithful recreation (not so much an adaptation), they won't necessarily make it a good film. I enjoy Sin City as a piece of experimental art. It shows what storyboards brought to life can be while simultaneously showing why comics shouldn't necessarily be translated directly to the screen. Miller's artwork is surreal to the point of unreality. His dialogue and narration are tinpan. Those things work in a comic. Not so much on film. Again, I dig on SIn City for what it is. And while I'd never call it a great movie, it does have the benefit of being original. This imitation of it...not so much.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Childe Roland

    by Kizeesh

    Its interesting that arguably the best scene in Sin city was in fact the QT car conversation, wqhich eschewed the comic-frame stylism largely in favour of some basic dollying and handheld camera-work. I think that after 300 (assuming it is good) all will rest on Sin City 2 as it will be either the make or break of films made in this style. Because after not too long it'll become the mode of choice for every 2-button hack filmmaker, and it'll quickly become a fad that went out of fashion.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Vern, try to understand

    by Noeland

    Vern, I hated Sin City for all the reasons you mentioned, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the effort made. The thing is, if you were a fan of "the drawings" you would understand that people hold certain works up as definitive of the medium and as iconic. Sin City is iconic in comic books, Frank Miller is an example of an iconic, larger than life artist. So when RR decides to intimately include him in the making of this film, the fans will rally behind it. The fact that this is shot in the same way, and with the same love for the source material has to be respected. Personally I'd have loved to see Sin City shot on practical locations and NOT at the same time as a kid's film, but it is what it is. And Mickey Rourke looked the way he did for a reason. I just wish his performance could have been better. 300 looks like a great film, and I'd hate to see you miss out on a great story because you have a bur up your ass about the way it was shot, or because you don't read "comic strip books". :(

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Thanks ruven76. Now I can comment on it :-)

    by brycemonkey

    Actually that looked like it rocks pretty hard. Yes some things looked a bit 'comicky' but for the most part I liked the stylized look. And the badassedness...

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 9:20 a.m. CST


    by Childe Roland

    ...I think you're right on that QT scene (much as I hate to feed that guy's ego) being, from a film fan standpoint, the best in Sin City. But if you were just going at it as a film fan with no comic background, that probably still wouldn't be saying much. As a comic fan I enjoy what Sin City was trying to and did acheive more than I winced at the bad acting and general cheesiness as a film fan. So I will give Sin City 2 an automatic viewing at the theater (with expectations being that it will be more of the same). I guess my point was that I'd hate to see the innovations used by Rodriguez in the Sin City series become a movie fad that's cribbed by other film makers, because I don't think it's a particularly effective way to tell a story cinematically. I'm kind of torn on 300, because it's also a Frank Miller story and I dig the previous work of the director. I just wish he'd taken a different creative route. And I absolutely DO NOT want to see a Dark Knight Returns film done this way just because it, too, is a Miller story. I'd rather Nolan adapt that source material (and, yeah, that means some changes) for a future Batman flick in the style he's established.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 9:26 a.m. CST

    That Was Fuckin Insane!

    by DrTobiasFunke

    Holy shit! I can't wait to see this one. Blood, violence, sex oh my! This movie's got it all. It's now my most anticipated film of next year. Sorry Spidey.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 9:41 a.m. CST

    The footage from CC

    by Kraken

    The 300 was the best thing I saw at Comic Con this year. The footage blown up huge I think is going to amaze people even more.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST


    by manikman wish I knew how to rip flash files

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    by manikman

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Working Link

    by manikman

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    I haven't taken LSD since 1992...

    by mr. brownstone

    but that looked like a cross between KRULL and FLASH GORDON.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 10:20 a.m. CST

    sorry about the reposts

    by manikman

    I'm slightly retarded

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 10:24 a.m. CST

    thx ruven, you other chuckleheads suck

    by occula

    vern - while i agree with you to a point, i also agree with the others who point out that really, this is a film for people who just flat-out love frank miller. it's like an ode to the style and feel of his work. as an illustrator, i think a lot of films made from graphic novels have such superior visuals (whether the film is good or not) to the illustrations - people tend to forgive a lot, was i the only person on earth who thought the illustrations in 'from hell' and 'road to perdition' were weak sauce? at least miller's work has a beautiful skill and energy to it that translates viscerally to the screen, even if it is over-stylized. it ain't shakespeare, it ain't real history, and it ain't - as someone above said - michael mann doing 'gates of fire.' but i'm sure it's a fun enough way to spend 2 hours.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 10:53 a.m. CST

    What the Harry animation reminds me of...

    by Uncapie

    ... a scene from the "Outer Limits" episode "ZZZZZZZZZZ."

