Air New Zealand Fashion Week 2008 Lonely Hearts Images by Sandra Mu
This movie won't be as captivating on DVD as it was on the big screen, but with the DVD, you'll get the inside scoop on one of 2007's most unusual films. An adaptation of Frank Miller's comic, 300 isn't going to win any screen-writing Oscars — we hope — for its portrayal of the lopsided Battle of Thermopylae. But it does break serious ground in terms of visual effects.
Be sure to check out some of the special features, like a commentary by director Zack Snyder, a gallery of production stills, and several featurettes including "The 300: Fact or Fiction?" in which "historians, authors, and filmmakers reveal how much of the film was based on fact."
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Salma Hayek's new movie, Lonely Hearts, really snuck up on me: It debuted at last year's Tribeca Film Festival, and it's now rolling out in limited release.
Based on a true story, the movie follows the killing spree of Martha Beck (Salma Hayek) and Raymond Fernandez (Jared Leto), who target single women discovered through the "lonely hearts" personal ads. John Travolta plays the detective, Elmer Robinson (John Travolta), who becomes obsessed with catching them, while James Gandolfini of "The Sopranos" plays his partner in crime-fighting.
The well-known story has provided fodder for several films, including the 1970 movie The Honeymoon Killers, but this time, there's an interesting twist: Director Todd Robinson is actually the grandson of the real detective on the case. Leto and Hayek seemed like a strange pairing, until I saw the trailer for what looks like a fun film. You can watch the trailer when you read more