Movie-A-Day #260: 300 (2006).
On (roughly) this date in 480 B.C. the three-day Battle of Thermopylae began, in which a coalition of troops from several Greek city-states tried to hold off an invasion by the much larger and better equipped Persian army. The Greeks – several thousand strong, including a small group of 300 from Sparta – were wiped out and the Persians swept through the Greek peninsula before finally being defeated later at the Battle of Salamis. That’s what really happened. But if you watch Zach Snyder’s “300,” you’ll see the Spartans fighting the Persians all by themselves and somehow winning the war by getting slaughtered. The movie may not be big on truthiness, but at least it looks good.