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by rotten666

    The greeks were white dudes originally, at least back in the 5th century bc. The olive complection (sp?)comes from constant invasions of darker skinned peoples. Most notably the ottoman turks. Kind of like the difference between northern/southern Italians. Blond hair up north, Dark hair down south.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Saw it. The best film of next year.

    by Kasch

    Even a trailer as cool as that can't sum up how jaw-droppingly awesome this film is. Seriously. All the naysayers will eat their own words when they see this mastepiece.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST

    For the people complaining about the visuals?

    by modlight

    This flick nails the look of the comic so perfectly that it makes Sin City look about as faithful to the source as Catwoman. I loved Sin City, but it definitly had a "Dick Tracy" vibe to it. This is phenomenal. And any movie that would have two kids fighting eachother be that bloody, much less put it in the trailer has my vote in the ballsy column.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 11:38 a.m. CST

    I'm there.

    by Ace Hunter

    Opening day in full armor. I dig the stylized look. Haven't read the graphic novel, but it reminds me of some of the renaissance (sp?) paintings that used a lot of warm tones.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    holy shit

    by moviemaniac-7

    Looks awesome. I am there to check this one out.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 11:48 a.m. CST

    actually - the harry animation


    is a parody of Busby Berkeley's DAMES - specifically the "I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU" number where all the placards had Ruby Keeler's head upon them. Thus the RUBY KEELER head on the flip.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    overwhelming cheese factor - this movie will suck.

    by Gloom

    and googamooga: the persians weren't even muslims then; pick up a book you in-bred fuck!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Thanks Harry, I have been wondering about that ani.

    by modlight

    I'm such a huge Ruby Keeler fan. I don't know how I missed that.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:28 p.m. CST

    YES to the music!

    by BongoBox

    I am SO sick and tired of John Williamsesque symphonic scores in films that move. I want drums, bass, guitars... i want to hear ass kicking when I see it. Yeah... that's be cool. (BTW That was "Just Like You Imagined" by NIN)

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:32 p.m. CST

    nice use of Nine Inch Nails music...

    by jrbarker

    its called Just Like You Imagined from The Fragile

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:34 p.m. CST


    by brocoliskismthefirst

    All my expectations have been given multiple orgasms!!!! I cannot wait to see this badass film! All of you that want to see historical acuracy go take a course somewhere or read a boring book or watch a boring documentary... This is a film based on a graphic novel based on several sources all of which are books written by world known scholars so please this is as acurate as it gets... So what i am trying to say is this came right out of Frank Miller's ass-hole meaning he craved this meal since he saw this movie when he was still a teen and then he went and got several recepies on how to do this meal so he could eat it and actually tried a couple himself but then he sat there and wrote and drew this book he cooked this book and this is what came out 300!!! than Snider ate Frank Miller's Book digested it and this is what came aout 300 the movie! So there if you don't like this shit than don't eat it!!! Go eat someone else's shit like Ridley Scott's.... 300! oh yeah and don't fucking watch MTV!!! this looks nothinglike MTV! MTV looks more like the discovery channel right now with some bad hip hop and rap in the backgound...

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Graphic Novelizations

    by malcolm_mccallum

    I can't get worked up against the heavily stylized CGI work. If it had been an animated (or anime?) film would I have complained that it didn't look realistic? This is hybrid. It seeks to get the best from both animation and actors. It is what rotoscoping wanted to be. I may not like the results just as I may not be an animation fan but that wouldn't justify my arguing that it doesn't look realistic enough. Take it for what it is. It will be awhile before we have enough of a mature library of this medium to be able assess it within that context. Sin City, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and Star Wars 1-3. Small library.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by brocoliskismthefirst

    If you buy a Picasso painting you don't expect to get an Andy Warhol painting do you! No you pay for the style that special unique style that only Picasso can deliver... Same with a movie you go see a Kubrick film you don't expect a Sofia Copolla film do you!! So don't expect a Ridley Scott film out of Miller cuz you just won't get one...

