Film Actually Ep 144 – Conan and Cowboys


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Hosts: David McVay & Josh Philpott and guest Richard Gray

This week David, Josh and Richard Gray ( review the new remake of Conan the Barbarian and Jon Favreau’s genre blending Cowboys & Aliens. They discuss Ridley Scott’s big time return to sci-fi and the synopsis for “The Man of Steel” is revealed. All this and we still have time for an all new Lists of Five: Five Genre Bending/Blending Movies Worth Watching. Film Actually is the official movie podcast of

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What We’ve Been Watching

A collection of other things we’ve been watching this week including the TV series “Monster”, “The Company Men” and the HBO documentary movie “Superheroes”.

Feature Film Review 1

‘Conan The Barbarian’ directed by Marcus ‘remake man’ Nispel and written by Thomas Dean Donnolly, Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood based on characters created by Robert E. Howard. It stars Jason ‘I want to get into mythical creatures’ Mamoa, Stephen ‘I’m always the bad guy’ Lang, Ron ‘I survived Uwe Boll’ Perlman, Rachel ‘I should have been in Twilight’ Nichols and Rose ‘Look at me being evil’ McGowan.

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil. Source: Anonymous on IMDB

Our Verdict: Avoid this mess of a film and watch the 1982 version instead.

Watch the trailer here:

Feature Film Review 2

‘Cowboys & Aliens’ directed by Jon Favreau and written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby based on the Platinum Studios comic by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. It stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer and Mr. Crabbs… sorry, I mean Clancy Brown.

1875. New Mexico Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It’s a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. Source: Official Site.

Our Verdict: Not sure what film all those other reviewers were watching, we had a great time with this fun adventure film.

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Entertainment Buzz

Ridley Scott plans new a “Blade Runner” film. Yay!
but be prepared, it is not what you might think

A casting sheet reveals “The Man of Steel” synopsis, looks like it is loosely based on “Superman Earth One” by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis.

Lists of Five

This week our Lists of Five: Five Genre Bending/Blending Movies Worth Watching. With Jon Favreau’s new movie blending western with sci-fi, it got the boys thinking, what other genre blending/bending mixing films are worth watching?

Just a reminder, because we never like to just make things easy on ourselves, our lists are not necessarily top five lists, they are more or a less a list of film recommendations within the theme of the list.


Matt wanted us to be aware of this great Jimmy Kimmel clip.

Tristan has found the best film review ever, but…

The Rest…

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Our opening clip this week is from the 1982 film “Conan The Barbarian”.

We close the show with ‘Anvil of Crom’ from the 1982 “Conan The Barbarian” score by Basil Poledouris.