Movie Review : 300 – Rise of an Empire

 

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Way back in 2006, the world was treated to a modern re-telling of the ancient Greek tale of the Battle of Thermopylae. It is a story of such heroism that their names echo down through time. We had CGI enhanced men…..lots and lots of men….abs crunched to eye watering perfection …. little leather outfits hanging from swaggering hips….lots of blood and swords and yelling and………..oh my! And at the helm, their  Scottish Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler).

Having defeated the Spartans, the Persian forces head towards the city of Athens. Aussie Greek general Themistocles (Stapleton), after trying in vain to unite the Greek states, leads the Greek forces in a naval battle against the King/God Xerxes (Santoro) and the fantastically evil and ruthless Artemisia (Green).

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Movie Review : The Turning

A collection of short films based on stories by Australian writer Tim Winton.

 

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This Australian production is being marketed as a cinematic event and it is exactly that. An event. With a run time of 180 minutes and even an intermission break, to label it simply as a movie would be to do it a great disservice and would also be entirely inaccurate. Based on the Tim Winton short story collection of the same name, it stars some of our countries finest actors and some bright young things to keep your eyes on. Behind the scenes, the lists of names is just as impressive with some well-known actors making their directorial debut.

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