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Nine Inch Nails

    by darth jobu

    Interesting how NIN worked for this trailer, wonder if they will choose that for the final edit. I have had a HUGE interest this movie, it looks kick ass. Jobu

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 12:48 p.m. CST

    That was beyond brilliant.

    by Wololo

    As for Cerebral Assassin ("Since when do movie fans prefer things looking like an Xbox cut scene instead of, you know, film? We've come a long way from the 65mm Lawrence of Arabia to this Sonic the Hedgehog shit. I weep for the nerds.") What's all this bollocksy film snobbery for? Films are there to entertain. There is space enough for /both/ 300 and Lawrence of Arabia.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:05 p.m. CST


    by Kid Z

    ... Let's get a few things right, here. Back in the time of the ancient Persian Empire... there were NO Muslims. The Persians were Zoroastrians. The Persian Empire was the largest of it's time, surpassing Rome at it's height in size and wealth. It was founded by Cyrus the Great, who conquered much of the ancient world and who, incidentally, freed the Hebrews from captivity in Babylon (He was the first to earn the Jewish title of "messiah." The empire began to decline after the time of Xerxes due to overextension and unwise military campaigns (Hmm... sounds familiar) The last Persian Emperor of the Archaemenid Dynasty, Darius, was deposed by Alexander the Great when he conquored the empire. The Persian Empire was restored under new dynasties several times throughout history. It was conquered by the Arabs in the early 8th Century at which time most of the population gradually converted to Islam, though a small minority of Zoroastrians continue to this day. Persia is today known as Iran.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:17 p.m. CST



    This sorta thing is heartbreaking. It makes me feel like action filmmaking is taking a trip back in time. I mean, these new films that come out should be reaching new ground. When? When? WHEN are these cowards gonna stop making "editing flicks" and trying to pass them off as action movies. WHEN?? I am so unimpressed by this trailer but I am more heartbroken that these guys are still using gimmicks to simulate action. Our eyes hurt from "shaky cam". The pace is distorted with unnecassary motion effects. Speeding up here, slowing down there. Furthermore, am I really supposed to consider myself a man and actually cheer when I see racism depicted on screen? What is this? 1940? "Who's the boy on the piano?" This sorta thing makes white males look obviously weak. Like whenever's there's a chance available, white men will seize the oppurtunity to make themselves look larger than life. Like there's an infatution with being super because in actuality there's a weakness or a void. This is what is exposed when racism makes it to an action film. Am I supposed to like seeing him kicking someone non-white into that well. I mean what are these current filmmakers thinking?! Between shit like this and the soulless Superman Returns, I don't know if action filmmaking is moving forward. Check the Wachowskis': NO micro-editing, NO heavily hacked-up action scenes, NO disrepect of non-white people equals groundbreaking cinema. What the fuck are these new dudes thinking? They butcher an action scene and then hold on a long shot of someone crying. God, man. We need innovators. Not dickriders. Tron-1 D.A.C. (Defenders of Action Cinema)

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:28 p.m. CST

    my god...

    by Datascream

    I love how people judge the movie by it's trailer. yeah it's supposed to get you amped up and interested in the movie, and even for those that don't get into it. But it's the people that see it and go "well that's all this movie has, some guy screaming and a couple scenes of gore" you people are as equally as ignorant as your posts. Stop coming to the site, you make being a movie geek embarressing.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST

    thanks guys

    by Vern

    I see where you all are coming from. I'm with Childe Roland. I think it's cool that Mr. Rodriguez did such a ridiculous stunt on Sin City. I always appreciate people trying something new. I thought the movie was very flawed but it was interesting enough that I went back and saw it a second time. But I felt the results of this experiment show that it's a bad idea to adapt things so literally into live action. It looks kind of cool but it doesn't work for storytelling. To tell the story of Sin City effectively you should believe that Sin City is a real place, a horrible place, like you would in a genuine crime movie. Even in other comic book movies like Batman you are able to believe in Batman City as being a real place, but the extreme stylization of that one done on a low budget to me sort of blew the potential of what I thought was a nice set of pulpy crime stories. Oh well. It might work better for this one since it's just supposed to be mythic and not gritty. And I'm sure it won't be quite as cheesy when the effects are finished and it's not in a shitty file format like that. (Unless they are planning to project it directly from ifilm, which seems to be the direction movies are going in.)

