300

Today finally see's the release of the movie 300. Based on Frank (Sin City) Miller's graphic novel of the same name, which was in turn based on the true events of the battle of Thermopylae which took place in 480BC.

The battle, between the Persian Empire – numbering between 100,000 to about a million Persians, (the numbers vary greatly depending on the source material) – and 1000 Greek soldiers, lead by the eponymous 300 Spartans, has gone down in history as THE example of courage in the face of overwhelming odds. On the first day of the battle, the Greek historian Ctesias tells us that 10,000 Persians were “cut to pieces” while the Spartans only lost 2 or 3 men!
Review coming soon!

X Men 3

It’s almost here, the final instalment of one of the finest comic-book to movie conversions of all time… and I can’t wait!

Check out the trailer.

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick FrostAlso in movie land, Messers Pegg, Wright and Frost are about to serve us up another slice of fried gold! The team behind Spaced and Shaun of the Dead are currently filming their next movie, entitled “Hot Fuzz”, in which Pegg play’s a hot shot copper from London who is so good at his job his bosses send him to the country to stop him showing up his collegues. The guys have very kindly been making video blogs of the entire filming process and have posted them for your viewing delectation HERE.

Fear Factory

Mr Troll persuaded me at the last minute to go with him to see Fear Factory in Bristol last night, and appart from the increadible pain in my whole body this morning I’m glad he did 🙂

I’ve seen them loads of times already and the fact I haven’t really even listened to the last 2 albums and I only know a couple off the 1 before that was putting me off a little, but they were great! A shitty venue and sound problems did their best to screw things up, but not even a powercut half way through the set could put them off their stride. For me the highlights were Martyr, PissChrist and Lynchpin. Most bands like to finish on a high point and as such I was expecting something like New Breed, Replica or something off “Soul…”, but instead we were treated to a haunting rendition of Timelessness. Inspired.

Weebl & Bob

Weebl & Bob are what the interweb was created for. The perfect union of Flash animation, stupid voices and even stupider storylines. If you haven’t heard of them by now you must have been living in a cave or something! Go and have a look now, I command it! And while you are there check out the rest of Weebl’s (the animator/comedy genius, not the egg) stuff.

Anyway, the reason for the post is that a new episode has just been released, but more interestingly, Weebl’s long suffering sidekick Bob Bobertson has decided to share his thoughts with the world in a new blog!

V for Vendetta

Tomorrow sees the launch of the first big movie of the year, V for Vendetta. Written and produced by the Wachowski Brothers (who also brought us The Matrix) and starring Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman and John Hurt, it’s an action packed adaptation of a graphic novel by David Lloyd and Alan Moore, (who also wrote From Hell and Watchmen). From what I’ve seen it looks pretty cool, with Hugo Weaving still managing to be cool while wearing a silly mask!

Hopefully it’ll be more Matrix than Matrix Reloaded… Click the link to check out the 3 trailers and see what you think. (The rest of the website is pretty swish too)