Wednesday, March 28, 2007


This is a very faithful reproduction of Frank Miller's 300 comic. The comic depicts, the greek stand at the pass of thermopylae against the invading persian army. It is beautifully made, and is very true to the comic. The action is beautifully choreographed. The Spartans are suitably be-six-packed. The Persian forces die by the thousands etc etc. The fight choreography and cinematography are just brilliant. I believe the actors and the extras trained really hard to make it all happen and it shows.
True to the comic, the plotline, dialogue and character development are threadbare. But then again, one doesn't go to see this movie to see a deep human-interest story. The movie delivers what it promises, and that's it.
As a telling of the Battle of Thermopylae, Gates of Fire is a much better story. I hope they make it into a movie.
There has been controversies surrounding this movie about the way the persians were depicted. That is quite understandable. The movie is not true to the events of history at all. But more on that, later..

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Letters from Iwo Jima

This movie, also directed by Clint Eastwood is the companion piece, to Flags of our Fathers. It tells the stories of the Japanese defending Iwo Jima. The movie is almost completely in japanese. The pace, the lighting and the acting conspire to take us into the lives of the doomed defenders. The movie is based on real events and real people, which makes it all the more poignant. It is hard to tell that Clint Eastwood directed both this and Flags of our Fathers. FooF is a pretty good movie, but this one, in my opinion, is much better. Clint Eastwood seems to have captured the essence of the somber, japanese style. The movie is probably the best I have seen in this year so far.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

World Cup Cricket

Well, the world cup is here again. It's the last chance for Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly and Kumble to win. Frankly, I am not very hopeful. Especially, after the last time, when the bowling and the batting collapsed like a house of cards in face of the Aussie onslaught. And this team isn't nearly as tight as last time's. Well, I guess we will find out..

Awesome ad, though. In case anyone's wondering, the song's in konkani.