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POLARIS watched 300: Rise of an Empire

15 Mar

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300:  Rise of an Empire….and blood….lots of blood….

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“Blah, blah, blah, blah FREEEEDOOOOOMMMMM!!!”

So it’s finally happened.  For years now we’ve been hearing about how there was going to be a sequel to the surprise hit 300.  Which, of course, begged the question of what was left to tell.  We already got the Battle of Thermopylae in all its gory glory and the very last shot is that of the Battle of Plataea which finished off the Persian invasion once and for all.  For this installment we get what was more or less going on at the same time, but on the water elsewhere.  And it is GLORIOUS.  This movie easily falls into the category of “historical fiction,” and fiction it is – because while they do hit the major points of what was going on, they take some generous liberties for the sake of streamlining the story and making an entertaining film.  Not that I’m complaining.  I actually really enjoyed the movie, and while it’s not as game-changing as the first one was, it was a worthy successor.

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“I am a God-King! You’d better believe it’s this big!”

First of all, if you enjoyed 300, you’ll enjoy this film.  If you hated it, you’ll probably hate this film for much the same reason.  It’s clear that the filmmakers looked at what was most loved about the original and said, “more, more, more!”  Innovative camera shots, color schemes and lighting…More!  Slow-mo action sequences so as to not miss a single frame of swords slashing through flesh and blood…More!  A man buffet of six-pack abs…More!  Gushing Continue reading

Why is Everybody Pickin’ on Poor Ol’ Frank Miller?

15 Nov

by Mike Hansen

Frank Miller at the "X-Files: I Want To B...

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I’ve said what I have to say, and I meant every word.

But one superstar creator doesn’t understand the reaction to Frank Miller’s nasty rant. Mark Millar posted,

Politically, I disagree with his analysis, but that’s besides the point. I wasn’t shocked by his comments because they’re no different from a lot of commentators I’ve seen discussing the subject. What shocked me was the vitriol against him, the big bucket of shit poured over the head by even fellow comic-book creators for saying what was on his mind.

Obviously, it’s within their rights to exercise the First Amendment as much as it was within Frank’s to make the original point. But there’s something so distasteful about that cyber-mob mentality that revolts me. It’s not just that I like the guy, that his body of work is among the best the industry has ever seen. It’s the GLEE I’m seeing from some people and, worse, the calls I’ve seen to boycott his work because his perspective on a point differs from yours and mine…

..I just hate a mob. I think it demeans us. I also hate a bandwagon and would urge my fellow left-wing readers to boycott Miller no less than HP Lovecraft, Steve Ditko, David Mamet or any other writer who might not share my personal philosophy, but [whose] work I’m happy to have on my shelves.

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Mark Millar has cultivated a public personality as a Nice Guy, with a rah-rah positive, let’s-all-get-along diplomacy that’s won him a lot of work and connections. It’s an admirable thing to see in such a talented and high-profile comics creator. But I think he’s missing the point here.

Usually, when I see blindly ignorant stupidity on the internet, whether it’s Frank Miller’s dumbass comments or (say) over half of the 7000-plus comments in response, I just ignore it. But Miller is not just another average Joe typing into the internet void; he’s FRANK MILLER, one of the few comics creators whose name is recognizable outside our little comics world, and someone who in a lot of the public’s mind represents Comics. And when he says something this stupid, this angry, this bizarre, and this personally insulting to a whole lot of people, he’s going to be called out on it.

It brings me no pleasure to speak against one of my comics heroes. I proudly have nearly all of his work on my bookshelves (except the execrable Holy Terror, which I look forward to removing from my home). But when Miller is making Comics, and all of us in it, look bad, he deserves a response. On the other hand, Continue reading

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