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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Star Wars Rebels: Imperial Supercommandos

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   This week we get to meet the Mandalorians who work for the Empire. We also get to see more character development for Sabine. Dave Filoni has really honed his storytelling skills and given us an absolutely wonderful third season, so far. I am not someone who get’s caught up in the whole “This isn’t my Star Wars” thing. I can take enjoyment in watching Darth Maul’s machinations just as much as laughing at Hondo’s crazy schemes. From Puffer Pigs to James Earl Jones’ reprisal of Darth Vader, this show is a great escape for my Wife and I. If you haven’t already checked it out, then what are you waiting for?

 Watch it online right now at DisneyXD.com