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Written By: frenchy on March 31, 2007 No Comment

General Info
Title: 300
Year: 2007
Sin City image from http://300themovie.warnerbros.com

In Short
191 BC – Persian God-King Xerxes comes to Greece and brings along all of his human and sub-human fighter slave army to conquer the place. Everybody’s shaking in their boots except King Leonidas of the Spartans. He will stop the mighty invaders with his small non-sanctioned army of just 300 men.

It’s a comic book!
Yep, sorry for all those with a fixed opinion about the genre, but 300 is a comic book, written and illustrated by one of the greats of the biz: Frank Miller.
The story isn’t his of course, it’s his interpretation of the legendary Battle of Thermopylae. And mister Miller does love his fighting stories..

The Movie
Visuals
Kaboom! From the opening scene to the closing titles: Kaboom! You get blown away.
Now, after quite some years of over the top computer graphics, you’d think you’d be kinda done seeing the stuff, but the way the effects are applied in this movie is incredible. What I really liked was the dark-brown ancient feeling they used and while you know it’s all fake, you get to enjoy a great suspension of disbelief, visuals-wise.

Plot
Ah.. well.. Not much to say: a small band of heroes fighting of a way, waaaaaay larger group of “evil men”. Hey, everybody roots for the underdog. It’s classical (no pun intended) storytelling – not really great in quality, but just a great bedtime story adventure thingy. Works for me.
There was even some political commotion from Iranian politicians and commentators that the movie was vilifying the Persians (Iran’s ancestors) – which was funny, I guess..

Cast
Not really any performances that stand out – the cast does work hard in realizing director Zack Snyder’s vision.

Conclusion
I enjoyed the movie coz I got what I expected: over the top macho muscle entertainment without any real heavy cerebral challenges. But that’s what some blasphemers think of Spartacus..
It’s also a comic book made to a movie and like Miller’s previous movie success, Sin City, you can sense the comic book feeling that dominates the movie. And that’s a tough job to accomplish, kudos.
I read that Snyder’s working on the filming of the movie version of Alan Moore’s in-frigging-credible Watchmen and judging by his work on 300, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. Just a little bit..

Rating: ★★★½☆ (remember the Trojans Spartans)

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Written By: frenchy on March 26, 2006 2 Comments

So now it’s come to its final ending conclusion, closure-wise ;o)

ANT2005 - Back In Buenos Aires Car-shot: highway toll booths.. ANT2005 - Back In Buenos Aires Busy, busy, busy..
ANT2005 - Back In Buenos Aires Just one of my fave pix ANT2005 - Back In Buenos Aires Big-ass flag

I have seen/experienced: beautiful cities, unbelievable whales, way too many penguins, not so friendly leopard seals, fantastic landscapes, incredible glaciers, friendly people, excellent wines, no seasickness, a lot of open sea, so much (blue) ice and icebergs, in short:

I had an incredible time!!!

ANT2005 - final pix (yes..) It’s official! ANT2005 - final pix (yes..) Here’s a passport stamp worth having ;o)
ANT2005 - final pix (yes..) Plaza de Mayo
ANT2005 - final pix (yes..) Cuverville Beach
ANT2005 - final pix (yes..) Deception Island

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Written By: frenchy on March 26, 2006 No Comment

Well, we’re back in Ushuaia.. “Parting is such sweet sorrow“, etc..

ANT2005 - Back In Ushaia - Trip's over.. [sigh]
Harbor Views
ANT2005 - Back In Ushaia - Trip's over.. [sigh]
ANT2005 - Back In Ushaia - Trip's over.. [sigh]
All the wrong angles, love this pic!
ANT2005 - Back In Ushaia - Trip's over.. [sigh]
Another way of showing our trip..
ANT2005 - Back In Ushaia - Trip's over.. [sigh]
Bye-bye, nice crew people..
ANT2005 - Back In Ushaia - Trip's over.. [sigh]
Leaving Ushaia, not very happy..

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Written By: frenchy on March 11, 2006 No Comment

Well, the party is really coming to a close now.. Here are some pix of the ship that has helped us enjoy this excellent adventure, the Gregoriy Mikheev.





ANT2005 - Pictures of the Grigory Mikheev
My favorite place on the ship – the smoking
area on the 3rd deck!
ANT2005 - Pictures of the Grigory Mikheev
My roommate passing by..





ANT2005 - Pictures of the Grigory Mikheev
ANT2005 - Pictures of the Grigory Mikheev





ANT2005 - Pictures of the Grigory Mikheev
Just love those hard colors
ANT2005 - Pictures of the Grigory Mikheev
In Case Of An Emergency





ANT2005 - Pictures of the Grigory Mikheev
Ushaia, almost there..

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Written By: frenchy on February 23, 2006 No Comment

Completely forgot to post these pix.. Late, never, and such..
Anyways, finally! A landing on the continent itself! Now, I just have to visit Africa and I’d ‘ve done all seven continents, whoohoo..
We had a great cruise along the scary large glaciers and not so scary seals and now we land on the continent. My dad gave me the flag of Curaçao to reprezent my island in full effect!

ANT2005 - Paradise Harbour, pt 3 ANT2005 - Paradise Harbour, pt 3
Very tiny people in a very large place..
ANT2005 - Paradise Harbour, pt 3
Lovely reflection
ANT2005 - Paradise Harbour, pt 3
ANT2005 - Paradise Harbour, pt 3
Kinda got carried away with the reflection thingy..
ANT2005 - Paradise Harbour, pt 3
Them some big-ass pieces of ice!
ANT2005 - Finally! A Landing On The Continent!
Dushi Korsow!
ANT2005 - Finally! A Landing On The Continent!
Proud of being the most southern black
man of the world for half an hour, heheh..

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