Updated on December 20, 2010, 11:40 AM - Written by Tim Buttner
I had an interesting week without cable or Internet, up in Vermont and discovered a few things regarding the mergence of the two. And in that time, did I go to the theater? Yeah, Tron: Legacy. But you can read my review on that here. How have I watched movies or television? Pre-owned DVD's, Netflix, or iTunes. Have I begun reading any books? Yes. Thus changes my perception on the universe.
Movies and novels are but one in the same. Even long-form television, one that tells a story over a season or multiple seasons, is also a novel. Whereas novels use words, and the language it is written, to convey story and ideas, movies use visuals and sounds. The thing is that movie franchises have become so common that writer's in Hollywood need to adapt what the businessmen have corrupted. There are a few who plan out their full storyline in advance enough that as technology changes so will the way we create something fresh and alive for the audiences. I've wondered how the wireless world of the home has changed atmosphere, and even found that with television sets being connected to the Internet are in line with a future set on one service provider. The mergers have to happen for all people to merge the cost into a single overall fee, but wait isn't that what the carriers want to charge, and the FCC can do nothing to stop them. The thing is that certain ON DEMAND features use a simple SSL system that allows individuals an opportunity to log in and pay to see certain content, and you guessed that's essentially what iTunes is.
While Apple has broken into the niche market, there's also the process wit...
Updated on December 17, 2010, 8:00 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
I had a lot of anticipation for Tron: Legacy that was well placed. I expected the story to be as it was and ended up enjoying the movie. Sadly I am disappointed with the story, but it matters only a small amount because it at least accomplished what it and its predecessor set out to accomplish. This is an effects driven movie. There's no other way to say it, and it's because the movie is supposed to be a thrill ride that it remains interesting. I applaud the change from 2D to 3D and believe it paid tribute to The Wizard of Oz in an emotional way. Maybe the ending also served that, but I was still a little perplexed because of the nonsensical plot.
The pacing was off a bit, but that is on the story front... and I think the first-time director (Joseph Kosinski) was more focused on the visuals than the audience's connection. The screenwriter's did well with the similarities the prophecies about our computer world, and Olivia Wilde's character Quorra was the most fresh and interesting character. I believe that Wilde had the best performance out of the entire cast, as Jeff Bridges did feel like The Dude and a weird younger double who desperately needs anger management. It was great seeing him on the screen and doing such a fascinating franchise, but I wish he had demanded more from the script. At least he has the Coen Brother's True Grit to make up for this. Garrett Hedlund did fine as Sam, but the character was a little off— "That's a big door." Did he need to say the same thing his father said to Alan in the first movie? Garrett got stuck with some awful dialogue in this film, and I think he could have benefited from some more attention from the director.
Focusing on the positive of the film's experience we come to its most important aspect... the journey. The visuals make the cut and the digital world benefited from 3D wonderfully, but the sound design was insanely awesome. Daft Punk's score is going to give Hans Zimmer's ...