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It's not Conan the Seminarian

Posted on 2011.08.22 at 19:00
I saw Conan the Barbarian last night. This movie rocks if you like:If you would rather have an enlightened and artful literary discussion, then you should read the original Conan tales by Robert E. Howard. Howard's original tales feature sword fights, dark sorcerous cults, and human sexuality in brutal and harsh settings with just a hint of 1930's misogyny. As you read these stories of classic literature, you will watch Conan grow from a lone survivor to bandit and become a rampaging warlord, if not King.

I love intricate stories featuring dynamic character development, but this new Conan movie is a pulp-driven violent tale bordering on soft porn that honors the literary tale in which a very strong and intelligent man overcomes bigger and more intelligent things. That's the way it should be for all of you intellectually detached politically correct nannies out there.

While I'd expect this from the professional critics out there, the average movie-goer, like myself, also share their reviews. For all of our ideals, we forget that we're talking about Conan the Barbarian here.

We don't outgrow these things as we become more educated and mature, as some would suggest. We learn to suppress them in the name of civilized and socially acceptable behaviors. We shield our children and ourselves from the darker edges of the human psyche, and we feel all the more safer and superior for doing so. The cocoon we weave is a trap that censors ideas and limits discussions. If everything was better in 1950's America, then why did the 60's happen? Somewhere between security, prosperity, and compassion lies the answer.

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Malkhos
malkhos at 2011-08-23 02:38 (UTC) (Link)
Nice to see you back.

Thinking this Conan movie might be a bit much for my 7 year old, I have The Whole Wide World on the way from Netflix instead (though, admittedly, he won't see that either).
Post Conditional
postconditional at 2011-08-23 03:52 (UTC) (Link)
I've been lurking. I check up every third week- or so. I found "Keep Young and Beautiful" charming.

I'm not sure what to post anymore.

Then the rest of this reply poured out.

I hated LJ because the friends list locked you into a microcosm; I'm over that now. I hated MySpace on multiple levels. (I also believe Murdoch bought MySpace as a means to culturally program impressionable teenagers.) I hate the idea of submitting to Facebook. The only thing they care about is their market share and their business partnerships. (I think that they care just superficially enough about their users to keep them blissfully ignorant.) I'm starting to see FB as a necessity. If I resented FB before, I resent it more now because of that realization.

I had hopes for Google+ until I learned that they demanded real names. I want the anonymous world wide wall (of graffiti) back. People are judgmental, and my blogs are my own poison.

I don't know what to post that will have an impact. I don't want to write about my mundane life. I know enough about what I know to be conversational, but I'm no topic-blog.

I like geeky things, but I don't want to live through geek-pop-culture references. I don't want to talk much about things others may not identify with for long. It's great when I'm talking about these things with people who share my interests, but it can become the only thing to talk about.

I don't want to talk badly about anyone else. I would like to talk about the inflexible public figure pin-heads that are manipulating us all, but my pin heads are someone else's idols. There is no real change (including opinions) without common ground, and right now that common ground is under water. I think that "they" are out to destroy "us" culturally, and I'm sure they have felt the same way about us for even longer.

I don't think I'm "back". I found a huge disconnect between what people were writing about the new Conan movie and my own (mediocre overall, but good thematic) experience. I blame it on high-mindedness.
Malkhos
malkhos at 2011-08-24 11:18 (UTC) (Link)
My husband is pretty funny because we don't have a seven-year-old; we have an eight-year-old. The boy turned eight two months ago.

I don't post as much on LJ anymore either, and I regret to say I have submitted to Facebook, and it gets this weird, Svengali-like hold over a person, so I generally try to stay away from it as much as possible. Malkhos has transferred our LJ over to Dreamwidth (I think) but I haven't checked that out yet.
Post Conditional
postconditional at 2011-08-26 03:55 (UTC) (Link)
He'll still be seven when he's asking for the car keys. :P
Malkhos
malkhos at 2011-08-26 15:31 (UTC) (Link)
True. He'll always be my baby. Ha ha.
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