Friday, March 09, 2007

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (3-9-07)

Kathy Kersten dislikes open threads. Please give me your thoughts on this and other matters in the comment section below.



Blogger Marty said...

I disagree with Madam Kersten. Autocrats (a catch all term for writers, thinkers, talkers, bloggers and other people who are constantly filled with ideas and are compelled to share those thoughts with others) have a tendency to talk too much and not listen. It's something I have a huge problem myself. I have to make an effort to shut up and listen. I think one shouldn't look at open threads as a way to dodge writing something in one's blog. It's a chance to listen.

Unfortunately for me I never seem to have anyone who wants to take advantage.

March 09, 2007 3:44 PM  
Blogger Mahan said...

A thought on this Open Thread regarding the movie "The 300", which I have yet to see, but was prompted by a headline on Yahoo's Movies section that asked that, with that movie's success, if movie "gore" was back in fashion.

Shouldn't warfare onscreen be portrayed as "gory", considering that battle is pretty much that way in reality (at least historically)?

March 11, 2007 9:45 PM  
Blogger Sornie said...

A "free for all" from time to time is a refreshing change of pace. As much as I don't agree with her and it seems like a cop out for a writer to do the open thread, she deserves congratulations.

March 12, 2007 8:42 AM  
Blogger Aaron B. Solem said...

“Shouldn't warfare onscreen be portrayed as "gory", considering that battle is pretty much that way in reality (at least historically)?”

It is not so much that 300 is ultra-violent, or that it marks the return (was it ever out of style?) of bloody flicks, but that the movie openly revels in the notion that making war can be a noble endeavor. There isn’t a bit moral equivocation coming from the Spartans.

March 12, 2007 12:53 PM  
Blogger Mahan said...

I don't think it's the return of gore in movies that is at issue, but rather the portrayal of warfare onscreen as prompted by the headline in Yahoo, as though the writer was squeamish with what he or she saw onscreen when seeing the movie.

Frankly, if the Spartans in the movie were portrayed as having that attitude toward the Persians, then I admire that; it strikes exactly the chord that should be struck, because the Hellenes of that time had just that attitude towards the war against the Persians. It may strike us as appalling, but it is a blow to be struck for cultural accuracy in Hollywood.

March 12, 2007 10:18 PM  

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