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Movie thoughts. - Elf M. Sternberg
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Movie thoughts.
Proof Bush isn't Palpitaine: And now, young Skywalker, you will die.

Oh, and I have identified a new form of movie: Battle Porn. Thanks to LoTR, we now have the power to create incredibly detailed, hyperreal depictions of bloody battle in all its terrible glory. And the movie linked to above does that in spades. Personally, I can't wait to watch it.

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nbarnes From: nbarnes Date: December 25th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Saving Private Ryan more or less permanently cured me of any desire to rush any prepared defenses, ever, so help me Goddess.
From: sarienpalth Date: December 25th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sweet. This movie looks like it might actually have more eye candy than Men in Skirts ( aka Troy ) and maybe even Gay Men in Skirts ( aka Alexander ).

"Yay! Hot, half-naked men!" Sar
elfs From: elfs Date: December 25th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
The shorter trailer has a few more rockin' scenes, including this bit of dialogue: Persian Emissary: "The thousand nations of the Persian Empire shall descend upon you! Our arrows will block out the sun!" Stelios: "Then we will fight in the shade."

Most excellent.
From: sarienpalth Date: December 25th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is a pretty sweet quote. I grinned when I heard it. I hope it means they'll have decent dialogue. Yes, the trailer does have some awesome scenes in it. The visuals definitely look tasteh (sic), but just about anyone can do visuals these days. Of course, starting off in an Apple IIe/DOS/Windows 3.11 world, having an ATARI/C64/NES gaming background, and being in possesion of a vivid imagination make "shiny graphics" less important on a lot of levels. They're pretty, they help make the world come alive, but graphics alone can't tell a story or give a character depth.

I haven't actually read the graphical novel; didn't even know it existed until I saw your post. Maybe I'll see if I can pick up or borrow a copy.

Decent dialogue + good storytelling ( I hope ) + half naked, good looking men = one very pleased Sar.

Grinning Sar
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 25th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

That line of dialogue is FAMOUSLY GREAT but NOT VERY ORIGINAL...

The 'fight in the shade' bit is one of the most famous bits of dialogue known to practically all scholars (professional or serious amateur) of Greek history. IIRC, Herodotus is the historian primarily responsible for our knowing about it today. It's because of dry, terse humor like this, attributed to Spartans on several famous occasions, that the English language includes the expression 'Laconic wit.' :-)

IMHO what would really be impressive would be a film or novel of the Persian Wars that managed *not* to include that bit of dialogue, and to be pretty good anyway. :-)

Chris N.
From: j5nn5r Date: December 25th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Thanks to LoTR, we now have the power to create incredibly detailed, hyperreal depictions of bloody battle in all its terrible glory. And the movie linked to above does that in spades."

If one is going to show battle, then goddamn show it.

"Personally, I can't wait to watch it."

Indeed.
leethomps From: leethomps Date: December 26th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Imagine if software like "Massive" was used to depict epic scale orgies.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: December 26th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
When I click on the first link, I get an Australian newspaper's coverage of the Pope's Christmas midnight mass...

elfs From: elfs Date: December 26th, 2006 06:59 am (UTC) (Link)
And you don't see that photo and think, "Emperor Palpitaine?"
acelightning From: acelightning Date: December 26th, 2006 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
My over-Xmased brain didn't make the connection between the Pope and Star Wars. Besides, Pope Rottweiler doesn't have nearly enough wrinkles. The eye makeup's not bad, though.
abostick59 From: abostick59 Date: December 26th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's not Pope Palpatine, it's Pope Peter Pettigrew, loyal servant of Lord Voldemort.
phred1973 From: phred1973 Date: December 26th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear gods that is a creepy picture...*shudder*

If I didn't know any better, I'd have said "Photoshopped!"

Yeah, Der new Pope totally gives off a Dark Vibe. JPII was grandfatherly, this guy is... unsettling. Thanks for bringing him back into my reality :p

Hippy New Year!
From: technoshaman Date: December 27th, 2006 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
That's just one freaking scary shot.

So who's Bush? Darth Maul?
norincraft From: norincraft Date: January 5th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that would be Vice President Dick Chenney. Bush seems more like Jar-Jar. Either that or Howdie Doodie, which effectively would kill the Star Wars metaphor.
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