18 February 2007

Full On Geeking Out

300 is going to be in theaters on March ninth.

Frank Miller is damn good, and Hollywood is finally figuring out that the source material sold for a reason so messing with it is a bad plan. Sin City proved that comics were a visual medium and translate well to film. 300 looks like it will too!

The battle is justly famous, I only know the glossy details and not the whole thing, but it's the source of some of my favorite lines, "Μολὼν Λαβέ," this was supposedly Leonidas' reply to the Persians when told that if he would lay down his arms the Spartans could leave in peace. It means, "come and take them!" It's the great grand-daddy of, "from my cold-dead hands".

The one liners from the graphic novel are in the trailers, "Our arrows will blot out the sun!" "Then we will fight in the shade."
"Give them nothing! Take from them, everything!"

The story focuses on the heroism and handily ignores a lot of unsavory things about Sparta, but what the hey? In many ways, including the unsavory, Sparta is the true progenitor of the American Spirit, not Athens.

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