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Eff Gladiator.

    by 3 Bag Enema

    This is a hagiography I can get behind. So to speak.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:38 p.m. CST

    NIN is not techno/wave MTV bullshit...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    This trailer wasn't as amazing as the Comic-Con trailer, but it's not like they could put in all the brutal violence and boobies into a real trailer. And for all you naysayers, it's a shitty quality file, it's going to look insane on the big screen.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Not impressed

    by aestheticity

    I'd been led to believe by folks here that this was pure awesome, but viewing that trailer is underwhelming. Lots of fake scenery, lots of shouting instead of acting, and it rapes history. I knew it isn't historically factual, but when you've got Spartans - the most vicious and tyrannical of the Greek states - shouting about fighting for freedom, and silly swords and armour looking like something from Lord of the Rings, its clearly designed not to build on what actually happened, but reinvent it for todays moviegoing assholes. And all the SHOUTING. I really hope the trailer combines every shouty bit there is in total, because if the film consists of shouting hardmen, I'm outta there.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    no one will see this except us

    by yassoo

    it'll make Snake on a Plane money.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Vern: It's called Gotham not Batman City!

    by brycemonkey

    Sheesh! You really ought to check your facts.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST


    by Jewish_Batman

    yeah buddy I guess they forgot that people dont scream during battles... oh wait thats right... THEY DO! you see when people are getting stabbed or about to kill someone, they usually dont stay in utter silence. And did you not hear the dialogue in the trailer? or did u just not want to criticize it because it was actually decent if not good. you are bitching about yelling in a movie about spartan soldiers... did u whine when sin city had people commiting sins? god damn.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:15 p.m. CST

    i didnt watch sin city

    by aestheticity

    because everyone i know who saw it said it was trashy. Much like this trailer appears.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Screen work

    by blackwood

    I think it's a bit premature to judge how the well integrated the screen work is from a shitty low res vid bounced off another site.<br><br> To be honest, a lot of the hand-wringing seems more like future-phobia rather than genuine criticism. It's not about this film, per say - it's about green screen replacing location; the medium's further digitization. Which is fair, but knowing the process behind something makes it that much harder to suspend disbelief, and I think a lot of folk find screen work more distasteful than ugly.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by malcolm_mccallum

    Action movies aren't taking a step backward. Remember Krull and the 60s Hercules movies. Remember Xena. Action movies have never had good action. For all the explosions we're still fundamentally at A-Team and V.I.P. still, even in movies. Now, the East can great some fine action movies but that's because their actors are first and foremost martial artists or gymnasts. We've had our Chuck Norris, JC Van Damme, and Steven Segal types but they are never, ever linked to money and talent behind the camera. On the other hand, Errol Flynn was a great swordsman (apparently) and Kirk Douglas would do his own stunts. Neither Stallone nor Schwarzeneger had any action 'skills' other than looking tough. We need our western Jet Li before we can have another renaissance of action films.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:22 p.m. CST

    aestheticity, you're corrrect about raping history

    by NoHubris

    As said by others, the characters don't even look like Greeks and Persians or Iranians. They look and sound more like King Arthur's court...Also, I have to say that DAC makes a strong point about the scene at the well.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Looks very good

    by viranth

    I think the cgi in this movie looked very good, just the kind of cgi I'd expect from this movie really. I even dare say it looks better than Sin City. I like G. Butler and he looks very bad ass in this movie, so hope it works out great.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:31 p.m. CST


    by cheaplog

    You are using a player hosted on my web space playing a video using bandwidth that we pay for. HAVE YOU GOT NO SHAME?

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:53 p.m. CST



    M.McCallum, you are very right. You took the words out of my mouth. I've been thinking we really need a western action hero for a while. The insurance clauses in these contracts for the new actors are killing our action scence. Leaving us with shit spit out of a movie blender of sorts. Errol Flynn was swift with the gift fighting on logs and such. Even Gene Kelly held down a scene better than these guys. Although he was dancing but it still wasn't spliced to death. And thanks for recognizing "nohubris". I'm just being honest. Let's move action cinema forward. Tron-1

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:10 p.m. CST

    I disagree with Mr. Defenders

    by Vern

    Of course it's great to have guys like Bruce Lee and his lessers, but that's not the only type of action star possible. Neither Bruce Willis or Chow Yun Fat is a martial artist and yet name me an action movie better than DIE HARD or HARDBOILED. You can't do it. I love a good martial arts movie but the western style of action is also legitimate, where it is more contingent on getting a good badass than a guy who can do flips. That's what you need to be looking for is a new Charles Bronson or Lee Marvin.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:41 p.m. CST

    A new Lee Marvin.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I don't know why, but something about that is funny.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Some thoughts...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    As cool as "300" looks, it's not quite what I was expecting. It's very stylized yes...but nothing really struck me as being overwhelming awesome. Then again, I've heard that this iFilm clip is an edited version of the Comic-Con footage. Apparently, that was much more graphic. Hmmm...I'm definitely interested but I think we've all been duped by trailers before.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Once again, Vern and I are of the same mind...

