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300

Posted on 2007.08.05 at 21:41
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Tyler Bates - 300

300 was horrible, beautiful, and glorious. Reminiscent of Gladiator in its imagery, I became enraptured in it cinematography and subdued by its story. Its a story I'm familiar with - personal sacrifice for the greater good. When I became married I put our needs above hers, and her needs above mine. When I had children, I put the needs of the family above ours, and worked my way down once again.

I don't need much these days, as ensuring my family is happy and provided for is all the satisfaction I require. Maturing is funny that way.

For the last several years, I've gone back and forth wondering whether its better to bend to the will of your oppressors and be around to teach and raise your children, or to die fighting for what you believe in, in hopes that someday they'll understand. This movie was simply a reinforcement for that idealism.

What a sad, wonderful movie.



I left Texas at 1215 Friday. 342 miles, 5.25 hours. I was reunited with them, my family. I read Goosebumps to my son. His first non-picture book. He picked it out himself. I hadn't read to him for two weeks - since he's been gone; He remembered ever character, the story so far, and where we'd left off.

My wife wanted Saturday to spend alone with her mother. I phoned danzigfried and met him and his two children at the park. Once it got too hot, we retired to Burger King for lunch, and playland for the children. They played together six hours. And it was good catching up with danzig.

I stopped at Best Buy for the 2-for-$20 Hot Fuzz and Shaun of Dead special galinda822 notified of. They were out. I stopped again once I reached Texas - they were out. As sad as that is, a gift from danzig, the first season of Hyperdrive will give me my fill of Nick Frost for the time being.

Laundry accomplished, a little Maker's Mark & Coke, and now I'm ready to retire, for the express purpose of doing it all again, tomorrow.

Comments:


galinda822 at 2007-08-06 03:47 (UTC) (Link)
It was visually stunning, wasn't it?! The 1st thing I noticed was the wheatfield scene that was so obviously borrowed from Gladiator.

Sorry to hear you misssed the $20 special. Maybe they'll have it again shortly.

I hope your wife reads this and realizes how you sacrifice for her and your children. I'm sure in the day to day grind things like that can get so easily overlooked by both of you. It takes both partners to make it work. Though I've never been married (or been in a relationship in a long while) I still know how hard it can be.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-06 12:27 (UTC) (Link)
It was visually stunning, wasn't it?!
Aye, that it was.

Sorry to hear you misssed the $20 special.
I shall reign victorious.

Though I've never been married...I still know how hard it can be.
Curious, as I didn't have these feelings until I became solely responsible for other's well being. That's the driving force behind what I'm trying to describe.
galinda822 at 2007-08-06 15:52 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure you shall reign victoriously over everything!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-08-06 04:58 (UTC) (Link)
Glad you had a good and safe time in Wichita!!!1


So what do you think of my 300 post now????

http://celtmanx.livejournal.com/8885.html
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-06 12:22 (UTC) (Link)
I had thought about your post while I was watching it. It made me giggle.
irulan_amy at 2007-08-06 07:14 (UTC) (Link)
I adored 300 so much. It's grand, operatic, fearless, and just beautifully done. I bought it Tuesday and have watched it twice. It marks the first time I've listened to audio commentary too.

I just don't have the words for my high opinion of this movie. It's in my top 10 list.

The graphic novel is worth a look-see too if you are bored in Barnes & Noble one day. I actually bought it and think it's great - I'm just not sure if you're the graphic novel type. ;)

I need to pick up the score for 300 too.


Goosebumps!! I remember reading those to my sister. She was hooked on them. :)
wardlejew
wardlejew at 2007-08-06 14:57 (UTC) (Link)
I am a sucker for scores you know. I shall bog down your server. Thanks.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-06 15:13 (UTC) (Link)
That's what its there for ;)
wardlejew
wardlejew at 2007-08-06 14:59 (UTC) (Link)
Is this another soundtrack where the ordering is all messed up?
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-06 15:13 (UTC) (Link)
Not that I'm aware of.
irulan_amy at 2007-08-06 18:15 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! :D *downloads*

May I also snag PotC?
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-06 18:19 (UTC) (Link)
You may take freely of all I have to offer.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-08-06 13:35 (UTC) (Link)
I put her needs above hers...
I don't know what this means

I became enraptured in it cinematography...
Try watching this on Blu-ray.

subdued by its story
Many a young boy could learn a lot from this movie.

personal sacrifice for the greater good.
There is a difference in serving the greater good in a socialist sense of the phrase and making decisions that will raise your personal standard of living so you can turn around and raise the standard of living of those around you.

