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300: Rise of an Empire (2013)
3/5 (amazon 3.1/5 even distribution, imdb 6.5/10, AVS Ralph Potts: 3/5)
A bit of a prequel to the original, and not as good of course, but worth a watch if you enjoyed the original.
"not as good" defined as less of a plot, but more CGI and triremes


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Greek soldiers in the first "300": 300 (duh)
Greek soldiers in the second "300": Way more than that
Reasons why "Rise of an Empire" is still called "300": 456,068,181, a.k.a. the first film's worldwide box office gross
Two worse title ideas for "Rise of an Empire": "300 2," "301"

Total runtime of "Rise of an Empire": 102 minutes
Time it takes until the first appearance of the franchise's signature trademarks:
A Greek six-pack: 10 seconds
Graphic decapitation: 30 seconds
Gratuitous nudity: 40 seconds
Slow-motion CGI blood spray: 1.5 minutes
Total runtime of "Rise of an Empire," minus all of the above: Maybe 12 minutes

Time between the "300" movies in real-life: 7 years
Time between the "300" movies in "Rise of an Empire": Minus 10 years (Act 1), 0 years (Act 2), and plus 1 or 2 days (Act 3)
Characters who return from the first "300": 5 (well, 6, if you count Leonidas' head)
Bad-ass female characters in the first "300": 1
Bad-ass female characters in the second "300": 2 (a 100% increase!)
Does "Rise of an Empire" pass the Bechdel test?: Definitely not

Dimensions used in the first "300": 2
Dimensions used in "Rise of an Empire": 3
First prop to fly at the screen: A giant axe
How long that takes: 25 seconds
Other things that fly at the screen: Too many to count (including, but not limited to, swords, spears, arrows, horses, decapitated heads, blood, sea monsters, and a distracting amount of tiny specks of dust)

Total body count of the original "300": 585
Total body count of "Rise of an Empire": Probably way more than that
Limbs cut off: 10
Heads cut off: 8 (with about a dozen more implied)
Decapitated heads subsequently kissed: 1 out of 8
Other ways to die: Too many to count (including, but not limited to, being slashed, stabbed, drowned, lit on fire, crushed by a boat, crushed by a horse, by a slow-motion kick, and disappointing Artemisia)

Naval battles: 5
The various rates by which the Persians outnumber the Greeks: 3:1 (soldiers), 100,000: 1 (soldiers), 20:1 (ships), 100: 1 (soldiers), and finally, 895: 6 (ships)
Times that actually effects the battles' outcome: 0

Blood sprays per shot: 5-6, on average
Blood sprays per battle: Hundreds
Deaths per shot: 3-4, on average
Deaths per battle: Hundreds
Abs per shot: 4-5 six packs, on average
Abs per battle: Again, hundreds

Amount of the movie dedicated to slow-motion action scenes: 50%
Amount of the movie dedicated to slow expository voiceover: 40%
Amount of the movie dedicated to six packs: 10%

Doors left open for another sequel: 1
Things that made this "300" movie better than the first: 2 (the naval battles and Eva Green)
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Watched Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
4/5 (amazon 3.5/5, imdb 6.6/10)

About half an hour in, little 'handmaiden' Padme is walking beside Qui-Gon Jinn on their way into Mos Espa on Tatooine.

Liam Neeson hadn't done Taken (2008), or Taken 2 (2012) yet,
but looking at this picture, now having seen Taken,
it struck me that the girl Padme couldn't be in safer hands than our typecast girl rescuing hero.

After all, Padme is no Arya Stark.



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Watched Operation Petticoat [Blu-ray] (1959)
3.5/5 (amazon 4.7/5, imdb 7.3/10)


I've seen this several times before, but I recently replaced my DVD with a BluRay of this title.
The BluRay video is a little grainy, and I'm not sure if its much better than the DVD.


It's nice to see Madlyn Rhue, famous round these parts for her role in Star Trek "Space Seed" (1967) as Lt. Marla McGivers.

Cary Grant volunteered for British Navy in WWII but was turned down because he was too old.

I was watching Tony Curtis on Cary Grant in which Tony Curtis is talking about when he was a boy seeing Cary Grant in Destination Tokyo (1944), and hoping one day to be able to act in a movie with him. 15 years later he did, also a submarine film.
Interestingly the 1944 and 1959 submarine set interiors, especially the captains quarters, were identical -- obviously not including the revisions with car steering wheels, corsets, and golf clubs.

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Watched Destination Tokyo (1944)
2.2/5 (amazon 4.4/5, imdb 7.3/10)
135 minutes.
[hmm, AVS just lost a bunch of my text. What did I say?]
Destination Tokyo is a black and white film about the role of a submarine in the coordinated bombing of Tokyo.The film is deadly dull for the first 90 minutes, with not very interesting interactions between characters. This movie would have appealed to a very different generation. If you're still around for the last half hour, it gets better.

One of the senior sailors remarks to a junior replacement: 'All submarines look alike. We get shot at by American destroyers and bombers. '

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The offbeat casting of Cary Grant as a submarine captain pays off in this tense WWII underwater picture; he ably trades in his sophistication for the sweaty close quarters of an action movie. The mission? Infiltrate the mined harbor of Tokyo itself, a feat bookended by a brief confrontation in the Aleutians and a depth-charge chase through the open sea. Skipper Grant is supported by the usual stock crew of Navy melting-pot types, with John Garfield drawing duty as the resident dame-crazy fantasist. (Somebody forgot to put the saltpeter in his chow, apparently.) The solid action alternates with dialogue that tends toward the schmaltzy or jingoistic (the movie's become somewhat notorious for its unusually nasty propagandistic jabs at the Japanese enemy). Destination Tokyo was the directing debut of Delmer Daves, who would later excel in smart Westerns such as 3:10 to Yuma.The story is (mostly) true. The lone crewman who was ever killed was not knifed by a rescued Japanese pilot, but they did perform an appendectomy in the galley. Sure, it's an American wartime rah-rah, stir up people's patriotism effort, made at a time when it was not entirely clear just who would win the war, but it's still fine entertainment with just the right touch of humor

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