Film

Train him for the games… let him hope for a while… and blow him away

I’m hard at work writing the last half of Electric Angels, a story I hope to put into my short story collection for my graduate thesis. I’m down to the wire as it’s due tomorrow, technically. I really hate procrastinating but I work better under pressure. Don’t judge me! Instead of a regular entry, today I give you with this: Tron premiered on this day in 1982 In 1982, before laptops and DVDs, before multi-gigabyte hard drives and the World Wide Web, there came the silver screen computer world of Tron. Tron tells the story of Kevin Flynn, a brilliant young video game programmer for ENCOM, who discovers that Ed Dillinger, in an effort to boost his own career, has stolen Flynn’s programs and claimed them as his own. In his diligent efforts to find evidence regarding his stolen games, Dillinger’s Master Control Program, the MCP, tries to stop Flynn…

Today is our Independence Day!

In the spirit of freedom, I leave you with a very famous scene from one of my favorite fictional American presidents, Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore in Independence Day. This movie is on the list of films that shaped my childhood. I watched it every damn time it came on the movie channels. I still watch if I can catch it. This monologue still gives me frisson after all these years. Harrison Ford is in the top three as President James Marshall in Air Force One. I’d have to think a little harder about a third one. So I guess my list of favorite fictional American presidents is two. Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. Mankind — that word should have new meaning…

Inside Out (2015)

I had the pleasure of purchasing the opportunity to see the Fathom Event of Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out via a special link through D23. I saw it on Tuesday, June 16, a full three days before the weekend premiere. I really enjoy Fathom Events. It also helps that I live 6 minutes down the street from an AMC Theatre. The closest one I had in Vegas was on the north side, although AMC took over the old Rave Theaters at Town Square. But I digress. Here is the swag I got… They both will look nice on the wall in my loft alongside my “Avengers: Age of Ultron” swag, which was also a poster and a lanyard. Agent Koenig would be proud. As part of the special event, Pete Docter (who also directed Monsters, Inc. and Up) and the producer Jonas Rivera brought us along on a tour of the Pixar…

Snowpiercer (2013), John Wick: Chapter 1 (2014)

I’m just now getting over my crimson wave. I’ve been so zonked. I’ve been pigging out – well, more than normal – so now that I’m done, I’m back on track. I hope. I got back into Headspace, which for me, is a big accomplishment. I’ve started putting reminders on my phone as well. Habits take 3 weeks! I will constantly remind myself of that. School starts next week. Meep. Luckily my program posts the syllabus before the term so I read over them quickly. I’ve really taken a step back and looked at what I did wrong last semester, i.e. not participating as fully as I could have. I am determined to not repeat that disastrous first semester. I watched Snowpiercer and John Wick last night. They’re both really excellent films. I definitely need to watch them again. There’s tons of stuff I probably missed. Snowpiercer had a brilliant…

Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) / House of Wax (1953)

I decided to do a double feature of the original Mystery of the Wax Museum and its 50s remake, House of Wax. Mystery is a fun 30s romp… on the surface. I really only wanted to watch it because of Fay Wray. She’s my girl. It was a suspenseful thriller, and it hooks you from the first punch to Igor’s face. I liked the pacing. It didn’t fill up the time with useless backstory, or filler montage scenes like we expect in modern films. It was just go go go. I think that’s what I appreciate about movies back in the day. They didn’t waste anyone’s time with nonsense. Michael Curtiz was a masterful director, later directing Casablanca and Mildred Pierce, among many others. Igor’s backstory very much reminded me of the Pygmalion myth, where the creator falls in love with his creation. I kind of explore that idea in…

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