Tron: Legacy

The Grid: The ideal perfect system. Where all information is free and available for use by everyone and anyone. At least that's what Kevin Flynn thought when he designed it and began working to make it real. Then, one day, Kevin Flynn simply vanished leaving behind his son Sam to deal with Encom - the powerful software empire he had created. Years went by until one day, Allen Bradley gets a page sent by Kevin, bringing his son to the old arcade that has been run down for years. It is there that Sam finds out the truth about what happened to his father all those years ago.

The long awaited sequel to one of Disney's greatest movies is finally here. The inner geek in all of us should be as happy as, well, I don't know. Whether you're looking for a straightforward romp through the high-tech world or looking for something a little deeper, there's something here for everyone to find. Tron Legacy definitely has the market cornered on awesome visual effects. All of the old standbys are back. Light cycles, the game grid, programs of various functions, the big tank things, and of course a supremely ruthless leader behind it all. There's also some interesting new elements to add to the mix, such as the ever cool light jets, a dual-wielding bad guy who will probably remind you somewhat of Darth Maul, and some other things that are better left not spoiled for those who haven't seen it yet.

Looking for more of a story than a nerd-gasm? You've got that too. The story of what happened to Kevin Flynn, his grand goal for The Grid, along with what happened when he turned his helper programs loose. The real story is something I can't really go into without giving too much away, but suffice it to say it's definitely worth it. It all plays out in a logical and coherent manner, and has plenty of subtle hints about how it all came about if you're paying attention. There's even plenty of humor elements lying about as well. The audience audibly laughed at a few parts.

The obligatory stabs at just about every megalithic software corporation over the last 20 years or so was there as well. As any good computer tech based movie should have.

Certainly worth the trip if you enjoyed the original at all. End of Line.

On the Horizon

You probably noticed I put off posting the last two movies. Blame Faregyl, and a case of writers block.

2011 is going to start off really badly folks. The only real possibility early in the year appears to be The Green Hornet. Which I'm not terribly interested in.

Save up your movie bucks though, because once May hits, there's loads of stuff. So I'll just list what looked good to me.

In May: Thor, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

In June: Green Lantern.

July: Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

After that, at least for now, it looks like nothing much else for the rest of the year. Unless you're into horror flicks and alien invasion movies. 2011 appears to be littered with both.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Dec 31, 2010 2:43 am by Samson in: | 18 comment(s) [Closed]
Hmm, definitely sounds much more promising than what I'd feared Hollywood might decide to do with a sequel to Tron. Maybe I will have to find a way to see it, but I think it'll have to wait for it to come to video.

Ah, so it wasn't that you went and saw two new movies back to back, just that you postponed posting the reviews for them both until today then.

The Green Hornet was cool enough in the comic books and within the Superfriends/Justice League but I'm not really sure he's worthy of a standalone movie. Honestly, I can say exactly the same of the Green Lantern, though he might've been a little more cool than the Green Hornet... :shrug:

I can't say I'd heard anything about Thor yet, but from the link you've sent it sounds mildly dubious to Norse mythology as I recall it.

They've made another installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean?? It would seem that, like the pirates they've written about, Disney can't quite avoid the lure of loot from the masses... at this point, I suppose my family will be amongst those who can't avoid falling prey to them either though. ;)

Transformers I can easily skip at this point having already done so for the last movie or two from that series.

Hopefully, before the final Harry Potter installment releases, the one that's still in theaters now will be out on video and a copy in our collection... because we will certainly be expecting to watch it and the last one too.

Horror and alien invasion flicks both could generally go entirely by the wayside without my having ever noticed their absence.

AnImpatientFan [Anon] said:
Comment #2 Jan 3, 2011 12:14 am
Has anyone here seen, "The Kings Speech" I know you american hate your British roots from across the Atlantic but this movie was splendid.
Best movie of 2010 hand down for me.

This one? Nope, can't say that I've seen it. Perhaps if I find it on video I'll get a chance to correct that oversight, though from the review I read there I don't believe I'll have my kids watch it, it sounds like the language is not really appropriate for them.

