The Fight Goes On

by robbiefreeling
March 19, 2007 3:57 AM
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Why bother comparing a delicate yet trenchant social allegory about young Iranian female soccer fans with a massive, dunderheaded "epic" about ancient Sparta warding off legions of evil Persians tinted with all the lovely colors of an oil slick? Well, not only does Offside's very contemporary look at Iranian youth culture act as a nuanced corrective to Zack Snyder's conveniently "unintentional" Iran invasion propaganda (Iran was known before the mid-Thirties as, you guessed it, Persia) but also both films are literal calls to action -- Offside for young women to assert their independence in a hideously patriarchal society that's ever so slowly evolving due to burgeoning youth activism; 300 for Americans to stomp, slice, and hack their way through anything, or anybody, of a different color. The choice should be simple.

Click here to read all of Michael Koresky's review of Jafar Panahi's Offside, which we've certainly been encouraging that you go see for long enough. Finally, your chance is here.

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  • JoeyE | March 20, 2007 9:00 AMReply

    Reader Review of "300" from
    "No, the movie does not have a plot (or at least one worth caring for). No, there are no twist and turns. No, it should not win a academy award. However, this movie is what the world needs more of. Not to say women won't enjoy this movie, but this is truely a man flic. Tons of violence, tons of gore, tons of manly catch phrases. A little bit of lovey- dovey stuff to make it not so hard and waalaa! A movie that leaves most men leaving with a smile! "