    by Childe Roland

    ...and specifically in the names he threw out as the action heroes we need to find new versions of. I'd add Eastwood to that list (although some could argue Bruce is the new Eastwood, I suppose). These were hard men, not hardbodies. They were tough as nails because you just knew by the way they looked at the cold glint in their eyes...that they could cut you down or knock you out without even a slight elevation in blood pressure. We don't need another musclebound goof who can't pronounce his dialogue. We don't need a silly sneer or quippy one liners. We need Jimmy Caan from Thief.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:55 p.m. CST

    To the history buffs...

    by Cat_Corporation

    I agree to some degree - 300 ain't going to be history, but then, it isn't supposed to be. I'm an ancient historian and while I'd love to see Thermopylai on the big screen in all its historic glory (including crediting the Thespian soldiers who stayed and died with the Spartans and are always forgotten!), I think it's a bit extreme to say 300 is raping history and dumbing it down for a modern audience. Quite a few students are given a way in to ancient history by film and comic books - Gladiator caused a great increase in people wanting to learn about the Roman Empire, for instance - and while it ain't history, if it puts more asses on seats in my classrooms, I'm OK with it. People are discovering these great old stories through film, even if they are done in a real cack-handed manner (Troy), and if they go away and pick up a copy of the Iliad or Herodotus, then it can only be a good thing in my book. Just forget the historical side of things and view it as entertainment; that is, after all, what film is supposed to be - and in any case, 2500 years of interpretation and reinterpretation means we can never know the truth about Thermopylai, or indeed the Spartans, anyway. That's why why the subject is so rich and fascinating - we can all have our own ideas and nobody can tell us we're wrong!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Agee with you, Vern on DIE HARD and HARDBOILED

    by NoHubris

    They also had tough guys who clearly exhibit their humanity amongst the great action (a John Woo staple). With all the rah-rah, go get 'em-type hollers, we don't see that in this trailer. Although bred to be warriors, even the Spartans were human beings. BTW, Charles Bronson plays one of the best action heroes who shows his humanity in my favorite Western - Once Upon A Time in The West.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Harry's "gay sensations" comment is Vanilla-Ice cool!

    by eraser_x

    Harry wrote: "And dude - if you get gay sensations watching the toughest most brutal mutherfuckers in history... Then you've spent too much time with a ballgag in your mouth, bitch!" Yikes! Even with tongue in cheek, Harry's poser tough-guy schtik is a little awkward! Hey man, I'll go see 300, but I doubt I'll be watching the actual toughest motherfuckers in history. I think I'll be watching a bunch of actors running around in poser-boy capes and mouthing off, just like in Sin City. And I like Sin City and Kill Bill; I just don't think they're badass. I think they're nerdy and juvenile in a Renaissance Fairyland way, but they're fun. Why not ask some actual war veterans to see the clip and give their reactions? If they're anything like my war veteran friends (from Desert Storm), they will think such childish Rah Rah war fetishing is GAY.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Sorry, did someone say they wish Rourke's performance..

    by Dolph Marv could have been BETTER?!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I hope there is some slow motion in this movie!

    by Cleyu

    It seems to be really lacking in that department!!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Roland, which Bruce is the new Clint Eastwood?

    by eraser_x

    I'd like to know because a new Clint Eastwood would be awesome! I can't think of *any* recent action star that comes close to radiating Eastwood's or Bronson's or Eli Wallach's genuine and charismatic confidence, as opposed to Bruce Willis's or Mel Gibson's yippy smirking or any number of action posers' stone-faced tedium. (Sorry to slam Bruce Willis, Vern!)

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:29 p.m. CST

    My godfather was in the original film, "300 Spartans."

    by Uncapie

    He played one of the Spartans and they shot it on location, so there was something to be said about steeping into the Spartans shoes. It was a weird feeling. Like they were being guided by the dead souls of these men. The original movie was pretty much on target with the historical aspect. Look at it this way, if it wasn't for King Leonidas and his 300 warriors. we'd all be using the Perisan alphabet. His battle was a delaying action that caused the Greek army to go after and take out the Persians. King Xerxes, wannabe tough guy, acted like a little bitch and ran off to leave his men to die.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:30 p.m. CST

    oops. I meant Lee Van Cleef

    by eraser_x

    not Eli Wallach, although Eli Wallach was okay.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:30 p.m. CST

    HARRY: From the site that AICN stole this from:

    by Shigeru

    "No thanks to Ain't it Cool that had the nerve to not only steal video bandwidth that we pay for, but do it with an embedded player hosted at our web space." This is pretty fucked up Harry. Care to comment?

