Monday, March 12, 2007

The Weekend report

Yes, now I have Lion King songs stuck in my head. Why do I do this to myself?

Welcome to Monday! May it be anything but a "typical" Monday for you. Unless you like Mondays, in which case, I hope it's just a good day.

Let's get down to business: 300. We did in fact go see the movie on Saturday. Given that I've been bouncing in my chair about it for weeks, the Engineer handled my enthusiasm surprisingly well. They were showing it every hour at our local theatre, which reveals the sort of attendance they expected.

Now, the movie itself. Let me first say that I actually liked Sin City, which is another movie based on a Frank Miller graphic novel. I found the violence in Sin City over the top at times and unnecessary. So going in to 300, I expected violence. Lots of it.

And there was violence. It's a movie about a war. There were limbs flying and beheadings. But the violence was for the most part stylistic and so light on the fluid gore and for all the hacking and sword swinging, 300 was *much* less violent than Sin City. The Engineer agrees.

The main reason to see the movie is for the visuals. A huge amount of the film was shot against a blue screen and filled in with digital work and it shows, but it also works. The creatures of the movie are interesting to watch, the action scenes are entertaining and I thought that the touches of humor in the middle of the battles were, you know, funny. :)

And of course, there were a lot of half-naked, very buff men. I'm sure no one thinks that the Spartans *really* went to war wearing nothing but their boots, helmets, leather Speedos and flowing red cloaks, but they certainly looked impressive, which was the aim.

The plot isn't stellar. It won't go at the top of my list for best movie ever filmed, but as far as entertainment goes, I feel it was well-worth the money.

We went and practiced skating yesterday, which was fun. Exercise *should* be fun, says I. I have a brand new computer monitor to install.

And I'm one of the featured authors over at The Romance Studio this month. There's an interview, if you're interested.

That's enough for a Monday. :)


Michael said...

300 is getting more good press than it deserves. I just did a review of 300 over at Highbrid Nation if you care to read it. In the end it was just another movie that did not live up to the hype to me. Can we say "poor man's Gladiator"? Most people will likely disagree with me though, lol

Seeley deBorn said...

I'm totally green with envy. I was in a city on opening night and all shows were sold out. Now that I'm back on my island, I have 6 or 8 weeks until I have the chance to see the inside of a movie theatre. Here's hoping it's still in theatres then.

Shelli Stevens said...

I really want to see that movie! Have fun with the new monitor :D

Ericka Scott said...

It's been a stellar Monday for me. Started out with a spectacular e-mail on Sunday night. I received a contract for the e-novella I submitted to Cobblestone Press!

Now's where I 'fess up. . . your blog was the first one that I surfed to after Avon Fanlit looking for romance markets. That's how I found and targeted Cobblestone Press. So, thank you!

Sara Dennis said...

If it's not in the theatres, it might be in a cheap theatre, Seeley. Or, given the speed with which DVDs come out now, on DVD pretty quickly afterward. Good luck getting to see it!

Shelli, this thing is *huge*. OMG, who needs this much monitor acreage? *laugh*

CONGRATULATIONS, ERICKA! HOORAY! Welcome to the ranks of Cobblestone.

Ann(ie) said...

hey, happy belated birthday!

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