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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22921  Postby Animavore » May 26, 2019 6:53 pm

I watched Conan the Destroyer on TV last night and can't help but wonder if The Terminator hadn't come out later in the year (they must surely have been in production along side each other) would that have been the end of Arnie's career.
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#22922  Postby Svartalf » May 26, 2019 7:16 pm

wasn't that movie a pure lemon? I must admit the the Barbarian could have been a cult worthy minor masterpiece if they had not chosen to make it an insult thrown in the face of every Howard fan.
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#22923  Postby SafeAsMilk » May 26, 2019 9:38 pm

Was Destroyer a lemon? Haven't seen it in a long time.

I'm pretty sure Barbarian is a cult masterpiece. The soundtrack is perfect, as is the pacing, having at least a few of the greatest and most quotable film lines of all time, while simultaneously making the brilliant choice as The Terminator of having Arnie say as little as possible. It's big, it's dark, it's heavy, and campy as fuck. I honestly don't know it could have been done any better. And though I've read a good chunk of Howard's stories, I don't really understand what they'd complain about in this film, but I'm willing to be that whatever it is, the film does better :snooty:
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#22924  Postby Animavore » May 26, 2019 10:13 pm

Destroyer is unwatchable crap. Did not finish.
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#22925  Postby SafeAsMilk » May 26, 2019 10:40 pm

Noted. Will dodge.
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#22926  Postby Mike_L » May 27, 2019 9:44 am

Rewatched Conan the Destroyer on pay-TV about two years ago, for the first time since seeing it in the '80s.
Yes, it's dodge-worthy.
The first one, Conan the Barbarian (1982), was tailored for adults. With its nudity and violence, it got an R-rating... and was all the better for it.
The sequel suffered from the decision to make it a kid-friendly movie with a PG rating. It might've worked as a straightforward action movie with the gore toned down, but they made the mistake of trying to "camp it up" with weak humor and silly dialogue, all of which fell flat.
Some of the FX work very well, e.g. the forced-perspective miniatures used to create castles, giant statues, etc.
But the creature FX are laughable... puppets with low-grade animatronics, actors in rubber masks, etc. Even as every line that was supposed to be funny elicits a groan, every monster that was supposed to be scary elicits a laugh. Ray Harryhausen had done better creature FX with stop-motion animation two or three decades earlier.

After Conan the Destroyer, Schwarzenegger still went on to co-star with Brigitte Nielsen in the equally bad Red Sonja (1985) before, wisely, walking away from the sword-and-fantasy genre.

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#22927  Postby Fallible » May 27, 2019 11:45 am

I agree.
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#22928  Postby BlackBart » May 27, 2019 12:23 pm

I dunno. I have a soft spot for Conan the Destroyer. Mind you, I have a soft spot for alot of 80s dreck. Trancers... Runaway... Wedlock... :shifty:
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#22929  Postby felltoearth » May 27, 2019 11:45 pm

Mike_L wrote:
The sequel suffered from the decision to make it a kid-friendly movie with a PG rating. It might've worked as a straightforward action movie with the gore toned down, but they made the mistake of trying to "camp it up" with weak humor and silly dialogue, all of which fell flat.

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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22930  Postby Ironclad » May 29, 2019 9:37 pm

Scorpion King book of souls.. do not watch this movie. Just don't.
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#22931  Postby UncertainSloth » May 29, 2019 11:43 pm

Ironclad wrote:Scorpion King book of souls.. do not watch this movie. Just don't.


now if only you'd told me this a couple of days ago, i'd still have that 90m of my life.... :lol:
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#22932  Postby Ironclad » May 30, 2019 8:21 am

It is dreadful eh. Direct to TV standard
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#22933  Postby UncertainSloth » May 30, 2019 12:58 pm

direct to a tv somewhere in the deep dark early 90s....;)
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#22934  Postby Svartalf » May 30, 2019 4:58 pm

Actually, I remember, the last movie I saw whole from end to end, although not in a single sitting, was Braveheart, I needed, for some masochistic motive, to view that lemon again, just to remember how bad it was... starting with the bridgeless Battle of Stirling Bridge and the total ignorance of Wallace's use of schiltrons to resist enemy, in particular enemy cavalry, charges.
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#22935  Postby Fenrir » May 31, 2019 7:42 am

Ha.

Just finished a swing in a dry mining camp with no wifi and waiting for my third and last flight to get home. Luckily I have finally had a drink.

Saw:

Robin hood (the Rusty Crowe version).

Rambo does Vietnam

Rambo does Afghanistan

Reds

Bad boys 11

Hot fuzz

Several bits of several others i didn't even bother learning the names of.

I'm all shit movied out.

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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22936  Postby Fallible » May 31, 2019 4:17 pm

Hot Fuzz a shit movie? Get out!!
John Grant wrote:They say 'let go, let go, let go, you must learn to let go'.
If I hear that fucking phrase again, this baby's gonna blow
Into a million itsy bitsy tiny pieces, don't you know,
Just like my favourite scene in Scanners .
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#22937  Postby DougC » Jun 01, 2019 4:16 am

Just caught Assault on Percent 13 (the original) on t.v.. God I love that movie. When you are quoting the lines, you know you love it.
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#22938  Postby BlackBart » Jun 01, 2019 4:27 pm

Fallible wrote:Hot Fuzz a shit movie? Get out!!

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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22939  Postby Fallible » Jun 01, 2019 6:02 pm

:lol:
John Grant wrote:They say 'let go, let go, let go, you must learn to let go'.
If I hear that fucking phrase again, this baby's gonna blow
Into a million itsy bitsy tiny pieces, don't you know,
Just like my favourite scene in Scanners .
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#22940  Postby Keep It Real » Jun 01, 2019 6:07 pm

Ironic that Bad Boys 2 was also on his list, I mean, who hasn't seen Bad Boys 2?! :tehe:
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