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:32 p.m. CST

    eraser_x, the new action Bruce is...

    by Uncapie

    Bruce Villanch!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Anyone who hated that sucks

    by tile_mcgillus


  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:34 p.m. CST

    eraser_x, Chow Yun Fat "radiates Eastwoods...

    by NoHubris

    ...genuine and charismatic confidence" IMHO

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Wow & no Orlando Bloom in sight!

    by Orionsangels


  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:42 p.m. CST



    I see where you are coming from Vern. However, if an action movie is a shoot em up with guns and lots of atmosphere, then the scene with cold stares work. However, when an action movie is the type that's based in the ultimate consummation of conflict -- a fight -- then we should be able to SEE that fight. Not quick cuts of thrown punches and reaction shots blended together with shaky cam. The action genre has many different subcategories: Shoot em up, Swashbucklers, Westerns, Car Chase, etc. What I'm saying it that when you put a spear and sword in a guy's hand. Let us see what he can do with it. Don't force feed us editing and try to pass it off as action. Again, see Neo in the chateau. That's where we should be in this day and age. We deserve to see the action. Not motion effects and editing. This movie does not promise to show us clear action. I would not expect this if The Matrix, Blade II and The Musketeer did not exist. Pull up the trailer to The Musketeer and you'll see what I mean. Long shots of action. In fact, I think when Harry reviewed The Musketeer he examined this. We should be allowed to see our action at this point and not just flashes and suggestions. If we must imagine what is happening, we should simply read the book... Tron-1 DAC (DEFENDERS OF ACTION CINEMA)

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:44 p.m. CST

    After this movie there's no turning back...

    by Orionsangels

    The future of movies has arrived! Yes, because nothing in the history of motion pictures has ever looked like this film. A new age is upon us brothers. All hail Spartan!!!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Thanks, NoHubris

    by eraser_x

    Yeah, Chow Yun Fat is Eastwood-like, sometimes. Edward James Olmos was also pretty badass, sometimes. (e.g., in American Me, and maybe even in the Zoot Suit stage-y movie from way back when.)

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by billy8181

    It's imporant to note that lines such as "WE WILL FIGHT IN THE SHADOWS" and "COME AND TAKE THEM"....WERE NOT WRITTEN BY FRANK MILLER!!! but are part of the real events as accounted by Herodotus....If one wants to criticise , better get the facts right. In my opinion this is a great effort but Gates of fire should and needs to be done.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    tom bodet is smart

    by occula

    he's got book larn'n. but, vern, we don't need a new charlie bronson or lee marvin. we need a new chuck norris. somebody who can do martial arts in tight jeans. *snork*

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Edward James Olmos is THE MAN

    by NoHubris

    He should've been given a role in 300. BTW, did I mention that EJO is THE MAN?!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 5:27 p.m. CST

    olmos is fucking adama

    by occula

    and that's no joke!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 5:55 p.m. CST

    This trailer is changing lives !!!

    by Orionsangels

    I just showed it to two of my friends who were dropping outta film school. Now they decided to stay!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 5:56 p.m. CST

    "No thanks to Ain't it Cool..." quote under link

    by triplefive

    "No thanks to Ain't it Cool that had the nerve to not only steal video bandwidth that we pay for, but do it with an embedded player hosted at our web space." i guess thats why the clip was posted and then taken away. Nice job, guyzos.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 6:23 p.m. CST



    Ok I will take you up on that. I'm dropping both titles into my blockbuster "Q". That's thier new online thing. If you were serious, thanks. Here's one for you: Magnificent Butcher. Tron-1

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 6:37 p.m. CST

    rose and tarantino didn't see a giant man spying on em?

    by Bob C. Cock

    were you in disguise?

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 6:38 p.m. CST

    That shit was hot!

    by Neo Zeed


  • Sept. 21, 2006, 8:06 p.m. CST


    by brocoliskismthefirst


  • Sept. 21, 2006, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Looks faaaantastic.

    by Archduke_Chocula

    Hope they don't pussy out and cut down the gore.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 9:01 p.m. CST

    You sound like my dad, anchorite

    by Orionsangels

    He says all that.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 11:24 p.m. CST

    It Looks Cool, Dont Get Me Wrong....But

    by The Ender

    I have to admit I would be more interested in seeing a more factual accounting of the tale. It's often said that truth is tranger than fiction. And maybe that truth wont have a cool showdown with a giant wolf, but I would enjoy it more knowing this actually happened. I've known this story (The real story) since the 3rd grade. And I would love to see someone give it the right realistic treatment. Shit, I might just do it myself.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 11:27 p.m. CST

