I decided to ignore the advice of some trustworthy friends, business associates and Rotten Tomatoes and see the new "Conan The Barbarian" movie. It was part of a double feature and it was at a drive-in.
As a result of all of that, technically, I did not walk out. I guess I "Drove out". I've only ever walked out of about three or four movies ever (one of which I later bought on DVD. It's along story. Maybe I'll tell it on here sometime), so it takes something truly offensive to get me to leave a moving picture show. I'm sure part of it is that the 1st movie, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", was excellent. I'm sure part of it is that I'd been away from my dog for a while and I knew that she really needed to be let out. Mostly, however, it was that this new Conan movie hit me pretty hard. 
     The original "Conan the Barbarian" from 1982, is one of my favorite movies ever made. It's very fun, very watchable and, sad to say, a seemingly unrepeatable feat. It took itself deadly seriously in a way that only a script by John Milius and Oliver Stone could. It had very sparse dialogue, copious amounts of blood and, most importantly, never once looked down on or pandered to it's audience.
     This new film is awful, at least the first half hour was. It was so bland and redundant and boring that I took a lot of offense to how much of a discrepancy there was between it and the first one. The worst part of all of this is that I still am going to see the remake of "Fright Night" that is out now and the remake of "The Thing" later this year. Three of my favorite films from the 80's all remade and released in a matter of months.


What the hell is wrong with us?