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« on: June 29, 2009, 02:36:52 AM »


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816462/


To make it clear right away: I was never a big fan of John Milius' Conan the Barbarian from the early 80s; Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn't act (but had sort of a presence, I give him that) and they did very little to capture the nature and feel of Robert E. Howard's work, but apart from that the movie wasn't rotten to the bone, it was actually a decent fantasy adventure if you'd make yourself believe it had nothing to do with the character of Conan the Cimmerian. The sequel, Conan the Destroyer, was a shameful exploitation of the success of the first movie, so I guess it lived up to its purpose.

But once again when it comes to the Hollywood movie machine, I just don't understand how this remake/sequel/prequel/reboot/whatever did even get a green light.

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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2009, 06:51:34 AM »

Milius did a crappy job; in fact, he basically reused his storyline from Apocalypse Now (with James Earl Jones in the Col. Kurtz role). So I think Hollywood is entitled to redo it, provided they stick more closely to Howard's vision this time.

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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2009, 06:54:03 AM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816462/

To make it clear right away: I was never a big fan of John Milius' Conan the Barbarian from the early 80s; Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn't act (but had sort of a presence, I give him that) and they did very little to capture the nature and feel of Robert E. Howard's work, but apart from that the movie wasn't rotten to the bone, it was actually a decent fantasy adventure if you'd make yourself believe it had nothing to do with Conan. The sequel, Conan the Destroyer, was a shameful exploitation of the success of the first movie, so it lived up to its purpose.

But once again when it comes to the Hollywood movie machine, I just don't understand how this sequel/prequel/reboot/whatever did even get a green light.

I believe the film has Milius's own blessing, for what it's worth. So yet again, I can't claim to have much of a problem with it.

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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2009, 10:31:21 AM »

I'm not against a new movie about Conan at all, but just look who's the director and the lead role... I'm not aiming to be redundant because every time a project like this pops out we start talking about the same stuff, but just how can one be optimistic about this whole thing? I think Conan definitely deserves better.

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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2009, 10:32:31 AM »

Milius did a crappy job; in fact, he basically reused his storyline from Apocalypse Now (with James Earl Jones in the Col. Kurtz role).

Never thought about it but you're right, there is a striking similarity.

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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2009, 10:40:21 AM »

I'm not against a new movie about Conan at all, but just look who's the director and the lead role...
You nailed it.

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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2010, 02:20:09 AM »

A few changes have been made since, apparently. Check the link in the first post.

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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2010, 05:25:05 AM »

I have no problem with a new Conan film, in theory, but is it possible a good one can be made in 2011? As the trailer for The Prince of Persia makes clear, sword-and-sorcery films at present will always be overwhelmed by their CGI. No matter the screenplay or the acting, the effects will smother all.

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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2010, 08:37:53 PM »

No matter the screenplay or the acting, the effects will smother all.

Have you ever seen a movie of this type actually having those segments enchanted in any way? Reading that part of your post I got the idea you were saying they usually do put extra effort in those segments, no matter the budget and CGI perversion. And I'm not quite buying it.

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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2010, 09:01:29 PM »

I have no idea what you just said.

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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2010, 01:03:38 AM »

I have no idea what you just said.
I think he means to say: do you usually go to see a Shakespeare masterpiece when you go to a Conan picture?

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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2011, 05:39:15 AM »

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/conan_2011/trailers/11137356

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« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2011, 12:09:21 PM »

Looks terrible.

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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2011, 12:24:22 AM »

No, it looks even worse.

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« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2011, 11:25:49 AM »

Conan is good campy fun, though I haven't seen it quite some time. The remake will undoubtedly suck.

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