By now, dozens of critics have weighed in on the massive box office success of 300, but not one Iíve read has figured out the reason for it. I have: itís a terrific picture, one of the best in years. When I compare it to the movies that were nominated for Best Picture Oscars last year, it makes them seem to be exactly what they were: watered-down warm milk for liberal baby boomers who want to close the curtains on World War III, and snuggle down under their tie-dyed covers for a long winterís nap full of tangerine dreams.
Somewhere in the courts of celestial justice, an error was made in my favor and I got to marry Ellen.† She was hitchhiking in Berkeley, California when I saw her first.† Slender, movie star beautiful, nearly six feet tall.† I was walking back from classes to fetch my car and I remember thinking, ďLook at that gorgeous Amazon!Ē† I started running for the garage, hoping to start my ancient Dodge and get to her before someone else picked her up.† I had to drive around the corner to reach her, and I went so fast I clipped the sidewalk.† The minute she climbed aboard, I had the odd sensation that all the jigsaw pieces of the world had quietly snapped together.† I drove her home and we talked for hours.
On the anniversary of Islamo-fascismís most savage unprovoked attack on western civilization, though all the news is about ABCís 9/11 miniseries, I find my own mind going back to a moment in another film, United 93. Itís the scene in which the heroic American rebel Todd Beamer, played by David Alan Basche, utters the words that were to become the battlecry of our societyís ongoing fight for survival: ďLetís roll.Ē