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5 Reasons Why Conan The Barbarian Is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Best Film (& 5 Reasons It Is Predator)

Arnold Schwarzenegger owned the 80’s Action Film genre. Stallone had his Rocky and Rambo films and Chuck Norris held court in the low budget Cannon Studios action film markets, but it was Schwarzenegger who reigned as king above all. Good or bad, Arnold’s films were always box-office gold and he proved himself to be adept at both action and comedy.

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Everyone loves The Terminator but the two films where critics and fans agree that Schwarzenegger was best used have always been 1982’s Conan the Barbarian and 1987’s Predator. Here are 5 reasons why Conan was his best and 5 why it was Predator.



Conan The Barbarian: Arnold Fully Inhabited The Aura Of A Hyborian Age Warrior

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan the Barbarian

There have always been films about warriors with swords who live and die for battle. No other actor has fully embodied the warrior/barbarian persona on film better than Schwarzenegger.
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From his muscles to his posture to his stone face and deep battle-roars, Arnold was the best representation of a barbarian. Director John Milius worked with the actor on his stance, the way to hold his sword, and his diction. Milius didn’t want anything phony in his portrayal of author Robert E. Howard’s creation.

Predator: Arnold Proved He Could Work Well In A Team Atmosphere

Because of his amazing physique, Schwarzenegger’s films usually let him do the fights and action mostly alone. In a few films, he has a sidekick or two but was usually the sole butt-kicker. In Predator, Arnold was the leader of a more than capable team of mercenaries.
Schwarzenegger is a big guy and his team had to reflect his tough persona. Filmmaker John McTiernan surrounded the actor with the likes of Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Bill Duke, and Carl Weathers. It was nice to see Arnold fighting alongside actors that could match up and hold their own with the superstar.

Conan The Barbarian: Arnold’s Sword Skills Rank Among The Best

Conan wields a massive sword in Conan the Barbarian

Out of the many “warrior and sword” films throughout film history, Conan the Barbarian is considered the best of the bunch for many reasons. One of the keys to the film’s well-regarded stature is Schwarzenegger’s authentic sword skills.
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Conan’s sword is a big, steel, weapon of death. Arnold worked with skilled trainers and director John Milius himself to master the style and skill needed to accurately portray the combat scenes. The training worked, as the film has been praised for its brutally realistic sword battles.

Predator: Arnold Proved Himself In The Science Fiction Genre

By 1987 the world knew Arnold Schwarzenegger could do all kinds of action. With films such as Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, and Commando, Arnold became a one-man action superstar.
Sci-Fi was a genre that Schwarzenegger had yet to try. Jim and John Thomas’ screenplay for Predator was a perfect blend of Sci-Fi and Action and proved to be the perfect jumping-off point for the actor to try his hand at a new genre. The film was a tremendous success and showed fans and critics that Arnold could handle switching genres with ease.

Conan The Barbarian: The Film Holds The Best Action Scenes Of Schwarzenegger’s Career

If it is one thing that Arnold’s fans love its big, explosive action. His 80s films certainly gave audiences what they wanted with guns ablaze and explosions aplenty.
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The action in Conan the Barbarian is all hand to hand and sword to sword. No Special FX were necessary as the actors clashed steel and muscle, assuring the battle scenes took their place as some of the finest ever put to film.

Predator: The Screenplay

Jim and John Thomas wanted their screenplay for 1987’s Predator to be a blend of “Creature Feature” and “Balls-to-the-Wall” action. While the genre pieces were all in place, the writers managed to make their story seem fresh.
One masterstroke was giving their characters real personalities. They were all a bit more than the standard Hollywood tough guys. These characters, coupled with the plot that flips genre expectations and expert filmmaking from John McTiernan, the screenplay gave birth to one of the most original and exciting films of Schwarzenegger’s career.

Conan The Barbarian: The Score

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In the annals of Film Score history, there are many beloved scores that have endeared themselves to cinephiles. John Williams and Bernard Herrmann may be the most recognizable with the former’s work on the Star Wars and Indiana Jones sagas and Herrmann’s work for Hitchcock. But for fans of Milius and Schwarzenegger, Basil Poledouris’ score for Conan the Barbarian is a classic.
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The composer used thunderous drums and powerful horns and strings to give strength to the tale of warriors and the scenes of battle. Poledouris’ score is as big and bold as the film itself.

Predator: John McTiernan

McTiernan was one year away from directing his smash hit Die Hard and had only directed 1986’s underseen Horror head-scratcher, Nomads. No one could be sure if he could give Predator the direction it deserved.
The director made the action pop and the master scenes shock while never letting his characters get lost in the mayhem. It is a skillfully crafted film that solidified McTiernan’s career as one of the smartest and finest action filmmakers of the day.

Conan The Barbarian: John Milius

As a screenwriter, John Milius had proven his worth with his own screenplays and his “Script Doctor” work on many other films. It was Milius who wrote Quint’s monologue about the U.S.S. Indianapolis for Jaws. The writer also co-wrote Apocalypse Now and gave birth to the famous line from Eastwood’s Sudden Impact, ‘Go Ahead. Make my day.”
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As a filmmaker, Milius helmed the critical darlings, Dillinger and The Wind and the Lion. His mastery of big and bold filmmaking heightened the “high adventure” of Conan the Barbarian. The director admired filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and infused this film with the Japanese filmmaker’s (and Milius’ own) warrior spirit.

Predator: The Monster


Stan Winston’s design for The Predator was groundbreaking and unique. Like Giger’s Aliens that came before, audiences hadn’t seen anything like it.
Kevin Peter Hall replaced an unhappy Jean-Claude Van Damme and made his way into film history. Hall’s 6″9 height made him tower over the main cast. Winston’s creature design, with its scaley bodysuit and mechanical mouth effects, became one of the most unique and popular movie monsters in film history.
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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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