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Want to know the real reason for 300’s record-breaking opening (”300: The Conquering Heroes”)? Look at your cover. The special effects may bring in the boys, but that brings in the girls! Gerard Butler is his own special effect.
The biggest factor in 300’s huge success? The coolest trailer ever. Nine Inch Nails music coupled with incredible action added up to one of the most anticipated movies in a long time. Thankfully, it was nearly as good as the trailer.
Thanks for crediting my grandfather William H. Daniels’ Oscar-winning cinematography on The Naked City (DVD). Although he worked on 150-plus films, he’s become a forgotten name of Hollywood’s past.
Mark Harris criticizes the extensive CGI in 300 (The Final Cut). Hello — based on a comic book! I go to the movies to be entertained and to live vicariously through the characters. I was unaware of the ”oatmeal sky” or ”unconvincing geysers [of blood].”
Quick on the Drew
I find it odd that you took the time to bemoan Drew Barrymore’s recent string of romantic comedies and offer hope that she take on more mature roles (News & Notes) without pointing out the ones she’s already done, in Donnie Darko and Riding in Cars With Boys. I can’t say if either film was a bona fide hit, but they at least demonstrate that Drew has the capacity and appetite for more serious-minded work.
OBSESSIVE FAN OF THE WEEK!
Brett C. Lawrence of Hamilton, N.J., can’t gush enough about the object of his fandom, Crispin Glover. ”His performances pull you in and don’t let go,” writes Brett. Remember when Glover nearly karate-kicked David Letterman in the head? ”Jaw-dropping.” How about Glover’s music? ”A work of art.” Most impressive, though, was meeting the quirky actor at a horror convention: ”He was right there.” Must have been density.