300: The one about 300!

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Welcome to episode 300. Today, we watch “300”!

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

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21 thoughts on “300: The one about 300!

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  2. Film Sack trope:
    (After a lengthy discussion of the careers and performance of male actors in the film)
    Scott: “So [actress who plays the only major female character in the film] is just lovely. She’s…let’s see….[age] years old now. Wow, she [is still very attractive/hasn’t held up well at all].”
    (Topic changes again)


    Okay, yeah, to be fair, oftentimes the actress playing the female lead/romantic interest isn’t well known at all compared to her male co-stars, so there’s not a lot to say about her compared to them. I’ll admit that I didn’t know who Lena Headey was before this. But she’s done some stuff.

    And in this film, she got to do something that’s really rare and awesome– she got to grab a sword and stab her rapist through the guts. Holy shit! How many times does that sort of thing happen in a movie that isn’t a revenge fantasy? And the vast majority of films that have rapes in them aren’t revenge fantasies (at least, not revenge for the rape, by the woman who got raped) so I wasn’t expecting it at all. Best part of the movie, IMO.

    On a lighter note….
    Happy 300th! This was an excellent pick, and everybody was on their game. Thanks so much for doing what you do, and may you have another awesome 300 episodes.

    • The only actor they discussed was Fassbender. They also discussed Snyder. None of the other actors or actresses were discussed “at length”.

      Hell, most of the characters are not discussed at length.

      • I didn’t say they discussed all of the male actors at length. I said they had a lengthy discussion about the male actors. Let me pre-empt your next complaint “What’s wrong with that? This is a movie mostly about dudes!” with this: Nothing’s wrong with that. I know this is a movie mostly about dudes. Most Film Sack movies are, so it’s entirely reasonable to spend a lot of time talking about male actors and characters. That’s not what I was poking fun at.

  3. Thanks for having two films in a row with some male eye candy. It is a nice change of pace for your listeners attracted to men.

  4. For me it seemed like we started seeing a lot more Fassbender after Prometheus although I do recall seeing him in Centurion in 2010 which by the way is a fantastic movie!

    • I think he was known to women movie fans before the men. I really made note of him first in Inglorious Basterds. (I thought he was John Hamm!)

    • Eden Lake (2008) was well known amongst American horror audiences. I recommend it for some decent thrills.

    • Beat me to it. The Greeks came to represent Western Civilization in the annals of…the History of Western Civilization and the Persians were made to look decadent and overconfident. One of W. Civ’s first “The Other”

      Also, I need to see the movie, sounded like fun.

      • Beat me to it too!

        The bribery was a real thing for the Persians, if you have the money, why bother fighting – especially in a backwater like pre-Hellenistic Greece!

  5. In addition to the 300 Spartans, there were another 1000 other Greeks (Thespians, Thebans) who also fought at Thermopylae and this was depicted in the movie as well. Like Scott I am a big fan of this movie and don’t get too hung up on historical details. I’ve yet to see any historically based movie that doesn’t cut corners, make up stuff or otherwise get the history right. Movies are for entertainment, documentaries are for education.

  6. “300” fot the 300th epusode. How about sacking “3:10 to Yuma” (2007) for the episode #310?

  7. As far as slow motion goes, I think this movie used it so extensively because it’s trying to stay close to the graphic novel in style. Slow motion shots that linger on a pose then switch to fast motion until you get to another pose is reminiscent of looking at panels in a comic book. You get to linger over a particular scene, then you rapidly switch to the next panel.

  8. I think the slow-mo to fast-mo is to simulate the feeling you get in real action.

    In karate when I am hit, the hit seems to feel like it slows down, followed by rapid action once again.

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