Blu ray Review / “Conan the Barbarian”

My review of the remake of Conan the Barbarian is up, now available on Blu-ray.  An excerpt:

“There was a refrain among film fans when it was announced that Conan the Barbarian was getting a reboot that no one could replace Arnold Schwarzenegger in titular role.  It’s a tired line of thinking that happens any time a role a certain actor made famous is getting recast (remember when no one could replace Jack Nicholson as The Joker?).  In regards to Conan, people forget (possibly because they’ve never bothered to read the source material) that Arnold’s version of Conan barely resembled the character created by Robert E. Howard, the mad, young, suicidal pulp writer from Cross Plains, Texas who conceived the character.”

Head on over to Parcbench to read the rest!

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HomeVideodrome / An Announcement

This week’s edition of HomeVideodrome is now available over at Parcbench and Big Hollywood.  This week, we ask Conan what is best in life, muse on whether or not Lane Myer was better off dead, and highlight other noteworthy releases for the week. 

I’d also like to take this time to announce a brand new weekly feature for Parcbench and Big Hollywood that’ll be going up this Thursday, which is a streaming edition of HomeVideodrome (I’m trying to come up with a snazzy title, suggestions are welcome).  Since streaming movies to your television is the future of watching movies at home, we gotta keep up with the times.  As of now, I plan on covering the releases being put out weekly by NetFlix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon.com.  I welcome any thoughts and suggestions you might have, and I look forward to sharing it with you all every week.

CORRECTION: An astute reader pointed out to me that I made an error in this week’s column when I said the Gamera films were produced by Toho.  They were actually produced by Daiei, not Toho.  Whenever I think of Japanese kaiju films, Toho is always the studio that leaps to mind, so I said Toho without thinking.  D’oh!