Category Archives: Movies

Paul Sammon to Speak at Cross Plains Fundraiser

As noted over at the TGR blog, Cross Plains had a big parade this past weekend celebrating the town’s centennial. All year long the town has been holding events and celebrations to mark this milestone and more are to come during the final quarter of the year. Coming up next month is a fundraising dinner for the Cross […]

Conan the Barbarian A Thrill Ride

There are two Conans. The first one, Conan of Cimmeria, was created by Robert E. Howard in 1932 and adventured his way through Weird Tales, The Avon Fantasy Reader, and any number of books over the years. The other, Conan the Barbarian, was created as a simulacrum of the original, able to adventure through Code-approved […]

Conan the Barbarian 3D: The Aftermath

The battlefield stretched silent, crimson pools among the still sprawling figures seeming to reflect the lurid red-streamered sunset sky. Furtive figures slunk from the tall grass; birds of prey dropped down on mangled heaps with a rustle of dusky wings. Like harbingers of Fate a wavering line of herons flapped slowly away toward the reed-grown […]

I Tried Not to Weep in the Darkness

I went and watched the new Conan the Barbarian movie today. It wasn’t nearly as good as I had hoped it would be. In truth, it’s not very good at all. But I’m trying to focus and remain positive that this latest entry into the cinematic furthering of the characters of Robert E. Howard will, […]

Conan the Barbarian (2011) is upon us. . .

. . . for better or for worse. While those of us who are stateside are still waiting patiently (or maybe impatiently in some cases) for the film’s debut on Friday, many European fans have already had an opportunity to view Marcus Nispel’s take on Howard’s most iconic character. The reviews from across the pond […]

News from Cross Plains

I thought it would be fun, during this Cross Plains Centennial Year, to share some news stories from old issues of the Cross Plains Review. Most of what I’ll be sharing is from the period that Robert Howard lived there, 1919-1936, and I’m limited by the photocopies I have available, which I brought home several […]

The 300 Spartans

This past weekend, I had a chance to watch The 300 Spartans with my kids who saw it for the first time on the Fox movie cable channel. The 300 Spartans was an important movie to me when I was around ten or eleven. It showed up quit a bit on T.V. in the early […]

10,000 B.C.

I finally caught the movie 10,000 B.C. on the TNT cable channel Friday night. I remember at the time when the movie came out speculation on Robert E. Howard influence. Director Roland Emmerich  said at Wondercon 2008 when asked about parallels to Robert E. Howard’s Conan: “10,000 B.C. definitely draws a lot from those books […]

Solomon Kane: The Movie

Earlier this month I got the DVD for the movie Solomon Kane. The movie itself was no great surprise having seen the trailer some time back.  There is a character called Solomon Kane in this movie and there are swords. That is about as close to Robert E. Howard as it gets. It is surprisingly […]

If Conan Didn’t Have a Distributor

This showed up at the internet movie data base: The author of this piece is calling it right. Paradox is going to get burned bad no matter how they try to spin it.  Come to think of it, a January or February release does make perfect sense for this coming catastrophe. After the movie […]