I think what happened is that the movie was the most available part of G1 Transformers in a home environment what with it getting a VHS release. That didn’t really happen much for kids TV shows bar the odd tape with like, three episodes on it. So the movie getting all its repeat home video viewings coloured the TV show’s memories. Like the show did produce some legitimately great for the day episodes, usually it’s multi part ones, but the movie was G1’s high point.Yeah, watching the Gen 1 series after the movie is a bit of a letdown, the movie is just made of win. Ok, the plot is all over the place, but there's so many epic (literally epic) scenes. Galvatron's rise to power. The Dinobots crashing an execution and starting a people's revolt of shark monsters. Everything in the final battle.
Also, Conan isn't necessarily the biggest baddest dude who does all the cool shit - both his companions add a lot to both the fighting and the emotional core of the story. They actually feel like a team, as opposed to just side characters. Conan as a character has the image of this brooding loner, but in this movie he's quite amicable as soon as he meets Subotai. And both him and the love interest (they never mention her name in the movie which is weird) actually save his life. With that scene of Conan being crucified and Subotai coming over the horizon while sweet uplifting music playing, the movie might as well be called Conan: Friendship is Magic.Conan the Barbarian (1982), 6/10
One of Arnie's seminal roles, I was surprised by this movie. It's definitely not what you'd expect from a swords and sorcery movie from the 80s, and it actually got me interested in the Conan mythos. Because looking at it now this movie feels well ahead of its time in its style of fantasy. This is not a whimsical, fantastical adventure, it's a brutal, nasty and gruesome tale in a grim and dangerous world that's much closer to Game of Thrones than Lord of the Rings in atmosphere. To my surprise I was reminded of The Northman and The Green Knight more than any other fantasy films while watching this.
The thing I enjoyed most about this film is the worldbuilding. There's a ton of information conveyed through environmental storytelling and dialogue, and close to zero exposition. It also helps that the world feels quite distinct from your typical fantasy settings: it's part viking, part mongolian, part iron age, part sort of ancient middle east, and it feels wonderfully realized and lived in. Visually the film holds up very well: there's a proper sense of dirt and grit to every set and costume, and it's actually pretty well shot. The score is really good, and complements the atmosphere well (for the most part). Arnie himself, for this being one of his first leading roles, is actually surprisingly good. He's not "good" per say, but he fits the role perfectly and absolutely sells the image of this almost caveman-level barbarian. It definitely helps that the movie is surprisingly sparse with dialogue, so you can get immersed in the world more, and Arnie doesn't need to deliver some lengthy soliloquy. He also had Max von Sydow and James Earl Jones to coach him. Arnie doesn't even say a word until 20 minutes in, how many films like that do we even see nowadays?
It shows its age though. For one, it's pretty slow paced, which helps in some regards but hinders in others. While the movie never feels rushed and you can properly get immersed in the atmosphere, some scenes definitely drag on for too long. This movie could be 10-15 minutes shorter and much better for it. The fight choreography is as laughably stiff and stilted as you'd expect and while it's kind of charming on occasion, it definitely detracts from the tension of the action scenes. Speaking of the action scenes, they're definitely not well shot or coordinated, consisting mostly of disjointed shots of people swinging swords, shooting bows and falling over.
But the worst thing about this movie is the sound. While the score is very good for the most part, in some scenes it's just bafflingly unfitting. Like when the characters are sneaking into the bad guy's lair, the music in the background is like something from the whimsical parts of Harry Potter. There's constant, aggressive ADR throughout the whole movie, and the sound effects are just plain weak, even laughable at times. There's also a bewildering lack of background ambience in a lot of scenes, which only detracts from the sense of time and place the movie otherwise establishes really well visually. I don't know how much of these were from the technical limitations of the time, but it definitely hinders the movie.
Valeria was the love interest, she was awesome.Also, Conan isn't necessarily the biggest baddest dude who does all the cool shit - both his companions add a lot to both the fighting and the emotional core of the story. They actually feel like a team, as opposed to just side characters. Conan as a character has the image of this brooding loner, but in this movie he's quite amicable as soon as he meets Subotai. And both him and the love interest (they never mention her name in the movie which is weird) actually save his life. With that scene of Conan being crucified and Subotai coming over the horizon while sweet uplifting music playing, the movie might as well be called Conan: Friendship is Magic.
But when that score hits, it hits HARD. Anvil of Crom, and the Riders of Doom basically tell the story for us at the beginning.While the score is very good for the most part, in some scenes it's just bafflingly unfitting.
Ah man, I wish I had this sort of encyclopaedic knowledge that gets girls. Anyway, you're thinking of Lawnmower Man, so you've got both the date and the title wrong.Hahah, he misspelled! Ignore his opinion! Make fun of him!
Repo Man is the weird flick from 1984 and Repo Men is the one with Jude Law.
I just usually watch the first 3, skip to NN and Freddy vs. Jason, and call it a day. Dream Master is just average and has no new ideas and starts the trend of making Freddy super invincible. Dream Child has neat concepts, but suffers from a butchered cut and things just kinda happen. Freddy's Dead....is entertainingly bad, but I find myself using the skip button some of the time after repeat watches.. It's not terrible, like I said, and there are certainly worse NOES films to come, but it's not nearly as good as the first 3 or New Nightmare.