Cinema: Overkill

CONAN THE BARBARIAN Directed by John Milius Screenplay by John Milius and Oliver Stone

That which does not kill us makes us I stronger." When a movie begins with G. Gordon Liddy's favorite quotation from Nietzsche, the suspicion arises that somebody may be taking the enterprise a trifle too seriously. That's especially so when we know the title character is not borrowed from anyone's list of the great books, but from Weird Tales, a pulp magazine of the 1930s, and owes his continued life to comic books and paperback originals. Nostalgia for creatures from...

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