Make This Weekend a Double Feature: 300 and The Host!
by Alex Billington
March 8, 2007
Two of 2007's best films so far are arriving in theaters this weekend - 300 and The Host. If you've been waiting to spend the high cost of a ticket price until something good comes along, this is finally the weekend. Both of these are so great, I suggest you make an extra spot and setup a double feature to see BOTH this weekend. If there was ever a better time to go out of your way to see two films, this is it.
You don't want to miss 300, the huge graphic novel adaptation that everyone's been waiting for and everyone's been talking about; then after that I strongly urge you to make your way to an independent art house theater and catch a showing of The Host, a phenomenal Korean monster movie that finally is opening here in the US.
These two movies are two of the finest creations this year so far. I can't stress enough how damn good they are and promote them enough. I wish I could require everyone to go see both, but I know that won't happen. I don't think I need to explain anymore about 300 - everyone who wants to go already will be, but it's The Host I want to stress you go see this weekend as well!
I had heard about The Host for a while, especially after Barry had seen it at the Denver Film Fest and I'd missed it. It wasn't until I screened it last week that I realized it was something truly unique and worth every bit of effort to get everyone to go see it. The film is almost a completely groundbreaking new type of movie. It's not just that the monster attacks a park full of people in broad daylight within the first 15 minutes. It's that its a powerful human interest drama more than anything, and particularly elegant and beautiful. There a couple of scenes that I can still easily remember and if anything will become reference for many filmmakers in the future, in the same way much of Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream is today.
Instead of talking endlessly on and on about just how amazing both films are, I suggest you read both of my reviews - 300 and The Host, and try and make a spot in your schedule this weekend to see both. I know that everyone will enjoy both of these. Even if they don't become your newest favorites, I guarantee they won't be time wasted.
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