    No Mea Culpa AICN for Stealing a Scoop?

    by leedh

    Thanks to Jonathan Frey and the JoBlo guys for being the first to post about it, mentioning their source. No thanks to Ain't it Cool that had the nerve to not only steal video bandwidth that we pay for, but do it with an embedded player hosted at our web space. AS A LAWYER ONCE SPOKE SOMETIMES NO ANSWER IS AN ANSWER. When are ya'll gonna cope a plea and admit what you did is wrong. You may be politically progressive but stupid in business ethics...typical.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 11:28 p.m. CST

    And Why Is Baraka In This Movie?

    by The Ender

    That bitch used to own me in Mortal Kombat. And also...Vern. Where exactly is Batman City?

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Victor Mclaughlin; one of the toughest men alive!

    by Uncapie

    This guy was a stationed in India with the British army for real and he was circus strong man that could break chains with his chest! Insanely tough and no special effects required! His son's a good director too. The other tough guy was Victor Jory. He used to bend steel bars in the circus with his bare hands!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Drowning in CGI

    by AL bino

    It looks like a 2 hour cut scene from a bad video game. Like as if Square had decided to make a Roman version of Final Fantasy.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 12:12 a.m. CST

    "300 Spartans."

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Yeah, I was looking that up on IMDB recently. As someone with an interest in ancient battles but the average American's grasp of history, would I enjoy this movie? I'd love to know what TBers think. Also, excuse a moment of AICN Love... gotta appreciate a site that has both die-hard military historians & Ruby Keeler fans. It's crazy how much I "learn" from Talkbacks sometimes... "Learn" in quotes because who knows if it's accurate...

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Brian Blessed in "Flash"

    by BenBraddock

    Or is it just me?

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 1:09 a.m. CST

    aestheticity it must suck not thinking for yourself

    by DOGSOUP

    You didn't see Sin City because your friends said it was trashy? Do they feed and clothe you too? Which one gets to wipe your ass?

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 1:31 a.m. CST

    How dumb are you? Take the test.

    by Happyfat73

    Do you judge a film's editing based on its trailer? That's dumb. Do you claim a film's image quality is like a video game, based on watching a tiny pixellated box? George Bush dumb. Do you expect historical accuracy in a comic-book film? Dumber than a sack of hammers. Do you say something sucks, when you have no idea of it's quality? Dumb-diddly-umptious. This talkback seems to be drowning in a sea of veritable dumbtiousness.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 2:22 a.m. CST

    More historically accurate music, please!

    by DinoBass

    Techno? Tech-NO! And please, not a big classical score, because symphony orchestras didn't show up until well after Sparta fell. And the score better not use any Western harmony from the last 2000 years, or it'll take me out of the experience!

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 2:50 a.m. CST

    You're all mistaken,

    by DrFarben

    if you thought this would be historical action. It's pure fantasy - a cross between Sin City and LotR seems a better approximation.<b>If you think otherwise, you're a nut, crazy as a coconut.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 3:05 a.m. CST

    "It's pure fantasy..."

    by PurityOfEssence

    Indeed. I find the history of the battle of Thermopylae to be more interesting than this. I will still see it, but I must say that Miller's retelling of it is a little on the silly side for me. Hope it's entertaining.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 3:22 a.m. CST


    by Darth Thoth

    I must admit this thing gets cooler every time I see it THIS IS SPARTA!!! :)

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 5:39 a.m. CST


    by cheaplog

    Please take down the link pointing to the player i'm hosting ( I've moved the video permanently but I need to use the player in the original location eventually (as other videos in my pages use it). Don't make me put a porn flash file there. I believe this situation has become embarassing enough.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 9:13 a.m. CST

    You know, instead of bitching about bandwidth in a TB..

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...maybe you guys should email Harry & Co. directly.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Who says I didn't email Harry?

    by cheaplog

    Or that i did get a reply? Anyway, the party's over. Warner asked us and we had to take the video down. I hear their top stuff are pissed off about it, so I guess they'll go after everyone hosting it next.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 11:35 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I don't think I would argue with you on that point. I was just suggesting folks try to "cut to the quick". -- Are you getting stoked for the BSG Season 3 premier, anchorite? I know you are!!!

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 11:42 a.m. CST

    So wait, cheaplog...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius're bitching about AICN's theft of your bandwidth while you were running Warner's film property without permission? Did you get a "Cease & Desist" request or something?

