From the juiced-box and the soundtrack: Daft Punk – Derezzed
[Press 'Play' for elecTRONica--oh come one, you gotta give me that one]
Ramblings: Pulling My Legacy
Final Proof: 3 shots
You know how you get drunk with a used car dealer? He drinks cheap, off-brand beer in his beer sucker suit and looks super stylin’ except you can see the frayed edges of his fashion. He has these flashy smiles that are just as deep and half as sincere with his polished manners on loan from the TV screen. He looks like new but you can see his cracks and the stories he’s telling are recycled from when he first made them up. He’s got this shiny exterior but inside he’s getting a little rusty so by the end of his spiel you just sit back and ignore everything except how good he looks. That’s kinda what Tron: Legacy was like.
My 13-year-old saw Tron: Legacy — in English — and still said it was predicatble. Just sayin’.
Tron: Legacy looked fucking excellent. The CGI stuff was hot as hell, the colors were brilliant and the world cerated here was as out there as you can get. No, my problem here was with the premise not the way the premise looked.
As i understand the story, and correct me if i’m wrong, but a computer is like a grid and information passes along this grid. The grid is like a city and the information is its inhabitants. In the World of Tron, the 1s and 0s have thoughts, feelings, emotions and these programs don’t have anything better to do inside the computer than entertain themselves in a modern day Roman coloseum and eat roast pig. Which, sadly, makes sense if you know how badly my desktop runs.
This is the only problem i had with Tron. Unfortunately, it’s like writing software with bad code: the program may be cool as hell, but how cool can it be if it doesn’t work?
Special Bonus Game
Playing tribute to the Tron video game, i give you here the first person RBG (Real Blogging Game). i’ve subtly hidden computer terms in the following blurb; your task is to search them out.
While offering windows on an alternate reality, the story board rated a C++ at best as it was pretty basic, but the rest of the movie had drive, rocked like a mother board and tore me to PCs. The key for the director was to monitor the special effects and to screen each scene carefully before yelling “Print”.
Find them all? Hint: there are 12 words. Answers after the Bottom Line.
Buzz Kills (Watch Out for Spoilers)
Sex: 2 Shots
There was absolutely no replicating anywhere in the World of Tron, no bare text and no trojans. There were hot bytes, though, starting with Olivia “Girl Gone” Wilde. You may know her as “13″ from House, but here she rocks the role of “Quorra”, a naive ingenue who softwears way too many clothes in this movie. You know how hot Olivia is? She’s even hot with short hair and y’all know how i hate when they try to make girls look like boys. Here’s also how hot Olivia Wilde (26) is.
There’s some solo shots of her filling my drawers…scroll down until your drive gets hard.
Also frying my circuits was the lovely Beau Garrett (28) who played a program called Gem. And she was. Here’s how much.
Yeah, there’ll be some more single shots of her down in my drawers.
The closest we get to sex in the World of Tron is when Little Tron enters the matrix and these four hotties (one of them being Beau Garrett / Gem) cut his clothes off with a laser (ooh, feel the burn). Here’s the hottie countdown.
Serinda Swan (26) – Siren #2
Yaya DaCosta (28) - Siren #3
Elizabeth Mathis – Siren #4
More of these ladies a flitting around in the drawers—look out below.
For those of you more into Hard Reboots than Soft-ware, i got the always cool Jeff Bridges for you. Jeff Bridges (61) rocked his dual role of Kevin Flynn / Clu and there was some amazing photoshopping going on to have a younger him appear in this film along side the normal old him.
There was also Garrett Hedlund (26) as Sam Flynn. Yeah, i dunno, i wasn’t all that impressed. He had more looks than talent, but then that’s pro’lly why they hired him. Here’s what i mean.
Drink: 0 Shots
One quick scene of Sam drinking a Coors. Coors, for godsake. You want a cool shot of drinking? Here’s Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett drinking in the Bar None in another, different movie that certainly had more booze than this one.
Oh yeah, i almost forgot. One of the other things computer programs do in the World of Tron is drink in fancy bars. i knew my ‘puter was lying when it told me it had a virus… This shot i’ma serve up gives me the chance to brag about Michael Sheen who plays Castor / Zuse and especially the latter. He was wicked cool channeling David Bowie and cutting the screen to shreds in a stellar performance. His dynamism set him apart from the rest of the cast and was a blast to watch.
Rock & Roll: 4 Shots
For all i didn’t like about Tron: Legcay, the rock and roll worked for me on both counts. First there was the rock and roll action of the thing which was put up on the screen in all it’s 3D, neon glory. The, add to that the score which does by Daft Punk and you get a full 4 shots. The only thing that keeps this from going all the way was the occasional downtime in the action and the fact that, while excellent, no one would ever confuse Daft Punk with real rock and roll.
Boring Technical Crap
Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz – screenplay
Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal – story
Steven Lisberger & Bonnie MacBird – characters
Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Olivia Wilde – Quorra
Beau Garrett – Gem (28)
Serinda Swan – Siren #2 (26)
Yaya DaCosta – Siren #3 (28)
Elizabeth Mathis – Siren #4
Jeff Bridges – Kevin Flynn / Clu (61)
Garrett Hedlund – Sam Flynn (26)
Michael Sheen – Castor / Zuse (31)
If you wanna see it no matter what, see it on the big screen in real time.
Answers to RBG
While offering windows on an alternate [alt] reality, the story board rated a C++ at best as it was pretty basic, but the rest of the movie had drive, rocked like a mother board and tore me to PCs. The key for the director was to monitor the special effects and to screen each scene carefully before yelling “Print“.
Al K Hall’s Drawers
Olivia Wilde (26)
Beau Garrett (28)
Serinda Swan (26)