Sunday Cinema: Tron [1982]

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Greetings Programs,

   Today we are screening Disney’s “Tron” [1982]. This is one of those ambiguous movies from my youth. I was 12 years old, and personal computers were still a really new concept for the public at large. Video game arcades were still bigger business that home gaming consoles. This move came off like some sort of techno-magery. The computer graphics still hold up well, probably because they are hyper stylised. Some of the dialog isn’t as timeless as the design aesthetic, but I love the programing jargon that was turned into characters and destinations in the film. They even have a few homages to Star Wars.

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   While this may be, perhaps, only my 4th or 5th time watching this movie, I find that it gets better with age. The 12 year old me found it to be interesting, and at times, exhilarating, but there were plenty of dull areas that he couldn’t appreciate. Fast forward 35 years. There are many things to appreciate and celebrate in Tron. If you have not watched it lately, or ever, grab the family and boot it up. Find the “Making of Tron” if you really want to treat yourself to some nerd nirvana.

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   While you’re at it, check out a favorite early CGI animated show, “Reboot”. More on that show another time.

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Starting the Year of Correctly

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   My first show of the year is a classic one. It’s Star Trek, Balance of Terror. The Enterprise battles a Romulan ship suspected of destroying outposts near the neutral zone. The featured guest star is the late Mark Lenard. This is an old favorite of mine, and I cannot think of a better way to kick off my 2017 in Sci-Fi style.

   What was your first show of the year?

Star Wars: TIE Fighter

   Am I tardy to the party? Nope, but somebody brought this little gem back into my consciousness, today. This short film is some of the best Star Wars traditional animation that I’ve ever seen. It was uploaded to YouTube back in 2015, and has garnered over 6,742,808 views! OtaKing77077 is a master of his craft.

Star Wars Rebels: Spotlight Hera

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   This week’s episode Star Wars Rebels is up on Disney XD’s App and Website. While it is still a character balance centered around Ezra, this one focuses on Hera. We learn a bit more about her past, and even a nugget about Chopper. We also learn that Thrawn is everything we wanted him to be, and More.