An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
I've not seen it yet, but I am cracking up and drooling at the reviews like THIS one and THIS one and THIS one.
Some choice quotes:
The movie "300" is rated R for "RAAAAAR!"
First off, there's a great deal of yelling in 300. In fact, more than 50 percent of the dialogue is uttered at a raised volume.
It's a relentless feast of testosterone, rendered in vivid layers of virtual scenery.
High school football coaches who show this to their players before games are guaranteed to win 55-0. Should opposing coaches show the DVD to each of their teams before the matchup, a rupture in the space-time continuum will occur and the game will be declared a tie.
The heroes fight for pride, honor, democracy and the right to leave the toilet seat up.
300 is about as subtle as a spear through the head.
The Spartans are a super-human elite squad of lumberjack pirates who were trained by the the great-great-grandpa of Chuck Norris' paternal ancestor.
The Persians also trot out gimongous armored rhinos and war elephants that got kicked out of the zoo for being too big and angry.
The flick would be mesmerizing enough if it were all cheap thrills, but there's also a depth that makes you hurl your allegiance to the Spartans...You cherish the experience so much that the only disappointment comes in knowing it will be a long time until you see another new movie this good.
Whose gonna go with me....I'll even tread the waters of the sound to see it with some manly men. Yeah, not exactly a lenten retreat...but hey I reckon I'll wait till after Pascha if anyone insists.
I got opening day reports this weekend (From a Greek who predictably declared that it was the Greeks who saved civilization).
Br. James, it's plain to see that the the lenten theme in this movie is self-sacrifice. I'd be pleased meditate on this theme with you. I'd even sacrifice an evening to do so with you and anyone else interested. The 300 is playing at the Cinerama downtown. Widly regarded as having one of the best movie going experiences in the NW.
LOL...that's just crazy. Hell if they hadn't said anything half of Americans would never have been historically smart enough to connect modern Iran and Persia. "Obvious Insult?" Geez, will these people ever get over themselves?
How about they view it as their brutal pre-Islamic times and represents how desperate their people were for the Muhammedan gospel that would free them from wars, brutality, imperialism, and vast territorial conquests...oh wait a minute....nevermind.
Furthermore, Iranians....check a world map...where is Termopylae? Hint: not in persia. Now what on Earth was Xerxes doing there I wonder?
Well on second thought, maybe we ought to call the Martin Luther King Jr. County Council and have the film banned. Let's see it in Poulsbo Steve. :)