Most Americans don't really hate "our" British roots from what I can tell of those of us with British roots anyway, in fact, most of "us" seem quite enamored with British accents in fact... Personally, I don't have British roots, at least in the way that you mean, my grandparents immigrated to America at the turn of the century (from the 1800s to the 1900s), but my grandmother's family on my father's side are Welsh, so I sort of have some British roots in that regard, but I have no hatred for those roots at all. :shrug:

As for the British roots you're referring to, you've got the wrong King George in this movie, this movie takes place in the 1930s rather than the late 1700s. ;)

I have French roots, so I'd be rather surprised if I hated my British roots :P

:lol: With all the French bashing you enjoy, who'd have thunk it? :P

AnImpatientFan [Anon] said:
Comment #6 Jan 3, 2011 3:34 am
As for the hatred towards the British... that's just one of those stereotypes I guess.
I wasn't referring to Kind George as the "roots" rather the country itself.

There probably are a few Americans who hate the British and/or England in general simply because of the whole American Revolution and it's general causes, but even most revolutionary re-enactors and colonial historians that I've ever met have more of an academic awe than any hatred. So I'd say it's not a totally unjustified stereotype, but maybe not really a general truth either. :shrug:

Well, yeah, but if there was any aspect of British/American history that a patriotic American might hate it'd be General Cornwallis, Benedict Arnold, King George III, and perhaps a few other notable names from the time. But then, ultimately those are fairly justified too. :unclesam:

Conner: I know that I don't. My biggest thing is whenever I "say" the soviets rebuilt the death chambers wrong ; like 250 jews assume that I'm automaticly saying the SHOa didnt' happen. thAT'S like neither fair, nor true

:lol: Hmm, and I'd have thought that the implication of a statement like that would be that they didn't go far enough rather than that it didn't happen at all. :shrug: ;)

Conner: I'm not lying to you. the Shoa "did" happen.I was just saying that when ever I "say" the soviets rebuilt the death chamber, they did it wrong.

I never said that I so much as thought you were implying that it didn't. What I said was that the statement you're saying gets so often misinterpreted sounds more to me like you're saying they didn't take the exercise far enough than like you're saying it didn't happen.

Sorry, I didn't mean it like that, either. Back in the day, it didn't matter because there were people around to explain that it was rebuilt "as close as possible". But now, we have the denial-ist (if that's a word) falling over each other pointing out that if it had been utilized as is, it wouldn't have worked. Also, now that pretty much all the survivors are either dead or vegetables, I think a more accurate portrayal is imperative to the preservation of history.

Oh, I don't know why I picked that particular example. (Except as above) I originally was trying to make a point about certain groups taking over words so you can't say X without everyone coming to the conclusion that you support group Y. I guess that was the latest thing.

*nod* I suspect I understand the point you were trying to make to begin with. I'm just not so clear on what it actually had to do with Americans hating Britania or even the British, per se, let alone Tron: Legacy. ;)

Btw, Samson, I believe that qsfp is down again. :(

Probably nothing. I just randomly get pissed off about things sometimes, and since there isn't a "random bullshit that bothers Dallen thread", and there's no way of making one; and Samson is one of the few hosts that don't ban you for saying something that might be considered...controvercial, I use whatever the latest thread is. ;)

:lol: Well, it certainly wouldn't get nearly as large an audience, but if you'd like a personal thread for ranting/raving somewhere, I can give you one on my family forums. ;)

Hell, if you really want it, I can set you up your own sub-forum, I could call it Dallen's Dive or Dallen's Drawing Room or Dallen's Dungeon or ... *shrug* Whatever other name works for you, as long as it implies that it's a room that's yours (I'm maintaining a theme in the blogs section there... ;))

Edited by Conner on Jan 5, 2011 11:07 am
There's an idea. Dallen's pit has a nice ring to it...

I went with "Dallen's (Pit) Depths" instead to keep my theme consistent, but it's all set-up and all yours (let me know if anything doesn't work, I haven't set up a lot of these in the past and could've mismarked any of the permissions easily since QSFP displays them as a huge grid of check boxes...).

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