This movie was simply a reinforcement for that idealism.
The idealism that you're wishy-washy, that it's better to bend to the will of your oppressors, or to die fighting for what you believe in? Please pick one.

I phoned danzigfried and met him and his two children at the park.
You mean he polluted the gene pool twice? Oh the humanity!

Laundry accomplished, a little Maker's Mark & Coke, and now I'm ready to retire, for the express purpose of doing it all again, tomorrow.

Ours is not to wonder why
But to do and die.


And

Our work is never
Quite done
.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-06 13:58 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what this means
While that was not how the sentence was written, there was an extraneous word in there which I removed. Thank you for pointing it out. It should all be very clear to you now.

Try watching this on Blu-ray.
Although I've given up fighting Blu-Ray, I'm not what you'd call an, "early adopter." Having just seen the movie, and just purchased it - Its unlikely that I'll run out after having just bought a new car, and closing on a new house, procure everything necessary to properly view a Blu-ray setup, and then re-purchase the disc in another format. But if I run across anyone else who already has this setup, I'll try to make some time for it, but I think a couple of days should pass prior to seeing it again, even on Blu-ray.

There is a difference in serving the greater good in a socialist sense of the phrase and making decisions that will raise your personal standard of living so you can turn around and raise the standard of living of those around you.
You speak of this as if you don't have any personal experience on the subject.

Please pick one.
Its as if you didn't actually read this entry. The thing you've requesting me to pick is the very thing I've been working over the past couple of years to decide. How much thought have you put into that question? That's what I thought.

...But to do and die.
I don't think you really believe this.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-08-06 14:04 (UTC) (Link)
I'll try to make some time for it,
It's refreshing to see that you're open to new ideas.

You speak of this as if you don't have any personal experience on the subject.
You'd be surprised.

For the last several years, I've gone back and forth wondering whether its better to bend to the will of your oppressors and be around to teach and raise your children, or to die fighting for what you believe in, in hopes that someday they'll understand. This movie was simply a reinforcement for that idealism.
Please show me where in this paragraph you picked one train of thought that the movie reinforced. The only thing that you could have possibly gotten from this movie via that paragraph is that the movie led you to ponder the question more, not to tip the scales one way or the other.

I don't think you really believe this.
Damn right! I believe in being my own person and thinking things through to my own conclusions (brace yourself for a shock) even if it means I come to the wrong conclusion.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-06 14:36 (UTC) (Link)
You'd be surprised.
I'd be surprised at how little personal experience you have on the subject? No I wouldn't!

Please show me where in this paragraph you picked one train of thought that the movie reinforced.
He died! He's DEAD! HE DIED FIGHTING FOR WHAT HE BELIEVED IN. How did you miss that? Wait a tic - did you actually watch the movie? Because that was the idealism the movie reinforced. I didn't pick one - that wasn't my intention.

..even if it means I come to the wrong conclusion.
How do you know the difference? Name one time you made a correct one. Just one.

http://ehowton.livejournal.com/117973.html
wardlejew
wardlejew at 2007-08-06 14:46 (UTC) (Link)
It is amazing what I will do for my 3 little ones!
It is amazing what I won't do, for my 3 little ones!

I have not seen the movie, but am a bit familiar with the story line. You pose a very difficult question. Do you die for what you believe, or do you stay around to teach your children how you want them to be taught? I don't think that question is one you can make a decision for before it is forced upon you. Too many variables. Age of children, odds of you actually providing them freedom in death, other families involved, and more.

Those without children will never fully understand the question. Something happens to you, the loving parent, when your child enters this world and is totally dependent upon you.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-06 14:55 (UTC) (Link)
Too many variables.
Agreed. I suppose I think about these things to prepare myself for those variable if/when the time comes to make that choice. Not an easy one. And I agree that those without children will never fully understand. It's something I would not have been able to comprehend myself until that point.
Elizabeth Krumbach
princessleia2 at 2007-08-10 13:06 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry, I think 300 was pretty horrible :) But I hate most movies, so it's not a surprise that I feel this way.

Lucky for me there is now a RiffTrax for it, except this means we'll have to rent it again, boo.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-08-10 14:50 (UTC) (Link)
I thought they could have done more with it, and I didn't think it required all the gore - but I enjoyed the storyline and the visual style.
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