Tag: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Trailer Trash — Conan the Barbarian, Midnight in Paris, and X-Men: First Class

Trailer Trash — Conan the Barbarian, Midnight in Paris, and X-Men: First Class

Movies
I don't have time to go to the movies much any more. So instead I'm going to just review some new and upcoming films based solely on their trailers. Because let's face it, most movies only have about two or three minutes' worth of good material anyway. Conan the Barbarian I don't know a damn thing about Conan aside from the first Arnold Schwarzenegger movie (excellent) and the second Arnold Schwarzenegger movie (decent). Maybe Jason Momoa's portrayal of Conan is closer to the figure envisioned by Robert E. Howard in his stories. All I know is that I like my Conan with a touch of cheese and tongue planted firmly in cheek. This new take looks like a real friggin' downer, full on vaguely menacing but generic bad guys. Forgot the title character for a second -- the malevolent and sua...
Movies That Defined My Youth, Part 3

Movies That Defined My Youth, Part 3

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Waaaay back in 2007 I looked back at five flicks that made a big impact on me during my formative years. The next year I ran through four more. And today I drag out another five. Let's reminisce! Better Off Dead (1985) — There is not one part of this movie that isn't 100% awesome, even more than 25 years later. This Savage Steve Holland masterpiece was perfectly cast and written, which makes its more surreal vignettes feel like integral parts of the movie instead of just absurd asides. It never really sunk in when I was a kid that this was a pretty dark film. Hell, the lead character (John Cusack as Lane Meyer) spends most of the it trying to kill himself. Over a breakup. Fortunately he fails and gets to see an Eddie Van Halen-esque hamburger wailing a Frankenstrat to "Everybody Wants S