Zack Snyder brings Frank Miller’s graphic novel “300” based on the Battle of Thermopylae onto the big screen. This movie is oozing with glistening manly chests (not one chest hair to be found) and (you may have guessed this much) 300 stout Spartan warriors from tip to toe clad in only the most necessary garments, wielding a hefty spear and shield.
Do not look for character development or historical accuracy here, if you want that go see the 1962 version “The 300 Spartans“. Here you get digitally enhanced muscles, lots and lots of slow motion battle scenes tinted in Sepia, severing of heads and limbs in slow motion and some heterosexual activities.
Finally it’s official. After many leaked pictures of a HDMI XBox 360 and rumors about a new model it finally has been revealed. The Xbox 360 Elite is back in black, comes with HDMI (cables and adapters included) and a 120GB hard drive. For |33t gamers only? I’d say for anyone who is willing to spend U$ 479,99 bucks and doesn’t have the XBox 360 yet, this is the real deal … and it’s black! The Xbox 360 Elite will be released on the 29th of April 2007 in North America and Canada.
Now I just have to wait for the XBox 360 Crystal Edition with built in 200GB HD, Blu-Ray/HD Combo Drive and Wifi…
The trailer for Part 3 of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” is available on Yahoo or from the official movie site over at Disney.
Here are the direct links to the Quicktime HD trailers:
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I don’t know about you but after having seen the trailer my initial reaction was “Hmmm…”
Sure, I will go see it but I have the distinct feeling that the first movie still is the best one.
This week on “Lost” we meet “The Man From Tallahassee” and so does Locke. Anthony Cooper did it. Oh my, so we finally know why and how Locke ended up in a wheelchair. Never mind it only took 3 seasons and a total of 61 episodes each running approx. 45 minutes which adds up to a total of 2745 minutes, to clear up that little yet super important incident. Anyone who still thinks that this way of advancing a plot line is a good idea, think again.
Locke faces his greatest fear now! His father! I can already hear youtube fake episodes sprouting up: “Locke, I’m your father. The force is strong in you my son. Come join me and together we shall rule this island!”
OK, maybe not. Despite all this flashback nonsense people still rave about Lost and rate this week’s episode as high as ever while in fact if you ponder about how the second season ended and how Lost so far failed to pick up on “that” story line (Desmond-wife) and how so many “other” story lines are in limbo, abandoned, underdeveloped, changed, mended and otherwise rewritten to fit whatever circumstances (think DUI) then one cannot help but wonder why one should bother with all this mystery anymore. Yet, one does and is quite lost about the “why”.
The big black box awaits and Charlie still has to die.
HBO has acquired the rights to produce a television series “A Song of Ice & Fire” (2008) based on George R. R. Martin’s best-selling books. The series will be written and produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. [ source ]
If any Cable Network could pull off a Fantasy series based on George R. R. Martin’s books it is HBO. I only hope that the budget is calculated accordingly and that there is no cancelling as there was for Deadwood or Rome. Despite these recent letdowns, I honestly think there is no better choice than HBO for this series. HBO subscribers will have to wait quite some time though to enjoy this gritty and epic fantasy tale of intrigue and murder on screen in 2008.
Helen Mirren plays HM Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears “The Queen” and she does it particularly well, so well in fact that she won an Oscar for it for best actress in a leading role and deservedly so.
I was skeptical about the biographical part of the movie at first but you come to realize quite quickly that this movie is not about being absolutely accurate but rather telling a story of a queen and a grandmother, whether it is heartfelt or not. Whether Queen Mum has her daily Gin or goes and has encounters with a majestic stag is not the core of the matter here.
“The Devil Wears Prada” directed by David Frankel and starring Meryl Streep as ruthless and cynical Miranda Priestly and Anne Hathaway as her new assistant Andy Sachs does not quite deliver the goods. Streep’s Oscar nomination certainly is justified but her performance does not save this film from being just about average with little to no depth and nothing to really motivate the viewer to get interested in any of the characters.
Despite the catchy film title you will not find any “devil” in whatever sense of the word and the “Prada” you get to see is worn by vain shallow characters who are only mildly entertaining and as tragic as a hair in your soup.