Director: Noam Murro
Writers: Zack Snyder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay)
Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey
This adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel tells the story of greatly-outnumbered Greeks who valiantly fight the Persian hordes, this time mostly on water. The style is operatic: full of grand dramatic moments, over-sized emotions and dazzling violent ballets. The animated visuals are beautiful and thick (with lots more slomo blood this time). It’s more amped up than the original and features two women in the battles, but it’s still the same style with pretentious dialogue and highly stylized action.
GAY ANGLE: More bare buff bods than a White Party in South Beach!
Stars: Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Colin Blakemore
Inventor Tim Jenison developed a theory that Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer used some sort of optic technology to create his paintings. After interviews and research he sets out to create his own version of one of Vermeer’s classics by working from a real environment. This is a fascinating concept and an amazing procedure that took years to realize. The documentation of the tedious final process is the only time the film starts to lag. Otherwise, it’s interesting to anyone who enjoys an intriguing confluence of art and technology.
GAY ANGLE: Gay artist David Hockney makes an appearance.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.