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 1:32 p.m. CST

    For all the nice guys among you

    by cheaplog

    We did pay, in money and effort, for all the stuff AICN used to present the video as well as for hosting it. We did get the video to publish along with a whole lot of other trailers. We did get a request to put it down 'cause it wasn't meant to be published. We did. And we didn't put up anything to display in this page although we easily could. I guess this makes us the bad guys then, so maybe we should've pretended having knocked up the video in our backyard.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 1:34 p.m. CST

    And we didn't..

    by cheaplog

    make a single cent out of it in the process.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Cat Corporation and Britishesque accents

    by NoHubris

    Apologies for the late reply at the end of the thread...The thing is, if they are going to use British accents in this swords and sandals epic (and please note that I think that a nice British accent is cool to listen to), mixed it up with English speaking actors with Greek and Italian accents or Iranian and Arabic accents via Lybia, Egypt and Syria - nations that were part of the Persian empire. For example, Ghassan Massoud's accent worked fine in Kingdom of Heaven. 300 is not a true history lesson, but at least including those other accents would really make it neutral because at least there is a reference to the cultures.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Damn, no mirrors?

    by BootstheMonkey

    I watched this thing a dozen times on youtube, now it looks like WB has shut the whole party down.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 5:33 p.m. CST

    It's gone!!! Warner beat you guys.

    by Orionsangels

    No one has mirrors!!! You guys lose!!! A big studio beat you, muahaha!

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 6:31 p.m. CST

    You can watch the trailer here (for as long as possible

    by magnifor

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Britishesque accents - Correction

    by NoHubris

    Meant to say "mix" it up, not "mixed" in the sentence: "The thing is, if they are going to use British accents in this swords and sandals epic (and please note that I think that a nice British accent is cool to listen to), MIX it up with Greek accents or Iranian, Lybian, Egyptian and Syrian (nations that were part of the Persian empire)..."

  • Sept. 24, 2006, 1:04 p.m. CST

    wtf kind of persians are these?

    by GiLL

    why would africans be in persia? PERSIANS were the white people. Indo-Iranian (sometimes called Indo-Aryan... yes, Hitler's Aryan... since the word Iran literally means Aryan). the Persians should be tall, blonde nordic-looking motherfuckers in this movie. ** Greeks were always light skinned with caucasian features, but they were not caucasians (Indo-Iranian) and always had dark hair (typical short, stocky white guy w/ dark curly hair, like you tend to see in all the art depicting Greece and Rome). ** the Persians NOW are mostly dark-haired caucasian-looking people cuz they mixed with Indians, Arabs, Jews, etc. etc. later. ** Greeks on the other hand, look as they've always looked. the Ottoman Turks didn't intermarry with them much, and the Turks were also an Indo-Iranian race out of Central Asia (i.e, aryan roots, they didn't look 'middle eastern' at all... but like the Persians they have since ruled and mixed with Indians, Arabs, Africans, etc.). ** if the graphic novel is keeping in line with this (greeks = white, persians = dark), i guess Mel Gibson isn't alone in Hollywood. ** btw, technically speaking Muslims would identify with the Greeks. Islamic civilization pretty much picked up where Greek left off. at that point, the Byzantine Empire was in Greece, which isn't really Greek (Byzantines and Germanic tribes in the rest of Europe were all Indo-Iranians who invaded out of Central Asia, true Greco-Roman civilization had disappeared)... the original Arab Muslims conquered Persia pretty quickly and assimilated it into Arab/Islamic culture.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Dude, the Persian's weren't white...

    by NoHubris

    ...and "Hitler’s Aryans" never existed. There is no archaeological connection between the Germanic tribes and Persia. Hitler himself was disappointed when he discovered this reality. There is also no evidence that the ancient Persians were Nordic. There is in fact evidence to show that there was a cosmopolitanism to the entire ancient world - including Scythia, part of Persia, where Twelfth Dynasty Egyptians left an ethnic presence...The people you and Hitler refer to as blond haired conquerors were actually Dorians -Sparta was their most famous city state. In other words, they were Greeks, who saw themselves as a different race than both the lighter Nordic people of the far north and the darker complexioned people of color. The Greeks saw themselves in the middle. Also, ancient Greeks are on record stating that they were influenced by Egypt, so Islamic civilization actually built on the best that came before it - Egypt, Greece, Rome and China (via the Kublai Khan’s empire)…Now the Persians were an Indo-European speaking community, however, that in no way connects them to the blond haired conqueror myth. As a matter of fact, ancient Indo-European languages include Western China, which tilts the scale away from the Aryanist model.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Meant to say "Persians"

    by NoHubris

    ...not "Persian's" in subject line