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At The Movies

I like movies, you like movies and here are a few you should look forward to this year:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Trailer)

Maybe not because it will be a hell of a movie, but it’s the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, duuude! The script is written by the original comic book creators, so if you was glued to the screen watching these guys as a kid this is a must-see.

Transformers (Trailer)

Another winner from when I was a kid was Transformers. Who can possibly forget Optimus Prime? Now they are taking it to the silver screen, and I can’t wait to see how it will look in tonday’s high definition CG. Let’s just hope that Steven Spielberg doesn’t mess it up too much. He did produce The Flintstones, remember? Let’s never talk about it ever again.

300 (Trailer)

This movie has generated a lot of hype, but – call me an ass – I don’t quite see what all the fuzz is about. That said, the trailer made me want to see it – hype or no hype. The movie is based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel “300”. The name might ring a bell, he did the Sin City comic, which has also made it to the big screen. The Battle of Thermopylae, which 300 is loosely based on is also quite fascinating:

In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC, an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks delayed the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. A small force led by King Leonidas of Sparta blocked the only road through which the massive army of Xerxes I could pass. The Persians succeeded in defeating the Greeks but sustained heavy losses, disproportionate to those of the Greeks. A local resident named Ephialtes betrayed the Greeks, revealing a mountain path that led behind the Greek lines. Dismissing the rest of the army, King Leonidas stayed behind with 300 Spartans, 400 Thebans, and 700 Thespian volunteers. Though they knew it meant their own deaths, they secured the retreat of the other Greek forces.

Wikipedia has the facts.

The Simpsons Movie (Trailer)

If you need to be told about this one, you can go away.

That’s it for tonight. There is a lot of excellent-looking movies scheduled for release this year. Stay tuned for more.

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