March 09, 2007

This Dana's No Plato

When I first heard that they were making a movie out of the Greek's epic last stand at Thermopylae. In 480 BC, a few thousands Greeks--Thespians, Thebians,and Spartans--held the narrow mountain pass for three days against a Persian forces estimated to be composed of 250,000-2 million men to secure a retreat for the rest of the Greek army.

I was a little disappointed to find out that the movie was based on a Frank Miller comic book 300 ("graphic novel," whatever) instead of the actual battle itself, and not being a fan of the last Miller-based movie I saw (Sin City, (which I cut off in disgust after 15-20 minutes because it was more cheesy than a bag of Cheetos), and I planned not to watch it. I still probably won't, but might consider it, if the reviews aren't too bad.

Ace has read a review of the movie, and wasn't too pleased. Not with the movie, but with the whining of the Slate critic, Dana Stevens.

Here's a taste of Ace's opening salvo on poor Stevens:

Ah, the twitty little snots at Slate, all trying so hard to ape Michael Kinsley's snideness without having the deftness or talent to carry it off charmingly. Where every book, tv show, and movie is evaluated entirely according to how it flatters, or discomfits, their left-liberal mocha-marxist politics.

What's the matter, Dana? Did the big bad men scare you?

Please. Grow up, and stop being such an insipid, screechy girl for Christ's sakes.

From there, Ace really let's you know what he thinks of her blinders-on review, in no uncertain terms.

Content warning for language, but then, you knew that.

Update: A non-wussy review from across the Pond Canada.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 9, 2007 10:22 AM

Dana Stevens' review in Slate is more guano from mocha-Marxist moonbats. Makes me want to see the flick for one more reason!

Actually, I'm reading Victor Davis Hanson's A War Like No Other, and the Spartans were indeed very scary, but very effective.

If it makes money, Hollyweirdos like Stevens [who married up like her heroine Huffington to get her job---her eponymonic Sugar Daddy is head of the AFI] will beat a path to its door. But I'm looking for more twittering and squeaking as the moonbat mafioskis get all excited in their twilight zone.

Posted by: daveinboca at March 9, 2007 04:38 PM

I watched the trailers and the extras over at and sort of lost interest. The story of the actual war between the Greeks and the Persians is fascinating. I'm not sure I can sit through all of Leonidas' screaming every word out.
Dana Stevens (he, she, or it) is a ditz.

Posted by: olddawg at March 9, 2007 06:47 PM

Canada is across 5 ponds.

Posted by: Kevin at March 10, 2007 12:19 AM

I plan to see it today, but I'm pretty sure that it won't be gay enough already based on descriptions.

I mean, like Leonidas has a wife? Seriously...

Posted by: Purple Avenger at March 10, 2007 04:25 PM